North Arkansas District Family:

Like Jimmy Fallon, I enjoy sending "thank-you" notes.  I spent the entire morning expressing gratitude to the NARK District leaders whose collaboration paved the way for a memorable family gathering last week.  Our visionary department heads -- Mark Snodgrass (SDMI), Jim Lynch (NMI), Peter Kline (NYI) -- and the IGNITE creative team planned and prayed for God's presence and power.  HE did not disappoint!  We sensed God moving among us for three glorious days.  The guest presenters (David Drury, Andrew Tarrant, Justin Pickard) challenged us; musical guests (SNU's Remedy and Wes Hampton) inspired us; Dr. Carla Sunberg led the Assembly proceedings and an historic service in which, for the first time on the USA/Canada Region, an all-female ordination class was ordained by a female General Superintendent.  Yes, we believe that God calls both His  sons and  daughters into vocational ministry!

Paul D. Baker, Jonathan L. Martin, and Jeffrey D. Taylor were granted retirement status and recognized for their faithful service.  In a sense, they were passing the baton along to a new generation of God-called servants -- Jason Addis, Hap and Kat Adkins, Gregory Baker, Beau Cotton, and Jarett Wilson -- who were granted a district minister's license for the very first time.  The ordination service took an unexpected turn when Dr. Sunberg and others made special presentations to the Berkners, in advance of our November retirement.

Once again, CrossRoads Cowboy Church earned the General Superintendents' Growth Award and "Church of the Year" honors.  If you were unable to attend Ignite, go to narknaz.com and the North Arkansas Nazarene District Facebook page where you will find several pictures and my annual report.

Debbie and I want to thank all of you for the kind expressions of love and "your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now" (Philippians 1:5).  Both of us have done our best to honor the sacred trust associated with the superintendency.  We love you deeply.  Your friendship has blessed our lives; your prayerful support has sustained us through some ten-tissue days.  Dr. Sunberg and Dr. Bob Broadbooks (USA/Canada Region Director) will work closely with the District Advisory Committee over the next few months to find my successor -- a process that should be bathed in prayer and one that will solicit input from multiple sources.  I have utmost confidence in the process and the people involved in it.


Great Days Ahead,

-- D. Randy Berkner
Pastors and Leaders Conference (PALCON) 2018
"Come and See" is the theme for PALCON 2018 to be held June 25-27 at Southern Nazarene University.  The conference features worship gatherings and learning conversations, particularly related to Organic Outreach that will enhance congregational efforts to live out the Great Commission.  Cost: $199 (includes all sessions and meals for 3 days).  On-campus housing is offered to all full-conference registrants at no additional cost.  A 1-day registration may be purchased for $109,  and includes 3 meals.   For registration and details go to

ITEMS OF INTEREST


  • Hot Fun in the Summertime!  Children's Camp: June 18-21 @ Heath Valley Campground near Mena, AR; Youth Camp: June 29-July 2 @ Camp Barnabas at Table Rock Lake near Shell Knob, MO.
  • Are you a student (grades 9-12) who is sensing that God may be calling you into vocational ministry?  If so, plan to attend the CALLED Conference scheduled for July 18-21 at Southern Nazarene University.  Register today at called2018.com .  Cost: $125 (reimbursed by the NARK District)

2018-19 District Leaders: 

 

NMI President - Rev. Jim Lynch

NYI President - Rev. Peter Kline

SDMI Chairman - Rev. Mark Snodgrass 

 

Advisory Board Members:

Laity

Curtis Clements

Don Guinn

Bill Milburn

Scott Woodward

Clergy

Randall Beaty

Ron Riddle

Mark Snodgrass

Steve Thrasher


 

SNU Trustees

Curtis Clements

Paula Johnson

Ken Stallings


 

Board of Ministry

Tim Bullington

Steve Thrasher

Johnny Lake

Michael Johnson

Susan Kelley

Mark Snodgrass

Greg Armstrong

Sam Boyd

Ken Stallings

Tim Britton

Marvin Frederick

Kent Britton

Warren Foxworthy

Alan Johnson


 

Church Properties Board

Laity

Bill Milburn

Ken Guinn

Paula Johnson

Larry Johnson

Clergy

Jim Sanders

Paul Kirkdoffer

Warren Foxworthy

Daniel Hillian

 

Finance Committee

Department heads

Steve Thrasher

Mark Snodgrass

Randall Beaty

Tim Britton

Barbara Lynch

Curtis Clements

Carla Hillis

Keith Holifield

 

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