Kick off the Christmas season with us! Enjoy favorite carols and breathtaking masterpieces performed by Vanguard University’s 200-member choirs and orchestra, in the elegance and acoustical perfection of two stunning venues -
Tuesday, December 2
8pm | Segerstrom Center for the Arts
Friday, December 5
8pm | St. Andrews Presbyterian Church
**Group discounts are available at the December 2 concert ONLY**
This would be a great way to bless your Church staff or board members!
Vanguard University Special Events
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Event hashtags – #ChristmasFantasia #VUMusic
We can’t tell the name of the places.
In at least one case, no known local Christians are there.
“Missionaries” are just at the stage of trying to “make friends,” and “making disciples” is somewhere in the future.
Vanguard University students Niki Trueb ’16 and Kiera Husband ’16 spent 8 weeks last summer, with teams of Assemblies of God workers, in a pilot missionary project, learning missions at this earliest of stages.
They were Vanguard representatives among the 20 students from AG universities from across the nation that AG World Missions sponsored in this front-edge effort. AGWM picked up all the cost except $1500 in an experiment to help students learn how to introduce the news of Jesus where He is not known.
Practically speaking, how do you do this? Organized meetings are out of the question. Song services, “street meetings,” sermons? Not for quite awhile.
Instead, you introduce the idea that you are a follower Jesus in the first five minutes of every conversation. They spent time with Christ each day, focused on him, then talked about him. It is about Jesus.
They taught English, learned the local language, lived with their own cooking, and cold water only. And started friendships.
When the opportunity for followup questions came, they were ready. And the questions did come. In one case, it was a local leader who asked, “”Can you give me a French Bible? Who is this Jesus? Why do you believe this when I believe that?”
From Niki: My biggest takeaway is definitely the fact that I have so much more confirmation in my faith after this trip – seeing these people live such empty lives based on what we know as lies, confirmed everything I have ever believed in Jesus Christ. However, these people are also the most loving individuals I have ever met, and my heart remains on that little island, with people who I was afraid of at first but are now some of my nearest and dearest friends. I was there for 58 days and my heart definitely broke in more than 58 ways, I will never forget my time there and definitely plan on returning after school!
From Kiera: I learned how to love people without needing to use words; our actions make all the difference. God showed me the importance of loving every person no matter how different they are. Sharing the Gospel requires at times being put out. Going to Eastern Europe has showed me how big a God we serve, and the heart He has for His people. Jesus died to save everyone not just a few. When we look at people according to the worth God sees them, that makes all the difference.
Was this investment worth it, or was this just an interesting summer junket? “I left my heart there. I will go back.” That kind of evaluation suggests that it has already paid off for all.
For more information on VU’s many summer trips:
Vanguard University Global Outreach
(714) 662-5262 | email@example.com
Assemblies of God World Missions – http://worldmissions.ag.org/
Chapels are the heart of the campus time in worship and the Word. Planned carefully, their pattern may help you think about your preaching themes. After sitting down with Bryan Rouanzoin, Associate Director of Chapel and Discipleship, to discuss this, here is their approach.
Who I Am In Christ (identity), and Who We Are In Christ (community), are the core themes for the two eight-week blocks of Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday Chapel services this fall.These themes form a good base to start a college semester, and are two on the eight themes to be presented during a four-year program.
Given those themes, how are they to be preached and taught?
In a student survey, some clear preferences emerged:
- Students want ongoing connection with primary chapel speakers, rather than a majority of outside voices.
- They want biblical preaching rather than organizational promotion (being “preached to” rather than “promoted at!”).
We organized a Chapel Planning team: staff and faculty members from across the campus, whose areas of expertise include pastoral leadership, worship, and aesthetics; and also mental health and multi-cultural programming. Each of these men and women has a passion to see our students worship God, know Jesus and learn to hear the voice and leading of the Spirit.
One of the primary changes that emerged from this team was a shift to primarily on-campus chapel preachers. This allows students to become familiar with preaching styles and grow in relationship as their professors or staff members journey with our students through scripture.
The primary speakers this fall include:
President Mike Beals
Bill Dogterom, A/G minister and Religion professor
Jon Allbaugh, Dean of Spiritual Formation
Doug Hutchinson, Director of the Counseling Center
Bryan Rouanzoin, Associate Director of Chapel and Discipleship
… Also, about one third of our scheduled speakers are women.
In addition, we will host occasional off-campus speakers, being strategic about how many are invited and how they are connected to the student body. Local pastors, such as Karl Vaters, Chris Harrell and Scott Rachels, who are known and respected by students, get priority as well.
Local campus life provides a good source as well, with departments such as Music, Communication, Athletics, and student speakers given opportunity to lead.
The Chapel schedule also includes an in-depth Monday night verse-by-verse Bible study called “Excavate,” led by Bill Dogterom, and the popular, “Shine,” a Wed 9:30pm worship service.
Click here to check out who will be featured in Chapel this semester.
