Healthy Church Workshop

church healthOne-Day Free Workshop

Tuesday, August 23, 2016
10:00 am – 2:00 pm
San Antonio Heights Community Church
Upland, CA

 

Church Health is Important

The church is the hope for the world. A healthy church is intentionally building God’s purposes for His church into our lives and ministries. Just like physical health, you have to actively work at keeping your church healthy. Your church leaders will appreciate the practical advice Paul shares as you enter into the fall season of 2016. Bring as many key leaders as you can to this free event.

PaulDr. Paul Borden knows both what is required to transform congregations into healthy and vibrant churches and how to do it. Paul spent several decades preparing for his current work as a consultant. In the past 30 years, Paul has served as a Church Growth Consultant for American Baptist Churches of the West (San Ramon, CA); Executive Director of the Teaching Church Network (Minneapolis, MN); Director of Church Consulting for the Evangelical Free Church of America (Denver, CO); Director of the Doctor of Ministry program, Associate Professor of Homiletics (tenured), Executive Vice President, Academic Dean, and acting CEO at Denver Seminary (Denver, CO); Executive Minister / Co-Pastor at Bear Valley Church (Denver, CO); Academic Dean, Professor of Bible and Theology at Western Bible College (Now Colorado Christian University) (Lakewood, CO); and Pastor of Bible Baptist Church (Trenton, NJ).

Paul’s degrees include a Ph.D. from University of Denver (Higher Education Administration); Th.M. from Dallas Theological Seminary; and a B.S. from Philadelphia College of the Bible. He is the father of two innovative children and grandfather to four marvelous girls.

Workshop includes lunch, but you must register.

This event is free for staff and leaders from PCN, Transformation Ministries and ACTS 29 member churches and includes lunch. $25 for non-members.

REGISTER HERE

San Antonio Heights Community Church
2520 N. Euclid Avenue
Upland, CA 91784
909-944-5900

Plan on coming and bring your team…
Don’t miss it!

 

Reinforce Stewardship Principles with the Stewardship Bookmark

 

bookmarkGrowing godly stewards is one of the most pressing issues facing the Church. To help churches and ministries, Chris McDaniel, Author of Ignite Your Generosity – A 21-Day Experience in Stewardship, has developed the Stewardship Bookmark to inspire Christians to faithfully steward their time, talents and treasures.

The Stewardship Bookmark is designed to be a quick-reference tool that churches and ministries can give to their constituents as a practical “take away”.  Ideally, this new tool will compliment a stewardship series, class, or workshop or can be given out in a regular mailing.

The content has been designed to help Christians understand that growing as a steward is a key component of discipleship. “It’s not about the money but about the heart, says McDaniel.  We cannot become more like Christ and not grow as stewards of what God has entrusted to us.  There are over 2,000 passages in Scripture that teach us about godly stewardship and this bookmark will help highlight some of those key passages.”

The front of the bookmark outlines a four-phased growth process of a disciple with supporting Scriptures that relate to stewardship. Those phases are:  Come and See, Follow Me, Deny Yourself, and Take up Your Cross.  The back of the bookmark highlights some of the most prevalent lies from Satan and the opposing Scriptures that guide to truth.

Consider sharing this resource with your members, helping each individual learn basic principles and concepts about biblical giving. They are available for as low as .97 cents printed or you can also buy a print license as low as .39 each.

“We are called to be generous as Christ is generous. I highly recommend The Stewardship Bookmark to both churches and ministries as a tool to disciple generous givers. This concise and accessible resource will point your constituents to key biblical truths about their stewardship journey and debunk many of the cultural lies we have bought into as it relates to our possessions,” states Dr. Wesley K. Willmer, Senior Vice President of Advancement for Prison Fellowship Ministries.”

The Stewardship Bookmark can be ordered online at www.stewardshipbookmark.org. Bulk and quantity discounts are available.

