‘Upcoming Events’

Leadership Institute, March 5 | The Personal Life of a Leader – Part 2

Monday, February 12th, 2018

David Williams will bless us again in the Church Leadership Institute as he teaches our second class on “The Personal Life of the Leader,” March 5, 2018. We especially welcome David’s teaching, because we live in a time when stresses in society are enormous. We, the church leaders, need to be watchful and take care not to allow external pressures impose upon our personal and family lives. David is devoted to enable us to strengthen and enrich our spiritual lives and overall health amidst the strains and tensions in our culture.

David Williams has a breadth of experience in healthy leadership, as a Friends pastor, as a college professor and administrator at Barclay College, and as a Yearly Meeting Superintendent (Lead Pastor of EFC-MAYM)), and he has been intentional to observe wholesome spiritual disciplines to maintain his own spiritual, emotional, and physical health, while fulfilling his vocational responsibilities. Additionally, his Doctor of Ministry education provided numerous, rich resources from the Bible and Church history, which are helpful in healthy living and leadership. He will continue to share these with us in his commitment to help us maintain the healthiest possible lifestyle and church leadership.

We hope you will join us for the live session, in which we will see and converse with David and one another. Sites where the classes are live are: Kickapoo Friends Center, Marshalltown Friends Church, Indianapolis, with Steve Turner, Lighthouse Fellowship Church (at the home of Jerry and Mary Louthan), Friends Community Church (Angleton), Neighborhood Friends Church (at the home of Tom and Bonnie Bousman), Friends Ministry Center (Wichita), Bangor Liberty Friends Church, Barclay College (Jackson Hall). North Newton (at the home of Merl and Eunice Kinser), Fowler Friends Church, New Hope Friends Church, St Paul, MN Friends Church (at the home of Kumar Tamang, with Friends from Nepal and Bhutan), Canadian Yearly Meeting (Montreal Monthly Meeting at the home of David Millar, and the  homes of Paul Etienne Mungombe  and Jonathan Esongo, Friends from Congo), (Quebec City Meeting with Musato L. Dems and Alphee Ndahond, Friends from Congo), All Nations (formerly Sudanese Community) Friends Church in Omaha NE, Palmer, Alaska (at the home of David Miller), Noatak, Alaska (Robert Sheldon, Superintendent), Louisville, KY Friends Church and Stone Mountain Friends Church in Atlanta (with Friends from Rwanda and Burundi), Samson Retnaraj (EFM missionary in Nepal), Mncedisi Nkomo (pastor in Zambia), James Nduwayo (pastor in Rwanda), Faniyi Paul in Nigeria, Amuri Edouard with African Friends in Chicago, Anthony Moodie Pastor at the Dover Friends Church in Jamaica, and Mary Carter-Haynes Pastor at Amity Hall Friends Meeting in Jamaica,

If one of these locations is inconvenient for you, and if you inform me, I will send the WebEx invitation to you. Or if you prefer to view the video-recorded session at a different time, here is the YouTube link.

We have several people around the world, who participate in the Institute by listening to the recordings.

I am eager to hear David Williams’ counsel on ways to enrich our personal and spiritual lives as Church leaders, Monday, March 5, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. central time.

– Dave Kingrey, Director of Leadership Development

Leadership Institute, Jan 8 | Josh Bunce on NT

Tuesday, December 12th, 2017

Josh Bunce will conclude our fascinating journey through the New Testament in his third class on January 8, 2018. Having entered a new year and having so recently celebrated the birth of Christ, we will come with new life in a spirit of celebration. We will also come with anticipation of Josh’s informed teaching. In his final class with us, Josh will center his teaching on the General Letters and Revelation,

With a seminary education and college teaching experience, Josh is giving us excellent instruction, while providing us a model for our teaching. And his teaching is through the lens of Friends faith and practice. Josh is leading us in a deeper experience of the written Scriptures, while encouraging us to listen to the Inward Voice of Christ for clear understanding and interpretation of the events and messages in the Bible. He is helping us to appreciate and understand more profoundly the eternal truths of God revealed in the Bible. I am excited for this last class with Josh, who is my personal friend and colleague, and who continually keeps me informed of new, scholarly Bible resources.

I hope you will make this class a priority and join us at one of these locations:

These are the locations where you can listen to and interact with Josh and other Friends in the Institute: St Paul, MN Friends Church (at the home of Kumar Tamang, with Friends from Nepal and Bhutan), Canadian Yearly Meeting (Montreal Monthly Meeting at the home of David Millar, and the  homes of Paul Etienne Mungombe  and Jonathan Esongo, Friends from Congo), (Quebec City Meeting with Musato L. Dems and Alphee Ndahond, Friends from Congo), All Nations (formerly Sudanese Community) Friends Church in Omaha, Palmer, Alaska (at the home of David Miller), Noatak, Alaska (Robert Sheldon, Superintendent), Louisville, KY Friends Church and Stone Mountain Friends Church in Atlanta (with Friends from Rwanda and Burundi), Samson Retnaraj (EFM missionary in Nepal), Mncedisi Nkomo (pastor in Zambia), James Nduwayo (pastor in Rwanda), Faniyi Paul in Nigeria, Amuri Edouard with African Friends in Chicago, Anthony Moodie at the Dover Friends Church in Jamaica, Mary Carter-Haynes at Amity Hall Friends Meeting in Jamaica, Kickapoo Friends Center, Marshalltown Friends Church, Indianapolis, with Steve Turner, Lighthouse Fellowship Church (at the home of Jerry and Mary Louthan), Friends Community Church (Angleton), Neighborhood Friends Church (at the home of Tom and Bonnie Bousman), Friends Ministry Center (Wichita), Bangor Liberty Friends Church, North Newton (at the home of Merl and Eunice Kinser), Fowler Friends Church, New Hope Friends Church, and Barclay College (Jackson Hall).

If you have a conflict Monday, I invite you to view the video recording on YouTube Here.

This will be the third class in our study of the New Testament and our sixth class in the Bible. I am sure that you, like me, are growing immensely. Josh will begin at 7:00 p.m. central time onJanuary 8, 2018. This is the second Monday in January, since New Year’s Day is the first Monday.

