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THE NEW MEXICO MINISTRY NETWORK Network Superintendent Micheal Dickenson

Assistant Superintendent David Vistine

Help us New Mexico by informing us of ministry successes in your church and community. Send your submission to:

Secretary-Treasurer Marcus McClain

New Mexico Ministry Network 6640 Caminito Coors NW Albuquerque, NM 87120 505 899-5399 (phone) 505 899-5859 (fax)



Men’s Ministries Kent Barnard

Royal Ranger’s Bart Garrison

Women’s Ministries Becky Dickenson

Girl’s Ministries Mary Helen Gonzalez

East Central Area Lemuel Perry

Native American Area William Lee

Student Ministries Jeral Dickenson

Senior Adult Ministries Marcus McClain

Southeast Area Melvin Suttle

West Central Area Brenton Franks

Northwest Area Randy Joslin

Southwest Area David Crispin


Northeast Area David McCarty

NETWORK SUPERINTENDENT MICHEAL DICKENSON the days ahead with a clear focus. I absolutely believe that what Paul wrote to the Ephesian church so long ago still has relevance and application for you and me today: “Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, accord As we began this New ing to His power that is at work Year a couple of months ago, within us, to Him be glory in it seemed as though the whole the church and in Christ Jesus world was holding its breath as throughout all generations, for hardly a day went by without us ever and ever! Amen” (Eph. hearing about the “Fiscal Cliff” 3:20-21, NIV). that was looming on the horizon; and then, of course, we heard about last minute deals that bought our government a little more time. Who knows what tomorrow holds? But with spiraling debt, an economy that continues to be precarious at best, and debates over moral values that we never thought we’d be having, it sure is good to know that our future is in God’s hands. I’m believing that as we During these opening gather in Albuquerque for our weeks of this year, God has reMinistry Network Conference in minded me over and over again April, that God is going to meet that He has a plan for us today us in a powerful way. Would you and until He comes! Thank begin now to pray in agreement God that His plans are not dewith me to this end? termined by the stock market I wonder what God has or Washington politics, nor are planned for you, for your famthey revealed in tomorrow’s ily, and for your church for this headlines. year? I believe that God wants But, from the pages of us to open up our hearts and God’s Word, He continues to minds, and to come together in speak to us and to guide us into pursuit of what “Immeasurably

God has reminded me over and over again that He has a plan for us today and until He comes!

More” means, not only for those Ephesians long ago, but for us today in New Mexico. I can’t wait to hear the ministry of Dr. Mark Rutland— our Conference speaker—who is one of the great leaders and ministers of our day. I look forward to our times of worship, prayer, fellowship, and ministry together. And yes, we’ll take care of some important items of business as we meet. But the real value of it all is found as we come together from every community and every church across New Mexico, as we celebrate all that God has done in 2012, and as we prepare our hearts for all that God has planned for our future: Immeasurably More! I’ll see you at Copper Pointe on April 9th!


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TOUCHPOINTS SECRETARY-TREASURER MARCUS McCLAIN we talk, to be able to reach out and shake a hand or hug a neck. I treasure the opportunity to linger in a casual conversation about last week’s message or to see the expression on their face when they begin to share the fresh revelation that the Holy Spirit has placed in their heart. I wholeheartedly enjoy being able There is a high probabilito take a moment to stand quity that you remember a commeretly with a respected colleague as cial that aired a few years ago by they share about a difficult seaone of the national phone comson that they are walking panies. The hook line was “Reach Out and Touch Someone.” As I sit in front of my computer a few days removed from our Annual Area Convention Tour, I am relishing the joy I experienced as we traveled across this wonderful State, networking with our pastors and their staff as well as key ministry leaders from the local churches. It is with great expectathrough. These are times to ention that we arrive at our event joy a good laugh, or even a carlocations. The opportunity to ing tear, to listen to the heart of reconnect with fellow brothers a friend, to enjoy a few cherished and sisters and to hear the tesmoments that will become rich timonies of what God is doing in memories, to simply touch the their fields of ministry naturally life of someone and, in turn, to strengthens the bond of friendbe touched by them; that is what ship. it means to be alive. There is no I know that we live in a substitute. We truly “Reached time when it is easier to connect Out and Touched Someone!” than ever before. With e-mail, It is in moments of reflecTwitter, Facebook, and a myriad tion on these “Touchpoints” that of other high-tech means of staymy mind and heart is drawn to ing in touch, I personally relish Hebrews 10:24-25 where the au“Touchpoints”: the chance to thor exhorted, “And let us conlook someone in the eye when simply touch the life of someone and, in turn, to be touched by them; that is what it means to be alive.