 

CONTACT: Chris McDaniel

(727) 200-0549 – voice
chris@stewardshipbookmark.org – email
www.stewardshipbookmark.org – website

Invitation to CB Northwest Annual Enrichment Conference

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Dear Shepherds,

It is my privilege to facilitate the covenant community family during our Annual Enrichment Conference, March 7-9, 2016, at Seaside, Oregon. Our yearly family celebration has become known as an event that is spiritually transforming, relationally engaging, and strategically purposeful.

The theme of this year’s conference is ‘Movement’.  Bruce Shelley, in his book A History of Conservative Baptists wrote, “Conservatives rather proudly spoke of themselves as a movement.  They had high hopes of going somewhere…”  Our covenant community has banded together to actively pursue a common vision.

We envision a covenant community of churches committed to the glory of God, centered on the gospel, changing our communities by being doctrinally sound, missionally driven, and culturally sensitive – which includes culturally appropriate evangelism, leaders mentoring the next generation of leaders, and churches planting churches through Great Commandment love, Great Commission purpose, and Great Confession dependency.

God has been faithful to accomplish much through our churches, but He is not finished.  This year’s conference will address three barriers to our churches being on mission.  Those barriers are materialism, comfort, and fear.  Pastors from our churches will teach God’s Word as it relates to these barriers, and we will illustrate how God is moving our churches through each one.

This gathering will appeal to, and is open to, anyone who wants to see Gospel-centered churches multiplied. Our hope is to see pastors, potential church planters, elders, church leaders, and next generation pastors and their spouses from all over the Northwest participate in this effort to strengthen the covenant community of CB churches.  Remember, this is not just another “pastor’s conference”, this is a special gathering designed to keep us on our previously-agreed-upon mission to actively pursue covenant community, holding each other accountable to live out our doctrine, polity, and philosophy.

The trustees will be contacting you to let you know of any necessary planning or coordinating specific to your region. If you are unable to attend this special gathering for any reason, please let your trustee know.

Feel free to share this opportunity to build a stronger and healthier covenant community with anyone you feel would benefit from these three days together in March.

If you have questions about the conference or accommodations, see us online at: http://www.cbnw.org/events/aec/.  You may also contact Jeremy Schumacher at jeremys@cbnw.org. If you have any questions about registration, please contact Jennifer Bertz at 541-451-4270541-451-4270, x21 or jenniferb@cbnw.org.

Praying Always, Never Give Up!
Luke 18:1
Dr. Mark A. Hoeffner
Executive Director CB NorthwestCB Northwest

Building Disciples: Essential in a Small Church and a Large Church

Building DisciplesMeet two churches different in many ways: First Baptist Church of Tuba City, a little over a hundred in average attendance, mainly Native Americans ministering to Native Americans and Palm Valley Church (two campuses in Goodyear and Buckeye), about 4,000 in attendance, primarily younger and a somewhat racially diverse generation ministering to a primarily younger and diverse generation.

Despite their differences, these churches share a common passion for discipleship. When Mike Hudson, the new pastor of First Baptist Church, was asked how he sees discipleship, he views it as intentionally partnering with another believer to help that person grow in relationship with the Lord so that he or she can help others do the same. When Ryan Nunez, lead pastor of Palm Valley Church, was asked the same question, he responded that Christian discipleship is when a mature believer goes life on life with a less mature believer and helps that person grow towards becoming a reproducing disciple of Jesus Christ.

Do you see something in common here? Relationship and reproduction! No matter what the size of the church, these two elements form the backbone of the discipleship process. Paul conveys these ideas to Timothy when he says, “The things you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses (that’s relationship) entrust these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also (that’s reproduction).” (2Tim 2:2)

Both pastors see discipleship as a growing process of counting the cost and following Jesus Christ. When asked what this process looked like in his church, Ryan says that at Palm Valley they first set forth a clear definition that a disciple is someone who trusts Jesus Christ for forgiveness, is being changed by Christ every day, and who is committed to the mission of Christ. Also, and very importantly, he or she reproduces by making more disciples. A mature disciple is a reproducing one. Therefore, at Palm Valley every mature follower of Jesus is trained to combine intentional shepherding in a relational environment using a reproducible process to make disciples who make disciples.

