National Office News

How Was Your 2018? Annual Reports Due Feb 22

It’s that time again: Time to fill out the 2018 Local Alliance Church Annual Report.

Last year, Alliance Northwest had a 94.6% completion rate. Other districts in The Alliance reached 100%. Are we really going to let them show us up like that this year?

Starting January 8, 2019, the 2018 version of the Annual Report will be available for churches to complete. Lead pastors and editors will receive an instructional email on that date from Terry Smith, vice president for Church Ministries. The deadline to finish the Annual Report is February 22, 2019.

Lead Pastors can visit the MyCMA Website to download and complete the report.

For problems accessing the report, email lisac@alliancenw.org or call Lisa at 503-685-9160.



National Office News Updates

Work Teams Needed in Paradise, California 

From Terry Smith, vice president for Church Ministries 

“I spoke with Pastor Andrew Burchett, lead pastor at Neighborhood Church in Chico, California, this week. This congregation near the town of Paradise has been heavily involved in assisting members of Paradise Alliance Church and the community following the devastating wildfire. Neighborhood Church is now ready to receive and house work teams from our Alliance churches. 

Phase 1 of the work will be sifting through ashes to find valuables of residents whose homes burned. Opportunities to pray with and encourage people will also surface for these teams. Phase 2 will begin in about three months and involve constructing storage sheds for residents as they rebuild their homes. Phase 3 will begin later as homes begin to be rebuilt. 

Churches interested in sending teams should contact Neighborhood Church at (530) 343-6006 or kathyvarner@ncchico.org. The Alliance family is needed, and I’m confident they will rally to this cause. Please share this with your churches. THANKS!”

Older (but still relevant) stories from The Alliance:


become an outwardly-focused church at alliance equippingu

Alliance EquippingU is a new live streaming (online virtual conference) series directed at Alliance pastors/church workers. Are you eager to hear about values, priorities, and strategies that The Alliance believes are vital to church advancement? If so, EquippingU will be up your alley.

The first Alliance EquippingU will be held Wednesday, November 7, at 9 a.m. (PST). The theme will be “The Outward-Focused Church,” with presenter Tom Lundeen, lead pastor at Riverside Alliance Church in Big Lake, Minnesota. Under Tom’s leadership since 2003, the church has essentially tripled in size by mostly conversion growth. He will challenge and inspire Alliance pastors from all over the United States as well as provide practical ideas as to how to mobilize churches for effective outreach.

Click here to learn more and to register.

Alliance Health Plan Open Enrollment

Please mark your calendars! Plans are under way for open enrollment for the 2019 C&MA Health Plan. Curtis Farmer, director for Alliance Benefits, will provide opportunity for DSs and district staff to learn about the plan’s changes for 2019 by attending one of the follow- ing webinars:

Monday, October 15, 9–10 a.m. (MDT) Tuesday, October 16, 9–10 a.m. (MDT)

RSVP to Kathy Taubeneck at taubeneck@cmalliance.org or (719) 265-2056 with the date that you and/or your staff will join this interactive event. Attendees will receive more information later.

immigration law training in lynnwood

World Relief is pleased to offer an intensive, 40-hour basic immigration law training at the Alderwood Community Church in Lynnwood, Washington. The course will provide the necessary training component for individuals who wish to apply for accreditation from the Department of Justice (DOJ). This recognition allows non-attorneys working at non- profit organizations to practice immigration law. Attendees will receive training in all areas of immigration law and practice, focusing on topics most relevant to those serving and rep- resenting low-income immigrants.

Due to requirements of the accreditation application process, we recommend that only individuals with U.S. citizenship, lawful permanent residence, or other long-term immigration presence apply for this training. Participants who pass the take-home test will receive a certificate of completion from the Immigrant Legal Resource Center, the authors of the training curriculum.

WHEN: October 22–26, 2018

WHERE: Alderwood Community Church, 3403 Alderwood Mall Blvd., Lynnwood, WA 98036

COST: Class—$495 if you register by October 15, 2018; textbooks—$295 + ship- ping if purchased by October 26, 2018

For questions, contact Sarah Bankard at sbankard@wr.org.

Alliance Life Magazine Receives 10 Awards for its Journalism

At its annual convention April 4–6, 2018, in Orlando, Florida, the Evangelical Press Association presented Alliance Life, the official magazine of The Alliance, with the following awards:

  • Award of Excellence (first place), Denominational Magazine category

  • Second Place, Candid Photo category for “Baptism in a Bucketloader” by Herbert Shao

  • Fourth Place, Evangelism Article category for “Everyday Evangelism” by Martha Renaud

In addition, at its annual convention April 18-20 in Chicago, Illinois, the Associated Church Press presented Alliance Life with the following awards:

  • Award of Merit (second place), Denominational Magazine category

  • Award of Excellence (first place), Magazine/Journal Design, Spread, or Story category for “My Husband Shot John Lennon” by Gloria Chapman; design by Kenny Crane

  • Award of Merit (second place), Magazine/Journal Design Entire Issue category for November/December 2017 issue, design by Kenny Crane/Stephanie Reindel

  • Award of Merit (second place), Illustration with Article or Cutline category for “My Husband Shot John Lennon”; illustration by Kenny Crane

  • Award of Merit (second place), Feature Article category forFreely Forgiven” by Emmy Houk

  • Award of Merit (second place), Convention or Meeting Coverage category for the “Council 2017 Special Issue”; photography by Stephanie Reindel

  • Honorable Mention (third place), Biblical Interpretation category for “True Confession” by Russell Huizing

Alliance Life currently reaches 50,000 households, encouraging its readers to celebrate the joyous life that can be found in Jesus Christ and reporting the forward momentum of His Church through the worldwide ministries of The Alliance.

