My new position as the V.P. for College Advancement at Central Christian College of Kansas has proven to be an exciting ride so far. One of the pieces that I have been able to put into place is the hiring of a new Director of Alumni and Family Relations. This is a position that is important to the college; not just for past students, but for current students as they look forward to graduating and growing after Central.

It is my pleasure to announce that Rochelle Cecil has taken up the post as the Director of Alumni and Family Relations here at Central.  Most recently, Rochelle served as the Athletic and Transfer Coordinator in Admissions where she has held this position since February.

Prior to her work at Central, Rochelle graduated from Houghton College, a small, Christian liberal arts college in the hamlet of Houghton, New York. At Houghton, Rochelle studied English and Communications and recently graduated with her Bachelor of Arts. She grew up just 30 miles east of McPherson in Hillsboro, Kansas.

She brings to the table knowledge of social media, video editing, and graphic design, as well as a history of speaking with Alumni and supporters of colleges through her work with Houghton’s team.

Rochelle has held a wide variety of leadership positions from supervisor at Phonathon, to resident assistant, to class president, giving her the right mix of knowledge and experience to lead the alumni of Central into better relationships.

In her new position, Rochelle will work to establish and renew relationships with our alumni and other friends of Central, as well as plan events to bring alumni back to campus. Her education and experiences bring to the college a unique understanding of communications and organizational planning that will assist the Development Team to reach a larger target audience.

“I’m excited to see the relationships that I’ll be able to build with the families and alumni of Central,” Rochelle said. “I can’t wait to see what comes out of new bridges and paths that are yet to be forged in this area.”

President Hoxie Announces

New Chief of Development

At Central Christian College of Kansas

Team CCC

I am pleased to introduce Robert J. Legg as our new Chief Development Officer. Robert will join the Central Christian College team this summer and will immediately begin overseeing College Advancement and Alumni Relations.

Mr. Legg is a proven leader and public speaker with more than 30 years experience. From 1990 through 2007 he was the lead pastor of a sizable congregation that experienced significant growth under his leadership. During this same timeframe, Robert served on the board of directors for Lake Stevens Chamber of Commerce, and was involved with both the City and School District in strategic planning, fundraising and development.

In 2008 Robert was hired by the Air Force and Dept. of Defense to be a part of a strategic task force to study and ultimately combine two military installations into one super base. Fort Lewis and McChord Air Force Base became Joint Base Lewis-McChord. Robert’s unique negotiating and communication skills became invaluable in transforming the various departments, agencies, and teams into a joint military base with more than 70,000 military and civilian personnel.

As a Lt. Colonel, Robert served as the Wing Chaplain for the 446th Air Wing at McChord Field, Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM). Washington. He was responsible for the management and oversight of the Chaplain Corps function, providing for the free exercise of religion for over 2,100 Reservist and civilian personnel on McChord Field. Chaplain Legg advised commanders on spiritual, ethical, moral, morale and religious accommodation issues.

In 2011 Robert and his wife Loralei moved to Redmond OR, where he has served as the Lead Pastor of Mountain View Fellowship Church. Robert is often asked to speak at conferences and seminars where he teaches and encourages others to live more effective and productive lives. His passion for God and life are both contagious and inspirational. He and his wife Loralei have been married for 30 years and have three young adult children.

God Bless,

Hal Hoxie

President
Central Christian College

CENTRAL CHRISTIAN COLLEGE

Posted: April 29, 2014 in College Leadership

Friends – I have accepted a leadership position with Central Christian College of Kansas.

July of 2013 I was asked by George Fox University President and Vice President of Development to prayerfully consider joining the G.F.U. Team. After prayer and thoughtful consideration, it became clear it was not God’s timing for me to leave Mountain View Fellowship Church.

Approximately three months ago I was asked by Dave Jeffery and Hal Hoxie (President of Central Christian College) to consider joining the Central Christian College team. Over the last three months Loralei and I have prayerfully discussed what this looks like and whether we should walk through this door. I came to the conclusion that this was not coincidental that a second Christian college has asked me to join their leadership team. Therefore I have walked through with great care this open door to try and discern how to proceed. After numerous discussions with Central Christian College leadership, and a clear sense of being able to bring strategic leadership to the campus and staff of the college, I believe I need to make myself available to Central Christian College. This is a critical time for Christian colleges and universities in our nation, and my spiritual gifts, leadership experiences, and understanding of higher education suggest I will be a significant asset to our Free Methodist colleges.

Therefore, after considerable prayer and numerous family discussions, I have decided to resign as the Lead Pastor from Mountain View Fellowship Church and move in this new ministry direction helping our Free Methodist College. Following the Oregon Annual Conference in June, Loralei and I will begin the final transition to Central Christian College. Until then Superintendent Chris Hill, under the guidance of Bishop Matt Thomas, will be working together to identify my replacement. Chris will guide MVF Church through my transition and the hiring of a new lead pastor.

Loralei and I appreciate your prayers as we take on this new leadership position. This is a huge move for Loralei and I, and we feel the weight of our decision daily as we prayerfully walk through it. We are leaning into God’s hands as He guides us and we trust His orchestration of how this all fits together. We want you to know we have appreciated your love and friendship shown to us in these last years. As we continue to serve our Free Methodist Family, please know we value your friendship and desire to stay in relationship with you. Our hearts and home are open to you.

With love and respect,

Robert Legg

GENEROUS LIVING

Posted: February 20, 2014 in Life Applications

When the Lord returns, He wants to find His servants doing a good job with the things He has entrusted to them. Being good stewards of our time, resources, and our God-given talents is what is expected of our lives. From the beginning, mankind was given the task of being good stewards for what God provided. 