sider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching (NIV).” This portion of Scripture was driven home on the last day of our tour when I got to visit with Bro. Ken George, our former Network Superintendent, who, with encouragement, reminded me that “Jesus is coming soon!” One final thought, let me take a moment to thank you for indulging my musings and to thank you for making the effort to come to our Conventions. It is with great effort at times, that some join with us at our Annual Area Convention Tour. Hopefully we served you well. As a reminder, in just a few short weeks we will again have another “Touchpoint.” Our Network Superintendent, Brother Mike Dickenson, has planned and put together our very first Annual New Mexico Ministry Network Conference, formerly District Council, which will be held in Albuquerque on April 9-11, 2103. Our host church will be Copper Pointe Church and our special guest speaker will be Dr. Mark Rutland. I can’t wait! Not only for all that God has in store for us as we gather but I can’t wait to see you! As always, God Bless You Big!!


ASSISTANT SUPERINTENDENT DAVID VISTINE C.S. Lewis said, “If the Church is not discipling, then all the Cathedrals, clergy, missions, even the Bible, are a waste of time.” You see the Great Commission was given to us not to go and make decisions but to go and make Disciples! I will never forget hearing one of great mis Recently, I had a discussionaries, Brother Paul Hutsell, sion with our Network Superinshare that “Winning people to tendent and shared with him my the Lord is not fulfilling the Great concern and desire to encourage Commission. If we win them, we Pastors and churches to be more have only fulfilled half of the intentional about discipleship in the local church. I believe that most Pastors would agree that discipleship is one area in their church that is lacking. In our Cohort program Dr. Mel Ming shares that discipleship in America is probably the greatest need of the church today. We Great Commission. The Great have seen a greater emphasis Commission is fulfilled when we in worship over the last twennot only win them but when we ty-five years and we have seen make disciples out of them!” evangelism growing in our local The Lord is not satisfied churches. We see large numbers with Believers showing up for of people being saved but very church just two times a month or little growth in the churches. a tip at offering times instead of For some reason we have failed tithe, or those that are spectators to create a system in our church instead of followers. I believe He that creates an atmosphere for still demands—and will settle for true spiritual transformation to nothing less than—a full and tohappen after people get saved! tal commitment of lives to Him. Somehow we must con I would like to use this vince our people that growing spot in Link each issue to share up takes more than showing up thoughts or ideas of what many each week at church. Worship of our churches are doing in this services alone won’t produce the area of discipleship; and hopekind of fully devoted followers fully we can spark ideas and a that Jesus demands!

If we win them, we have only fulfilled half of the Great Commission.


deeper commitment to discipling God’s people. One book I would like to recommend to you in this area of discipleship is the book by Kyle Idleman titled, Not a Fan:Becoming a Completely Committed Follower of Jesus. It will challenge your thinking and bring you back to the basics of what the Lord is calling believers to today! Please send any ideas or resources that you would like to share with other Pastors and I will share them in these articles. In Christ!