Hoping you can join me in hearing Josh in his concluding class,

– Dave Kingrey, Director of Leadership Institute

Regional Leadership Summit| Register Now

Tuesday, December 12th, 2017

“Standing at the Crossroads”

Regional Leadership Summit

Live Video Conference | January 27, 2018, 9am-4pm

Registration below | *10 Per Person

Registration Deadline has been extended to January 19, 2018!

An event for church leaders that is designed to encourage, equip and empower the whole church to take the whole gospel to the whole world in Jesus’ name.

Here is a brief summary of the core passion and purpose behind this regional leadership gathering:

“Pastoral work originates, as does all Christian ministry, in the biblical sources. But for at least two generations the perspectives generated by recent behavioral sciences have dominated the literature directed to pastors. The rationale seems to be that since we are in a century of rapid change, that since so much of what we encounter is unprecedented, and that since there have been quantum leaps in knowledge and technology, anything that worked in an earlier age certainly won’t work now. But the work which has to do with the human’s relation to God and God’s will for the human does not come from knowing more about the times but from knowing humanity – and God. It has to do with continuities, not novelties; with what is essential in the human condition, not with what is accidental. Pastoral work gathers expertise not by acquiring new knowledge but by assimilating old wisdom, not by reading the latest books but by digesting the oldest ones … otherwise we float on fads; or we develop pastoral strategies in response to the fake little cycles of death and rebirth which are monitored by the seasonal rise and fall of the hemline … hastily put together out of whatever is at hand from the graduate schools, the bestseller lists, and the latest opinion poll listings of what people want. Meanwhile scripture is at hand for those who will use it, foundation stones upon which a better pastoral work can be constructed.” (Eugene Peterson, Five Smooth Stones for Pastoral Work)

Schedule:

9:00 – Warm Up

9:30 – Session 1: Standing at the Crossroads with our Lord (presented by David Williams, General Superintendent, EFC-MAYM)

10:30 – Coffee Break

10:45 – Session 2: Standing at the Crossroads with our Families (presented by Tony Wheeler, Founding Director, Family Ministry Institute)

12:00 – Lunch Break

1:15 – Session 3: Standing at the Crossroads with our Neighbors (presented by Carol Williams, Wife of General Superintendent, EFC-MAYM)

2:15 – Coffee Break

2:30 – Session 4: Standing at the Crossroads with our World (presented by Matt Macy, Associate Director, Evangelical Friends Mission)

3:30 – Wrap Up

Area Sites/Hosts/Facilitators:

Central Kansas: Northridge Friends Church/Manny Garcia/David Crisp

Central Oklahoma: Chandler Friends Church/Keith Reeser/Brad Wood

Northeast: Emporia First Friends Church/Jared Warner

North Central: Glen Elder Friends Church/Wanda Warner/Diana Roe

Texas: Angleton Friends Community/Karl Newmann/Robyn Burns-Marko

Tri-State: Independence Friends Church/Grady Miller/John Penrose

Western: Seward County Community College/Dennis McDowell/Diana Hoover

Cost: (payable upon arrival at area host site): $10.00 per person

Registration: (due by January 19, 2018): Contact Janet Penna at 316-267-0391 or janet@efcmaym.org

Leadership Institute, Aug 7 | Kevin Lee

Tuesday, July 11th, 2017

Kevin Lee, our teacher for our new Institute course in the “The Survey of the Old Testament,” will reveal to us the glorious beauty to be found in these ancient Scriptures, during the months of August, September, and October. Kevin teaches with the high view of the Bible held by George Fox, who claimed, “The Scriptures were given forth by the Spirit of God.” Therefore, we will know God more fully as we understand the Scriptures more fully. May we grow in our knowledge of God and the Scriptures during this course in the Old Testament, starting August 7, 2017.

Kevin Lee has a ministry of law enforcement with the Lyon County Sheriff’s Department in Kansas (the Emporia region).  His background includes college teaching and administration, church leadership, and studies in Bible, theology, and pastoral ministry. With a true pastor’s heart, Kevin is able to render a very unique ministry in his law enforcement work. He has numerous opportunities, in ways that many of us do not have, to touch people’s lives with the compassionate love of Christ. Before assuming his present work, Kevin Lee was Vice President for Student Services, Head Soccer Coach, and Professor in the Bible/Ministry Division at Barclay College. Specifically, he taught Old Testament and New Testament courses in the Distance Learning program. He is also well rooted in the Friends Church. Kevin grew up in Northridge Friends Church. After completing an undergraduate degree in Bible and Business Administration at Barclay College, he served as a youth pastor for ten years in Evangelical Friends Church-Mid America Yearly Meeting (Hutchinson and Bethel Friends Churches). In 2005, his family moved to southern California, where at the Friends Center at Azusa Pacific University, he earned the degree, Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies.  While studying for the Master’s degree, Kevin served as Minister to College Students at Friends Community Church in Brea, California. He also has experience in banking and substitute teaching and coaching in the public school system. Kevin is married to Jennifer, and they are the loving parents of three beautiful children: Nathan, Hannah, and Jessa.

Because God has blessed our Institute so abundantly, we desire to share the fruits of our teaching. Technology has made possible our ability to hear, see, and interact with Kevin and one another. This we will do at the following locations: St Paul, MN Friends Church (at the home of Kumar Tamang, with Friends from Nepal and Bhutan), Canadian Yearly Meeting (Montreal Monthly Meeting at the home of David Millar, and the  homes of Paul Etienne Mungombe  and Jonathan Esongo, Friends from Congo), (Quebec City Meeting with Musato L. Dems and Alphee Ndahond, Friends from Congo), All Nations (formerly Sudanese Community) Friends Church in Omaha, Palmer, Alaska (at the home of David Miller), Noatak, Alaska (Robert Sheldon, Superintendent), Louisville, KY Friends Church and Stone Mountain Friends Church, Atlanta, GA (with Friends from Rwanda and Burundi), Samson Retnaraj (EFM missionary in Nepal), Mncedisi Nkomo (pastor in Zambia), Friends in Jamaica, Kickapoo Friends Center, Indianapolis, with Steve Turner, Lighthouse Fellowship Church (at the home of Jerry and Mary Louthan), Friends Community Church (Angleton), Neighborhood Friends Church (at the home of Tom and Bonnie Bousman), Friends Ministry Center (Wichita), Bangor Liberty Friends Church, Fowler Friends Church, Faith Friends Church, North Newton (at the home of Merl and Eunice Kinser), New Hope Friends Church, Friends Church at Liberal, and Barclay College (Jackson Hall).