Mike, when asked the same question, pointed out that though he has been at this church for only a short time, he is already focusing on building relationships. He believes discipleship, which he too defines as disciples who are making disciples, must begin with relationship building. In order for this to happen, consistent time with other believers in the word and everyday life is essential.

Two different types of churches, different sizes, different target groups, but committed to same purpose: developing disciples through relationship and reproduction.

By Dwight Hunt, SWCC Church Health and Placement Consultant

 

 

My Teachable Moment

Prison MinistryRev. Jan Michael Nace, Th.D.

It happened to me on my way back from solitary confinement. I was ministering to a middle-aged prisoner whose son had been horribly assaulted by a predator. It nearly drove the prisoner insane. He had written me in the hope for someone to talk to. When I read his letter I had no choice but to go see him.

As I looked into his face as he related his story I detected a tear dropping off his chin. I was reminded even grown macho men have emotions. Especially when it comes to family. As I listened I waited to hear what God would give me to tell him. Finally, when he finished I told him “I will keep what you have told me in prayer for this next week and write you what the Lord shows me. But in the meantime I want you to grasp the truth that God is bigger than any life event, in fact, he is bigger than life itself. We need to hold on to that so we can hear from God.” He seemed to receive that message and show signs of hope. I will keep my promise. That is my policy. It has been my policy for 28 years and will never change. You see, I am a Prison Chaplain.

I have been a Prison Chaplain full time for 29 years. It is my parish. It is one of the richest environments anyone would hope to work in. It is not for everyone. But it is for some like me. At least for now.

 

So as I was walking back from the solitary confinement quarters with its grim reminder of the forgotten, I reviewed my ministry there. So often I had said to my wife “I long for a ministry [after 29 years] on the outside.”  Being full time in prison work removes you from society, and among the forgotten. Life goes on outside but stands still on the inside in many ways. You watch men get older but don’t see their circumstances change. It is like frozen time. You never seem to go into the future.

So as I was reviewing my ministry inside I thought of the conversation I had just had with this gentleman in solitary. I wondered who would have visited him if I had not arrived. He told me he had written over 15 people to come see him and I was so far the only response he had. When I heard that I was reminded why I was in there – in prison ministry.  I was a lifeline of hope.

And then I reflected on a recent ministry opportunity I had which would take me out of the prison ministry if I was chosen for ministry in an outside community setting. It was what I had been dreaming of for years. But suddenly I could not get this gentleman out of my mind. And I learned something important. I learned where I belonged in ministry.

I realized I belong in ministry where I am most needed. Where I have a burden for the people I serve and they receive genuine ministry from me. This burden takes the form of being pulled toward ministering to God’s place of ministry and the needy people awaiting His ministry and seeing God use me in ministry in that space. It is like a marriage. God puts us together with the people we belong with and are matched best with to serve and do life together with. And then he wonderfully works his Presence in and through us.

I began to wonder if the people in the other ministry I had applied for needed me as much as these prisoners, even after all these years. I wondered who would take care of the prisoners if I left and was successful obtaining the new job. And it caused me to come to an uncomfortable conclusion: Serve where I am placed and being used of God now, even if it is tedious, tiring and difficult, until he moves me to my next place.

It may or may not be the location of my application for another ministry.

I would know soon. And then the process of walking by faith will continue. In the meantime I continue to serve one of earth’s neediest congregations. Men who are isolated from their families, loved ones, and society. Not perfect men. Some are Forgiven men. All are Needy men. Most all are Forgotten men.

