TIME FOR STRENGTHENING !? Initiating STATE GATHERINGS for 2021

       HELLO FELLOW NACM MEMBER MINISTERS….

I don’t know about you, but all this isolation from COVID, winter storms, and the emergence of emboldened “activists” seeking to silence Christianity and Christians and displace biblical morality, has had its challenging effects!  On top of that, I’ve been hearing from our members in other countries, like Nigeria, Kenya, India, Pakistan and others, where overt persecution continues to increase, deliberately aimed at those who know and witness to Jesus as Savior and Lord.  As well, many members have been facing health and family concerns as well.

I JUST WANT TO ENCOURAGE US IN CHRIST TO CONSIDER OUR NEED FOR EDIFYING FELLOWSHIP at this time, and as inoculations for Covid increase and the pandemic in many places seems to be waning: perhaps this coming SPRING and better, SUMMER, are times we need to plan GATHERINGS in our States or Regions!  In anticipation I can “see” the Lord blessing such Gatherings to get us recharged and renewed corporately and individually: time together to share what the Lord is laying on our hearts, how He is encouraging us, envisioning His work in these times, and to pray together – which always is the Lord’s means of reviving His Church, His People, to use them mightily!  It’s time for His CHURCH to have their “wok” moment, too, but ours to the outpouring of His Spirit in order to become a vital impacting influence in this world again!  It certainly may not look like how  we “did church” before, but that may be a good thing!  WE NEED TO CATCH A FRESH VISION OF GOD’S OWN INTENTIONS FOR JOINING HIM IN HIS WAY of WORKING IN THIS DAY & TIME!   We have to face it: we cannot keep doing Church OUR way: it’s time for a true revival that starts with the House of God!

And when the saints (that’s us) gather to pray, humbling themselves before Him, imploring for renewal, cleansing, and revitalizing ourselves in His Spirit and Will, that’s when our Lord often moves in response and shows us how to join Him in the work He wants to do!

[Interesting: while I’m typing this to publish, a knock at our front door: a Christian couple leaving a small pamphlet at our door, shared with me that they are just going door to door in our apartment complex to see if there are those interested in attending a small Bible study to explore the claims of the Bible.  Wow!  There it is!  That so blessed me to see this kind of boldness and reaching out to the Lost!].

Rising up and Reaching Out!  Not: “Build it and they will come”.  WHAT IS THE LORD WANTING US TO DO THESE DAYS !?  The more we gather unto Him and pray together, the more He will show us – I believe.

Besides, our NACM State Gatherings have been so blessed by the Lord: those who have come together always report how encouraged and re-energized they are in their faith.

SO…WHAT DO YOU SAY!?   Contact your STATE ELDER (you’ll find him or her via your State webpage on this NACM website) and see if you can help get a Gathering going this Spring or Summer!

LET’S COME TOGETHER & SEEK THE LORD FOR HIS WILL & EMPOWERMENT TO DO IT!

Click this link to see a listing of links for the State webpages on the NACM website: https://nacministers.net/usa-project-local-groups/

IF YOUR STATE DOESN’T PRESENTLY HAVE AN ELDER, feel free to contact me to see if we can’t plan a Gathering and borrow an Elder from a nearby State to do it!  : )

– NACM Executive Elder, Rev Rodger Niemeier  –  Rodger.Niemeier@nacministers.org

 

Rodger Niemeier, Exec Elder (28)

