DYC INFORMATION HERE
Countdown to Rocky Mountain District C&MA
Billings, Montana September 29, 2003,
Continue to pray for Garry and Lela Toavs. Garry is being held in
Great Falls until he is moved to the prison in Deer Lodge. Lela is going
through radiation therapy. She reports she is feeling fatigued but
otherwise well. If you will write to Garry, his address is Garry Toavs AO
#2044777; CCDC Cascade County Detention Center; State Side; B pod; #8 3800
Ulm; North Frontage Rd; Great Falls, MT 59804. Send him an Encouragement
Card! Lela’s address is still 323 East Evergreen Drive, Kalispell, MT 59901.
Pray for Lawrence Berge
as he has recently been diagnosed with Parkinson’s
“The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few.” When Jesus
made this statement he was in the middle of a ministry session with people
who were “harassed and helpless like sheep without a shepherd.” (Matt
9:35-37) “Harassed and helpless” makes me
think of people today who are in the same state. I think of addicts,
people from broken homes, the distraught, depressed, hurt, angry people of
today. Jesus had compassion on them. He still does. We may have become
used to the idea of people going to hell. Jesus hasn’t. We need to
be awakened to the need. Jesus statement about the harvest and the workers
could be paraphrased, “There are a whole lot of hurting people, but few to
bring them to the healer.” This is a call to be sensitively aware of the
hurting people around us and point them to Jesus.
We also need to
be awakened to the wonderful, glorious provision God has made to meet the
need: His Son, Jesus the Savior of the world. We have perhaps gotten used
to that as well; become familiar with the gospel and have consequently
ignored or minimized its glory.
Let us seek God this year at
District Conference. Let us come together and pray God will open our
spiritual eyes to see the need, see His salvation, feel compassion for the
lost and bold confidence in the Savior.
People are lost and
going to hell. What a devastating thought. Therefore, conference this year
will be very focused. We will be concentrating on fulfilling the part of
our District Mission Statement “Great Commission Churches.” Instead of
seminars on multiple ministry topics, we will hone in on witnessing,
evangelism, and disciple making. Further, prayer will be at the
center of our conference. We won’t just be talking about praying for the
lost; we will be doing it.
This will not be a “one-size-fits-all”
conference. We will be breaking you out into groups by individual church
(your team meeting together), groups of churches by size (small, medium,
and large), and age and gender groups (youth, children, women, men). You
will be sharing challenges and ideas to meet challenges. This is peer
training. You are the experts! So, bring your ideas that God has worked in
your church and be prepared to share. Bring your challenges and be
prepared to receive ideas that God has used in other similar situations.
What a blessing!
In the plenary sessions we will be celebrating the
gospel in Word and song. Come prepared to celebrate!
We will have
some “experts” from National Office and other places. Mickey Noel,
National Director of Church Planting, will be with us. Jon Graf of Prayer
Ministries will lead us in that emphasis. Phil Skellie, Director of CAMA
Services/IFAP (International Fellowship of Alliance Professionals), and
other lesser known lights will show the way.
All lunches will be
served at the Convention Center. In that way we won’t waste time by going
to and from restaurants. We have given Alliance Women the luncheon
opportunity they so badly wanted. They have promised to run a sharp, brief
program and be out on time!
During that same hour the Pastoral
Growth Groups and all laymen will share a lunch. There the PGGs will get
oriented for the coming year, and we’ll all talk about mobilizing men in
RMD for construction projects! Let’s give men a mission they love and can
do here! This will enable churches to reach men as never
Last year at Conference we planned a free afternoon for R
& R. Not this year. Well, we are planning a free afternoon, and it is
Thursday afternoon and most of you will be on your way home! If anyone
wants to stay and play golf, you are welcome to do so!
concluding Conference early Thursday (by about 10:30) with a celebration
brunch. We will honor Lawrence Berge for 50 years in gospel ministry in
the Alliance, among others. Plan to stay for that event. Honor those who
will be honored. Rejoice with those who rejoice! And yes there will be
books we give to you. And, yes those will be given away after the brunch
Thursday morning. Yes, it is planned as an incentive to stay to the
Our hope is you will bring a team of people from your church,
think and pray seriously about evangelism by your church in your
community, develop a plan to accomplish the Great Commission, here, there,
and everywhere, and go home inspired to work the plan by the grace of God.
We want this Conference to mobilize each of us as individuals and as
churches to reach the lost for Christ.