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DOES YOUR CHURCH HAVE "IT ? EXECUTIVE SECRETARY (ILLINOIS AG) GARY J. BLANCHARD lost by the very person who was supposed to take care of it; and even though it was still in the house, it was lost. On how many Mondays have you spent time wondering about what is missing? You know it should be there, but like the woman in the parable, you just can’t seem to find it. And This article first appeared in what is often most frustrating is the November 2012 issue of the fact that you’re the person iLINK, the semi-monthly newscharged with taking care of it. letter of the Illinois Assemblies of Later in the book, GroeGod, where Rev. Gary Blanchard schel defines it as what “God serves as Assistant Superintendoes through a rare combinadent & Executive Secretary. tion of these qualities found in No doubt you have preHis people: a passion for His pared more than several messagpresence; a deep craving to es on Scriptures from Luke 15— reach the lost; sincere integrity; the Parable of the Lost Sheep, Spirit-filled faith; down-tothe Parable of the Lost Coin, earth humility and brokenand the Parable of the Lost ness.” Like the woman with the Son. But have you ever read lost coin, these qualities are ofthe Parable of the Lost Coin tentimes lost by the very peothrough the filter of church ple who are suppose to take health? care of them and sadly, they The other day, I was readknew you were part of something are lost in the house. ing the Parable of the Lost Coin Churches often lose special. In other words, you knew in The Message. “Or imagine a it when you saw it. And it was it when they fail to shift their woman who has ten coins and an awesome work of God that ministry focus from internal to loses one. Won’t she light a lamp couldn’t be contained, couldn’t external; when they invest more and scour the house, looking in be harnessed, and couldn’t be resources on program developevery nook and cranny until she finds ‘it?’” I highlight the word explained.” Groeschel is correct ment instead of people developit in italics and bold because as …it is difficult to define, but you ment; and when they fail to conI read the word I was reminded know when it’s there and when nect, equip, and deploy people for ministry. of a book written a few years it’s not. What did this woman do? Two thoughts rushed to ago by Greg Groeschel: It: How Churches and Leaders Can Get It my mind as I both recalled Groe- She lit a lamp, swept the house, schel’s book and thought about and searched for it until she and Keep It. In the book’s preface, the woman in the parable. It was found it. Psalm 119:105 tells us Groeschel writes, “Some ministries have it. Some don’t. Most churches want it. Few have it. When a church has it, everyone can tell. And when one doesn’t… everyone can tell. The same is true with leaders. Some leaders have it. Some don’t. And it or it-lessness is obvious. By now you’re probably asking, What is it? My answer is…I don’t know. Really, I don’t know. Here’s what I do know: if you’ve ever been part of a ministry that had it, you

Some ministries have it. Some don’t. Most churches want it. Few have it. When a church has it, everyone can tell. And when one doesn’t …everyone can tell.



EXECUTIVE SECRETARY (ILLINOIS AG) GARY J. BLANCHARD God’s Word is a lamp! It is the “power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth” (Romans 1:16). It’s time to rediscover what may be lost. With the holiday season only a few weeks away, your church will probably experience

an increasing amount of visitors. My prayer is for each visitor to experience a faith-filled church service with people who have a passion for God’s presence and an atmosphere where they’ll discover a new relationship with Jesus. May people leave

your church service feeling like they’ve just found a new home and connected with friends who really care. When that happens… there will be celebration.

SHOULD SOCIAL SECURITY BE TAKEN EARLY OR DELAYED? I received this article from Craig Rinas, Senior Director of Development and Gift Planning at Southwestern AG University. I am sharing it with his permission. If you would be interested in a confidential personal benefits profile, you can contact Brother Craig at 972-825-4662. Pastor Marcus I hear the question “Should social security be taken early or delayed?” quite often. Before answering this question, you need to ask yourself whether

you can afford to delay. If you can, then that is what I recommend. Imagine a 64-year-old man, whose full retirement age is 66 and who plans to work until age 70. He has the option to take social security at full retirement age (66) and invest it, or delay until age 70. If he delays until age 70, he will earn what is called delayed retirement credit. This credit increases his benefits 8 percent annually. The rate increase is guaranteed, and his


social security benefit would become 132 percent of his full retirement age benefit. It would be difficult for any financial advisor to match an 8 percent guaranteed rate. However, delaying social security benefits is not for everyone. If you need the income, then you should certainly draw social security when needed. But, if it is not especially necessary, then I recommend that you delay. Craig Rinas, SAGU

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The New Mexico Ministry Network is proud to welcome Rev. David Iglesias as the new pastor of First Assembly of God in Deming, NM. Superintendent Micheal Dickenson installs David and Jamie Iglesias.


The New Mexico Ministry Network is proud to announce Rev. Karl Brotton as the new pastor of Bethel Assembly of God in Hobbs, NM. Superintendent Micheal Dickenson installs Karl and Stephanie Brotton.