Some Friends prefer a time more convenient than Monday nights. Graciously, Drew Davenport places the video recorded classes on YouTube. A good model to follow in viewing them is to gather a group in your church or area, so that you may discuss the class presentation together. Click here to go to the link.

Kevin Lee’s hope is that through his teaching, the Holy Spirit will open to us new insights into the Truths of God that are revealed in the precious Scriptures. The first class in the Old Testament series is August 7, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. central time. At 6:50, we will hear the story or testimony of one of our Institute Friends.

Inviting you to join us as Kevin opens to us the fascinating beauty of the Old Testament,

Dave Kingrey, Director of Leadership Institute

Summit 2018

Tuesday, June 20th, 2017
 
 
SAVE THE DATE… Kingdom. Mission. Passion. 
Friends SUMMIT 2018 | December 28, 2018-January 1, 2019 | Denver Marriott Tech Center.
Conversations that could change your life!
Evangelical Friends Church-North America.
$340/person (at four/room rate).

Leadership Institute Update | July 3

Saturday, June 17th, 2017

Dr. Adrian Halverstadt will bless us once more on July 3, 2017, as he completes our study of Christian theology, with specific emphasis on our Friends beliefs. Adrian knows the Church and Christian theology through studies in his Master’s and Doctoral work, as Professor in undergraduate and graduate Bible/Theology courses at Barclay College, and as a Friends Church pastor and leader. He has studied the great theologians and devotional leaders through the centuries. An additional blessing is Adrian’s broad knowledge of Friends history and theology, so he teaches Church history and beliefs through the eyes of Quakerism.

You will be able to see, hear, and interact with Adrian at these locations: Indianapolis, with Steve Turner, Louisville, KY Friends Church, Stone Mountain Friends Church, Atlanta, GA, Kickapoo Friends Center, St Paul, MN Friends Church (Bhutanese), Canadian Yearly Meeting (Montreal Monthly Meeting) at the homes of David Millar, Paul Etienne Mungombe, and Jonathan Esongo, Kingston, Jamaica (viewing and discussing YouTube videos), Lighthouse Fellowship Church (at the home of Jerry and Mary Louthan), Friends Community Church (Angleton), All Nations (formerly Sudanese Community) Friends Church in Omaha, Palmer, Alaska (at the home of David Miller), Noatak, Alaska (Robert Sheldon, Superintendent), Neighborhood Friends Church (at the home of Tom  and Bonnie Bousman), Friends Ministry Center (Wichita), Bangor Liberty Friends Church, Fowler Friends Church, Faith Friends Church, North Newton (at the home of Merl and Eunice Kinser), New Hope Friends Church, Friends Church at Liberal, and Barclay College (Jackson Hall).

If you also want to view the video recorded session and absorb your learning experience a second time, or if you cannot be at one of these sites, simply click on this YouTube link here.

After Adrian’s teaching in this session, I am certain that you, like me, will have a deeper understanding of the beliefs of our beloved Christian Church. This is important, because being firmly grounded in our roots, we will be able to grow and produce fruits for strong leadership and ministry today and in the future. Jesus’ teaching is clear, “The tree is known by its fruit” (Matthew 12:33 NRSV). This applies to the Church, of which you and I are servant leaders.

The class begins at 7:00 p.m. central time, July 3, 2017, with a time of friendly fellowship at 6:50.

Inviting you to enrich your faith, knowledge, and life by sharing in Adrian’s final class on Christian Theology.

-Dave Kingrey, Director of Leadership Institute

Journey Project Internships

Tuesday, May 9th, 2017
 
The Home Missions Board is excited to partner in several unique Journey Project internships this summer in different locations across the yearly meeting. The purpose of The Journey Project is to develop leaders – the kind of leaders who live out their faith in such a way as to change lives and communities through the sharing of God’s unconditional love.  Journey Project interns will be stretched beyond their comfort zones as they serve those in need. They will be equipped and trained to make disciples and make a difference in the world. And they will experience the joy of their salvation in ways they never imagined!
 
In addition to the summer internships, the Home Missions Board is hoping to bring on a young Spanish-speaking couple, Dario & Raquel Bastias, to EFC-MAYM for an extended, year-long “Journey Project” internship.  Dario & Raquel would start their year with us this summer in Wichita and then on to Tyler, Texas for a Luke 10 trip to explore a potential calling to help plant a new Friends church there when their internship concludes. If you are able to provide a camper or RV for them for 3 to 6 weeks this summer (June 4 – July 20) for this Luke 10 exploratory trip, please let us know!
 
From August 2017 through May 2018, Dario & Raquel would be available to spend time in a number of areas to learn from and connect with the local church and the local community. The interns’ ministry focus would be to have presence in the community. As they arrive in a unique community, their mission is to learn who the people are and where God is at work outside the walls of the church, and to join Him there. Through a partnership with a host church, we believe this internship will help build a bridge for the church to re-engage or engage for the first time with a unique community outside of its walls. What an exciting opportunity!
 
Host Church Opportunity: Dario & Raquel could come to your community for 1, 2, or 3 months. We ask the host church to provide housing for them in the target community. The interns will be raising some of their own personal support in addition to some Home Missions Board support for their other living and personal expenses. 
 
While at the host site, we also ask the host church to provide a mentor that would meet with the interns weekly for one hour in a Life Transformation Group. No training is required for the mentor, but note that a commitment to a Scripture reading plan is. 
 
We invite you to visit www.tribeoffriends.org to learn more about The Journey Project.
 
