July 7, 2022
In order to accommodate next year's General Assembly dates, there will be some date changes for Family Camp and CRAVE next year.

CRAVE: June 19-23, 2023
Family Camp: June 25-30, 2023
Dear Pastors and Children’s Ministry Leaders,

The Board of General Superintendents of the Church of the Nazarene has made a formal statement regarding our policy regarding sexual misconduct. “The Church of the Nazarene has adopted a zero-tolerance policy for sexual misconduct and inappropriate behavior with minors. All workers, leaders, and pastoral staff are to be above reproach in their conduct and to act in the best interest of others. This requires not only that they themselves refrain from engaging in any abusive or suspicious behavior involving minors; they will also be required to report without delay to the proper authorities anyone seen engaging in such behavior.” The Board of General Superintendents (statement from M11 conference in Louisville)

The West Texas Children and Youth Ministries partner with MinistrySafe for our online sexual abuse training. MinistrySafe is a tool to help churches begin the process of protecting the children and youth in their ministries. The West Texas Ministry Safe Training Team (MST) will be working with each church on the district that ministers to children to begin (or update) this process at their local church.

We will be taking the following approach.
Step 1 – Every Senior/Lead Pastor communicates with the West Texas Ministry Safe Training Team (MST) a list of pastoral staff, leaders, or volunteers who minister with children or youth (18 years of age or younger). All Senior/Lead Pastors are required to complete the training regardless if they directly minister to children/youth or not.
  • Provide First/Last Name, working email, preferred language, and identify if Sexual Abuse Awareness Training (AWT) or Skillful Screening Training (SS) is required.
  • Please note, Skillful Screening is required for all senior/lead pastors and anyone who screens/hires/fires staff or volunteers who will be ministering to children/youth.

Step 2 – The MST will send a training email to each person’s email provided from Step 1. This email will include a link for each individual to complete the training. If there are individuals who do not have a working email, the senior pastor (or delegate) can contact the MST to discuss an alternative approach for training.

Step 3 – Each individual will open the link provided (open the link only once). They are to watch all seven videos and then complete the online quiz. This will take approximately one hour to complete the entire process for Sexual Abuse Awareness Training. (Senior Pastors are provided a separate link to complete the Skillful Screening Training).

Step 4 – The MinistrySafe system will notify the MST that the training is completed. The Team will update records and notify West Texas Kids Treasurer to initiate payment from local churches.

Step 5 – West Texas Kids Treasurer, Candace Clem (txclem1@gmail.com), will coordinate with each local church to pay for the training. (Training costs $5 per MinistrySafe Awareness Training; $50 for Skillful Screening Training).

The MST is prepared to work with you as you conduct this process on the local level. See team contact information:

Mary Brewer - 817-915-5034 mzolabird@gmail.com Zones: Fort Worth, Lamesa, Metro Mid-Cities, Wichita Falls

Connie Lincecum - 817-240-4474 clincecum@fwfnca.org Zones: Abilene, Amarillo, Arrowhead, Denton, High Plains, Lubbock

Jennifer Sommers – 817-919-8078 jsommers@fwf.org
 
Regards,
Jennifer Sommers
West Texas District Children’s Director
Our district bookkeeper, Griselda Sierra, has prepared the West Texas District 2022-2023 "Funding The Mission" report as of July 5, 2022. Pastors, please pay close attention to your church's contributions so far this year. Please make every effort to encourage your people to faithfully maintain their giving for others. 

Click here to download the report.
KIDS MINISTRY
ACTIVATE KIDS CAMP Zoom meeting for Church Leaders this Friday at 6:30pm. 

Contact Jennifer Sommers if you have not received a link. 

More camp details on the children’s page of the district website.
WTX Summer Mission Offering - Arrowhead Camp & Retreat Center
Join the WTX KidMin Leaders on a 40-day Prayer Journey beginning August 1st. 

We will be working through the Josh Denhart book, “Prayer Journal” as a group. 

If you are interested in joining us, please contact Jennifer Sommers. Books will be passed out at camp, while supplies last, but you are welcome to purchase your own. A Kindle version is also available.
NYI
West Texas we are going to Tampa Bay, Florida for Nazarene Youth Conference in July summer of 2023!!!

I’m your NYC Coordinator for West Texas and I wanted to try to get you all the details! 

TRAVELING TO NYC:
Believe it or not we will be flying to Florida for NYC! With the cost of travel right now it is actually cheaper for our group to fly rather than drive. With this I know you will have so many questions. Know that we are still in the planning phases and can not even purchase our flight tickets as we are too far out. Know that you can not use your own mileage / flight rewards for this trip. We work with someone who helps us find group rates as this is such a large trip and we will be keeping the planning all together. Please note that there is no requirement to be vaccinated to fly. Since we are flying if you have students who are going to be the younger age; they will need to start planning to get their student a Texas I.D. card as they will not have a drivers license to be used for flying. (A passport will work fine too). 

