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the March/April/May 2014

Mississippi District Council Assemblies of God

May 4-8, 2014 Cedar Lake Christian Assembly of God Biloxi, Mississippi

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Bob Wilburn District Superintendent

Superintendent 100 Years!!!

This year the Assemblies of God celebrates 100 years of ministry. With the passing of those 100 years have come many changes.

100 years ago … • There were only 45 stars on the U.S. flag. • There was no airplane travel. • There were only 8,000 automobiles in the U.S. • The first road was paved in Mississippi ­— 11.5 miles of Highway 45 in Lee County. • Only 14% of the homes had a bathtub. • The average work week was 12 hours per day, 7 days a week. • The average salary was $1.00 per day. • Coffee was 15 cents a pound.

is 66 million in number across the world, and there are ten times more Assemblies of God churches in the world as there are McDonald restaurants. Our greatest challenge is not to make the Assemblies of God known all across Mississippi. Our greatest challenge is to make Jesus Christ and His atoning work on the cross known. Methods of ministry must change in order to be relevant in an ever-changing world; however, our mission and message are non-negotiable. I hope that ministers and laity from all across Mississippi can attend the upcoming District Council Centennial Celebration. By God’s grace and by the help of His Spirit, we will press into the next 100 years with courage, confidence, and commitment. For The Harvest,

One hundred years ago the Assemblies of God was comprised of only 300 people. Today, this great fellowship

Happy Birthday! May God grant a special day to each of these senior ministers! March

Charles Clark Mildred Creel Jesse Ray C.D. Cauley John Griffith Suong Ngoc Nguyen


2014 District Council Ministry Workshops Tuesday, May 6th with Dr. Bryan Jarrett Pastor, Northplace Church, Sachse, TX Workshop #1 – 2:00 PM: “Building a Pentecostal Church in a Post-Modern Culture” Workshop #2 – 3:00 PM: “Leading Change” REGISTRATION REQUIRED: $15.00 per person

William Winnett Eunice Stone Ben Buckley David Warren Clifford Sutterfield David Smith Frederick Carter Joel Upton Barbara Ray Franklin Smith Tim Cleveland


Nathan Fitch E.C. Roney Margaret Dawson Walter Davis Ken Broadus Douglas Townsend Lawrence Pool

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Reflections from the Secretary Treasurer... Derek Youngblood Secretary Treasurer

The connection of my office with that of credentialing has given me a broad view of the ministerial landscape. My dealings with issues of churches across the district has also affected my thoughts regarding ministerial ethics and practices, and from that, I want to share a few of my thoughts in this regard. 1. Never quit learning. The issuance of a credential should never signal the end of education for the minister. While one may grow through many means, may I suggest a strong and determined commitment to reading. • Reading has the potential to change you both intellectually and emotionally like few other things can. With ready access to the internet, one is a click away from a wealth of information that is pertinent to our occupation. • Reading is also directly related to one of the main things for which we are responsible: communication. Your vocabulary serves as the well spring to communicate your heart with those you serve. You will find that reading will increase your communicative ability many times over. • Have a dictionary application on your phone: Not only will it help to ensure you are using a word correctly, but it will improve your status with members, peers, and those with whom you do business. • No doubt you have heard the illustration of the recent university graduate who, as the new county agent, was giving a local farmer some advice. The old farmer took offense at the youngster’s remarks and observed, “Who are you to tell me anything; I’ve been farming for 40 years.” The county agent responded, “No, sir. You’ve been farming for one

year — you just repeated it 40 times." Ministry has the same potential to get caught in a rut unless we grow and utilize new information. 2. Another old saying goes like this: "You can’t see the forest for the trees." Recognize the ministry is bigger than preaching or visiting the sick and counseling members. Don’t just pastor a church — pastor the community. • Be visible in the community at functions that represent the larger constituency: ball games, city councils, school board meetings, etc. Make yourself available to the police and fire departments; volunteer for community events; and open your church to civic events, e.g., voting locations. • Join a ministerial alliance (civic organizations such as chambers of commerce, Civitians, hospital chaplaincies, etc.). 3. Don’t be crazy, but don’t play it safe either. If you do the same thing you’ve always done, don’t be surprised if you get the same result you’ve always gotten. • Fear of failure can imprison you and hold you from achieving your God-given destiny. Remember, God has not given you a spirit of fear but of power, love, and a sound mind. • A sound mind takes measured risks to achieve big dreams. • Develop a plan of action and work that plan. • People respond to vision, not pipe dreams! Let me assure you that we in the District Office have you in our hearts and hold you before the throne in prayer. May the Lord lead you to victory, and may you experience greater advances in your ministry than ever before.

