GOSPEL MOVEMENT WITH
GREAT COMMISSION COMMITMENT
THE FINISH COMMITMENT
A GLOBAL CHURCH FOCUS ON COMPLETING THE COMMISSION
“Go and Make Disciples of All Nations.” Mathew 28:19
“Whatsoever you shall ask in prayer, believing you shall receive.”
“We are laborers together
1 Corinthians 3:9
“Equipping the Saints for the work of the ministry for the edifying of the body of Christ.”
“As the Father has sent Me, I am sending you.”
“The time has come for you to reap…the harvest.”
OUR MISSION & STRATEGY
Renew Mission • Redeem People • Recover All
Redeeming People Through The Message of Jesus Christ In The Power of The Holy Spirit
The Church must strive to recapture the mission of the Gospel and restore the passion of Jesus Christ by being renewed in the presence and power of the Holy Spirit. This divine encounter enables us to release creative innovation that energizes movement and recovers lost people reconciling them to God through His Son Jesus Christ (John 3:16).
“The Great Commission remains our mandate from Christ”
Christ Centered • Pentecostal • Great Co-Mission-al • Multi-Cultural • Multi-Generational • Formational • Spiritual • Committed To The Great Commission
To FINISH the GREAT COMMISSION, We must FIND the lost and disenfranchised, including the unreached people groups around the world, engaging them in love and winning them to Christ.
“Go and Make Disciples of All Nations.” Mathew 28:19
To FINISH the GREAT COMMISSION, we must INTERCEDE, making prayer and worship the highest privilege and greatest responsibility of every believer.
“Whatsoever you shall ask in prayer, believing you shall receive.” Mathew 21:22
To FINISH the GREAT COMMISSION, we must NETWORK servant leaders of all generations, including pastors, ministers, and laity for shared ministry engagement.
“We are laborers together with God…” 1 Corinthians 3:9
To FINISH the GREAT COMMISSION, we must INVEST our resources by strengthening the church through strategic partnerships for care, church planting, education, leadership development, and discipleship.
“Equipping the Saints for the work of the ministry for the edifying of the body of Christ.” Ephesians 4:12
To FINISH the GREAT COMMISSION, we must SEND disciples to all nations, actively sharing the Gospel through Holy Spirit empowerment.
“As the Father has sent Me, I am sending you.” John 20:21
As a vibrant movement, the CHURCH OF GOD must commit NOW to reap a world HARVEST with a global church focus on the Great Commission Finish.
“The time has come for you to reap…the harvest.” Revelation 14:15
ARIZONA CHURCH OF GOD FINISH COMMITMENT VISION AND GOALS ARE IMPLEMENTED THROUGH:
1. CHURCH PLANTING AND DEVELOPMENT
2. EMERGING GENERATIONS MINISTRIES
3. GLOBAL MISSIONS
4. ARIZONA SCHOOL OF MINISTRY
CHURCH PLANTING & DEVELOPMENT
Planting Churches That Plant Churches & Developing Existing Churches
The mission of the gospel was originated and designed to grow: to move. This mission is forward in momentum. Movement is the defining word that encapsulates Church Planting & Development in Arizona. The “M” word itself communicates that we are advancing, growing and being productive. Movement is Core to who the Arizona Church of God Organization is and who it must be always.
Our Movement embraces, fosters, and boldly advances the planting of new churches among everyone possible everywhere possible every moment possible. Dr. C. Peter Wagner’s most famous and often quoted statement remains true and real church planting, “…single most effective evangelistic methodology under heaven.” (Church Planting for A Greater Harvest, 1990). We are the Church of God in ARIZONA and WE PLANT CHURCHES.
Planting Churches is the beginning of lifelong journeys. All who are traveling on these journeys are best served and most productive when their journeys are together journeys. Church Development among the Arizona Church of God is all about together journeys. We desire to encourage, strengthen, draw out of one another the greatest productivity and live life in a community that is better because we are together. Developing churches is an essential action in the life of the church. This action walking the Together Journeys of Faith following Jesus Christ includes embracing church ministries that make people better. Some of these ministries include Men’s Discipleship, Women’s Discipleship and ministry among Maturing Generations. Church Development enforces movement through Making Disciples Who make Disciples who will Plant Churches that Plant Churches.