– Home Missions Board Chairman, John Harkness

Applications Open for Kaleo Academy

Friday, April 14th, 2017

screen-shot-2016-09-09-at-2-38-01-pmHow is your church investing in Leadership Development for the future? Do you have anything in place to encourage young people towards a life of ministry, service and calling? Kaleo (“to call”) Academy would like to come alongside your church in helping develop high school leaders for the Friends Church, and most importantly, for the Kingdom of God. Kaleo Academy is a National Friends Youth Training for students entering their sophomore, junior or senior year of high school in the fall of 2017 and is sponsored by Barclay College. The Academy is a 10 month program which includes: a week long Theology Camp on the campus of Barclay College (June 25 – July 1, 2017); a supervised Mentor Program to walk alongside the student and mentor from your local faith community; an Online Learning Community with students, mentors, and Friends teachers/leaders; and the Released Project directed towards 50 hours of student service learning.

Kaleo Academy Staff is interested in visiting your local church or your Yearly Meeting Region and presenting a workshop on how the program can take place in your congregation. If you are interested in more details, please contact Kaleo Academy Director, Brockie Follette at brockie.follette@barclaycollege.edu or 620-862-5252 ext. 26.

The group that formed around George Fox and started the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) were known as the Valiant Sixty.  Those early Quakers were young and passionate in telling people about Jesus, the One who can speak to every person’s condition.  We are looking for the new Valiant Sixty; young people who are ready to answer the call and help lead the Friends Church into the future!

Visit our website for more information and to apply: http://www.barclaycollege.edu/kaleo/. Applications are now being accepted through May 31, 2017.

– Brockie Follette, Kaleo Academy Director

641-990-6225

Leadership Institute, May 1 | Dr. Adrian Halverstadt

Friday, April 14th, 2017

This week we are remembering with inexpressible gratitude the love of Christ revealed in his suffering love for us on the cross. Then, on Resurrection Sunday, we will celebrate Christ’s victory over the grave. So we will gather with our Institute family on May 1, 2017 as a new people filled with the new life of the Living Christ. We will also begin a new course on Christian Theology and Church History. Dr. Adrian Halverstadt will be our teacher for the three classes in May, June, and July, during which he will bring clarity to the central beliefs of our Christian faith from a distinctively Friends perspective.

Dr. Adrian Halverstadt is my personal friend and colleague. Adrian is Chancellor at Barclay College and represents the college around the nation and across the branches of the Friends Church. He is Professor of Christian Theology in the Master of Arts studies at Barclay College, Director of the distance learning studies, and Professor in the undergraduate Bible/Ministry Division. Serving the wider Friends Church, Adrian is Superintendent of Rocky Mountain Yearly Meeting and Director of Evangelical Friends Church-North America. He is a Recorded Friends Minister in Evangelical Friends Church-Eastern Region, with more than thirty years of pastoral service. Adrian received the Bachelor’s degree from Ft. Wayne Bible College, the Master’s in Christian Ministry from Huntington University, and the Ph.D. in Theology, with a concentration in conflict management and systems theory from Trinity/University of Liverpool. Before coming to Barclay College, Adrian was Interim Pastor of the Pratt Friends Church, Executive Pastor of Willoughby Hills Friends Church, and a District Superintendent in Evangelical Friends Church (Eastern Region). He also opened a mission field in Brazil. Adrian is married to Lisa, and they are the loving parents of Adrian III, Joel, and Tim, and grandparents of six beautiful grandchildren. Adrian describes his commitment to the Church. “Lisa and I enjoy visiting churches and speaking on behalf of Barclay College.  We love the Friends Church and are committed to Biblical holiness.  I am convinced that God can transform the world for His glory through Barclay College and the Evangelical Friends Church!”

Adrian’s presentation will be available on YouTube. So if you cannot listen to his presentation on May 1, I encourage you to view the recorded session. Perhaps you can gather a group in your church to discuss Adrian’s teaching. Another brilliant idea was given to me. You might want to have a Sunday school class to discuss Adrian’s classes and other courses. This is the YouTube link.

If you are able to share in the interactive session with Adrian, here are the locations: Kickapoo Friends Center, Louisville, KY Friends Church, Stone Mountain Friends Church, Atlanta, GA, Indianapolis with Steve Turner, All Nations (formerly Sudanese Community) Friends Church in Omaha, Palmer, Alaska (the home of David Miller), (Alaska Yearly Meeting), Noatak, Alaska (Robert Sheldon, Superintendent), Neighborhood Friends Church (at the home of Tom and Bonnie Bousman), Friends Ministry Center (Wichita), Lighthouse Fellowship Church (at the home of Jerry and Mary Louthan), Bangor Liberty Friends Church, Fowler Friends Church, Barclay College (Jackson Hall), Faith Friends Church, North Newton (at the home of Merl and Eunice Kinser), Friends Community Church (Angleton), New Hope Friends Church, Friends Church at Liberal, Arkansas City Friends Church (at the home of Bud and Pauline Lawrence), Kingston, Jamaica (viewing and discussing YouTube videos), St Paul, MN Friends Church (Bhutanese), and Canadian Yearly Meeting (Montreal Monthly Meeting) at the homes of David Millar, Paul Etienne Mungombe, and Jonathan Esongo.

We seek to be informed Friends and explain clearly our beliefs. This we can do as we understand more fully our rich Christian history and the beliefs of prominent theologians in our 2000-year history. Adrian Halverstadt is committed to guide us in this high goal. Will you join him and others in our Institute family on May 1, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. central time? I invite you also to participate in a time of fellowship at 6 :50, during which we will hear the story of one of our members.

May the grace of our Savior be overflowing to you and your church,

Dave Kingrey, Director of Leadership Institute

Camp 2017 | Registration Open

Friday, March 24th, 2017

Camp Registration is open. Further details and registration can be found here.  Please register by May 17 to avoid a late fee!