STUDENTS ATTENDING NYC:
Nazarene Youth Conference 2023 is for students who have completed 8th - 12th grade by time of event; July 2023. (So teens who are going into 8th grade fall of 2022 and Senior class of 2023 are eligible to attend as a student!)

SPONSORS ATTENDING NYC:
This is a big question. Please note that NYC Headquarters are very strict about our Student / Sponsor ratio. This is going to come down to each church’s number of students they have attending. Please be aware that it is recommended that the Youth Pastor / Spouse are the first two chosen to attend as sponsors for their group. Our ratio is 8-10 Students to every Sponsor. You must be at least 23 years old to attend as a sponsor. 

WHAT TO DO FIRST:
Right now the most important thing is to start TALKING about NYC ’23 to your students, parents and your church!! I suggest you plan a Parent / Student meeting to go over all the things and get them talking about NYC. Have former students come and share their experience. Some parents/teens are going to know exactly what this is. For some this is going to be the very first time they hear about this event! Please get posters / make postcards / flyers anything to spread the word to your church!

ALL REGISTRAION / PAYMENT / WEBSITE LINKS:

Register by October 15th 2022 to lock in the $450 registration price.
Registering October 16th 2022 - January 15th 2023 price is $550.

Must be registered by January 15th to attend NYC ’23.

Must have at least $650 paid towards trip by January 15th 2023. 

Trip must be paid in full by May 15th 2023. (Student + Sponsor prices are the same $1,550 total)

In this email you will notice there are a few documents:
- West Texas NYC ’23 Links (registration, payments and website)
- WT NYC ’23 Letter to Parents 
- Price of NYC Breakdown
- NYC Promo Video
- NYC23 Flyer
- QR codes for Registration, Payment + website
- A flyer with QR on them for your printing purposes
- NYC Payment Plan (EXAMPLE! Please note this is an example to try to help stay on top of payments for NYC. The only two dates that are non negotiable are: getting registered by January 15th, 2023 and having at least $650 paid towards trip by this date. May 15th 2023 trip must be paid in full.)



If you would like to get some of the design elements for your own designs purpose please let me know. This will be for your advertising / communicating materials. Know that as a whole district at the event we will have Gear / Shirts made to wear during the conference. 

I hope this gets you off on the right start and you are excited!! I encourage you to please spread the word to your church leaders! We want to make sure everyone is aware and ready for this once in a lifetime experience!

I ask that you ask your Youth Pastor / Leader questions first. And then if they are unsure you can always reach out to me.

Thank you kindly, 

Kelsea Gale Beville
Communication Director | Graphic Designer
Lubbock FCN
NMI
July 2022
 
I hope you are staying cool during these hot summer days. Now is the time to plan something for the Fall when things are starting to cool down.
 
There is an amazing opportunity on our own West Texas District to be the hands and feet of Jesus this Fall. This is what missions are all about. The Great Commission was to go and make disciples. We know that often that begins by meeting the physical needs of people first.
Pastor Lee Lennon from Lamesa is leading a work and witness team to Amarillo, September 21-28, 2022. They will be renovating a building for a homeless shelter! This is an amazing way for you to participate in being the hands and feet of Jesus to those who are in real need, both physically and often spiritually. 
 
Think and pray about being a part of this great work of faith in our own district. Even if you aren’t skilled with carpentry, I am sure you can carry things and do wonders with a paint brush. Everyone will be welcome. Please get in touch with Lee Lennon for lodging details and any other concerns. His email is: lee_lennon@msn.com
 
I love being a part of a fellowship that sees the needs of people and actually does something about it.
 
Remember, you can subscribe to NMI Central to receive emails to assist leading your congregations in prayer for missions and also receive resources for leading services about Missions. 
 
Keep praying, keep serving and keep finding opportunities to be the hands and feet of Jesus!
 
Joy,
Robin Hollon
NDI
CNMC
Hello friends. 

Your Cactus Nazarene Ministry Center needs your help. With growing ministry and growing staff our needs grow with them. Would you prayerfully consider how you or your church could commit to helping us in the ways listed below? 

You are so appreciated!

$10 per month promotes new international church
$25 per month educates one ESL student
$30 per month teaches civics to one person for citizenship
$50 per month keeps a kid in BLAST all year
$100 per month supports youth mentorship ministry 

Shalom’

Rev. Phil Anderson
Executive Director
815-370-6663
ARROWHEAD CAMP
DISTRICT RESOURCES
[806 Airport Fwy., Suite 206, Hurst, TX 76054 ]  [817-479-8611]  [westexnaz.org]