VIEW A LIST OF CHURCH PLANTS
Reaching Children, Adolescents & Emerging Adults
Children presently being born are breathing their first breathe of air in a world that stimulates their senses through technology unlike any generation of children previously born. This being the case, there is another stark reality that has emerged. In the most technologically advanced age, with the greatest healthcare and availability to knowledge, children are today faced with great challenges. Relationally, many families are wounded, broken, and blended. They range in home environments from helicopter parents to parentless lives. We as an organization have opportunities corporately and locally to bring compassion into the life world of a child, help them receive Jesus Christ as their personal savior, and achieve their greatest dreams. Our children’s activities and ministries are designed with this goal in mind.
Youth ministry has traditionally and historically focused on the teenage years in the life development of people. Today it is essential that ministry to emerging generations focus on children, adolescents, and emerging adults. Adolescent ministry focuses on youth in their teenage years. Experiences include events and seek to lead to, embrace and enhance discipleship among teenage youth. The experiences that happen in Arizona include Youth Camp, Winterfest, and Teen Talent.
Emerging Adults Ministry
Presently there are Six Generations of people alive in this nation. The youngest of the Millennial Generation is entering puberty and the Homeland Generation is still being born. The journey of human development has lengthened in such a manner that what Builders, Boomer’s and even Generation Xr’s understood as standard and norm have shifted. Emerging Adults are seen by many (according to authors David P Setran and Chris A. Kiesling) as “spiritual but not religious”. They are unsettled wanderers enjoying their season of youth before they become “real adults”. Psychologist Jeffrey Arnett describes Emerging Adulthood as the, “Age of instability”. “Emerging Adults are, on most sociological measures, the least religious adults in the United States today.” This challenge of reaching the Emerging Adulthood population is one of the greatest opportunities for the church to embrace in the 21st century.
ARIZONA SCHOOL OF MINISTRY
Making Disciples And Training Leaders for Ministry
An educated world deserves an educated church. This reality has in many ways caught the Pentecostal Charismatic church world by surprise. The Bible is clear in that preparation is essential. Elijah mentored Elisha, Elisha had a School of Prophets, Jesus trained the twelve and Paul exhorted Timothy. We are developing the Arizona School of Ministry to equip and train ministers to be effective church planters, pastors and team members. The Arizona School of Ministry currently offers the Calling and Ministries Studies program, and the Ministerial Internship Program and plans are in development to launch certificate level courses throughout the state of Arizona during 2016.
Mobilizing World, Cross-Cultural & Native American Missions & Outreach
These are days of powerful awakening in which the Body of Christ has great opportunity to reach around the world strategically. Arizona is a gateway state thriving with refugees, immigrants, and 22 Federally recognized Native American Tribes. Our reach to the world in Arizona includes our neighborhoods, communities, towns, cities within Arizona and our Great Commission endeavor around the world. This year brings to us the tremendous opportunity to move forward with new fresh proactive strategic vision to accomplish global gospel mission ministry. Launching out we are committed to gathering the Arizona Church of God together around Church of God World Missions projects and ministry that reaches people groups and native Americans living in Arizona.
A Catalyst to Re-vitalize Authentic Community and Church Connectivity
The STRENGTH of THE ARZIONA CHURCH of GOD MOVEMENT will be BEST with the CONNECTION of ALL WHO are CHURCH OF GOD in ARIZONA
Appointed and Commissioned by the State Administrative Bishop each District Overseer Leads as a servant leader, in humility, diligence, compassion, and loyalty. This includes the commitment to encourage participation of pastors, ministers, and laity (churches) on the district. The District Overseer is a leader coach bringing apostolic fervor in the example of Paul the Apostle as a MULTIPLIER of the MOVEMENT of the gospel fostering the growth of the community the growth of the church and the planting of new churches.
