Men’s Roundup is a Christian men’s conference and camping retreat held in a forested mountaintop setting at Camp Tadmor in Lebanon, Oregon where men are encouraged to believe, obey, connect, and lead. Roundup features an inspiring primary speaker, well-known guest artists and musicians, biblical teachers leading action workshop breakout sessions, great food, and opportunities for guys to worship, learn, grow, and connect with other guys. Roundup is also a wonderful opportunity to appreciate God’s beautiful creation, hang out with friends, and break a sweat in the Roundup Race or other sports competitions and outdoor recreation activities.
George was a top salesman for Logical Solutions, a software programming and services company. His peers recognized his effectiveness and respected him as a salesman and co-worker. George’s Achilles heel was a bad memory. He had a well-earned reputation for being forgetful. His co-workers found his forgetfulness amusing, but it drove his supervisor nuts.
One noon-time, as George was heading out for lunch, his supervisor asked him to pick up a copy of The Wall Street Journal on his way back from lunch. As the door closed behind George his supervisor looked at the others and said, “Ten bucks says he forgets the newspaper.”
About an hour later George burst through the door, whooping, hollering and waving his arms in the air. He shouted to all within earshot, “You aren’t going to believe this, but I just ran into old man Benson. When I started here he was our largest account. It was a huge blow when he moved his business over to Digitec. We got to talking and I learned he was very unhappy with Digitec. Used my tablet, logged on to our website and right then and there he placed a $350,000 order for services over the next six months.”
George’s fellow-workers hooted and hollered, giving George high-fives and pats on the back. When the celebration died down, his supervisor, who had been strangely silent up to that point, looked at everyone, threw his hands up in the air and exclaimed, “See, I told you. He forgot the newspaper!”
The story reminds us of how easy it is to lose sight of our priorities. In my working with churches I often find the biggest hindrance to their ministry effectiveness is that they lost sight of the priorities. Indeed, one the most important roles for leaders is to help keep “the main thing, the main thing.”
So what are the “universal” priorities that all churches should keep in their sights? What are the “first things” that are essential for a church to keep first if it is to be healthy and effective?
At the meeting of the Regional Executive Directors in Denver on June 29th, 2015, Dr. David Whitaker led the board in a discussion of the recent Supreme Court decision on same-sex marriage. The following was adapted from an earlier statement created by Dr. Whitaker and is the board’s official response to that decision:
Here is the update from Christianity Today: Supreme Court: States Can’t Ban Same-Sex Marriage
Here is a statement from Al Mohler: Mohler Responses to Supreme Court’s Same-Sex Marriage Decision
Here is a statement made by a diverse coalition of evangelical leaders assembled by the ERLC: Here We Stand: An Evangelical Declaration on Marriage
Here is a Christianity Today Editorial written by Mark Galli: Six Things To Do after the Supreme Court Decision on Gay Marriage
Here is a statement by Ray Ortlund about Marriage and the Gospel: What is Marriage, According to the Bible?
Here is a summary of the decision by Joe Carter: Explainer: What You Should Know About the Supreme Court’s Same-Sex Marriage Ruling
Here is a statement from John Piper: So-Called Same-Sex Marriage: Lamenting the New Calamity
Here is a statement by Erik Stanley, Alliance Defending Freedom, for churches to consider: What Your Church Needs to Know – And Do – About the Court’s Marriage Ruling
Chaplain Evan Spencer’s career began in the active Air Force and meandered through the Air Force Reserve, as he entered the Federal Bureau of Prisons. He’ll be the first to tell you it hasn’t been easy, but all along the journey he used his musical gifts to elicit praise from those he served.
His last report (January to June, 2015) recorded innumerable one-on-one visits, extensive pastoral counseling with Christian inmates, Bible Studies and coaching his inside group of “chapel volunteers.” Chaplain Spencer dedicated a significant amount of time to discipleship of those inmates serious about the Christian faith. As a result, he led two offenders to Christ and baptized five into His Name!
Evan lifts the curtain of ministry in his report. Part of his great joy was that he “encouraged offender ‘TB’ over a period of time last year to start attending services. He has since given his heart to the Lord and is a regular in the chapel ministry.” In another situation he “ministered to ‘LL’ in counseling. He was a Pagan who was into worshipping and serving the devil for most of his life.” He said the way that Evan explained the Gospel caused him to think. He has subsequently dedicated his heart to the Lord, and has recently been baptized.
Join me and the angels in Heaven in rejoicing over these “lost sheep” who have been “found” in the Federal Prison. Pray for Evan and ten other CBAmerica chaplains currently serving in Federal, State, and Military prison facilities. Thank God for the “quiet” spiritual revolution that is taking place in the hearts of many of those incarcerated with nothing but time on their hands. Pray for our chaplains to wisely and effectively coach and utilize volunteers from outside and inside the high walls of prison, so that the Truth of the Gospel will be clearly heard, hearts penetrated and souls saved through Jesus Christ. (Read Matthew 26:31-46 for Jesus’ words on the importance of prison ministry.)
If you sense God’s Spirit leading you into prison ministry, contact Andy Meverden, Director of Chaplaincy for advice on how to pursue this specialized chaplaincy ministry. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Rocky Mountain Church Network met last week to appoint a new executive director for the region. Rev. Stan Rieb will assume the position beginning June 1, 2015. Dr. Paul Borden, who was the previous executive director, is stepping down and will stay on in a coaching capacity for the region.
