We Bid Farewell to Al Russell, Director of Chaplaincy

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][text_output]193Al Russell will be retiring later this year, but it was decided to celebrate his 21 years of service to CBAmerica ministries and chaplaincy at the upcoming CBNW Annual Enrichment Conference. This is one of the largest gatherings of Conservative Baptists and you are invited to attend. The convention is March 9-11, and the retirement ceremony will take place during the evening session on Tuesday, March 10, 2015, at the Convention Center in Seaside Oregon. (See article below)

GO HERE for details and to register for the conference.

We plan to present them with gifts that they will find meaningful; one a framed painting, “The Way to Emmaus,” that will come with an engraved brass plaque honoring their service. Another gift we would like to present is a check for $6,800 towards the purchase of a three-wheeled vehicle. With changes in Carol’s health, Al had to give up the motorcycle they used to ride for pleasure. Al believes this will be a safe and fun way for them to travel in retirement, as it is light, economical, and easily towed behind their RV.

The CBA Board has authorized a special offering for the purchase of these gifts totaling $7,000. You are invited to participate in this “love offering.” We would also like to present a memory book with letters and photos of the Russells’ ministry over the years.

Please send checks payable to CBA or items for inclusion in the memory book to the CBAmerica office at 3686 Stagecoach Rd Unit F, Longmont CO 80504. Please mark everything “Russell Retirement.”[/text_output][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Chaplain Spotlight

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Chaplain Dave Lundell is the Supervisory/Lead Chaplain for the Veteran’s Health Administration in Tucson, Arizona. He is dedicated to providing chaplain support as a spiritual resource for Veterans.

He retired from active-duty military (Air Force and Army) as an Army chaplain with combat, prison and medical trauma experience. He has a background in social work and has over 30 years of military service including unit and pastoral ministry experience. The VA is committed to holistic care of our veterans, attending to their medical, psychiatric, social and spiritual well-being. Having Dave on board as a hospital inter-disciplinary clinical chaplain reflects this commitment.

Dave’s background helps him relate to what our veterans are experiencing when re-entering civilian and family life. His goal is to help them “glean the spiritual wisdom needed for successful post-military living, even with a past involving trauma.” From his experience, many veterans are open to “considering spirituality as part of their post-service quality-of-life, either personally or as part of a family.”

According to Dave, “(t)raumatic events associated with military service often raise questions about God and challenge one’s long-held beliefs. Spiritual distress may be experienced as anger, guilt, loss of intimacy, loss of joy, loss of a sense of purpose, sadness and a need for forgiveness.”

Dave invests much of his time doing in-patient visitation. But he is also available for out-patient consultation in his office. He wants to encourage and guide veterans so they can find spiritual and religious support. In addition to his consultation practice, he supports OEF (Operation Enduring Freedom-Afghanistan), OIF (Operation Iraqi Freedom), OND (Operation New Dawn) and PTSD (Post-traumatic Stress Disorder) patients and leads introductory PTSD & Spirituality groups as well as Attribute Meditation to build faith. He also leads a variety of topical Bible studies.

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Yuma Area Churches meet to Pray for One Another

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Yuma Prays for Churchesby Pastor Glenn Connell

Valley Baptist Church, Yuma

Back on August 23, 2014 Pastor Rick Seltzer and Grace Bible Fellowship Church of Yuma hosted the Pastors, Deacons, and their wives of First Baptist Church of Quartzsite, Calvary Baptist, and Valley Baptist of Yuma for a time of fellowship, dinner, and prayer.

The main purpose was to pray for Calvary Baptist who had lost their Pastor and was dealing with a difficult time as a church in transition.

The Leadership of all of these churches rallied around Calvary and its leaders to encourage, to support, and especially to pray for them and their church.

To start off the New Year, on January 10, 2015, Pastor Glenn Connell and Valley Baptist Church of Yuma hosted the Pastors, Deacons, and their wives of Grace Bible Fellowship, Calvary Baptist, and First Baptist Quartzsite for a time of fellowship, dinner, and prayer.

They continued to pray for Calvary Baptist, but also this time included prayer for all of the churches and leaders represented. It was a time to encourage and to pray for each other.

It was a great time of connecting as individuals and as churches. Just as the church rallied and prayed for the Apostle Peter (Acts 12) when he was arrested, these churches rallied to pray for one another.