Strong Leadership Committed To The Multiplication of The Gospel
DR. SEAN O'NEAL, D. Min.
STATE ADMINISTRATIVE BISHOP
Pastor Sean, also affectionately known by young adult disciples as P-Sean has been called by many titles in the journey of ministry. He is a passionate follower of Jesus Christ and all that fulfills the mission of Jesus Christ. A student practitioner of intercultural ministry, urban missions, Pentecostalism, and church planting, his mind is busy most of the time. Bishop O’Neal has earned degrees from Lee University, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and Westminster Theological Seminary. He has served in ministry as an urban missionary, youth pastor, church planter, lead pastor, State Youth and Discipleship Director and State Evangelism Director.
STATE WOMEN’S DISCIPLESHIP DIRECTOR
Shyrel is a brilliant leader having served in ministry in the New Jersey, Illinois, California-Nevada and DEL-MARVA-DC state and regional offices prior to leading the Women’s Discipleship Ministries in Arizona. Shyrel has also served as an urban missionary in Chicago and local church youth pastor in California and Michigan and enjoys discipling young women assisting them in fulfilling their dreams. The O’Neals have three amazing children, Sean Michael and wife Fiona, and Lauren.
Reverend Jay T. Nelson
State Youth and Discipleship (Emerging Generations) Director
Jay has been working with children, teens, and young adult for over 20 years. He will be graduating from Lee University this winter with a degree is ministerial leadership. He has a passion connecting this generation with their role in the church as well as reaching them with the Word of God. Jay has been able to share his vision and passion by way of Lead Pastor, Associate Pastor and Youth Pastor. He has served on youth board for over 12 years as well as being a part of Ministerial Development board. Jay is excited to see the great works of God in the Young People of Arizona.
Girls Discipleship Coordinator
Melissa has been working in ministry for over 15 years, she has taught not just teens but has had the privilege of being the children's minister for the last 3 years. Jay and Melissa have 5 children of their own reaching from high school to elementary school. She has a passion to see our young people, especially our young ladies, come to know and trust the Lord with all their hearts, minds and souls. Her desire is to teach this generation what it means to be a Proverbs Woman!
Bishop Jim Lacy
AZ WEST DISTRICT OVERSEER
Bishop Darrell Buttram
AZ SOUTHEAST DISTRICT OVERSEER
Bishop Greg Pratt
AZ NORTH DISTRICT OVERSEER
Bishop Billy D. Rains
AZ CENTRAL DISTRICT OVERSEER
Bishop Louis G. Hulsey
AZ CENTRAL SOUTH DISTRICT OVERSEER
Bishop G. Frank Crank
AZ CENTRAL EAST DISTRICT OVERSEER
Bishop RICARDO SALAZAR
AZ CENTRAL NORTH DISTRICT OVERSEER
ARIZONA STATE COUNCIL (2016-2018)
(L-R) Frederick E. Behers, D.I. Buttram, Sr., G. Frank Crank, Administrative Bishop Sean S. O’Neal, Fernando S. Betancourt, Ricardo V. Salazar, Louis G. Hulsey, Jeff McAffee
ARIZONA STATE YOUTH & DISCIPLESHIP BOARD (2016-2018)
1st Row Sandra Lundgren, Minerva Mendoza
2nd Row Sam Lundgren, Director Jay Nelson, Casey Morrell, Troy Sawyers
Life Giving Churches Expanding Across The State.
Healthy church congregations are essential to the effective communication of the gospel of Jesus Christ and the discipleship of believers. Church of God congregations throughout Arizona gather each week bringing life to the communities in which they exist.
Experiences That Change Lives And Build Faith.
Building community and providing opportunities for worship, discipleship and training are important to the Church of God in Arizona. This portion of our website is dedicated to listing upcoming events with downloadable advertisements for your convenience. Pastors, other ministers and laity may use these communications to promote various activities in our region.
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