Since 2010, the foundations of the ministries of the Oregon Pacific District have been set on four “pillars” that we believe will lead us to mission effectiveness in our ministry area.
These pillars represent the areas of emphasis for the district as well as for each of our churches and each includes a set of challenges. In addition to points of emphasis, they form a set of values, behaviors and success indicators that we evaluate ourselves on as well as ask pastors who come to our district to “buy into” as they accept the leadership of a church.
- Foster an atmosphere in the local church that encourages people to hear and respond to the call of God for ministry.
- Every Congregation and Pastor discipling and equipping a new pastor every 5 years
Why is recruitment so important – is it even a Scriptural pillar?
The Scripture tells us how why “recruitment” in Matthew 9:36-38…
“When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.”
Let’s pray with Jesus…– “O Lord, send out workers!”
- Assist every local church to be all that God has in mind for it to be.
- In order for us to be all God has in mind for us to be for this time, we must always be “managing complex change.”
Development: Through a variety of opportunities, we seek to provide pastors and churches the opportunity to grow and enhance their “mission effectiveness.” Our goal is to help local churches be all God intends them to be. In additon, it is important to have a strategy to help churches and pastors that are faltering in their development.
It is our objective…To provide a “Mission Effectiveness Plan” strategy, by which a facilitator may encourage and equip pastors and churches in their “development” and “mission effectiveness.”
- Every church parenting or partnering to start a new reproducing work every 5 years – that itself starts new reproducing works every 5 years.
- If just one church starts a new reproducing work every 5 years – that starts new reproducing works every 5 years… In 50 years there would be…1000 New Works!
We must start at least 3% of the number of our existing churches as new works every year – just to remain a dynamic body of believers. The kingdom needs dozens of new Works over the next few years… this is a great challenge that lies before us as pastors and lay people together.
Why is this so important?
Dave Olson, director of the American Church Research Project and author of “The American Church in Crisis” conducted ground-breaking research from more than two hundred thousand churches in the US. His research yielded the percentage of growth based on the decade in which a church was started. His data extends back more than two hundred years. This is what he found.
- Churches planted in every decade from 40-200 years ago are, on average, decline at 1.5%.
- Churches planted 20-40 years ago are, on average, plateaued.
- Churches planted from 10-20 years ago, on average, grow by 2%.
- Churches planted in the last 10 years, on average, grow by 9%
Why is the Church of the Nazarene in US and Canada plateaued and declining, on average losing more than 1%/year for the past 10 years? Because we basically stopped starting new works 50 years ago, so the vast majority of our churches are 50 years old or more – putting them, on average, in their declining decades!
If you take off a spider’s head, the spider dies. And if you take off one or two of a spider’s legs…its not going to make it. But what happens if you cut a starfish in half? If you chop off a leg of a starfish, what does it do? Amazingly, the starfish grows another leg, and the chopped leg grows into another starfish. Chop a starfish in ten pieces, and it produces ten starfish. We see this happen in the persecuted church all around the world.
- Understanding the importance of compassionately reaching the new and needy amongst us.
- Encourage every church to parent or partner to start a New Cross Cultural Ministry every 5 years .
Cross Cultural ministry is not an option if we are to remain relevant.
There are more White Americans dying than being born… White population of America is actually decreasing for the first time in our history. For the past two years there have been more minorities children born than white children.
In 1960 the United States was 85% White, by 2060, 43% of the population will be White. That’s about half of the percentage it once was.
By 2050, 37% of the United States population will be made up of immigrants with 20% of the population being first generation.
All this tells us that if we were to be a “white” church over the next 20 years – we will be largely irrelevant for the Kingdom’s work in Oregon.
Every church on OrPac, to remain relevant, must emphasize cross cultural ministry. These statistics are a mandate for us…to ignore these trends is to intentionally make ourselves irrelevant.