Change in Minister’s Dues to the General Council... Ordained $25.00/month; $300.00 annually

In Our District... Transferred In: Jason Cryer (C) - AL David Hunter (C) - LA Transferred Out: Eddie Bradley (L) – IL Ron Wood (O) - AR Jason Wright (O) - TN

License $20.00/month; $240.00 annually Newly Credentialed: Jason Dyess – (C) Manuel Henderson – (C) Brandon Sherwood - (C) Lapsed / Dismissed / resigned: Patrick Conrad (L) - Lapsed Ted Farrar (C) - Resigned Church Openings: New Beginnings, Perkinston

Certified $10.00/month; $120.00 annually Church Closings: First Assembly, Shubuta Life Fellowship, Olive Branch Deceased: James F. Coleman (O) Ron Dewitt (O) John W. Johnson, Sr. (O) T. N. Slay (O)

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Secretary / Treasurer

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Mississippi U.S. Missions Bob Wilburn U.S. Missions Director

2013 Mission 511 Group


2014 HCN Retreat Schedule Retreat 1: March 14-15 Retreat 2: July 18-19 Retreat 3: Oct. 31-Nov. 1

Darrell Worley, Bob Frith, & Gerald Branum lead a session on “Missions – The Sent & the Sender”

Allen Mason conducting session on “The Minister & His Money” Murphy Matheny shares vital information regarding “Discipleship with a Purpose”

Men's Ministries The new year is off to a great start with the Mississippi Men's Ministry. We are excited about all the things C. A. Farmer we have coming up this year for Director your men to be involved with. Men are such an important part in the church. It is our prayer that you are able to raise up men who will help lead you and your congregation to see wonderful things take place in 2014. In January we hosted a district missions project at the Royal Ranger Training Camp. We had several churches help us sponsor projects and send men to work. A special thank you to all those who were able to both come and help as well as supply funds to purchase the materials needed.

The men's ministry desires to partner with Royal Rangers in helping our boys to have a wonderful camp experience. We are still receiving donations for the bulldozer we are wanting to purchase to help with the roads at the campground. You can still give to this project simply by going online and giving to Ranger Trails or by mailing your check to the district office. We have two events coming up soon that we hope you can be a part of! May 5th is the Superintendents Cup Golf Tournament at Dogwood Hills Golf Club in Biloxi, MS. This tournament is sponsored by the Men's Department. May 14-17 is the Spring Men's Retreat in Townsend, TN. For more information, please contact C.A. Farmer.

2nd Annual Superintendent's Cup District Golf Tournament Monday, May 5, 2014 • Dogwood Hills Golf Club - Biloxi, Mississippi 4-Man Scramble • Shotgun Start - 9:00 am $55/player includes cart, green fee, range balls, breakfast, and lunch Prizes awarded; cash prizes to 1st, 2nd, & 3rd places • hole sponsorships available For more info email or call Pastor Jody Gurley at 662.328.6374.

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World Missions

Tucker "appreciation" Supper Gene Emswiler Assistant Superintendent World Missions Director

Mississippi District Council Wednesday, May 7th, 5:30 Cedar Lake Christian Assembly, Biloxi, MS Cost $12.00, Registration Required Menu: BBQ (2 entrees), 2 sides, dessert, drink (sign up on registration form for Council)

Itinerating Missionaries for 2014 Bob and Jennifer Frith, missionaries to Uruguay, have been home since December. They hit the ground running but still need more opportunities to present their heart for the country of Uruguay.

Edgar and Janora Reed, will be itinerating three to four months during the later part of the year. They will need to fill their schedule for fall of 2014.

Out-of-State Missionaries I have been contacted by several missionaries from other districts in the past few months about itinerating in Mississippi. Because we are an “open” district, they are free to contact our churches. Should you receive inquiries from missionaries of other districts and you would like to have them in our church, then the following questions should be asked:

1. Did they contact our World Missions Director before calling? If they haven’t, encourage them to do so, this helps us know which missionaries are in our district. 2. Will they be sending the standard 5% of their love offering to our Mississippi World Missions Department? Also encourage them to do so, this helps support our World Missions office at the District.

Zambia Tabernacle Evangelism Update In the last Advocate, you read we were in Zambia with a team from Mississippi. While our team of workers were in Zambia, they constructed THREE TABERNACLES with your HELP and MONEY!! Pledges and commitments are coming in at a record level—over $82,000 received out of $91,000 pledged—PTL!!! Thank you for your faithfulness in keeping your pledges!