Yes there was a time of fellowship and excellent food, but its main purpose was to pray for one another. The men (pastors and deacons) met around a fire, shared requests and concerns. Then there was time spent in prayer.

The women (wives) met together in a room in a circle. They also shared concerns and requests followed by a time of prayer.

One nice thing about this group of Pastors is that they also meet on a regular basis as part of a Pastor’s Connection Group. This time spent together at the Connection Group helps to give further knowledge and understanding of the churches among these Pastors.

Therefore, just as the Pastor Connection Group supports and adds to these gatherings of churches, so the meetings of these churches and leaders add value to the Pastor Connection Group time.

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CBNW Annual Enrichment Conference

At the Annual Enrichment Conference our hope is that you would experience three things while we are together. First, that you would be reminded of, and re-committed to, our previously agreed upon vision and mission that is to be lived out in covenant community. Second, that you would be blessed by your interaction with the other churches in our covenant community — whether that comes from the stage, worship times, forums, in the lobby or around a meal. Third, that you would have the opportunity to bless another church.

We are excited for you to take advantage of the variety of amenities and attractions offered while in Seaside.

Make the most of every opportunity to connect with old friends and make new ones as we help each other grow in love.

Don’t let this special week slip by. Let’s make this gathering a foretaste of the eternal reality to come!

Register Here

  • $189 Full Event Registration (includes dinner with Wednesday evening gathering)
  • $35 Monday only
  • $64 Tuesday only
  • $90 Wednesday only (includes dinner with Wednesday evening gathering)

If you have any questions about registration, please contact Jennifer Bertz at 541-451-4270, x21 or jenniferb@cbnw.org.

 

 

Catalyst One Day

ANDY STANLEY & CRAIG GROESCHEL

Coming to Denver February 26, 2015

These are two of the main voices in leadership today and they are sharing their insights into what makes a great leader. The focused environment of One Day will allow you to hear each of their perspectives on core leadership issues through both individual teaching and discussion. You will also have the opportunity to ask questions during a Q&A time following each session. Speakers will cover church leadership essentials such as growing an organization, building effective systems, navigating change, developing young leaders for immediate influence, and much more.

The event is hosted by Southeast Christian Church, 9650 Jordan Road, Parker, CO 80134. Conference registration begins at 7:30am. The event is from 8:30am until 4pm.

Additional event details can also be found online at catalystconference.com.

2015 Leadership Learning Communities

 

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Leadership Learning Communities

(Formerly called Pastoral Learning Communities)

The Board of CB Mission Northeast met the first week of January.  At that meeting two significant points, among other things, was agreed upon.

  • The Board affirmed the values, mission and vision of the region.

We VALUE and celebrate:

  • Courageous leaders who passionately seek to equip their churches to accomplish Christ’s mission.
  • Healthy local churches that work to make disciples of Jesus Christ and launch new churches.
  • Partnership and accountability among churches and leaders who are networked together to accomplish our mission.
  • Multiplication of leaders and churches so that the Gospel of Jesus Christ radically impacts the world.

Our MISSION is to serve the local church, assisting them to accomplish their God-given mission to make disciples of all nations.

We enVISION a network of vibrant churches empowered by God and mobilized by passionate spiritual leaders, living out the gospel by serving their communities and making disciples of Jesus Christ to the glory of God.

  • In support of these values the Board affirmed the continuation of the Leadership Learning Communities for 2015.I see this direction as transformational for our church. If we don’t rediscover and fully embrace our mission (our church) will fade into obscurity and within 10 years it will die. I often feel completely inadequate for the task. The PLC is helping make up what I lack.”“I would love to see more churches involved. I am perplexed that such a large percentage of churches are unconcerned about their decline in growth.”
  • The schedule for the 2015 LLCs through June are as follows. Please note that all LLCs are scheduled to begin at 10am and conclude prior to 3pm unless otherwise noted.
  • And as another stated:
  • In a survey of the 2014 LLC participants, 90% affirmed the value of the LLCs and 86% expressed their desire to continue the LLCs. As one Pastor noted from the 2014 LLCs:

Paul Borden will be leading the following LLCs during the weeks of February 2-5, March 16-18, April 13-15, May 4-7, and June 15-17

Monday – 2/2, 3/16, 4/13, 5/4 and 6/15- Immanuel Baptist, New Hartford, NY

Tuesday – 2/3, 3/17, 4/14, 5/5 and 6/16 – Randall Church, Williamsville, NY (Buffalo area)                    Note: Beginning at 9:30 am to 2:00 pm