ALL IN – Living a Life of Worship
Romans 12:1-2, The Message
Kids Camp – June 3-7 (Grades 3-6)
Camp Director – Pam Chambers, Event Director – Sarah Harvey, Speaker – Josh Bunce
Sr. High Camp – June 8-12 (Grades 9-12)
Primary Director – Gabe Hancock, Assistant Director – Royce Bryan, Speaker – Keas Keasler
Jr. High Camp – June 12-16 (Grades 6-8)
Primary Director – Gabe Hancock, Assistant Director – Royce Bryan, Speaker – Jason Porterfield

 

Counselors are needed as well as the following:

Primary Counselor: Assigned 10-12 campers at each camp. Directs campers through the program and gives oversight. May teach an initiative activity. In charge of nightly cabin devotions/reflections. Debriefs campers through spiritual decisions made.

Assistant Counselor: (age 18 or over/at least 1 year prior experience) Assists Primary Counselor in all cabin responsibilities as stated above. Is willing to maintain an attitude of learning and service to the Primary Counselor and Cabin group each day.

Counselor in Training (CIT): (age 16-18 and/or first year counseling).

 

REGISTER HERE

 

– Jesse Penna, Director of Student Ministries

Leadership Institute, April 3 | Derek Brown on Worship Leadership, Part III

Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017

The Church Leadership Institute for Ministry will gather April 3, 2017, during the season of remembering Christ’s death and celebrating His resurrection. We will be filled with gratitude for God’s supreme gift of Christ’s sacrificial love for us. We will also share feelings of gratefulness for God’s gift of our Ministry Institute.

Derek Brown, who has carefully and wonderfully taught our previous two classes, will speak to us and guide our discussion in his third and final session on Worship Leadership. Derek, as we have discovered, is a very articulate teacher. Derek is Chaplain, Chair of the Pastoral Ministry Department, and Director of the Pastoral Ministries and Transformational Leadership concentrations of the Master’s studies at Barclay College. As Professor, he teaches courses in Bible, Theology, Pastoral Ministry, Leadership, Preaching, and Worship. Derek received the B.A. degree from Barclay College, the M.A.R (Master of Arts in Religion) from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary, and the Ph.D. degree from Johnson University. Derek’s doctoral studies were in Friends Faith and Practice, particularly the history of the Faith and Practices in the six Yearly Meetings in the Evangelical Friends Church – North America. He also studied the development of the Friends pastoral system in North America. His dissertation is a significant resource for 21st-century Friends. Derek is married to Jessica Huffman, who is the great-niece of Max Huffman, former Director of Indiana Yearly Meeting’s Missions Department. Jessica and Derek are the loving parents of precious twin daughters,

Our hope is to make available this Institute class, and all Institute classes, to as many Friends as possible. With this goal we offer live, interactive classes at these locations: All Nations (formerly Sudanese Community) Friends Church in Omaha, Friends Bible Training School in Alaska Yearly Meeting, Noatak, Alaska (Robert Sheldon, Superintendent), Neighborhood Friends Church (at the home of Tom and Bonnie Bousman), Friends Ministry Center (Wichita), Lighthouse Fellowship Church (at the home of Jerry and Mary Louthan), Bangor Liberty Friends Church, Fowler Friends Church, Barclay College (Jackson Hall), Faith Friends Church, North Newton (at the home of Merl and Eunice Kinser), Friends Community Church (Angleton), New Hope Friends Church, Friends Church at Liberal, Arkansas City Friends Church (at the home of Bud and Pauline Lawrence), Louisville, KY Friends Church, Stone Mountain Friends Church, Atlanta, GA, Indianapolis with Steve Turner, Kingston, Jamaica (viewing and discussing videos),  Kickapoo Friends Center, and St Paul, MN Friends Church

(Bhutanese). If you are unable to join one of these Institute groups and you prefer to view the video on YouTube, click here.

Derek will begin teaching at 7:00 p.m. central time, April 3, 2017, preceded by a time of fellowship and sharing at 6:50. You will want to make this class a priority, because from it you will take many ideas that you will find useful in your churches.

– Dave Kingrey, Director of Leadership Institute

Twaddells Raising Support in EFCMAYM | March-June

Thursday, March 9th, 2017
EFM Missionaries Roy and Jinky Twaddell are living in Haviland, KS for the next 4 months as they complete their deputation and support raising to prepare to go as missionaries to the Philippines to do ministry among Muslims. They are available March through June to speak in EFC-MAYM churches and to share about their ministry. You can contact Roy directly at rtwaddell@icloud.com or 949-633-8925 to schedule a visit to your church, Sunday School, small group, mission group, Friends Women group, etc.
 
Please pray for the Twaddells as they seek to complete their fundraising support. They are currently at 70% and need to raise the remaining 30% before returning to the Philippines.
 
Thanks for your love for missions, care for our missionaries, and partnership in the Gospel!
 
– Adam Monaghan, Associate Superintendent

Inaugural Institute Symposium | Barclay College | March 4

Friday, March 3rd, 2017

I wanted to share a unique opportunity with you to join in the Inaugural “Robert Barclay Institute” symposium on Saturday morning March 4.  A brief understanding about the Robert Barclay Institute is as follows:

Purpose:

This scholarly resource supports Barclay College’s efforts to give historic Quaker thought a vibrant place in campus life and to allow Robert Barclay and other early Quaker voices to speak effectively in today’s world. The goals and aims of the Robert Barclay Institute fall under the identity, mission, and strategic plan objectives of Barclay College. This institute is made up of faculty, administrators, students, alumni, affiliated scholars and constituents.

Objectives:

  • Research the early voice (writings) of our Quaker leaders
  • Articulate ways the early Quaker movement speak into today’s culture
  • Reinvigorate evangelical expressions of Historic Quaker Faith and Practice
  • Connect contemporary Social Issues with evangelical Quaker Faith and Practice

Nurture Vocation and Calling amongst evangelical Quaker Christians

Here are the details about the presentation:

Saturday, March 4, 2017 | 9:30-10:30 a.m. (brunch to follow)
Student Center – Gathering Room
Theme: All Are One in Christ Jesus: The Social Justice Actions of Early Quakers as an Example to Contemporary American Evangelicalism
Presenter: Derek Brown, PhD
Responder: Aaron Stokes, MA in Quaker Studies, student
Moderator: Kevin Mortimer, PhD abd

Details for the gathering can also be found by clicking here.

