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OCTOBER Credential Interviews.......................................... October 1 Light For the Lost (Sec. 3).................................. October 3 Light For the Lost (Sec. 7).................................. October 4 Light For the Lost (Sec. 12)............................... October 10 Light For the Lost (Sec. 11)............................... October 11 Light For the Lost (Sec. 1).................................. October 13 Light For the Lost Spanish Service............... October 14 Light For the Lost (Sec. 9N).............................. October 17 Light For the Lost (Sec. 9S)............................... October 18 Convergence (Youth Convention)................. October 21-22 Light For the Lost (Sec. 6).................................. October 24 The Main Event: Men’s Conference.............. October 28-29

November Reach the World Auction..................................... November 1 Light For the Lost (Sec. 4).................................... November 3 Women’s Prayer Encounter................................. November 4-5 Credential Presentations – Eastern Zone.... November 5 Light For the Lost (Sec. 8).................................... November 7 Light For the Lost (Sec. 2).................................... November 10 Youth Pastors Retreat............................................. November 10-12 Light For the Lost (Sec. 5W)................................ November 14 Light For the Lost (Sec. 5E).................................. November 15 P B & J Retreat (Children’s Ministries)........... November 25-27

December Royal Ranger Winter Trace.................................. December 2-4 Spanish School of Ministry................................. December 10 OYM Student Leadership Retreat.................... December 27-30

Copyeditor Renae Elmore GENERAL PRESBYTERS

SECTIONAL PRESBYTERS

Frank Cargill Superintendent

Raymond Frizzelle Section 1

Craig Dacus Assistant Superintendent

Leo Guthrie Section 2

Tom Goins Secretary-Treasurer

Melvin Baker Section 3

EXECUTIVE PRESBYTERS

Steve Rose Section 4

Curtis Owens Ron McCaslin MINISTRY DIRECTORS

Darryl Wootton Section 5W

Doug Everaard Youth Ministries

Chad Brodrick Section 6

Dean Guthrie Children’s Ministries

Weldon Wright Section 7

Darren Pilcher Church Ministries

Micah Wells Section 8

Michelle Pilcher Women’s Ministries Jack Salkil Executive Administrator Lindell Warren Missions

405.475.1100 info@okag.org @OKDCofAG facebook.com/OklahomaDistrictCouncil

Bruce McCarty Section 5E

David Brooks Section 9N L Duane Elmore Section 9S Don Barnes Section 10 Billy Martin Section 11 T.D. Gifford Section 12


Healthy Church Network Life provides an abundant array of illustrations! In the words of

Therefore, we have

Mickey Mantle, “If I had known I was going to live this

reserved November 11

long, I would have taken better care of myself.” Have

and 12 for a Discovery

I ever found that to be true in my life!

Weekend. This event is free and made possible

With increasing age, the more rigid and inflexible my joints

by your Oklahoma AG

respond to my mind. The routine of life becomes established;

Ministries. In our desire

change and “new” things become intimidating.

to reach as many as possible, simultaneous

The parallel applies to the local church. The older and

meetings are scheduled

established church body requires a longer transition period

in Lawton, Muskogee,

when facing the future. Regretfully, a history of greatness offers

and Oklahoma City.

increased resentment to the inevitable demand for change. Yet, the only thing certain in life is change!

Pastor, you cannot take the journey alone! Your leadership must buy-in or frustration will be the result! Share this opportunity

We have chosen to partner with our local churches and pastors

with your board and significant leaders. Do not attempt the trip

who are interested in becoming the church that God intends for

alone. Do not attempt the trip with only those who think

this hour. Yesterdays victories will not conquer the challenges of

out-of-the-box. Present leadership must participate and buy-in

tomorrow! We will change! The only real question is, “How will

if success results.

we manage change?” Register for Discovery Weekend today. Make it a priority on your The Healthy Church Network – HCN - offers a step-by-step

calendar. At the close of the Friday and Saturday sessions, you

approach that I would like to make available to EVERY

will be given the opportunity to join a transformational journey

OKLAHOMA CHURCH. During the coming year, every church that

that will be one year in length and that will require a

is willing to seriously consider the future will be able to participate in an amazing journey of transformation; however,

commitment from you and from your church.

letters, brochures, and promotion fail to adequately explain the process. It requires a personal experience!