We are trying to make
District Conference a ministry conference. Yes, we will take care of the
necessary organizational business, but we will be obsessing on the Kings
Business: Winning the lost for their salvation and His glory.
bring your team!
There are several churches and pastors in transition. Churches
still looking for a pastor include Fortine, Columbia Falls, Colstrip, Hardin, Plains, Savage, and
completed his ministry in Savage, Montana in June. He accepted the
position of Administrator for a VA nursing home in Columbia Falls. They are getting involved in the CF Alliance
White Sulphur Springs called Eric Stark to be their pastor
and he accepted. He plans to begin his ministry September 1. He is married
to Kimberli, and has four children ages 9, 10, 13 & 14, three girls
and a boy, the youngest. They are moving from west Seattle, where he served as youth pastor at the Arbor
Heights Alliance Church.
Lawrence Berge has announced his
retirement to be effective October 3, completing 50 years in the ministry
of the gospel in the CMA. We will be celebrating his life of ministry on
Thursday of District Conference. The Casper Alliance church will then
begin their search for a pastor. Lawrence plans to continue to reside in
Scott Corgatelli, Associate Pastor of Calvary
Alliance Church in Pocatello, Idaho, and Heather Koger were married on
June 14, 2003.
DEXCOM met June
18, in Billings and made several decisions. The revised Rocky
Mountain District Policy Manual was adopted in final form. It is posted on
the District Website for your perusal.
Since Jack Cranford resigned
from DEXCOM due to his move to Portland, Oregon, John Thomas of Evanston, Wyoming was appointed to fulfill the unexpired
term. John is a member and elder of the Evanston Alliance church. He is an
attorney and has regularly attended District Conference and General
With the departure of Matt Howell from Cheyenne to
Tacoma, Washington, DEXCOM appointed Jeff
Valentine to be the director of the Pastoral Development Team (PDT). The
PDT plans TLC, other leadership retreats such as the STRETCH Conference,
and the ministry of the Pastoral Growth Groups.
The slate of
Pastoral Growth Group leaders has recently been appointed. They are Jim
Davey (Northwest Montana), Jeff Valentine (Southwest Montana), Jim Stumbo
(South Central Montana), John Reese (North Central Montana), Dave Guilford
(South Eastern Montana), Paul Turek (MonDak), Gary Burdick (Northern
Wyoming), Gene McKenzie (Southern Wyoming), Bill Levy (Southeastern
Idaho), and Dave Minick (Southwestern Idaho). The Pastoral Growth Groups
will meet during the Wednesday lunch at District Conference. Thanks guys
for your willingness to serve in the growth of our pastors for the glory
Another appointment to servant leadership has been made
recently. Nancy German has been appointed co-director with Donna Reed for
our District Children’s Ministries team, which is a part of Disciple
Making Ministries. Nancy and Donna will be communicating with their team
and network to develop and conduct helpful ministries to children’s
workers in RMD churches. Thank you Nancy and Donna!
adopted a budget to propose to District Conference that provides for an
aggressive church planting and redevelopment strategy.
DISTRICT OPERATING BUDGET
pleased to report that more of our local churches than ever are
contributing to the District Operating Budget. We are grateful for
the faithfulness and effort each one puts into meeting our District
2003 Operating Budget Income
projection January -
2003 Operating Budget Actual
January - July =
2003 Operating Budget Expense
Projection Janaury - July =
2003 Operating Budget Actual
January - July = $273,888.62
The Lander church has run into many
frustrations in their building project, but they are persevering
patiently. The shell of the structure is up and they are about to complete
the electrical work so they can proceed to pour the concrete floor. They
hope to occupy by Christmas. Pray for them to continue to be filled with
the Spirit and exhibit the fruit of the Spirit as they work through the
Cheyenne Congregation is in the middle of a remodel project. They
are refurbishing the two modulars they have used for years as Christian
Education space. New carpet and other updates are also underway in their
main building. They have also replaced and improved much of the sidewalk,
plaza area in front of their buildings. They hope to have this remodel
completed in a few weeks. All of this will enable them to minister more
The Cody church
building is progressing well. The Christian Education wing is to the stage
of finishing drywall. The sanctuary has the foundation, the floor is being
installed now, and the glue lam beams will go up next week, enabling them
to build the walls. They hope to occupy by Christmas.
is fast nearing the completion of their new facility. Pastor Bill Levy
reports the carpet is scheduled to be installed next week. They hope to
occupy by the end of the month. It is a wonderful building and will serve
well as they seek to reach the people of the greater Pocatello area with
the gospel. Pray that the congregation will finish well in this project.