Photo: Rev. Stan Rieb and his wife, Heidi
The Global Leadership Summit is a two-day event that is telecast live from Willow’s campus near Chicago every August to more than 300 satellite locations in North America. It exists to transform Christian leaders around the world with an injection of vision, skill development, and inspiration for the sake of the local church.
The Summit is designed for your entire leadership team’s staff and volunteers, key influencers and innovators within the community, emerging leaders, and students with leadership gifts. Churches and organizations are encouraged to bring large teams to experience the learning together.
CBAmerica has secured special discounted pricing for members of CBAmerica and associated regions:
$139/registration good until the Summit.
Priority Code: GLSCRFT15
Photo is of the Vietnam Marine RECON 50th Anniversary Memorial
By Chaplain Jon Uyboco
This past April, over 200 Vietnam Veterans gathered at Camp Pendleton to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the involvement of Reconnaissance Marines in Vietnam. It was a bittersweet time for many of these men as they were able to reconnect with old friends, but were also reminded of their brothers-in-arms who paid the ultimate sacrifice.
One of the highlights of the reunion was a Memorial Service that was held for all Reconnaissance Marines who have been Killed In Action since the Vietnam Conflict. It was a moving ceremony that focused on honoring the memory and sacrifice of these great men.
As the chaplain of this service, I was humbled to be in the company of so many heroes. As I was shaking hands with people following the service, nearly everyone commented on how meaningful it was for them to set aside some time to remember their friends. I pray that they found comfort in this remembrance and that the Lord used that time for His purposes in each of their lives.
The service ended with these words, “May we take heart in these solemn moments, for each of us will one day be brought to the grave. May our trust be in Him who said, ‘I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die.'”
As submitted by Chaplain Andy Meverden to the May 2015 issue of Military Officer
Through his quick thinking – and his knowledge of military lore – a chaplain in the Army National Guard is able to keep a Vietnam veteran’s burial honors on track.
At the height of the war on terrorism, most military funeral honors for Army veterans were performed by the National Guard. As a Colorado Army National Guard chaplain, I often served as detail leader, folding and presenting the flag to the next of kin.
One day I arrived, per regulation, an hour before the inurnment of a Vietnam veteran. The funeral director pointed out the site of the columbarium and shared specific details of this ceremony. The decedent, a Denver native, had only one surviving brother, who was homeless and mentally ill. The funeral home had helped the brother prepare for the service with a shave, a haircut, and a new suit.
Our three-person team met at the columbarium, did our typical recon of the site, rehearsed the ceremony – including the start of taps (to verify the electronic bugle’s function) – and then stood ready as the small procession approached.
Another soldier and I retrieved the flag and urn from the lead vehicle, then led the small group to the veteran’s final resting place. Following the pastor’s remarks and prayer, we came to attention, saluted the flag in slow, ceremonial fashion, and waited for taps to play on the “e-bugle.”
Our “bugler” triggered the play button and raised the bugle to his lips. The first three slow, solemn notes played – then abruptly stopped! My eyes widened as I realized that despite our previous test, the bugle’s battery had failed.
There was no time to change batteries, so picking up where the bugle had stopped, I sang, “gone the sun/From the lakes, from the hills, from the sky/All is well, safely rest/God is nigh.”
Three seconds later, I lowered my salute. We stepped up and retrieved, unfolded, and refolded the flag. I turned to the brother and knelt to place the flag into his lap, saying, “This flag is presented on behalf of a grateful nation and the United States Army as a token of appreciation for the faithful and honorable service rendered by your brother.” Standing up, I offered a final slow salute, then bent down to offer my personal condolences.
With tears in his eyes, he grabbed my hand and said, “Thank you.” As I turned away, he stroked the flag tenderly.
Back at the parking area, the other two soldiers and I completed our after-action review. We all agreed on the importance of fresh batteries – and that memorizing the lyrics to taps wasn’t a bad idea!
On Saturday, April 25, a devastating earthquake with a magnitude of 7.89 hit the capital city of Nepal. The death toll has now passed 7,500 with over 14,000 injured as the nation struggles to cope with devastation. Please pray for the church of Christ in Nepal and ministry of Christ to the people of Nepal.
CBAmerica is responding to this disaster by coordinating financial resources towards Nepal Disaster Relief. If you or your church would like help by giving financially, please send your contribution directly to CBAmerica designated, “Nepal Relief.” 100% of those funds will be passed forward to the relief effort. For information about giving, visit the CBAmerica website at www.cbamerica.org or call CBAmerica at 720 283-3030. We pray that churches and individuals will respond with prayerful compassion. with significant amount of aid to this country where our missionaries have served for many years.
July 29-31st at the Scottsdale Plaza Resort
You and your spouse are invited to revitalize during the SWCC Leadership Retreat, an experience for the entire church staff, elders and their spouses. The setting is one of relaxation and renewal as you spend time at a beautiful resort with private rooms, refreshing pools, fine dining, and encouragement from the Word.
Keynote Speaker: Robert Bishop, Redemption Hill Church
July 29th at 3:00 PM – July 30th at 1:00 PM exclusive for pastors and their wives July 30th at 3:00 PM – July 31st at 9:00 PM all church leadership/staff and spouses join the retreat
SWCC conference fees – $70 for single or $120 for couple includes: *Wednesday evening reception, Conference amenities
*Thursday morning breakfast, Conference materials Friday morning breakfast, Snacks and beverages in hospitality suite Friday evening dinner,
*Pastors and wives only event
Registration Information HERE