I will share more info in the future about this Institute, but wanted to make you aware of this forthcoming opportunity.

Inaugural RB Institute Symposium Brochure

– Jesse Penna, Student Ministries Director

Tribe of Friends | Journey Internship

Friday, March 3rd, 2017
This summer we will partnering with the Tribe of Friends to continue a unique internship and training program for college students who have finished their freshman year. The purpose of “The Journey Project” is to develop leaders – the kind of leaders who live out their faith in such a way as to change lives and communities through the sharing of God’s unconditional love.
 
Interns will be stretched beyond their comfort zones as they serve those in need and live in Christian community with one another. Interns will be equipped and trained to make a difference in the world. And they will experience the joy of their salvation in ways they never imagined! 
 
We invite you to visit www.tribeoffriends.org to learn more, and to contact us if we can answer any questions. 
Registration deadline is March 15.
 
– Jesse Penna, Student Ministries Director

 

New Worship Leadership Course | with Derek Brown

Friday, January 13th, 2017

“Worship Leadership” is the subject of the new class in the Leadership Institute, beginning February 6, 2017, and Derek Brown will be our teacher. This will also be the start of the three-year Institute curriculum, and a good time for you to start, if you have not been involved, or to continue, if you have been active. There will be different teachers with new perspectives for each course. The course subjects will be: Worship Leadership, Church History and Theology, Old and New Testament Studies, The Personal Life of the Church Leader, Evangelism and Outreach, Church Leadership and Administration, Spiritual Formation and Spiritual Direction, Friends Faith and Practice, Family Building, Organizational Leadership, and Advancing the Church through Missions and Outreach Ministries.

During the months of February, March, and April, Derek Brown will teach the classes in the Worship Leadership course, central to which is the Teaching and Preaching Ministry of the church.

We are very privileged to have Derek Brown as our Leadership Institute teacher. Derek Brown is Chaplain, Chair of the Pastoral Ministry Department, and Director of the Pastoral Ministries and Transformational Leadership concentrations of the Master’s studies at Barclay College. As Professor, he teaches courses in Bible, Theology, Pastoral Ministry, Leadership, Preaching, and Worship. Derek was my student (an excellent student) in the Teachings of Friends class that I taught.

He earned the B.A. degree from Barclay College and the M.A.R (Master of Arts in Religion) from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary. He received the Ph.D. degree from Johnson University. Derek’s doctoral studies were in Friends Faith and Practice, particularly the development of the pastoral system in North America. He has studied thoroughly the Faith and Practices of the six Yearly Meetings in the Evangelical Friends Church – North America. His dissertation is a significant resource for 21st-century Friends.

Derek is married to Jessica Huffman (also an excellent student in my Teachings of Friends class), who is the great-niece of Max Huffman. Many Friends remember Max Huffman as past Director of Indiana Yearly Meeting’s Missions Department. Max Huffman came to me as a college student with the words, “I think God is calling you into the Friends pastoral ministry.” These words penetrated my soul and were a major stimulus for my life’s vocation in Friends Pastoral Ministry. Can you imagine the joy I have in God’s gift of being able to minister more than fifty years later with Max Huffman’s great-niece and her husband, Derek?

God has blessed Jessica and Derek with precious twin daughters, and God will bless us with Derek’s clear and informed teaching.

Some Friends will be unable to be present Monday evening, so you can view the video recording of the class on YouTube by clicking HERE.

You may want to gather a group in your church or area to view the video together and discuss it. If so, please inform me, so I can count you present when marking attendance. Thank you. Locations where you may share in live discussion and interact with Derek and others are:

Sudanese Community Church (Omaha), Friends Bible Training School in Alaska Yearly Meeting, Noatak, Alaska (Robert Sheldon, Superintendent), Neighborhood Friends Church (at the home of Tom and Bonnie Bousman), Friends Ministry Center (Wichita), Lighthouse Fellowship Church (at the home of Jerry and Mary Louthan), Bangor Liberty Friends Church, Fowler Friends Church, Barclay College (Jackson Hall), Faith Friends Church, North Newton (at the home of Merl and Eunice Kinser), Friends Community Church (Angleton), New Hope Friends Church, Friends Church at Liberal, Arkansas City Friends Church (at the home of Bud and Pauline Lawrence), Louisville, KY Friends Church, Stone Mountain Friends Church, Atlanta, GA, and Indianapolis with Steve Turner.

The class begins at 7:00 p.m. central time, February 6, 2017. However, most Friends will join at 6:50 for a time of sharing, prayer, and listening to the stories of others.

Excited about the new Institute course of studies with Derek Brown teaching Worship Leadership,

– Dave Kingrey, Director of Leadership Institute

Camp Makeover | March 2017

Friday, January 13th, 2017

Greetings on behalf of the camp board!

As many of you may recall, we did an “extreme camp makeover” in 2009 with many improvements and additions to the camp.  The camp board, along with our new camp managers Joe and Carole Corder, have approved the following projects.  We would invite our EFC-MAYM churches, families and individuals to consider the following 2 options: 

1. Give towards one of the projects below.
2. Bring your church, family,  youth group or yourself down to camp to help work on one or more of the projects below.

 

Camp Makeover | March 2017

Camp Quaker Haven ADOPT-A-PROJECT LIST:
Adopt a CQH Project!

  • $1500 to pay for a new roof – 10 more roofs to go!
  • $1500 for a pool light so we can swim at night
  • $5000 for a kitchen remodal
  • $2000 for 2 new RV spots
  • $1500 for new windows on the Grace house
  • $20000 for DREAM need for a skid loader
    Several of these items are still being researched for a final choice and price.

Please contact us for more information:
Joe Corder: 918 – 694 – 7032 | Camp board manager and main contact for these projects
Spencer Linville: spencerlinville@yahoo.com  | Camp board chair
Jesse Penna: jesse@efcmaym.org  | Student Ministries Director, EFC-MAYM

If you or your group, church or family would like to help work on any projects, please contact Joe Corder ASAP!