Thursday – 2/5, 5/7,   Wednesday –3/18, 4/15, and 6/17 – Levittown Baptist Church, Levittown, NY

As some are aware, Stan Rieb underwent major surgery on his back the first week of December.  Due to his ongoing recovery we will need to make some minor adjustments to the LLCs he is leading.  He will be leading the following LLCs the weeks of February 16-19, March 16-19, April 13-14, May 4-7, and June 8-11

Monday – 2/16, 3/16, 4/13, 5/4, 6/8 – United Baptist, Old Town, ME

Tuesday – 2/17, 3/17, 4/14, 5/5, 6/9 – First Baptist Church, Brewster, NY

Wednesday – 2/18, 3/18, 4/15, 5/6, 6/10 – Faith Baptist Church, Auburn, MA

Thursday – 2/19, 3/19, 4/16, 5/7, 6/11 – Trinity Baptist Church, Nashua, NH

The books for the upcoming months are as follows:

February’s Book –   Re-Imagining Evangelism by Rick Richardson – How, as leaders, do we encourage congregations to become intentional in relational evangelism in their everyday living?

March’s Book – Make or Break Your Church in 365 Days by Paul Borden – Pastors, of even lengthy tenure, often overlook the most basic essentials of effective leadership and ministry that are seldom taught in seminaries.

April’s Book –  Winning on Purpose by John Kaiser – Kaiser helps pastors and church boards understand the role of not merely managing ministry but of becoming leaders of the organizations’ Mission and Vision to help churches fulfill the purpose to “Equip the Saints to do the work of the ministry.”

May and June’s book – Execution: The Discipline of Getting Things Done by Larry Bossidy, Ram Charan – To have clarity in values, mission and vision are essential but the breakdown comes in implementation.  Execution will give insight into getting results.

We need to hear from you as soon as possible if you are going to join one of the LLCs, whether you were part of a Learning Community in 2014 or are now willing to join a LLC for 2015. As soon as we receive confirmation of your participation we will order the books for the LLCs through June.

Contact Stan Rieb at Stan.Rieb@cbamerica.org or 303-746-8844 for more information.

Retirement Income Account Plan

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The Plan offers some very real tax savings. Any contributions made will reduce the amount that is reportable to the IRS as taxable income for that year. The investment earnings on your contributions grow and compound on a tax-deferred basis. That is, you are not taxed on the contributions or earnings credited to your Plan account until they are paid out to you.

If you are an ordained minister, you may be eligible for even greater tax savings upon your retirement (any time after age 59-1/2) in that you may qualify to take retirement distributions as housing allowance. All contributions are pooled for investment purposes. The Plan’s investments are handled by a professional investment broker appointed by the Plan’s Board of Trustees. The investment style is appropriate for long-term retirement savings.

If your church or association is also contributing for you, the total contributions you make or receive in a year cannot exceed certain IRS limits – on this Plan and any other retirement plans in which you may be participating. Please contact a licensed tax consultant to see how these rules apply to you and your church.

You are 100 percent vested in your Plan account at all times. That is, you will not forfeit benefits if you terminate employment with your church or organization for any reason.

You can choose from a full menu of benefit payment options – installment payments, lump-sum payments, or tax-deferred rollovers to IRAs or other 403(b) plans.

You name a beneficiary to receive the unpaid balance of your account upon your death. Benefits for non-pastoral staff are generally payable as early as 90 days after they terminate employment with their church or organization, regardless of their age at the time. To help assure that pastors have an income when they retire, the Plan does not pay benefits to pastors before they turn age 59-1/2 (except in cases such as death or disability).

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Disciple Making

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Rocky Mountain Church Network
Catalyst/Coach

Taken from Growing Healthy Churches January 2015 E-Newsletter

 

 

The Great Commission has only one command in it, which is “make disciples”. The Church of Jesus Christ is to be committed to making disciples. In fact most congregations, pastors, board members and congregants agree that this is what the Church of Jesus Christ needs to be doing. Yet in our nation most congregations are not doing well, in terms of either adding new disciples or seeing the disciples that make up the congregation grow and develop significantly. Therefore, if fulfilling this command would build the Church, as Jesus expects, what is the problem? I would like to suggest that too often we take a very narrow view of what Jesus meant, when he said, “make disciples.” I think disciple making involves three major areas of responsibility.

