Welcome, new pastor
One way for district missions leaders to start a relationship with new pastors
At a district Nazarene Missions International convention in Oklahoma, we welcomed each
pastor who had arrived on the district after the previous year's district convention with a sack
full of little gifts. Even with all the items listed below, the total cost per sack (including the sack)
was very little. Almost all the items were purchased in large grocery stores or at Walmart. The
darts were purchased in a sporting goods store. The bi-lingual stickers were leftovers from a
Nazarene Missions Team promotion.
Only a couple of the items listed below relate specifically to Oklahoma. With very little
adaptation, this idea could be used on any district.
Note to be included in sack
Welcome to our district
- Wal-Mart Smiley face car aerial ball with cowboy hat
Welcome to Oklahoma
- Big Red brand gum
Oklahoma is famous for its college football. One nickname for the OU team is "Big Red."
- God First - Primero Dios sticker
Rev. 7:9: "I looked and saw a great crowd no man could number from every tribe, people, tongue
and language . . ."
Aim high with your local missions goals. And remember, there are still unreached people groups
in the world with which no denomination or miossions organization has yet engaged.
- Package of Lifesavers
Jesus said, "Whoever wants to save his life will los it, but whoever loses his life for me will find
- Extra brand gum
All World Evangelism Fund
overpayments go to open new world
- Automotive fuse
Sometimes leaders get discouraged, even frustrated. So, when you blow your fuse, here's a
- Planters brand nuts or sunflower seeds
We're planting churches among every unreached people group that we can.
- Island Twists Kool-Aid
A reminder of our work in the South Pacific and in the Caribbean
- Yeast packet
Jesus said, "I am the bread of life."
- Small candle
Jesus said, "You are the light of the world."
- Fake $100 bill
Be 100% in participating in world mission emphases and offerings
- Tombstone brand beef stick
A reminder of all those people going out into eternity every day
- One Ferrero Rocher chocolate
A reminder of our work in Italy, Switzerland, and other chocolate-producing countries
- Packet of Good Earth China Black tea
A reminder of our work in Asia
- Abra-CaBubble bubble gum
A reminder of all those spirit worshipers who hope to keep evil spirits appeased by using
incantations such as "Abracadabra"
-- Howard Culbertson,
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