Jimmy and Brenda Dickey, Missionaries to Japan They have found a new avenue of ministry to the people of Japan. Beginning March 25, he will teach Japanese to Mississippians through the Life Enrichment Program at MUW on a volunteer basis. The purpose is to reach out to the Japanese in their area who are with Toyota and the new Yokohama Tire plant being built near them. They have already met with many of the Japanese at Toyota; they’ve been in their homes, and the Japanese have visited the Dickeys in their home. Only with the Lord, using their language ability, could these doors have been opened.

District Council 2014 May 4-8, 2014 Hosted by

Cedar Lake Christian Assembly of God with Guest Speaker

Rev. Bryan Jarret 11555 Cedar Lake Road Biloxi, Mississippi 228.392.6279 Pastor: Rev. Murphy Matheny

Hotel / Motel Recommendations LaQuinta Inn and Suites Biloxi HEADQUARTERS HOTEL

957 Cedar Lake Road • Biloxi, MS 39532 228.392.5978 $89, Free breakfast, free Wifi Group Name: Cedar Lake Christian Assembly (15 rooms blocked, book by April 13, 2014) *closest to church

Home 2 Suites by Hilton Biloxi /D’Iberville

Courtyard Marriot Biloxi North/D’Iberville 11471 Cinema Drive • D’Iberville, MS 39540 228.392.1200 $99, Free Wifi, Restaurant on premises

Holiday Inn Gulfport

9515 Hwy 49 • Gulfport, MS 39503 228.679.1700 $99, Restaurant on premises, free Wifi

3810 Promenade Pkwy • D’Iberville, MS 39540 228.392.6265 $92, Free breakfast, free Wifi Group Name: Cedar Lake Christian Assembly Group Code: CLC (15 rooms blocked, Book by April 13, 2014) *next closest to church, close to lots of eateries

Best Western Plus Seaway Inn

Wingate by Wyndham Biloxi/D’Iberville

Clarion Inn Gulfport

Regency Inn and Suites

Fairfield Inn and Suites Gulfport

12009 Indian River Road • D’Iberville, MS 39540 228.396.0036 $89, Free breakfast, free Wifi

11969 Bobby Eleutrius Blvd. • D’Iberville, MS 39540 228.396.0100 $83, Free breakfast, free wifi

9475 Hwy 49 • Gulfport, MS 39503 228.864.0050 $69, Free breakfast, free Wifi Group Name: Cedar Lake Christian Assembly (15 rooms blocked, Book by April 13, 2014) *closer to airport

9445 Hwy 49 • Gulfport, MS 39503 228.868.3300 $69, Free breakfast, free Wifi

15151 Turkey Creek Drive • Gulfport, MS 39503 228.822.9000 $99, Free breakfast, free Wifi

Schedule of Events Sunday, May 4 7 PM

Evening Service at Cedar Lake Christian

Monday, May 5 10 AM-2:30 PM

Golf Tournament

(For more info email or call Pastor Jody Gurley at 662.328.6374)

6:30 PM

Shrimp Boil/Barbeque at Cedar Lake ($15 per person, registration required)

Tuesday, May 6 1:30-2 PM 2-4 PM 6-7 PM 7 PM

Registration Workshops – Bryan Jarrett ($15 per person, registration required) Session 1: “Building a Pentecostal Church in a Post-Modern Culture” Session 2: “Leading Change” Registration Ordination Service, Speaker Bryan Jarrett

Wednesday, May 7 9-9:45 AM Registration 10 AM Memorial/Communion Service 12 Noon Senior Ministers Luncheon at Cedar Lake (Ministers age 65 +, registration requested) 1:30-2 PM Registration 2 PM Business Session 5:30 PM Banquet Honoring the Tuckers ($12 per person, registration required) 7 PM Missions Celebration, Superintendent’s Annual Message

Thursday, May 8 9 AM Prayertime 9:30-10 AM Devotion by Bryan Jarrett 10-12 Noon Business Session 12 Noon U40 Luncheon at Cedar Lake (Ministers under age 40, $10 per person, registration required) 2-4 PM Pastor to Pastor with Bryan Jarrett 7 PM Speaker Bryan Jarrett

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Youth Department MS Youth Ministry

Vimeo Channel David Maxwell District Youth & CE Director

For more information about our events, please visit our website @

Collide Summer Camp 2014 June 23-27 Hinds Community College Raymond, MS Cost $185

100 Year Anniversary Youth Convention

STL Tour Update 11 Tour Stops • Almost 500 in Attendance $174,000 in goals for the next 6 months! Thanks to missionaries Bob & Jennifer Frith and Jody and Wendy Dyess.