For questions or additional information, contact Lindell Warren and Oklahoma Mission Ministries – 405.475.1100. Reserve your place at the table! (Only those who participate in the Discovery Weekend will be able to take the trip. Sorry, no exceptions are possible.)

FRANK CARGILL // District Superintendent frank.cargill@okag.org


Reducing the Risk of Fraud Over the summer, I had the opportunity to sit in a seminar conducted by Verne Hargrave, author of “Weeds in the Garden; The Growing Danger of Fraud Taking Root in the Church.” Verne brought tremendous insight from his decades-long career as a Certified Public Accountant and a Certified Fraud Examiner. Beyond offering a recommendation for his book, this article will provide, in broad strokes, some key insight into mitigating the opportunity for fraud occurring within your

Hargrave provides ten action steps church leadership could make to better protect the church’s assets, and ultimately its reputation.

1. Develop a strong organizational and governance structure. 2. Document all processes in an accounting/ management manual.

ministry.

3. Keep up-to-date with the exponential change in information technology.

It is unfortunate to think that fraud would ever take place

4. Insist on complete and timely financial reports.

within a local church, but according to many experts, it occurs all of the time. In fact, churches make for lucrative targets. According to Hargrave, “in many churches there is a resistance to put fraud prevention steps in place because any attempt to do so is an indication that current employees and volunteers are crooks.” This simply could not be further from the truth, and this mindset makes the church a prime target for fraud. Poor internal controls and loose management structures do a disservice not only to the church body, but also to those charged with handling financial matters. According to Hargrave three ingredients are necessary for fraud to occur. Those ingredients are pressure, rationalization, and opportunity. Church leadership cannot do much by way of lessening the pressure and rationalization which may occur

5. Ensure the church is in compliance with IRS rules and regulations. 6. Extend strong cash collection processes throughout the church. 7. Implement a strong bill approval and payment system. 8. Provide adequate controls over personnel procedures. 9. Maintain controls over property and equipment. 10. Perform a periodic fraud risk assessment. In the end, fraud prevention is not about mistrust, but stewardship.

in the lives and minds of its employees or volunteers. Limiting opportunity, however, is well within the scope of possibility. The intent of establishing effective internal controls is not to impede church leadership’s ability to make necessary purchases or financial decisions it believes would benefit the overall ministry of the church. It does however provide an accountability structure ensuring that church resources are used to further the church’s overall ministry

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Finding Receptivity or Going to the Most Receptive People Groups I learned something recently. John 4:35 cannot be applied universally. We have often preached it that way yet,

the idea. So, the transition took place for Mark and Nancy to

on further study we find that Jesus was talking about the

the right moment in time to bring in the harvest of our Spanish

Samaritans. Jesus said, “Do you not say, ‘Four months more

brothers and sisters.

move from AGWM to U.S. Missions. This strategic move captured

and then the harvest’? I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest.” Jesus did not refer to all

From my perspective other ethnic groups here in Oklahoma show

people; rather, he meant the receptive Samaritan people. In verse

signs of receptivity. It seems when people are in transition their

39 the Gospel writer said, “Many of the Samaritans from that

openness to the Gospel becomes more pronounced. Take for

town believed in him because of the woman’s testimony…” Then

instance some Asian and oceanic groups. Also, we see Middle

in verse 41, John records, “And because of his words many more

Eastern people getting a clearer witness for Jesus Christ.

became believers.” The Cowboy Church Movement is not a “flash in the pan” but a As Jesus was speaking, the Samaritans were leaving the town and

genuine cultural phenomenon. I believe there exists a Samaritan

coming across the fields toward him (v. 30). The Nineteenth

type harvest in the sub-culture of cowboys. We need more of

Century Bible Scholar Adam Clarke states, “…the seed of life

these types of churches to bring in a ready harvest.

which Jesus had sown but a few hours ago had already brought forth much fruit; therefore he says, ‘Lift up your eyes, and look on

The missiologists teach when we find receptivity we go there.

the fields; over which it is likely the Samaritans were then coming

We go there to win the lost and to conserve the harvest through

in troops, guided by the woman who had already received the

church planting and discipleship. Yes, the Lord of the harvest has

light of the Gospel of peace.”

set before us an effective and open door. Let us walk through the door, prepared to harvest and disciple the people.