Born 1952 in Pittsburgh, PA; Born AGAIN in 1972 at Kent State University, OH.Education: Westminster College PA ( BA in Bible & English, 1974); Asbury Theological Seminary KY (MDiv in Pastoral/Cross-Cultural Missionary, 1986)Ministries: New Wilmington UMC, PA (youth/ass't pastor: 1972-4); Bowersville UMC, OH (ass't pastor: 1975-6); Brookville United Brethern (Adult Teacher: 1976); Life Anew Ministries, OH (urban residential recovery ministry: ass't pastor/street ministries/nursing home ministry/jail ministry 1975-1981); Dayton Christian Schools, OH (Bible/English teacher: 1976-1981); Short Term Mission trips in Nome, AK (Inuit (Eskimo) outreach: 1975 - 1980); Nicholasville C&MA, KY (ass't pastor; young adults; church plant: 1982-86); Seattle Intertribal Alliance Church (C&MA), WA (Native American church plant: 1988-2001); Hands of Creation Native Artists Co-op, Seattle, WA (director - cross-cultural outreach: 1994-2002); Immigration Detention Center, WA (Bible study outreach: 1994-1995); Seattle Indian Health Board (Thunderbird Inpatient Treatment Ctr), WA (chemical dependency recovery teacher; vocational counselor: 1999-2013); Eagle Wings Native American Ministries, WA (founding director: abuse/chemical dependency recovery: 2003-present); National Association of Christian Ministers, Online Ministerial Association (Vice President/Executive Elder: 2010 to present).Ministry focuses: Bible Teacher; Pastoral; Counseling (chemical dependency & abuse recovery); Educator (Christian living; ministry training); Administrator; Cross-cultural Missionary (Native Americans/Indigenous People).Testimony: Though raised in a "nominal" Christian home, I did not come to Christ until my first year at college, at Kent State Univ. in 1972, amidst Vietnam War protests and riots on that campus. Inner emptiness drove me to seek God, and I came to Christ in my university dormitory room on my knees after reading the Gospel of Matthew for the first time. There Christ made Himself and His love clearly known to my heart. Immediately I lost interest in architectural studies and transferred to a Christian college, majoring in Bible and English (writing). I was fortunate to have a wonderful Methodist minister to mentor me in those early growth years, and soon sensed the Lord's leading to pursue more biblical training through seminary. After 2 disappointing experiences at 2 seminaries, I got involved in an inner city, live-in street ministry that helped young people come to Christ out of drug addictions. I also became a secondary Christian school teacher for a few years, did 5 short term missions in outreach ministry to Eskimos in Alaska, got married and had my first and only son.Later I became convinced I needed to complete my seminary training, finding Asbury Theological Seminary in KY: no disappointments this time. The training for pastoral and cross-cultural ministries was excellent, as well as being a tremendous time for my own spiritual formation. I met Christian & Missionary Alliance people there and felt led to join them, preparing to plant a church for Native People, I hoped, in Alaska. However, circumstances placed me in Seattle, WA, instead, and with a ministry partner we planted an urban Native church (1988). This challenging work continued for 16 years. Over those years, the Lord showed us that there was a debilitating, unresolved Native problem that was not being addressed: the widespread experience of Native People with past abuse related to having the highest alcoholism rater of all people in the USA. . As a result, by God's grace I, and a couple Native Christians from our former Seattle Intertribal Alliance church, started a new ministry: Eagle Wings Native American Ministries (2003). Though officially "retired", my wife (recovering from 30 years of domestic violence and abuse - father, former husband) and I continue to minister to area Native People in recovery from past abuse and chemical dependency.In 2010 I came across the NACM seeking Christian ordination. Later that year I accepted the invitation to be an Executive Elder and Vice President. I greatly enjoy ministering to fellow ministers and receiving encouraging ministry from them!

16 thoughts on “TIME FOR STRENGTHENING !? Initiating STATE GATHERINGS for 2021”

  1. I would love to attend a gathering in Mn, enjoyed the one we had a couple of years ago.  I have a hard time reaching twin cities as I live in Southern Mn.  if I can come it would be great.  God bless all of Gods children as we move forward for Him.

  2. It is time to gather and strengthen each other. I live in Louisiana and am looking for others in the group that would be willing to get together on a regular basis to discuss and collaborate efforts to spread The Gospel. I have posted in the Louisiana group and look forward to joining you in fellowship.

  3. Hi Lord Roger,

     

    I had a bad case of brain cancer and been persecuted myself hard to breathe right sometimes so been taking cardio pills over it. Just feel like and seem like the female version of Job. But alas, for the glory of being a saint and still proud I'm a Princess for His Kingdom. 

    With Love,

    Lady Russell Her Highness-Ma'am Princess Royal/Deaconess Ann

    • It sounds like you have indeed been through a lot, Jessica.  In Christ, though, no suffering is a loss, for our heavenly Father brings good out of everything we have to go through – AND goes through our trials without us ("I will never leave you nor forsake you" – and He keeps His word, it is His nature He cannot deny).  One Christian Bible teacher puts it this way:  "Often God's calling to our purpose in life comes out of that which we have suffered the most".  That seems to be so. 

      Thanks for posting your response; and while I appreciate your "lord" title, there is only one true Lord, and He is our Lord and Lord of all.  : )   I am completely satisfied and humbled to just be another "son" of God and "brother" of Jesus.  : )

      • Hello Rodger,

         

        Yes Our King of Heaven is surely The Lord OF the Hosts and he makes a wonderful Prince of Princes, he deserves it the Prince of Peace indeed. Thanks for letting me of any assistance over New Sweden, I appreciate your time and effort to reach out to me personally. 

         

        Kind Regards,

         

        Jessica

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