May lives be changed as students meet with God!
For further conversation, contact Bryan at Bryan.Rouanzoin@vanguard.edu
Andrew Stenhouse, Director of Graduate and Professional Studies at Vanguard University, wrote our featured article this month. We asked him to tell us how adults are learning these days, and help us think about best discipleship teaching practices in that light. He writes this –
Adult learners are primarily driven by three things:
relevance, immediacy and convenience.
We file all kinds of data in our minds. And like filing cabinets, our brains get full and unorganized. Many adults have learned to function on a “need-to-know” basis. They focus on obtaining and retaining information if certain they will need to retrieve it at some point. In other words, they don’t want to waste time on information that has no relevance. In higher education, career advancement is the number one reason adults attend college.
What they learn has to have relevance. I have often said that when teaching adults, “If it doesn’t matter to them, they won’t bother to learn it.”
It’s not just the kids who have grown accustomed to instant access to information. We all have quickly learned to download and watch movies and read books the moment we get the urge. While we all agree that there is nothing quite like the smell of a bookstore and the touch of actual paper, we turn to our Kindle for an immediate and less expensive option. Likewise, while we all know there is nothing like an IMAX with surround sound, we often turn to Netflix for an immediate and less expensive experience.
Adults expect to learn the same way – fast. This is why learning on YouTube is outpacing college and universities worldwide.
Along with everything else on-demand, we now have life-on-demand. We have grown accustomed to life-work integration replacing life-work balance. The majority of adults understand that the great divide between personal life and professional life has become pretty thin. Today we parent our kids while we’re at work via text and Facebook, and we work the same way while away from our jobs. We parent from work and work from home. The question for adult learners today is not when we learn but how we learn. The when is a given – now.
We need convenience to fit our now-oriented schedules that are no longer static, but are now dynamic. We scroll through our phones and tablets while in the stands at a soccer game, waiting in the doctor’s office, or catching some downtime between kid’s events.
In short, we learn what we need, when and how we want.
Terry Zeigler, Ed.D., ATC Professor of Kinesiology and Health Center Director at Vanguard University, writes this month. Terry attends Newport Mesa Church; her father-in-law, Virgil, is a retired AG minister.
We work to serve our churches and God’s people. When crunch time comes, we push through fatigue to work long hours, and choose to sacrifice free time, family time, and rest time.
All of this “serving” takes a toll on both mental and physical health. Too much work and not enough rest can result in:
- Decreased immune system resulting in more frequent illness/disease
- Fatigue/lack of energy
- Indigestion; increased stomach acid leading to ulcers and stomach upset
- Increased muscle tension resulting in neck and back pain
- Increased headaches
- Insomnia/sleep disturbances
- Decreased concentration/attention span
- Nervous habits
Recreation and leisure are important contributors to wellness and a better quality of life. They provide a means for your body to mentally and physically heal and recover from the fatigue of demanding output.
“Time out” allows you to “re-create” yourself by reducing and eliminating the stress hormones that can accumulate in your body from constant work. Research has shown that chronic stress can actually damage your body at the molecular level leading to an increased risk of illness, disease, and early aging.
This is summer in SoCal when God’s people tend to take time off, vacation, and rest. Rather than packing your summer schedule full, try being intentional about scheduling daily, weekly, and annual rest, leisure, and re-creation time. Then hit it hard in the fall. Adapt to the rhythm of the year.
God rested. How about you?
Rest = Recovery = Better Quality of Life and Ministry
Trish Fisher is an Associate Professor of Marketing in the Department of Business and Management at Vanguard University and is Chair of the Business Degree Program for working adults. Trish shares her practical suggestions for maximizing the use of the Sunday sermon message.
It’s Saturday night and you’re in your office, going over your Sunday sermon one more time. You’ve spent hours praying about the sermon series, researching the text, and thinking through relevant images, stories, and anecdotes to help bring your points to life in a meaningful way. While the message you have so prayerfully developed is powerful and the goal is to reach and share this Good News with as many people as possible, too often your work ends up as a one-Sunday message reaching only those hearers gathered at your church building.
Maybe a simple marketing approach can help accomplish the greater goal: to reach more people.
(After all, you’ve already done the work.)
I know—marketing is that discipline that often seems to create a divide among people. They either value and appreciate its benefits, or they think it’s salesmanship at its worst, just a broad array of strategies designed to manipulate people into buying things they don’t really need or want. But marketing at its core is about reaching people with a message, and meeting consumer needs and wants—and our greatest need is to hear and respond to that Message (and that Savior!) through whom the Holy Spirit will transform us into people whose needs and wants align with God’s eternal desires for us. (And Paul, for that matter, knew something about reaching people with a message: “But how can people call for help if they don’t know who to trust? And how can they know who to trust if they haven’t heard of the One who can be trusted? And how can they hear if nobody tells them?” (Romans 10:14, The Message)
What might the apostle Paul have done had he lived in a digital age? Would he not have embraced the opportunity to reach many more with communication and promotion vehicles such as instagram, snapchat, twitter, and blogs? Paul was willing to pay any price to reach people with the gospel; as a marketer I like to think Paul would have been so zealous in his evangelistic goals that he would have been open-minded to innovative ways to broaden the reach of his messages.
