Mission Mid-Atlantic Annual Meeting

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We are excited to present this year’s annual meeting: Turn Around Churches. We will have a great time of fellowship and learning with like-minded believers. The meeting will be held May 1-2, 2015.

What does a church in need of turning around look like? What are some tools we can use to make the necessary changes? Have any other Churches experienced the challenges that my church is facing now? We will explore these questions and many more together as we look into God’s word together.

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Contact Rebecca Tunstall at office@missionmid-atlantic.org if you have any questions.

A Note From Jim

According to Patheos.com, 4,000 churches close their doors every single year. There is less than half of the number of churches today than there were only 100 years ago. 3,500 people leave the church every single day.

Mission Mid-Atlantic is intimately aware of the state of the church in our region. As a result, the theme for our upcoming Annual Meeting in Lancaster on May 1,2 is the Turnaround Church.

We invite you to attend this year’s meeting as we give special attention to the current state of the church,and what we are trying to do to bring the Gospel to bear on the changes that need to be made.

In His easy grip,


Social Media for Ministries Webinar

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Does your ministry have a social media presence? Whether you’re just getting your feet wet or you’re fully immersed, there’s always something to learn. Brotherhood Mutual’s next FREE webinar will cover social media best practices, as well as ways to avoid common missteps.

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Re-thinking Mission

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Dr. Paul Borden
Rocky Mountain Church Network

Taken from Growing Healthy Churches May 2014 E-Newsletter




I recently visited a congregation that over the years had declined from 1,000 people in worship on a weekend to 100. However, the congregation is again flourishing in that there are now over 400 people present each weekend. In fact, many are becoming new disciples for Jesus Christ and the church is looking at becoming a multi-site congregation. What is most intriguing is that this is occurring in one of the most difficult regions of our nation to reach with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Obviously, God’s blessing is on this church. It is also clear that the pastor and many of his key staff members are leaders. However, there was another factor that came through loudly and clearly as I spoke to him.

This pastor and those on the staff I interacted with saw themselves as missionaries. They understood that the local body of believers does not exist primarily to serve the believers. Rather the Church is God’s missional arm to be leveraged to reach lost people. Therefore, it was important to learn and understand the micro-culture in which the church exists in order to develop strategies God might bless to communicate the Good News of life in Jesus Christ.

The pastor and the elders understood that all traditions must be placed on the altar of mission to be sacrificed if such traditions are hampering our Lord’s commission to His Church to go and make disciples. Some of those traditions are its structure, its budget, its name and other related issues that often hinder congregations from becoming truly missional. A number of key sacrifices have been made and the result is a growing church in an area where most churches do not grow.

The pastor believed God had called him to this most difficult mission field in our nation in order to make a difference. He and his staff members are not there to fulfill the traditional roles of pastor and pastoral staff caring for the demands of consumer believers. Rather they are developing leaders and leveraging the gifts of the Body to help the lost become new disciples of Jesus Christ.

We must remember that shepherds lead sheep, not for the sake of the sheep, but for the sake of the shepherd. The Church of Jesus Christ is the incarnate body of Christ today carrying out the same mission Jesus Christ carried out over 2,000 years ago. That mission is to seek and to save those who are lost. We are called to lead sheep to serve the Shepherd, not the sheep.[/text_output][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Mission Mid-Atlantic Annual Conference

You are invited to this year’s annual meeting May 1-2, 2015. We will be meeting at Grace Baptist Church in Lancaster, PA. It will be a great time of fellowship and learning with like-minded believers.

The title of this year’s conference is Turn Around Churches. What does a church in need of turning around look like? What are some tools we can use to make the necessary changes? Have any other Churches experienced the challenges that my church is facing now? We will explore these questions and many more together as we look into God’s word together.

There are two options available: Friday and Saturday or Saturday Only.

The cost for Saturday only is $30. This includes the conference, a continental breakfast, coffee and drinks and a full lunch spread.

We invite you to join us for our Friday night reception where we will have a catered dinner and time of fellowship as well as the full conference, breakfast and lunch on Saturday for $45.

Contact Rebecca Tunstall at office@missionmid-atlantic.org if you have any questions regarding registration.

We look forward to seeing you all there!

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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]

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


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.

Retirement Income Account Plan

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][text_output]retired coupleCBAmerica, in partnership with CB Northwest, sponsors a Retirement Income Account Plan that is open to pastors and employees of member churches and affiliated organizations. The Plan is a “403(b) Plan” that has been specifically designed to meet the retirement needs of our members. Contributions are flexible. You decide how much you would like to save toward your own retirement. You make your contributions through convenient automatic payroll deductions. Your church or organization can also make additional contributions on your behalf if it chooses to do so.

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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