 

Mini Camp Makeover | Spring break, March 2017

Register Now

Please consider taking time off work to help with projects or hospitality at Camp Quaker Haven (CQH).  Registration cost of $200 per person due Feb 25 goes 100% towards project costs, as CQH is funding all meals and hospitality.  Mid America Friends Youth Ministries is partnering with the Camp Board to renovate CQH during spring break. Providing a facility for students and adults to renovate their walk with Jesus Christ has been a mission of Mid America Friends through CQH since 1949.  This is the mission that we carry forward for coming generations as Friends Youth Ministries implement a Mini Camp Makeover.  Please contact Joe Corder for a project list and other details that may not be included in this note. We need lots of help from adults and students; individuals or groups, so please consider going, sending, or donating towards a project! Registration is open now. Please fill out the form and mail it in. Camp Makeover Registration Form

MINI CAMP MAKEOVER Project List:

These items above are prioritized by the Camp Board and will be completed as funds are available.  Mini Camp Makeover’s goal is to fully complete this list this spring with a dream to also purchase a skid loader to help with some of these projects!  Please make plans to participate or give!

On behalf of the camp board,

– Jesse Penna, Student Ministries Director, EFC-MAYM

Saltshaker Bhutan/India 2017

Tuesday, January 10th, 2017
 
The information has been published and registration is open for the summer 2017 Saltshaker mission trip to Bhutan/India. Saltshaker 2017 will be one trip visiting both the mission fields in West Bengal, India and Bhutan. See details and basic Saltshaker 2017 Information, including the link to apply. 
 
Saltshaker Bhutan/India – June 22-July 8, 2017
$4800 (exact cost still to be finalized)* 
Required Orientation on June 22. Location TBA.
Application and deposits are due by February 15 (or until the teams are full). 
 
*SPECIAL NOTE ON COST. All costs and dates are subject to change. Current estimated cost is $4800 (exact cost still to be finalized). This cost is more expensive than any Saltshaker we have had before but includes the added cost for the daily Bhutan tariff (4 nights = $1000 person), airfare (up to $2600/person), and then $1200/person for all other costs including orientation, all meals and transportation and lodging, and ministry and program expenses during our trip. I am visiting both mission fields on a prep trip in January and will know the final estimated cost for the summer trip by the end of January. I will be leading the Bhutan/India Saltshaker trip along with other adult leaders to be named.
 
Please share this information with the high school students, college students and young adults, and anyone else from your church that you think might be interested in representing EFC-MAYM for such a life-changing short-term missions experience. 
 
Adam Monaghan
EFC-MAYM Associate Superintendent
 
P.S. Check out these reflections and reports from the past few years of Saltshaker trips as the youth share their testimonies and the value of the short term missions experience on the Friends Church mission field.

Leadership Institute, Jan 2 | Participant Honors & Cambodia Missionary

Tuesday, December 13th, 2016

davek-180x180We will gather for our first Leadership Institute class in 2017 on January 2. At the beginning of the New Year, having recently celebrated the birth of Jesus Christ, we will be filled with the fresh hope of our Lord, who is living in our world and reborn in our hearts. This evening we will celebrate the faithfulness of all Friends in the Institute, and honor our Friends who will receive certificates of completion for having participated in at least one class in the twelve courses during the last three years. We will also experience new hope and vision for missions as Michelle Murray shares with us.

Michelle Murray is a Friends missionary. Currently she is involved in mission work at Barclay College and in Haviland, Kansas, where she is active in the Haviland Friends Church. At Barclay, she teaches, counsels students, particularly those who are interested in missions, and organizes Juniors Global trips for students who want short-term experiences in mission work abroad. In Haviland, she manages Origins Coffeehouse, a place of ministry where Barclay College students, town residents, and visitors can share with one another their Christian faith, and where Barclay students are given opportunity to work in a Christian environment.

Michelle graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from California State University at Long Beach. She holds the degree of Master of Arts in Transformational Leadership, with a concentration in Spiritual Formation, from Barclay College.

Michelle served Evangelical Friends Church Southwest as a missionary in Cambodia. She also served in Cambodia with Marketplace Ministries. Among her ministry responsibilities in Cambodia were managing a Christian coffeehouse and training young people to work in the coffeehouse. Deeply concerned about the major problem of human trafficking, Michelle went into the brothels, brought out some who were held as slaves, and trained them for respectable Christian work in the coffeehouse.

Michelle enjoys adventure in God’s natural world. When you are able, ask her about her hike to the top of Kilimanjaro.

Michelle has a powerful message and amazing experiences to share with us, and we are extremely blessed to have her as our teacher.

One goal in the Institute is to make available our courses to Friends throughout the nation and around the globe, at any time of day or night. Drew Davenport makes this possible by putting the video recorded sessions on YouTube. Some Friends cannot be free at the time the classes are in session. If this is the case for you and you want to see and hear the presentations, click here. Then choose the session you want to view.

Sites where the classes are live include: Friends Community Church (Angleton), Friends Bible Training School in Alaska Yearly Meeting at the home of David Miller, Noatak, Alaska (Robert Sheldon, Superintendent),  Friends Ministry Center (Wichita), Lighthouse Fellowship Church (at the home of Jerry and Mary Louthan), Bangor Liberty Friends Church, Fowler Friends Church, Barclay College (Jackson Hall), Faith Friends Church, North Newton (at the home of Merl and Eunice Kinser), Sudanese Community Church (Omaha), Arkansas City Friends Church (at the home of Bud Lawrence), New Hope Friends Church, Friends Church at Liberal, and Neighborhood Friends Church (at the home of Tom and Bonnie Bousman).

The Institute is a caring family of Friends, and we can increase our care as we know one another better. So we give ten minutes before the class begins every month for a person to tell a little about herself/himself. The sharing time will begin at 6:50 p.m., and the class will start at 7:00 p.m. central time on January 2, 2017.

Eagerly anticipating Michelle Murray’s message and thanking all Institute participants,

– Dave Kingrey, Director of Leadership Institute

EFCMAYM’s Newest Church Plants & Project Updates

Wednesday, December 7th, 2016

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God’s Holy Spirit is at work among the cities and towns of our yearly meeting, including some new points of ministry. It has been some time since you heard an update on all the active new church planting projects. I want to begin with our newest mission points.

