As your church has launched a new season of ministry so has your Mission Northeast regional association. Here’s an update on current Mission Northeast developments serving you and your church.
LEADERSHIP LEARNING COMMUNITIES
LLCs have kicked off across the Northeast. These communities bring our pastors together in a monthly covenantal relationship for mutual enrichment and encouragement. Participants are committed to reading, attending, learning, sharing (“the good, the bad, and the ugly”) and praying. Our aim is to facilitate leadership development, nurture healthy congregations,and multiply churches in our mission to make disciples of Jesus Christ.
This fall is an elective season. Some LLCs are focused on William Mancini’s God Dreams. Another is making use of Tom Mercer’s The World is Smaller Than You Think to learn the OIKOS model for outreach. Still others are working through Taking Your Church to the Next Level. In January we’ll turn the same page as we will focus on the task of developing leaders in our respective ministries.
Contact any Facilitator below for details about their LLC. For information on facilitating a Leadership Learning Community contact David Forsythe – firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Auburn MA, Faith Church (2nd Tuesday) Facilitator, David Forsythe: email@example.com
- Brewer ME, United Baptist Church (1st Wednesday) Facilitator, Bruce Stevens: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Nashua NH, Trinity Baptist Church (2nd Thursday) Facilitator, Steve Murray: email@example.com
- Peekskill NY, First Baptist Church (2nd Tuesday) Facilitator, Gershwin Grant: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Queens NY, Living Hope Church (2nd Wednesday) Facilitator, Nehru Grant: email@example.com
Virtual Learning Communities
Two VLCs are hosted for those not within driving distance of an on-site LLC.
- 1st Tuesday – Facilitator, Stan Rieb: firstname.lastname@example.org (Two Sessions)
LLC Testimonials . . .
The LLC has helped me be more intentional on how I lead the leadership of this church. It has given me great help in what to share with them and how to share it. It has opened the door for much needed discussion to begin change. – Craig Adams, Warwick NY
“As a typical busy pastor I once thought of a group like the LLC as a luxury I could not afford. Now, these guys are a lifeline that I cannot afford to live without. These men understand me and what I go through better than anyone else and are always there for prayer, support, and great friendship. It also gives me a chance to give back and help other churches whenever possible and to be reminded that we are all in this kingdom work together!” – Jamie Walton, N. Uxbridge MA
“It has been said that leaders are learners. Our Leadership Learning Community has introduced me to several books that have blessed me and my church.” – Torrey Robinson, Tarrytown NY
“We pastors have prayed for some time for more help and traction and we got all that we prayed for and more in the LLC. The books we read and worked out together to apply in ministry for a clear biblical vision, effective church leadership and government, sermon preparation and organization were the most practical and helpful materials I have come across.” – Terry Wilcox, Litchfield NH
By year’s end we will have conducted Church Health Assessments in four of our Mission Northeast churches. To date we have trained 10 pastors from across the region to assist in the assessment process with a goal to train an additional 10 pastors next year.
Over the past two years we have been seeking God’s plan for our region. As we have prayed and worked together we began to implement a decentralized structure to network our pastors and churches. We are placing Area Directors throughout the region to be more readily accessible to our pastors and churches.
Lead Executive Area Director – David Forsythe: email@example.com
Edwin Colon, New York City: firstname.lastname@example.org
David Forsythe, Massachusetts: email@example.com
Gershwin Grant – Hudson Valley: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dave Johnson – Central/Upstate New York: email@example.com
As we gain additional financial support we plan to add Area Directors for NH/VT, ME, and CT/RI.
Does the region need your financial support? Yes! Area Directors are compensated $1000/month and the Lead Executive Area Director – $1500) for 20/25 hours a month respectively. You should also know that their ministry expenses (meals, mileage, tolls, office supplies etc.) come out of their monthly compensation. So we are operating a lean ministry with a group of committed men.
As you look toward planning your annual budget for 2017 would you commit new or additional financial support for Mission Northeast? In doing so you will be investing in pastors, churches, and church boards, in their mission to make disciples of Jesus Christ.
Lead Executive Area Director David Forsythe is available to speak in your church and to share the Vision, Mission and Values of Mission Northeast.
Finally, we need your current contact information. You may receive a phone call about that, so please help us know how best to communicate. Be sure to visit www.Missionnortheast.org (a work in progress) and sign up for our e-newsletter and “Friend” our Facebook page for postings.
If we can be of further help at any time, please get in touch with us.
For Christ and His Church,
David Forsythe Steve Murray
Lead Executive Area Director, MNE Executive Board President, MNE