CREDENTIAL AND MINISTERIAL CHANGES NEWLY CERTIFIED: Patty Dykes, ABQ Harvest Fellowship Laura Greer, ABQ Copper Pointe Andre Johnsen, Bernalillo First AG Josiah Koop, Santa Rosa Living Waters LAPSED: Lovella Burchfield, Silver City Talmage Burdine, Rio Rancho Joseph Dore, Grants Sally Frazee, Rio Rancho Donald Hay, Edgewood Melissa Holguin, Anthony

Richard Leveque, Alamogordo Joseph Overton, Rio Rancho Michael Shell, Albuquerque Robert Sealey, Las Vegas Steven Villines, Williamsburg REINSTATED: Joseph Snodgrass, Clovis TRANSFERRED IN: David Iglesias, Deming First AG Alex Rodriguez, Las Cruces First AG TRANSFERRED OUT: Carl Bauman (O), Wyoming


Diana Bauman (O), Wyoming Paul Wood (L), Oregon NEW SENIOR PASTORS: Karl Brotton, Hobbs Bethel AG David Iglesias, Deming First AG David Sasse, Santa Fe Christian Life DECEASED IN 2012: Leon Connell (C) 12/29/12 O. Marie Hudson (L) 05/20/12 George C. Irving (L) 07/08/12

WOMEN’S MINISTRIES DIRECTOR BECKY DICKENSON grams so that each individual can choose what best meets her vision for ministry. Touch the World is the combo meal of giving options. Your giving as an individual or as a church group goes to fund a wide variety of ministry needs. From missionary care to support I was at a drive-thru the for Cook Canyon Camp and Conother day. While looking over ference Center this giving opthe menu, I was feeling overtion is wide-reaching and multiwhelmed by all the choices that faceted. Last year alone New were offered me: a wide variety Mexico Women gave $13,800 to of items, different sizes of food Touch the World! products, sides, and beverages. Just as I was beginning to understand all the combinations a voice broke my train of thought and exclaimed, “May I take your order?” I immediately felt panicked. I hadn’t had enough time to look over the menu! In addition, I noticed that a line of cars was pulling up behind me. Do What You Can is As I mentally paused much like the french fries. You to organize my order the voice are focused on one particular broke in again; “I can take your thing and you don’t necessarily order any time you are ready!” want a combo meal. Do What The interruption further undid You Can is a specific, yearly me; and the cars behind me were project that focuses on just one drawing nearer. I folded under thing. In the past we have purthe pressure: chased mattresses, funded a “I’ll have a small diet Coke.” specific program, or helped with Hopefully, your feelings about an outreach. We announce the giving are not like the above need at Women’s Conference; account. Rather than feeling and over the year women across pressured, I would like the lathe state collect coins. At condies of the New Mexico Ministry ference we find out how much Network to feel as if they have coins can do when we add it all well-defined options in giving. up. This year’s project will go We have a variety of giving pro-

I would like the ladies of the NMMN to feel as if they have well-defined options in giving.

toward breast cancer education and medical assistance for underserved and underprivileged women in our state. Download new Pringles Can Labels at www. Turquoise Trail is signing up to become a server. You have the opportunity not just to lend your financial support, but also to roll up your sleeves and help. As a server you find that instead of becoming impatient and judgmental with the lady who can’t make up her mind, you understand her situation and exercise more patience. Going on a mission’s trip might not be glamorous, but it always becomes a wonderful opportunity to learn more about God, others and yourself! The mission outreach this year will be to assist Convoy of Hope and the National Breast Cancer Foundation as they provide minor medical services for women in our state. As more information is available to us we will pass it along. These three ministry opportunities on our menu are not to pressure you to give, but rather to facilitate giving. If you have questions about giving through any or all of these options please call me. I promise not to make you feel panicked into a decision that leaves you settling for a diet Coke when you really had something else in mind. Happy Giving!


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Please join us for Women’s Luncheon and enjoy the “Surprise!” SURPRISE! It all starts at 11:45am, April 10, 2013 during New Mexico Ministry Network Conference at Copper Pointe Church. Nursery care is provided for registered children. ted by Dickenson along Registration with YouBecky must pre-register to attend. for the women’s luncheon is processed through the Mine Wives of New Mexico Ministry istry Network Conference registration form. Network Presbyters. Register online at

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