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

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.

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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Disciple Making

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Dr. Paul Borden
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.

The good news is that there are congregations in our nation that are taking seriously the command of our Lord to, “make disciples.” The tragedy is that these congregations are in the minority. The other tragedy is that many congregations call themselves disciple making when in reality they are not.[/text_output][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Honoring Dr. Earl D. Radmacher

Honoring-Dr.-Earl-Radmacher Dr. Earl Radmacher’s involvement with Western Seminary began in 1962 and encompassed a variety of key roles, most notably his service as President from 1965-1990. The combined strength of his convictions and personality shaped Western Seminary in a number of ways that continue to the present day. His unyielding commitment to the inerrancy of Scripture, the “by grace through faith alone” gospel of Christ, and the importance of faithful service to the Lord from those who have embraced that gospel significantly reinforced Western’s core convictions in an era marked by widespread theological drift. His ministry extended worldwide through his many books and speaking ministry in conferences and churches, positively impacting a countless number of lives.

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Pacific Church Network Annual Meeting

Redemption Hill Church
16153 E Russell Street
Whittier, CA 90603.  Directions
Sunday, January 25, 20153:45-4:45 Breakout Sessions
4:45 – 5:45 Dinner (free, but rsvp needed when you click and register online)
6:00 General Session

Main Session Speaker: Dr. Jim Smith

Break Out Sessions:

  • How to Dramatically Increase Giving in Your Church: Brian Howard
  • Effective Church Leadership Strategies for Husbands and Wives: Sam & Dina Ticas
  • How Our Children’s Ministry Really Grew Our Church: Sam Brumit
  • How Our Small Church is Reaching Our Large City: Jesse Mendez
  • 25 Years of Leadership Lessons: Robert Bishop
  • Cómo mantener la segunda generación (How to Keep The Second Generation In Your Church): Emilio Núñez (in Spanish)
  • What Every Man Should Hear About Leadership From a Woman’s Perspective: Orbelina Eguizabal (in Spanish)
Childcare provided for children ages 2-5 years old–RSVP needed through registration link below.

Crash!!!

0d440c9I can think of very few instances where the word CRASH has positive implications.  So it is with the CBAmerica website.  The company providing hosting services for the CBA website had a major CRASH of the servers containing ours and several other company’s websites.   We, along with others, had used a company in Portland, OR to design and host our website several years ago.  That company had been acquired by another company and had made a commitment to continue hosting these sites from the acquired company.  When the acquiring companies servers went down, they notified us that not only were they not going to continue hosting these websites from the previous company, but they also were not going to be able to recover and restore the websites.

Sorry for any inconvenience you may have experienced in not being able to access the CBA website.  We are working to rebuild the website under a new format. Honestly we want it back up more than you can imagine.