GREAT COMMISSION FUND
Giving to the Great Commission
Fund is improving! We praise God for this. Through the month of
June giving to the GCF Nationally is at 93.7% of budget
compared to 82.2% in March. As a result the National
Office has restored the officers and superintendents to their full
salaries and paid the money cut from earlier paychecks. Giving to
the GCF from the Rocky Mountain District is close to that of 2002
year-to-date at one quarter of one percent less than a year ago.
Further, thanks to local church leadership we have nearly 100%
participation from our churches! We are thankful. Let us continue
praying and working to mobilize our churches for the accomplishment of
the Great Commission Here, There and
Pastors, as you encourage giving to the Great Commission Fund,
tell your people this story. As you are calling for the morning
offering, read or tell from memory this story. Tell your people that
Chris Braun is from this District and that as we pray and give to our
International ministries through the GCF, we are a part of great stories
like this one. Pray and give and know that you are a part of making good
things like this happen in the name of Jesus for the salvation of the
lost for His glory.
We got an
interesting story this week from the C&MA program ACCEDES in Burkina,
which had been able to provide a well for people who live an area which
often has a yearly water crisis, forcing them to use water from
contaminated sources where animals also drink. The
village chief thanked them, saying the problem of water had been serious
in their village. The water they had to use made them sick
even after boiling it and made their children itch from bathing. The
new well solved all that. The village was so thankful that
they gave them not the usual gift of a chicken, but a cow, a gift reserved
for presidents. Taken back, the African program head tried to
refuse the gift, but a farmer said the year before he had lost 15 cows
because of bad water, however this year with the new well he had lost
none. The pastor also thanked him saying it had opened the door to
evangelism. Pray for our missionaries working in muslim contexts to
find effective ways to show the love of Jesus to people.
in a few hours for the airport, to attend the Field Forum in Gabon, Lord
willing. It will be an excellent opportunity to listen to
missionaries’ hearts, feel their vision, and understand
relationships. Pray that God will give us ears to hear. We
return to our home in ABJ the 9th. Pray for a time of
renewal and encouragement for our missionaries there.
week with your hearts at peace.
Neighborhood Alliance Church introduces the Wind River
Alliance Ranch and Retreat
Praise God for the
great gift he has given the Neighborhood Alliance Church in Riverton,
Wyoming. Last fall of 2002, Neighborhood Alliance was approached by
an individual with the desire to give the Ranch as a gift, in order to
provide a place for pastors, missionaries, and Christian families to spend
time getting closer to the Lord. The Ranch is a 300 acre working
ranch with 3 fully equipped cabins.
The Ranch can be used for many
purposes: education, spiritual retreat, family development,
etc. Many activities are within close proximity to the Ranch,
which is located 26 miles from Riverton, WY. Wildlife is in
abundance, along with great fishing holes, hiking areas, and plenty of
lawn chairs just to recline and relax, away from the interruptions of T.V.
An invitation is extended to you, your church
families and missionaries to come to the Ranch in 2003. There are
special discounts designed to meet the need of any family. Please
call for further information, call (307-856-1444), mail (#4 Sheep Camp
Road, Pavillion, WY 82523) or check out the Ranch’s web site
Hope to see you this summer.
God bless you in
DISTRICT MEN’S MINISTRY
especially be reminded that there is information about Men's Ministries
available through me. I'm eager to help in any way I can. I
will be in Atlanta, GA later in August to get a final read on much of the
new support material and assistance that is coming for pastors and the
For all the help in the St. Ignatius building
project I want to say thank you to the
several churches in the area and as far away as Minot, North Dakota
(thanks, Dave, for sending us Mike Parman).
We gutted the old church, reframed classrooms, ADA
bathrooms, office space and repaired about three hundred square feet of
floor that had rotted out.......unnoticed. It was a blessing to make
the repairs at this time. We built a sanctuary that will seat 250
and literally trippled the usable space of the church. They have
lots and lots of room to grow.
Everyone please take
note that work teams for next year are being planned. We want to
send a team to Cambodia in January and a team to Mongolia in
September. Please mention these work teams to your congregations and
let me know of the interest. It takes many months of preparation to
so I need some names and heads up now.