Funny how a walk back to my office after touring solitary can give me thoughts like this and bring eternal perspective. But that’s what happened. As we interact with people who are in need God is there with us, at work, a theological moment. And when it is over we become aware of the fact that we have just had a teaching moment. A moment when heaven reached us, caught our attention, and gave us some important detail to think about.  Just when we least expected it. But always on time.

As it turned out I didn’t get that other job. And maybe that’s all it was–a job. Whatever the case, I am still in Prison ministry but with new perspective. I have accepted that this is where I belong. It does not carry the excitement of a new location, but it carries the familiarity of an old friend. I have come to see the advantages of both sides. The familiarity of the old, with the people that know me, and my ever-increasing influence where I minister. The excitement of the new, or possibly temptation of the new, creating a tension with the timing to leave the old. And in the middle of it all my age which is passing mid- 60s.

This has been a lesson in grace on many levels.  Seeing God minister after all these years, even in my older years, after walking prison hallways and walkways for nearly 30 years, has a blessing of its own. Seeing prisoners relate to me, especially the younger ones, is a blessing as well like when recently a younger prisoner said to me, “Rev, you still got it going on!” Feeling the soothing Presence of God as I walk the grounds of one of the largest prisons in the Northeast beings a satisfaction unmatched by a newer job or location, with its adjustments, its new people, and learning curves. Yes, God has been good. And His grace has been real. I’ve tasted it over and over.

Now it’s time to sink my roots deeper. Deeper into the soil of corrections and the people whose lives (staff and offenders) populate the landscape of corrections. It’s time to listen more, listen closer, look at the faces of those passing my paths, and silently asking the questions of what is going on in their lives underneath the exterior. Taking a prophetic stance when needed and speaking from the years of experience into the present life of this system called incarceration. And risking the consequences for that stand in some cases. And what shall I say?

Prisoners are people. Real people. With families. With feelings. With hopes and dreams. With scars. With fears. With institution issues in some cases. But didn’t Jesus tell us in Matthew 25 that He was in prison and we visited Him there? Is that the magnetic pull I feel toward prisoners – the explanation of Scripture – that Jesus Christ is with them in this place? Has that changed since the Bible was written? No, the Gospel commands us to go beyond our comfort zone and minister to the needs of the dispossessed. So that’s where I am. And that’s where I have been called. And that’s why I’m there. And that’s where I will stay. And that is where God will find me. And this humble experience has settled the comfort issue for me once for all. It’s more important to be where we are called that be where we want to call ourselves.

And so I invite you to take another look at your ministry and ask yourself the question: “Is Jesus there?”  And if he is, it may not be comfortable, but it will be where you are called, and most importantly, it is where God will be found and working. Does anything else matter?

First Things First

hoyt0615Dr. Bill Hoyt
Regional Consultant & Coach Growing Healthy Churches June 2015

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?

Continue Reading Here

 

In Response to the Supreme Court’s Redefining Marriage

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:

CBAmerica’s Statement Here

Resources:

Here is the update from Christianity TodaySupreme 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 from NAE: Supreme Court Redefines Marriage and God Defined Marriage

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

2015 Global Leadership Summit – August 6-7

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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

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SWCC Leadership Retreat

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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.

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Keynote Speaker: Robert Bishop, Redemption Hill Church

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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

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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

REACHING YOUR CITY

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][text_output]Tom MercerCome hear Tom Mercer share what he has been successfully using for years. On the average, each of us has 8 to 15 people, whom God has supernaturally and strategically placed in our relational world so that He might use us to show them His love. The Greeks used one word to describe this personal world-oikos. This workshop is not about programs or events, but a new way to view the world around us. The oikos principle is one that Jesus designed, modeled and taught, for one purpose, to change the world-a world that might just be smaller than you think! This is free for all PCN and TM member churches ($10 for all others).

 

 

Tuesday, May 12, 2015
San Antonio Heights Community Church
2520 N. Euclid Avenue
Upland, CA 91784
10 am to 2 pm, includes lunch.
Invite your church leadership team, staff and volunteers.

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