My name is James, and I will celebrate 11 years of marriage in December. My wife is amazing, and enables me to 'have it all'. We also have three children.
I have been preaching full time for 10 years. Being part of the Lord's church is a tremendous honor. Our work in the world is of utmost importance. I want to grow into Christ's image more and more each day.
I am here to study, learn, and grow.
Hello everyone! My name is Melanie Campbell. I am a proud mother of two boys, Preston-8 and Logan-4. I currently work at a resturant training to be a chef as well as marketing for the business. I love to cook! I strive to put the Lord first in every aspect of my life, listen to Him, and follow His will. I have been involved in twelve step recovery meetings for many years, and I want to give back what has been given so freely to me through the Lord and these support groups. I am very excited about being a part of facilitating a new Celebrate Recovery group in Mckinney! Addictions have affected so many families, and I want people to know that there is hope, and there is a better way to live through Jesus Christ and the twelve steps. We all have a void inside of us to be filled, and I am so grateful that I have finally found that the only one who can fill that void is Christ!
Hello, my name is Lynn Nored. My greatest claim to fame is being the father of James Nored--anyone like to know some good stories?? :). My wife, Martha, and I have three other wonderful married children and six grandchildren. I am an engineer by training with 24 years in industry and 16 years as a Prof. at Oklahoma Christian Unversity--which I helped began and headed the EE dept. I am most interested in postmodernism and postmodern evangelism. I am currently teaching a college course on Postmodern Evangelism at the South Pacific Bible College in Tauranga, New Zealand. My wife and I have been involved with Let's Start Talking and foreign missions since 1988.
One series I will be working on over the next few months is a course entitled "Why Do We Do What We Do When We Do "Church"?. It is a course that will compare the originas and discussion of Forms (e.g church buildings, order of worship, the Lord's supper, music, etc) --even "pultpits"--we use against the Functions detailed in the bible. I would be especially interested in any references that will assist in this research.
Websites etc. will come later.
My name is Trey Finley and I work at Highland Oaks Church of Christ on the Dallas campus. I came to Highland Oaks in 2007 after serving as small groups minister at Quail Springs in Oklahoma City. My current responsibilities include working with ministry leaders and small group leaders and generally providing oversight, direction, and coaching for adult ministries at Highland Oaks.
My wife Marla and I have been married 8 years and we have two sons--Caden is 3 and Grant is 5 months.
I was introduced to the missional concept through MDiv work at Abilene Christian. In 2005-2006, I worked on a project with other ministers designed to provide a small group curriculum with a missional focus for the ACU Ministry Summit in 2006. When I presented it, I had a minister present in the room who was very skeptical (to put it mildly) about the potential for small groups to take on a missional focus. I disagreed.
I still do. Taking existing small groups and asking them to become missional is every bit as daunting as asking a church with a long institutional history to re-envision itself as missional. But just as church plants can be started with a Missional DNA, so too can small groups begin in much the same way. We call ours Road Teams (as opposed to our Bible Study groups called Home Teams), and we've just begun trying to discover what that may look like.
Looking forward to keeping up with a missional conversation here.