My phone is
1-800-632-4484 or send it to firstname.lastname@example.org . These will be
fantastic trips and will be wonderful inspirations for the missions focus
of every church big or small.
Summer time can be a difficult time for churches and especially new
starts. Summer recreational opportunities are limited and people
need to enjoy them while they can. People looking for a new church
are few in number and even those who are part of a new start are often few
in number resulting in discouragement on the part of those that faithfully
remain, including the pastor. Have you prayed recently for the
newest start near you? Why not encourage your church planting
pastoral friend by a phone call asking how things are going and concluding
with a time of prayer over the phone? Better yet, invite them on
some sort of summer outing letting you know that you really do
Since our last newsletter, David and Elizabeth Kauffman
have decided to accept a work position in Lander and return to
fellowship at Wind River Community Church. We sincerely
appreciate their efforts to plant a church in Dubois. Their efforts
remind us that planting new churches in small, rural towns is risky and
won’t always prove to be successful. Pray for David as he continues
his studies at Simpson and plans to re-enter ministry when he completes
Cliff and Wendy Williams are very busy with
their ministry at the Rock in Nampa.
Craig and Jean
Flinn would appreciate your partnership
in prayer as they endeavor to plant our newest church in Meridian,
Idaho. They have invited and God has called Aaron and Vonda Sellers
of Portland to join them in this effort. Aaron is the son of
Alliance pastor Jim Sellers and Vonda is the daughter of Alliance pastor
Rick Porter. If you are interested in receiving their monthly
newsletter, drop Craig an email at email@example.com. Pray for them
as they attend the CMTC bootcamp this next week, August 4-7 in Vancouver,
Stuart Stanfil and his wife plan to
conduct an Information Meeting in the southern neighborhoods of Rapid
City, SD on the evening of August 17, in their home. Please pray for God's
blessing on this effort. If you know of some unchurched people whom
Stuart might invite to the meeting, give him a call at 605 348 5575, or
let Tim Steinert know. Stuart is seeking to plant a church in that area of
and Jennifer Mora are experiencing God's blessing in Jerome, Idaho.
They have tried three times now to start a church. The two previous
attempts have failed when the members all moved out of town within a week.
Seems they were all illegally in this country. This time around God is
sending hispanic people who are here legally and thus in Jerome for the
long term. They have been meeting in homes and already are having
upwards of 60 people in attendance. The District is exploring the
possibility of helping them buy a church facility. We expect and hope that
would enable them to grow much more. Josue is a gifted evangelist. Pray
that God will continue to give him fruit for his work and joy in the Lord.
Pray they would be able to make disciples and build Christ's church in
Jerome among Hispanic people.
In the last week they have seen 17 people come to the Lord in Hays
Montana. It seems that the enemy of our souls is reacting against
these victories in Christ. The Norems report people trying to break
into their home and church and they are experiencing opposition and
frustration in getting these things resolved. They have also lost
things to theft.
continued victories! Pray the victory of the Lord against the
break-ins and theft they have been experiencing. They are committed
to perseverance but need to be encouraged and strengthened for the
In keeping with our
commitment to host the Elder training in reach of all district churches we
will be hosting this training in the following locations on the following
Sundays from 3-7 pm.
Days Inn in Rawlins,
Roadway Alliance in Gillette,
Spring Valley Bible in Boise
BIG TOY STORIES
On July 4, in Lambert, Montana hundreds gathered to
celebrate the privilege of being Americans. As part of this
celebration, Lambert Alliance Church hosted a Big Toy outreach.
Hundreds of area kids were delighted to experience a new kind of fun and
already community leaders are asking a return of the toys for next
One of many campers at Eastern Montana Bible Camp was
especially delighted to see the Big Toys. Wishing not to attend
camp, one camper from an unbelieving home, remarked that the presence of
the Big Toys immediately changed his mind.
In Greybull and
Sheridan, church folk were delighted to see how the Big Toys opened
outreach doors during days of community celebration.
Heights Alliance used the Big Toys at a Saturday farmer’s market and
handed out flyers telling the many who came by that the use of the Big
Toys was provided free of charge as a community service.
On July 24
in the closing outreach of Operation Good News hundreds of people gathered
for a BBQ and Big Toy Fun time during Frontier Days in Cheyenne.
Almost 1,000 burgers and hot dogs were served to at least 500