We are taking a group. Go to to download a registration form.

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Pastor Scott Wilson Lead Pastor The Oaks Fellowship

Patti Chapman National Children’s Leader Specialist

Dr. Garland Owensby

Michael Bartel

church registration: individual registration: $35

Camp 1: Sun., July 6-Wed., July 9 Camp 2: Wed., July 9-Sat., July 12

Jody, Wendy, & Emily Dyess

Church of God Campground Jackson, Mississippi Cost $165.00

Ms-La Youthalive

Jody Dyess


MS.LA Youth Alive Missionaries

Youth Alive is a strategic way for your church and student ministries to effectively evangelize the community you live in. The desire to reach students in high school is still a priority for MS.LA Youth Alive, but recent surveys show that the age of new converts in America is increasingly getting younger. The following is a quote form the Barna Group: “For years, church leaders have heard the claim that nearly nine out of ten Christians accept Jesus as their savior before the age of 18. If that statistic was accurate in the past, it no longer depicts U.S. society. The current Barna study indicates that nearly half of all Americans who accept Jesus Christ as their savior do so before reaching the age of 13 (43%), and that two out of three born-again Christians (64%) made that commitment to Christ before their 18th birthday. One out of eight born-again people

(13%) made their profession of faith while 18 to 21 years old. Less than one out of every four born-again Christians (23%) embraced Christ after their twenty-first birthday. Barna noted that these figures are consistent with similar studies it has conducted during the past twenty years.” (The Barna Group of Ventura, California

By emphasizing evangelism among junior high-age students and empowering them to become student missionaries at their local campus, we are helping increase the odds of early salvations and church growth. We now have resources available for Kid Missionaries from K-5 grades as well as Campus Missionary Resources from 6-12 grades. Go to and check out what is available to you and your students. Jody Dyess, MS/LA Youth Alive 601-479-2909 |

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Women's Ministries


Judy Warren District Women’s Director

I rejoice at new opportunities to serve our King in 2014! I look forward to all the ways that God will use us. I am so thankful that all of our ladies together raised $50,000 in 2013 to fight HUMAN TRAFFICKING! To God be the glory! I am looking forward to our Ladies Spring Conference on April 11 & 12 with speaker Karen Wheaton. We are offering four fantastic workshops. You will be blessed at this conference! This year’s conference will have limited seating. Make sure you get your registration in early to secure your seat and conference gift! You can register by mail or online.

Judy Warren

Conference Workshops Workshop 1 “Why Eat Round Steak When You Could Feast on Filet?” Regina Richardson “Curb Appeal” Teresa Petty Workshop 2 “Soar Majestically” Dr. Barbara Ray “Digging Through the Chaos” Sheila Proctor

*NEW* Online Registration $50 before March 28th (conference gift included) $55 after March 28th (no conference gift)

Available at

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Girls Ministries Renata Richardson GM District Coordinator

$55.00 by May 2 $60.00 after deadline

Registration includes services, “Sweet Talk”, workshops, and Praise & Worship!

Godz Girlz runs in conjunction with the Ladies Spring Conference, for all girls in 6th grade thru college. Sponsored by the MS District Women’s & Girl’s Ministries Departments

Royal Rangers Royal Rangers is gearing up for another exciting and busy year in the Mississippi District! March 28-30: We will be conducting the boys' Junior Leadership Training Academy at Ranger Trails Camp. This year’s academy will consist of the Junior Training Camp, Advanced Junior Training Camp, Junior Training Trails, and an Advanced Merit Camp. The merit camp will offer archery, knife & hawk, sculpture, wildlife, camp safety, dutch oven cooking, and space exploration. April 11-12: The Ranger Basics leadership training will be offered to leaders who are getting started in the Royal Rangers ministry. This class is also beneficial to pastors, children’s pastors, and leaders who have been involved in Royal Rangers but needs to be brought up to date with updates and changes.

Pow Wow will be here before we know it! June 6-8 are the dates for this highlighted event of the year. This year’s theme will be “Wildlife.” There will be all kinds of critters there on display, and Ricky “Stumpy” Flynt and some of his associates will be there from the Game and Fish Commission. Our speakers this year will our very own Royal Rangers District Staff. We’re expecting great things to happen at the altars each night!