In the strategy of the Spirit there will be time given for all people groups to be receptive to the Gospel. At certain times and places there exists little time between sowing and reaping, as was the case with Jesus at Sychar of Samaria. We don’t always understand why the wind of the Spirit blows a certain way, but we must respond by rushing in where the Spirit is stirring. A good example is the fall of the “Iron Curtain” in Eastern Europe 20 years ago. Assemblies of God World Missions rushed in with

Looking Ahead: Healthy Church Network Discovery Weekend - November 11-12, 2011 Three Simultaneous Locations:

Muskogee, First Assembly of God Lawton, First Assembly of God Oklahoma City, Highpointe Church

personnel and resources to begin the harvest. Obviously, a lot of sowing and reaping happened simultaneously. Here in Oklahoma we see a great harvest taking place among the Spanish speaking people. The time is right. The wind is blowing. If we seize the opportunity before us now, thousands of Hispanic people will be ushered into the Kingdom of God. I well remember talking to missionary Mark Fitzgerald four years ago about transferring to U.S. Missions, allowing him to work full

Personal Note Phyllis and I wish to thank our Oklahoma ministerial family for all the prayers and kind gestures on the passing of our Mom, Alton Cossey,on August 20. Phyllis’ mom had faithfully served the Lord the past 45 years of her life. She now rests from her labors and awaits our arrivals. Phyllis’ Dad, Clyde Cossey, continues to live in Anadarko.

time with the Spanish people of Oklahoma. Brother Cargill liked

LINDELL WARREN // Missions Director

lindell.warren@okag.org


DARREN & Michelle PILCHER // Church Ministries Directors darren.pilcher@okag.org

michelle.pilcher@okag.org


STL Update DOUG EVERAARD // Youth Director doug.everaard@okag.org

@oklahomayouth @ouoakley facebook.com/oklahomayouthministries facebook.com/dougeveraard

Pictured: Jolie & Nate Hicks, XA Pastors, SWOSU; Bill & Kate Hicks; Ric & Christy Freeman, Pastors, Life Fellowship; and Kevin & Kaisa Leedy, HS pastors, Life Fellowship.

Ric Freeman, pastor of Life Fellowship, in Weatherford, presents the keys of a new Speed the Light vehicle to Bill and Kate Hicks in Northern Asia.

Don’t Forget


DEAN GUTHRIE // Children’s Director dean.guthrie@okag.org


In Memory Of Ralph D. Ham 7/23/1931 - 8/15/2011

as the circulation director. Later Dwayne and Bonnie became ministers with the Assemblies of God. They pastored the

Ralph Dwayne Ham was born on July 23,

churches at Waynoka and Carmen, Oklahoma,

1931, in Waynoka, Oklahoma, to Floyd Sanford

for 12 years before retiring and returning to

Ham and Ethyl Lydia Luddington Ham. The

Woodward.

family later moved to Woodward where Dwayne attended school and graduated from

Dwayne was preceded in death by his mother

Woodward High School in 1949.

and father; seven brothers; his oldest son, Larry; and earlier this year his wife, Bonnie

On December 14, 1948, he married Bonnie

of 62 years. He is survived by his only sister,

Munson. To that union, three children were

Deloris Sidders and her husband Sam of

born: Larry, Delaine, and Tony. They made

Monroe, LA; two brothers Richard Ham and his

their home in Woodward where they raised

wife, Karen of Arlington, TX and David Ham of

their children. Dwayne spent many years in

Lubbock, TX; his two children, Delaine Prophet

the newspaper business. He worked for the

and her husband, Randy of Guthrie, OK; Tony

Daily Oklahoman and then spent his last 20

Ham of Edmond, OK; four grandchildren and

years working for the Woodward Daily Press

four great-grandchildren.