Caldwell, Texas. A growing central Texas community located between College Station and Waco is our newest mission point. This opportunity came to us from Booker Friends pastors Steve and Linda Patterson. After a discussion with Linda’s cousins, George & Beverly Miller, former members of Bayshore Friends in Bacliff Texas, I heard their vision and burden to reach their neighbors for Jesus Christ. They live in this growing community of around 5,000 people and they believe the Friends message and tradition is a valuable way to reach out to their neighbors. Please pray for this new mission point.
St. Paul, Minnesota Friends Church. Through referrals from EFM missionaries, John and Sangi VanLal, who have served in Nepal for many years, two refugee churches have begun. The newest church includes five to six families meeting in a house church led by Pastor Kumar and wife Jossuda Tamang, and their two teenage sons, Amrit and Samuel. A Partner Church Advisory Team (PAT) has been established. Riverbend Friends of Tecumseh, Michigan from Eastern Region YM, Hay Springs Friends in Nebraska, From Rocky Mountain YM, Bear Creek Friends in Des Moines from Iowa YM, and Northbranch and All Nations Friends from our YM make up the team. While ministering in Nepal, Pastor Kumar Tamang was a good friend and disciple of Pastor DB Tamang who is now ministering in Ft Worth, Texas.  Even though they share a last name, they are not related. Our Home Missions Board recently approved funds to purchase Nepali and NIV Bibles for this new ministry. Please pray for Pastor Kumar and the St Paul team.
The Ft Worth, Texas Nepali ministry called Living Friends Church continues to expand in three huge apartment complexes where many refugees have settled. Pastor DB Tamang, and his wife Sangita, along with their teenage children Neemah and Silas, have started several bible studies. He is also preaching each Sunday in the community of Haltom in north Ft Worth where his mother and brother live. He currently uses their large garage for a meeting location, but they are at full capacity there.  Pray for the Partner Church Advisory Team (PAT) as we discern a larger location for meetings. PAT chairman is David Moses, and wife Andrea (Byrne) Moses. Steve Patterson, David Byrne and myself complete the team.   More PAT churches are needed to work with this exciting new ministry.  Thanks to Western Area for responding to the need for Nepali Bibles!

Friends of Lawrence, Kansas. Another team couple, Joey and Lanie Spiegle have relocated from Miami, Oklahoma to join pastors Jeremiah and Wendy Williams in this work. They are intentional in building multiple relationships with those they meet in their workplace, apartment complex and the neighborhood community of the Lawrence Friends Church.  Jeremiah is working hard to refurbish and remodel the church facility. This ministry is supported by representatives from Spring Grove, Tonganoxie, Crossroads, Rose Hill, Northridge, and Haviland Friends Churches. Continue to pray for God’s direction as they reach out to people in Lawrence.
Iglesia Evangelica Amigos de Oklahoma City, Oklahoma with Pastor Isai and Sucely Ramos and family. The Aldana family from Guatemala (Sucely’s parents and brother) have acquired U.S. Residency status and joined the ministry team in Oklahoma City. Pastor Isai is bi-vocational, and in addition to discipling his church family, works at Hobby Lobby and reaches out to the Hispanic community in numerous innovative ways. After ministering in this community for several years, the passionate prayer request from Pastor Isai is that the Holy Spirit might break through Satan’s stronghold in the hearts of people in the community who are not open to the Gospel message. Pray also for Sucely’s health and the ongoing issues of insurance coverage for their family.

All Nations Church (Sudanese Community) in Omaha, Nebraska. A new team has formed to support the ministry efforts of pastors Lazarus and Veronica John. Team members are Rob Talbot from Quakerdale Ministries in Iowa YM, Pastor Cliff Heckman from Bear Creek Meeting in Des Moines, Iowa, Rebecca Achai-Denver, Aislynn Rookwood and Martha Mut from All Nations Church in Omaha. Lazarus’ ministry is to both the local Sudanese community as well as those who remain in South Sudan. This team is focused on spiritual leadership to help provide support for local medical and legal needs, housing, and employment. They minister to youth through sports teams, while coordinating interns from the University of Nebraska, Omaha. Another service they provide is using their handicap-accessible van for urgent transportation needs in the community.
Iglesia Amigos de San Antonio, Texas, with Pastor Emilio Sanchez: This team is well-established with local leadership and oversight by the Partner Church Advisory Team (PAT), led by Bob Mardock and David Byrne.   Bible studies are active now to feed the souls of seekers. They pray often for local growth, and for their families still in Guatemala, Mexico and other Spanish speaking countries. God’s spirit is evident in all ministries of Iglesia Amigos. Continue to pray from Pastor Emilio and the team there.

Oasis Church of Dodge City, Kansas is led by Pastor Gerald Mendenhall and his wife Deloras. With leadership and support from the Partner Church Advisory Team (PAT), Keith and Barbara Whitney, Craig and Treva Custer, Chuck Townsend, Wayne Powell and Dave Reimer, great strides are made weekly as worship attendance grows dramatically with many new believers. Jesus Torres, who spoke at EFC-MAYM sessions a few years ago, was recently released from federal prison and is now part of this Dodge City ministry. Celebrate Recovery is another vital substructure.

Thanks for your prayers.

– Randy Littlefield, Director of Multiplication Ministries

2016 EFM Christmas Catalog | Now Open!

Tuesday, October 25th, 2016

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The 2016 EFM Christmas Catalog online store is open! You may honor a friend or family member with a gift to the mission field in their name.

What is God’s goal for you and me? According to Romans 8:29, it is to conform us to the image of his son.

How can we tell if God’s goal is making headway in our lives? One sign is the offering of our treasures. The more we become like Jesus, the more we are willing to part with our treasures for his sake and the sake of others. We become givers like the one who gave his life for us.

As you look through this catalog, I encourage you to pray something like this: “Lord, how do you want to use my treasures to provide gifts for your people in Asia, Africa, and Latin America?” May this be an act of worship for you as it was for the Magi who bowed down and offered their treasures to the Christ child 

Merry Christmas from all of us at EFM!

– Dan Cammack