CHRISTVIEW MINISTRIES E-MAIL UPDATE
YOUR OWN PERSONALIZED SPIRITUAL RENEWAL DAY
OFFERED BY CHRISTVIEW MINISTRIES
Click the link above to read more about it. At that link, you can also read what these and other recent participants have said about their personal days:
Rachel Mink is a Christview director and is on the staff of the Wade Center, Wheaton College.
Rachel studied major themes from the Four Gospels and spent time in guided silent retreat during her September 2006 stay at Christview.
Rev. Allen Thrasher is the Pastor of Holiday Island Community Church, located north of Eureka Springs.
Georgina Thrasher, married to Allen, is a Christview director.
Allen and Georgina particpated in our "Into the Fullness of Christ" retreat, based on Paul's Letter to the Ephesians, in September 2006.
HOLIDAYS OR HOLY DAYS: AN UPCOMING RETREAT FOR WOMEN
AT CHRISTVIEW MINISTRIES CENTER
Saturday, December 2
9:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
This is the first of a series of women’s retreats addressing areas of practical concern to many women. Judy Turner and a guest expert will co-lead the events.
Click the link above and scroll down below the Spiritual Renewal Day article to the Holidays or Holy Days heading to read more about it.
A SPECIAL INVITATION TO PASTORS
Christview Ministries focuses on non-ordained Christians, but also welcomes pastors. In recent months the percentage of pastors among Christview clients has gone up. Pastors, are you planning a sermon series or a new mission emphasis? Do you need to work through a knotty problem that is emerging in your congregation? Are you considering a change in your location of ministry? Do you just need some time for resting and listening to God? Is there a Bible theme on which you want to be sure that you are solidly grounded? Talk with us. We have a setting and resources that lend themselves to all these purposes. John and Judy are readily adaptable to provide what is most needed to meet your goals.
LIFE COACHING STORY 1: SCOTT AND AMANDA
Perhaps you remember hearing about Scott, one of our first students, who said, "I had been praying that God would provide the way for me to go to school to prepare for ministry. Through Christview the school came to me!" Recently, Scott has added, “I knew that I needed help in Bible study and ministry skills, but I did not recognize how much of what I needed to learn was about basic life skills, starting at home.”
Scott's wife, Amanda, is one of our newer students. Scott had told her how much he benefited from the Christian perspectives he gained here. Amanda comes weekly for spiritual guidance and life coaching mentoring with Judy. She wants a mature Christian influence to help her grow spiritually and in her discipleship.
How has Christview Ministries helped this young couple? Amanda says, "The mentoring we are both receiving helps us communicate better and has made our marriage stronger. We are making better decisions, and are so excited about our growth as disciples of Jesus. I'd recommend Christview to anyone who seeks a more fulfilling walk with Christ."
LIFE COACHING STORY 2: JANET
I first came to Christview 10 months ago. I wanted a place where I could find God’s healing and direction. My marriage was in trouble, and I was in deep pain. A friend recommended that I spend most of my retreat time in silence. Being a person who likes to talk, that seemed hard for me. But I really wanted to listen to God. God did speak to me during the time I spent at Christview. God assured me of His love and care for me. I found loving, wise guides in Judy and John. They guided my times of silence and helped me process what I heard from God. We had such meaningful times of worship and prayer together. My relationship with God grew deeper in those 3 days, and I went home strengthened.
I needed God’s strength when my husband still asked for a divorce. The pain was overwhelming. But God provided people to walk with me during this painful journey. One of those people is Judy, who serves as my spiritual director. We have frequent telephone appointments, and she helps me discern how God is at work in my life. I’ve also made another retreat at Christview, and received God’s comfort and direction for a new life as a single person, a life that is totally different from what I imagined for myself at this stage. I still have times of confusion and grief, but I know I’m making progress in every area of my life. God has been so faithful and truly provided everything I need. Much of that provision has been through Christview Ministries.
WOMEN’S PRAYER AND BIBLE STUDY
Between 20 and 30 women from Carroll and Boone Counties meet at Christview Ministries Center most Tuesday evenings for prayer and Bible study. They are currently studying Beth Moore’s recent series on Daniel.
JUDY ON THE ROAD IN OHIO AND ILLINOIS
On September 29--October 1, Judy Turner offered an evangelism workshop sponsored by Mentor Christian Church in Mentor, Ohio. Ten congregations participated in this event called “Living the Good News”. Some comments on the workshop:
- “The workshop helped me think of ways I can share the love of Christ with people I encounter every day.”
- “The methods we explored really are natural and doable.”