Robert Morris, author of the book titled, The Blessed Life, ask the question, “When the Lord returns, will he find you being a good and faithful steward? Are you doing the best with what God has given you? Do you know where your money is going every month? Are you tithing, giving, witnessing and praying?”

The question asked by Morris is, are we generous people, following the example and teachings of Jesus the Christ? God is a generous God and He expects us to live as generous people.

What does GENEROSITY look like? It begins with a heart of gratitude, then expressed through living a thankful life. From giving to the local church, to Christian Higher Educational, ministry to the poor, to reaching across the oceans, generosity is willing to give without strings attached. GENEROSITY is putting yourself in a position where and when God reveals a need, you’re able to respond in a timely manner.

GENEROUS people find joy is helping others, knowing God will continue to provide the means to be a conduit of resources. In other words, when we stop giving to others, then God sees you’re not being a good steward and limits what you would otherwise be given. If we don’t steward / manage well what we have, then how can God trust us with even more? Jesus said, “For everyone who has will be given more, and he will have abundance. Whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken from him” (Matthew 25:29). If we are NOT good stewards and we do NOT practice generosity then the Lord God cannot trust us more.

Therefore, GENEROSITY begins in the heart and is expressed through letting go of what we have so we can truly invest in Kingdom things. The amazing thing of all this, when we let go and give, it is then that God replenishes what has been given away. We become the conduit, the river by which great resources flow.

So the question I have for you, does your GENEROSITY trickle like a stream, or flow like a raging river by which great things are accomplished through you?

In a recent article readily available on the Internet you can read 20 Different Habits Between the Wealthy and Poor. These are not situational wealthy or poor where people were born into a life-situation, but life choices commonly made that differ between the more wealthy vs. the poor. From the list provided I would like to draw our attention to a few noteworthy findings in the list of top 20 habits:

#2       80% of wealthy are focused on accomplishing some single goal. Only 12% of the poor do this.

#3       76% of wealthy exercise aerobically 4 days a week. Only 23% of poor do this.

#5       81% of wealthy maintain a to-do list vs. 19% for poor.

#9       67% of wealthy write down their goals vs. 17% of poor do this.

#10     88% of wealthy read 30 minutes or more each day for education or career reasons vs. only 2% of poor read daily.

#14     6% of wealthy watch reality TV vs. 78% for poor.

#16     74% of wealthy teach good daily success habits to their children vs. 1% of poor.

#19     86% of wealthy believe in life-long educational self-improvement vs. 5% of poor.

My point is this, if you want to have a successful 2014 it will depend greatly upon the everyday choices you make. For over 25 years I have taken the time to write down annual goals that are measurable. I have never met all my goals, but often times I have met most of my goals because I have given them priority in my life. Typically I divide my goals into five (5) major categories: Personal, Physical, Professional, Spiritual, and Financial. I have also included a reading list of books I want to read over the course of the year. If you are not currently doing this, I encourage you to begin this year taking the time to write down your personal 2014 goals, then sharing them with a trusted friend.

Allow me to leave you with a couple thoughts from the Bible:

Psalm 90:12 “Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.” (Prayer of Moses)

Colossians 3:23-24 “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.” (Apostle Paul)

I know it’s fun to give and receive gifts at Christmas, and I personally have a lot of good memories sitting with my family celebrating the season. Yet it takes intentionality to place our focus and attention on why the Church has set aside December 25th. Every year hundreds of thousands of churches and Christian ministries across our nation and around the world do their best to provide meaningful Advent Sundays and Christmas programs helping us to draw our attention to Christ Jesus, the Son of God. Yet in our own homes, Christmas morning comes and the focus quickly turns to opening up the presents under the tree, and Christ Jesus is placed in the background of our thoughts.

So what are some ways you and your family can honor the Lord on Christmas Day, teaching your family the importance of celebrating Jesus – the true gift given by God? Allow me to make a few suggestions:

  1. If you have children in the house, on Christmas evening, December 24th, take time to pray together prior to tucking your children in bed. One of the most important things we can do as Christians is pray together, thanking God for giving us His Son Jesus Christ.
  2. Before opening and exchanging gifts read the Christmas story found in Matthew chapters one and two, or Luke chapters one and two. If there are children in your house, find a good Bible storybook with pictures to help your children see and hear the true story of Jesus. Remember, most children love to hear their parents & grandparents read to them.
  3. Take time on Christmas Day to sit down together and talk about you faith in Jesus and why you are thankful for His love and forgiveness. This can be done sitting around a table after enjoying a meal together, or at time specified during your morning or afternoon celebration.
  4. When my children were young my wife made a birthday cake and as a family we sang happy birthday to Jesus. We also sang other songs honoring Jesus, as well as making sure Christian Christmas songs were played on both the radio and recorded music. I personally can testify that my memories of my mother playing Christmas music during the month of December honoring the Lord made a huge impression on me. These are the songs that have been tucked in my heart over the years that remind me of the Lord’s birth to save mankind.
  5. If you like to decorate your home, purchase an attractive Manger display and place it in a predominant location. All my life growing up as well as the growing years of my children, the Manger has been displayed in the house we live. My wife has done a beautiful job making this the focal point of our home, decorating with lights and ornaments. Each morning I wake up and plug in the lights surrounding the Manger reminding me why we celebrate Christmas.

“Mary gave birth to her firstborn, a Son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed Him in a manger . . . and the angels appeared praising God and saying, ‘Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom His favor rest.’” Luke 2:7,14

May your Christmas be filled with the love and peace of God given through Jesus.

ACT SIX

Posted: September 4, 2013 in Life Applications

http://www.georgefox.edu/diversity/act_six/index.html

Investing in the future – good reason to give to George Fox University. The great thing about giving to the Annual Student Fund at GFU is it goes to help students who would other wise not have the opportunity to attend the university. Take a couple minutes and listen to the link attached – very inspiring!