Connect your kids with Alliance initiatives in 2018!

Many Alliance churches like to give children in their congregations an opportunity to contribute to a relevant Alliance project during VBS or other children’s programs. Churches are encouraged to adopt one of the following projects to promote awareness of how the Alliance is at work in 2018.

Schooling for Children of Women Prisoners in the Philippines

An Alliance team in the Philippines has developed a ministry among female prisoners in Manila. Many of the women are mothers and wives who have made poor choices. Their children often end up living with relatives who cannot afford to send the kids to school. Help give these children the education they will need to succeed in life.

A Library for Students at Alliance Academy in Jordan

Alliance Academy (AAJ) is private Christian school on the outskirts of Amman, Jordan. Muslim parents send their children to AAJ because it offers an excellent education in a loving, safe environment. But Alliance Academy does not yet have a library for its 270 students. Funds are needed to provide AAJ students with a well-equipped resource and study center.

Help for Orphaned Children in Vietnam

In several villages in Vietnam, many wives have lost their husbands because of disease or abandonment. Single mothers often have no other choice but to send their children away to find work or to attend an orphanage. Alliance workers have started several schools specifically to help orphaned children. Funds are needed to support these marginalized youngsters.

Resources Available

The following materials will be available online in mid-February for each project

  • Introductory PowerPoint

  • Informative brochure (81⁄2 x 11)

  • Prayer postcard (4 x 6)

  • Project activity ideas

  • List of selected costs

  • Kids’ fun pages

These resources may be reviewed and downloaded at
https://apas.box.com/vbs. Printed brochures and prayer postcards may be requested from the Alliance National Office while supplies last. (Send inquiries to wicksd@cmalliance.org). If the National Office is out of supplies and you need something printed, contact Kristy and we’ll be sure you get what you need.

 

Free ChurchEXCEL subscription to Alliance Northwest churches

From Ken Baldes/Vice President for Operations/Treasurer
As a former church treasurer and leader in my local Alliance church, I know the various challenges church leaders face serving their local church, including  finances and administration.

The Alliance has been a member of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA) since 1988, and we continue to enjoy a growing relationship with this organization. I am excited to tell you that ECFA is now providing a FREE ChurchEXCEL subscription to Alliance church leaders to help equip you in your church’s  financial administration. This resource offers eBooks, webinars-on-demand, electronic tax guides, and so much more.

Sign up for ChurchEXCEL today!

 

Free e-book resource from Envision on short-term missions

Envision is releasing their first e-book called Reimagining Short-Term Missions, exploring the role of short-term missions within the Alliance family and opportunities to do these better. Join the conversation about the changing landscape of missions and ways we can move forward together as The Alliance family. Sign up to receive this resource for free here.

 

New International Ministry Opportunities for 2019 Deployment

IM would like to announce that new postings of international ministry opportunities for 2019 deployment will be added to its website during January.  The top twenty opportunities will be viewable from January 1, with others being added during the course of the month. 

The full total of more than 60 new opportunities for service as Alliance international workers will be posted for viewing and application by January 31. 

Watch the new 2017 Alliance Year-End Offering Video

 

If you had Global Staff come to your church, please fill out this survey

Below is the link for you to evaluate the Global Staff that shared at your church this year.  Please take a few minutes to fill it out; this helps improve systems and procedures for future tours. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/5RJQGKG

 

Save with Alliance Purchasing Program

The National Office has negotiated special group pricing with several companies that may benefit your church—including Dell, Microsoft, Staples, T-Mobile, Xerox, and Stewardship Payroll Service. Two new partnerships with Arria Live Media and Sennheiser Electronic GmBH & Co. (Sennheiser) provide churches with low-cost, high-quality products for their audio needs. 

For more information on these special rates, contact Kris Rickert.

Get a clear view of how you can contribute to the Kingdom at Envision Summit 2018

Envision Summit 2018 is a four-day leadership conference designed for The Alliance leader (between the ages of 25 and 35) who desires to contribute to the Kingdom of God in a variety of ways.

This year's Summit will focus on developing skills and shaping the soul of the young Alliance influencer. Hear from Dr. Rob Reimer (Nyack ATS) on "Soul Care," as well as Dr. Stanley John and Lisa Watson-Rodriguez on "Living Missionally" in a global and local context.

Envision Summit 2018 is May 7th-10th, hosted in Vancouver, BC at Tenth Church. The cost is $150 USD for registration. Apply at http://www.thesummitenv.com