Mississippi district assemblies of God P.O. Box 720309 • Byram, Mississippi 39272




MS District School of Ministry "MS-SOM was a lifesaver for me. I could never afford to go off to Bible college since I was married and working full time. I looked into Global, and although it was good, the price was still out of reach. And then MS-SOM came about and was really affordable. But you cannot put a price tag on the friendships I've made with fellow students, teachers, and district officials. You cannot put a

price tag on what I've learned just having fellow pastors impart their knowledge of real life experiences in us to help us grow as future pastors. I have now tested and received my credentials with the MS District and will be testing in August for my license — all this because of MS-SOM. I highly recommend you to sign up and begin your classes!"

"I am a teacher with Teen Challenge and started taking DSOM classes to improve my relationship with God, gain greater knowledge of His Word, and be a better teacher. These classes have helped me to understand and employ the discipleship training which God has called me to as I grow personally in my daily Christian walk with Him. I

am thankful for the Assembly of God program where Christian brothers and sisters can come together for learning, fellowship, and an enjoyable experience all while connecting with God!

Jason Dyess Meridian, MS

Kim Brink Georgetown, MS

April 2014 1 LFTL Tour Section 3 – Crowder AG, Crowder 3 LFTL Tour Section 7N – First AG, Louisville 4 LFTL Tour Section 7S – Faith AG, Quitman 5 LFTL Tour Section 4 – First AG, Amory 7 LFTL Tour Section 5 – Community Chapel, Shelby 8 LFTL Tour Section 8 – First AG, McComb 10 LFTL Tour Section 12 – Canaan AG, Escatawpa 11 LFTL Tour Section 11 – Northside AG, Biloxi 11-12 Spring Women’s Conference – River of Life AG, Brandon


is the official quarterly publication of the Mississippi District Council of the Assemblies of God Subscription Prices Individual – $3.00 per year Churches – $3.00 for six (6) copies Derek Youngblood, Editor

DISTRICT OFFICE 5360 I-55 South P.O. Box 720309 Byram, MS 39272 Phone 601.373.1943 Fax 601.371.0486 Website EXECUTIVE OFFICERS Bob Wilburn – District Superintendent Gene Emswiler – Assistant Superintendent Derek Youngblood – Secretary-Treasurer EXECUTIVE PRESBYTERS Bob Wilburn, Gene Emswiler, Derek Youngblood, Greg Davis, Murphy Matheny GENERAL PRESBYTERS Bob Wilburn, Gene Emswiler, Derek Youngblood

2014 District Calendar of Events March 2014 4-5 7:14 Conference, SAGU-Waxahachie, TX 7-8 Engage (Fine Arts) 14-15 MS-SOM 28-29 “Launch” Church Ministries Conference with Scott Wilson 28-30 Boys Train. Camps – Merit, JTC, AJTC, JTT – RTC 31 LFTL Tour Section 2 – Real Life, New Albany

The Assemblies of God

11-12 Adult Training (Ranger Basics) – RTC 15 Executive Presbytery Meeting 15 FCF Dues due 18 District Office closed for Good Friday 25-26 MS-SOM May 2014 4-8 District Council 5 Superintendent’s Cup – Dogwood Hills Golf Club, Biloxi, MS 7 Pastor/Minister Workshops 14-17 Men’s Retreat – Townsend, TN 15 Deadline for Pow-Wow Pre-registration 16-17 Work Days/District Advisory Council – RTC 26 District Office closed for Memorial Day 29-31 Girls Ministries Retreat – Camp Dixon June 2014 6-8 District Pow-Wow “Wildlife” - RTC 23-27 Collide Teen Camp

SECTIONAL PRESBYTERS Sec. 1 Southaven Sec. 2 Tupelo Sec. 3 Water Valley Sec. 4 Columbus Sec. 5 Greenville Sec. 6 Jackson Sec. 7 Meridian Sec. 8 McComb Sec. 9 Hattiesburg Sec. 10 Waynesboro Sec. 11 Biloxi Sec. 12 Pascagoula

Virgil Scherff Mike Price Tommy Darby Ron Delgado Steve Burton David Warren C. A. Farmer James Dalton Scott Davis Tamber Proctor Jeff Fillmore Rodney Coleman

DEPARTMENT OFFICERS Bob Wilburn C. A. Farmer u. s. missions director men’s director Gene Emswiler

David Maxwell

world missions director

y & ce director

Judy Warren

Robert Bingham

wm director

Lorri Smith wm assistant director

disaster response dept.

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