Doyle V. Roark 4/21/1938 – 8/31/2011

God in Cordell, where he was currently serving as pastor. Reverend Roark’s passion was his ministry

Doyle Roark, 73, resident of Cordell,

service. He enjoyed traveling and visiting with

Oklahoma, was born on April 21, 1938, in

people. He loved his family and his church

Mountain View, Oklahoma to Vernon and Alva

family and enjoyed spending time with his

(Sampley) Roark and passed away at his home

grandchildren.

on Wednesday, August 31, 2011, in Cordell. Doyle was preceded in death by his parents, Doyle was born and raised northwest of

Vernon and Alva Roark.

Mountain View. He attended Mountain View

Ministers’ Spouses Paul W. Herren 10/23/1920 – 8/3/2011 Spouse of the late Ellen Herren

schools, graduating in 1956. Doyle married

Survivors include his wife: Jackie, of the home;

Jackie Betche on September 14, 1957 in

two daughters: Rhonelda Neece of Yukon, OK

Gotebo, Oklahoma. He worked as an

and Vanya McLaughlin and husband, Eddy, of

upholsterer and in flooring sales in the Tulsa

Oklahoma City, OK; one son: Rodney Roark and

area. Reverend Roark received his call to the

wife, Kyndal, of Colorado Springs, CO; two

ministry in the late 1960’s. He became the

sisters: Wanell McCracken and husband, Bill,

pastor of Parkhill Assembly of God in Tulsa,

of Mustang, OK and Sue Gibson of Kingfisher,

Oklahoma. Brother Roark and his family later

OK; nine grandchildren: Emily Whitfield and

moved to Cordell in the early 1970’s, where he

husband, Dustin, Melissa Wallace, Brady

pastored First Assembly of God until 1986. He

Neece, Carlin Neece, Brian McLaughlin,

then became the pastor of Seiling Assembly

Vanessa McLaughlin, Nolan McLaughlin and

of God and later returned to Cordell in 1989.

wife, Abby, Keaton Roark and Ross Roark; four

Brother Roark was the pastor of the Living

great grandsons: Camden Neece, Cayden

Waters Assembly of God Church in Burns Flat

Wallace, Jude Whitfield and Logan Whitfield.

until 1997. He returned to First Assembly of


OKLAHOMA DISTRICT NEWS

PASTORS’ REPORTS Phillip Clements, Barnsdall, reports eight saved in Sunday A.M. services. Brad Jones, Wright City, reports eight saved in summer mega sports camp. Two saved in regular services and 255 back-packs given away. Clint Gray, Arpelar, reports one teenage boy saved in regular services.

PRAYER REQUEST Doug Everaard - son’s healing from cancer Alma Hill - son’s helaing from eye surgery Harold Powell - healing from third stroke

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Stan Miller, Afton, reports two filled with the Holy Ghost. Ruth Deskin, Jackfork, reports ten youth and children saved in Sunday A.M. Children’s service with Cosetta Ellis in July. Bob Wingo, Dustin, reports four saved in regular services. Monroe Lowrimore, Sallisaw, reports three saved in regular services.

EVANGELISTS’ REPORTS Bob & Jan Teel, reports 47 saved and two filled with the Holy Ghost in Kidz Krusades and revivals in July. Charles Holybee, reports six saved and three rededicated in jail ministry. Alex Hanna, reports 50 Iraqi and Arabs saved, healed, and delivered through Arabic Outreach Ministry.

NEW PASTORS John Dorsey – Welch Gateway Kevin Akins – Elk City First Roger & Eva Rounsaville – Pauls Valley First Daniel Wortham – Savanna First Vickie Webb – Cherokee New Life


Paer & Be conference

Cornerstone Church, Southaven, MS • Jan. 3-4, 2012 MINISTERING

Bryan Jarrett

Robert Wilburn

Pastor, Northplace Church Superintendent, Mississippi

George O. Wood

General Superintendent of the Assemblies of God

Doug Clay

General Treasurer

Tuesday, January 3 7:00 p.m...................................................Doug Clay, General Treasurer

Wednesday, January 4 9:00 a.m.............................................Kermit Bridges, President, SAGU 10:00 a.m.........................Robert Wilburn, Superintendent, Mississippi 2:00 p.m.................................Bryan Jarrett, Pastor, Northplace Church 7:00 p.m...............................George O. Wood, General Superintendent p.m

For more information, please visit

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Kermit Bridges President, SAGU

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