Here are a few marketing tools and strategies discussed in current marketing texts and promoted by various bloggers and church websites. Consider these as options that might help you use your Sunday message in additional ways to reach a broader segment of all those who need and want to hear the Good News:
- Take a few paragraphs from the sermon, add an introductory sentence and closing though, and use it as a future blog
- Transcribe and reprint the sermon audio version in the church newsletter
- Upload both the audio and print versions to the church website
- Take a few key sentences and use them over several weeks on Twitter
- Use the content of a sermon series as the basis for Bible study lessons and discussions or a teaching class or a weekend retreat
- Take a few key points from the sermon and send out on a post card or direct mailer to a particular zip code near the church
- Take a sermon series and turn it into chapters in a book—get published!
- Make audio copies of the sermon and give it to visitors; get a list of new house sales in the area and deliver a welcome basket that includes a sermon cd/reprint
- Email the written sermon (and link to the audio version on the church website) to the church database; encourage church members to forward the sermon link to their Facebook friends with an invitation to read/listen and then call to discuss ( keep track of Facebook’s changing policies as to how many people it reaches)
- Video the sermon, upload to You Tube, put the link on the church website, email the link
- Use some parts of the sermon as an email devotional
- Engage in an online discussion on the sermon message
There was a time when the preacher could reach only as many as could immediately hear his/her voice, but today we gladly utilize the airwaves around the world to reach people everywhere. There was a time when Paul’s written instruction could reach only people within earshot of someone reading from the scrolls he had written to the churches; the Church was quick to utilize Gutenberg’s printing press to reach a far broader audience. God knows the other side is marketing like crazy to reach the masses today; may God help us to be wise in the ways we use current marketing tools and strategies.
For those of you who have been called to the mighty task of preaching, and teaching, and evangelizing, and working to “encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing”, (1 Thessalonians 5:11) know that you are appreciated!
By Dr. Doug Petersen, Professor of World Missions and Intercultural Studies at Vanguard University
In April 2014, the Assemblies of God turned 100 years old!
Over the past 3 issues, we presented a look at our impact
as seen by an anthropologist, a theologian, and a missionary,
all Vanguard University professors with a lifetime in our fellowship.
Dr. Doug Petersen, the Margaret S. Smith Distinguished Professor of World Missions and Intercultural Studies, writes this -
From its origins in the Azusa Street Revival in Los Angeles in 1906, the Pentecostal movement has exploded from humble beginnings into a global phenomenon. According to the Pew Research Center’s Study on Global Christianity classical Pentecostals now number 280 million of which one of every four (24%) or 66.5 million are Assemblies of God believers. Of the world’s five major geographical regions, the highest proportion of AG members live in Latin America (30 million), Africa (18 million), and Asia Pacific (6 million). Together these three regions account for more than 80% of all Assemblies of God believers in the world. Almost one out of every 100 people in the world are AG!
It wasn’t always like this. When the Assemblies of God first formed in 1914, there were only about 300 present. Like the expansion of the early church in the book of Acts, this movement has crossed geographic, social, cultural, economic, and linguistic barriers to encompass every nook and cranny of the planet.
As a missionary for several decades, across Latin America, I got to see individual experience become a mass movement. And here is what I have seen:
When people find the Lord, they are transformed.
- They leave behind destructive dysfunctional behaviors like drinking, gambling, and running around.
- Holiness and a strict moral code stand out as the major characteristics of their new life.
- They save money, work hard, and make sure their own children get an education.
- Women are treated with respect.
- They care for the poor, because they know about poverty.
At the core of their being is a set of beliefs and practices which springs from the transforming spiritual experience of conversion followed, sometimes immediately, by a distinctive second work of the Spirit, usually evidenced by speaking in tongues, known as Spirit baptism or “being filled with the Spirit,” equipping them with an enduement of spiritual power to be active participants in God’s mighty works. And participants they are! They share with everyone they meet — on the buses, in the subways, at work – that Jesus Christ has changed their lives and that he can do the same for them.
100 years ago they claimed they had found “power to proclaim.”
100 years of history shows they found it.
For further conversation (he loves to talk about these ideas!) -
contact Dr. Doug Petersen at firstname.lastname@example.org
Photo from 2014 Hands Across the Border (HATB) – Vanguard University student Alba Quezada
SoCal Network Conference
May 27-29, 2014
* Book donations can be brought to the Vanguard Advancement office by Wednesday, May 21
OR to the VU Book Booth (at the conference in Anaheim) on Tuesday, May 27.
Anita (Foster ’99) Hann
Church Relations Coordinator
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