- “What I gained today will make me stronger in my witness for Christ. I think our whole congregation will benefit when we put these ideas into practice.”
As this email update is being prepared, Judy is on her way to First Christian Church, Gurnee, IL, where she will be the preacher for a three-day revival service, November 3-5.
JOHN COMPLETES INTERIM PASTORATE,
WILL NEXT PREACH FOR EUREKA SPRINGS
COMMUNITY THANKSGIVING SERVICE
On October 1, John completed nine months of interim ministry at First Christian Church, Harrison, AR. He loved preaching, teaching, and making new friends. To see some of John’s Harrison sermons, click Bible study and scroll down to Sermons 2006, and click the links to the sermons you wish to read. More will be published soon, so check back.
John was especially pleased with a plaque presented by the church to express appreciation for his leadership and guidance. The plaque quotes Jeremiah 3:15: “I will give you leaders after my own heart, who will guide you with knowledge and understanding.”
John recently led the prayers for Carroll County when the Bikers for Christ stopped in Eureka Springs on a prayer ride through four Northwest Arkansas counties.
John will be the preacher at the Ministerial Association’s Community Thanksgiving Service, hosted at First Christian Church, 763 Passion Play Road, Sunday, November 16, 7:00 PM.
HOW YOU CAN HELP CHRISTVIEW MINISTRIES:
AN IMPORTANT LETTER FROM THE
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Dear friends of Christview Ministries,
We hear wonderful stories of spiritual growth, healing, and life-changing interaction with the Word occurring through the ministries of John and Judy Turner. Many of us are experiencing those things for ourselves through individual times of spiritual renewal and studying at Christview. It is easy to catch the sense that God is blessing this place, the ministry, and the Turners in astonishing ways!
Christview Ministries is growing in numbers of students and supporters. Finances offer a tangible measure of the growth: the average monthly income of Christview has gone from $1,838 in 2004, to $3,488 in 2005, to $6,668 thus far in 2006.
The members of the Board of Directors of Christview Ministries feel it is important for everyone to know the financial status of Christview, and of the Turners personally, both because it is a testimony to the Turners’ faith in action, and because their act of faith deserves a response from those who care about the unique ministries they are carrying out.
It is not the case that the Turners “retired” to Northwest Arkansas, bought themselves a beautiful home on a mountainside, and decided to do a little ministry “on the side.” John and Judy had a strong and growing sense that God was calling them to focus on mentoring Christian leaders, and so they resigned their salaried positions in Indianapolis and moved to Arkansas to found Christview Ministries.
For the Turners, there are no sources of income other than their present work. Christview pays very modest salaries to the Turners, and they have been frugal with Christview’s costs of doing business. Nevertheless, Christview currently owes the Turners $37,872 in back pay and unreimbursed expenses, with most of that shortfall in 2005. It is time to begin reducing that debt so that the Turners can handle the increasing costs of their growing ministry. It is important that some financial stability be achieved during this time, because the rewards in growing the ministry will be huge.
The Turners feel strongly that no one should be turned away from Christview because of inability to contribute monetarily. It is for this reason that most of the services at Christview are offered on a donation basis, with a suggested donation and an invitation to further support the ministry. God has provided, and will provide, what is needed to do the work to which He calls His servants. God offers each of us the opportunity to participate in His providing.
The Board of Directors would like to set a goal to raise $10,000 in each of the next two months, and then to average $8,000 in income per month during 2007. This will allow Christview Ministries to meet basic operating expenses and to begin gradual repayment of monies owed to the Turners. We invite you to become part of God’s provision for the ministry of Christview – to consider generous Thanksgiving and Christmas offerings, and to make a pledge of a monthly contribution to the ministry in 2007. We are grateful for your prayerful consideration. Your support is the life-blood of the ministry.
Yours in Christ,
Board of Directors: Vivian Potee, President, Rogers, AR ▪ Doug Reed, Vice-President, Eureka Springs, AR ▪ Lili Michel, Eureka Springs, AR ▪ Rachel Mink, Wheaton, IL ▪ Bill Newman, Indianapolis, IN ▪ Stephen Smith, State College, PA ▪ Georgina Thrasher, Holiday Island, AR
AFTER YOU HAVE PRAYERFULLY READ THE LETTER FROM THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS, CELEBRATE BY
VISITING OUR PHOTO GALLERY.
NEW PHOTO COLLECTIONS (Check back for more):
Christview in the Fall (glorious this year)
Autumn 2006 (glorious this year)
(The latter two places are among the most photographed places in Arkansas.)