The First Major Responsibility

First congregations must regularly and consistently help people who are currently not disciples of Jesus Christ become disciples. This is perhaps the biggest failure in most congregations. Too often most of the congregation’s resources (time, money, energy, focus etc.) is spent on those who are already disciples rather than making it a priority to devise plans, strategies and tactics to mobilize the congregation to be about fishing for men and women. This is why the Church of Jesus Christ in our nation is not growing when compared to our population growth and why more and more congregations are dying.

The Second Major Responsibility

Congregations need to help those who are disciples develop and mature in order that they might be sold out to doing whatever it is that our Lord demands. This means helping current disciples develop in knowledge (knowing God’s will), in character (becoming like Jesus Christ), in service (giving away to the point of sacrifice) and in sharing with the lost the Good News of the Gospel (evangelism). Most congregations focus on knowledge, knowledge and more knowledge as the primary way to develop disciples. However, there is little focus on helping current disciples become sold out in terms of their lives, as evidenced by the lack of responsible financial stewardship, lack off of sacrificial service, putting family over God (especially children), the inability to control the tongue and the lack of sharing the Good News of the Gospel with others, just to name a few examples.

The Third Major Responsibility

Congregations have the responsibility to help those who comprise the congregation become reproducing Christians. God’s enterprise to reach the world and make disciples is based upon the assumption that the Church will be a reproducing body. Christians who do not reproduce must understand that they are highly underdeveloped disciples of Jesus Christ.

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Online Training for Short-Term Missions

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Recent studies have encouraged churches and ministries to scale back on their short-term mission endeavors.  Some root causes for this concern are a lack of training and spiritual formation in those who serve as well as the long-term effectiveness of the field.  Previous studies reveal that less than 20 percent of short-termers are effectively trained in the pre-field, on-field and post-field stages of a short-term mission.  “Training must be much more than a video someone watches or a book to read.  Effective training takes time and an intentional process of discipleship”, says Tory Ruark, a Short-Term Mission Coach for DELTA Ministries International (DELTA).

To make training available to a broader audience, DELTA has launched the first online training course for short-term missions that provides a personal coach to guide participants through the course.  Short-Term Missions 101 is designed for individuals, whether traveling alone or as part of a team, who are not receiving adequate training or who desire to have a more effective short-term mission experience.  Sending agencies can also refer their short-termers to this course to ensure they will be prepared to serve and to be a blessing instead of a burden on the field.

This online course is available for just $45 and provides ideas, techniques, and skills designed to maximize the on-field experience for adults and youth serving on a short-term mission. Training focuses on spiritual growth, character transformation, the ABC’s of short-term mission, cultural adaptation, team building, interpersonal relationships and conflict, evangelism training and field specific modules. Registration includes the online biblical DISC personality profile assessment.

To register for the course or for more information, visit deltaministries.com and click on the “Online Course for Short-Term Missions” link or visit the online store.
DELTA is an accredited member of the Standards of Excellence in Short-Term Mission (SOE) and CEO Brian Heerwagen helped develop these best practice standards for the United States.  Since 1979 DELTA has effectively trained and mobilized over 10,000 short-termers and 1,000 teams that have mobilized to 100 countries and 30 US states for missions.

Welcome Relief: Clergy Housing Allowance Upheld

The clergy housing allowance is safe for now. Last week, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a Wisconsin federal district court, which struck down the venerable clergy housing allowance. As a result of the Seventh Circuit’s decision, clergypersons who serve churches, synagogues, mosques, and other worshipping groups, may continue to exempt certain parts of their compensation from federal income tax.

The news comes as welcome relief to worshipping groups and clergypersons. Last November, for the first time, a federal district court held the federal exemption from income tax for clergy housing allowances unconstitutional. See Freedom from Religion Found., Inc. v. Lew, 11-CV-626-BBC, 2013 WL 6139723 (W.D. Wis. Nov. 22, 2013). The Department of Justice appealed to the Seventh Circuit. On appeal, the case brought together diverse religious groups, who filed three amicus curiae (friend of the court) briefs in support of the government’s appeal. These briefs represented more than ninety American religious groups, including Jewish, Protestant, Islamic, and Catholic groups. The groups all understood the fundamental importance of the district court’s path-breaking decision: had it been upheld, the financial implications to these worshipping groups and their clergy would have been severe., The Seventh Circuit’s decision upholding the housing allowance has thus provided a reprieve.

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