CBA Leadership Meets with WorldVenture

wvIn the space between full calendars and numerous responsibilities, eight CBA Regional Executive Directors, along with the Director of Chaplaincy and the five executive leaders of WorldVenture gathered together on June 22-23, 2016, to seek deeper relational connections among us. Through times in the Word and prayer, sharing, laughter, and meals together, we enjoyed a fellowship together that has been missing in recent years.

Together, we expressed our mutual affirmation to the work of healthy relationships, our mutual concerns for making disciples of Jesus Christ in an ever increasing globalized world, and our mutual commitments to the work of Christ in building His Church. We also expressed our desire to take additional steps to improve the communications, the coordination, and the cooperation among us.

CBA WV meetingWe prayed for and sensed the smile of God on our time together. These were days and discussions consecrated to the Lord for His glory!

Jeff Denlinger

j.denlinger@worldventure.com

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!

 

CB Northwest Men’s Roundup

Mens-Roundup-Christian-Retreat-and-ConferenceSeptember 9-11, 2016 at Camp Tadmor

Men’s Roundup is a Christian men’s conference and camping retreat held in a forested mountaintop setting at Camp Tadmor where men are challenged to believe, obey, connect and lead. Roundup features an inspiring and challenging primary speaker, well-known guest artists and musicians, biblical teachers leading life challenging 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.

Go HERE for more information and to register.

NOTE: $50 scholarships are available to CB-endorsed chaplains via online website registration at mensroundup.com (use registration code: mru16chaplain).

Let  Chaplain Andy Meverden, Director of Chaplaincy,  (email: chapandy@cbamerica.org) know directly if you plan to attend so he can confirm lodging space in the “Chaplain Yurt.”

SWCC Annual Leadership Retreat 2016


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This year’s mid-summer retreat will be from July 27 – 29, at the beautiful Scottsdale Plaza Resort. With private rooms, refreshing pools, fine dining, and encouragement from God’s Word, the retreat promises to be a time of refreshment and encouragement for our pastors and wives, the entire church staff, elders and their spouses.

 We will begin our time together with an exclusive event for pastors and their wives – July 27th at 3:00 PM – July 28th at 12 noon. All church leadership/staff and spouses are invited to join the retreat July 28th at 3:00 PM – July 29th at 9:00 PM. THE REGISTRATION FEE COVERS THE EXCLUSIVE EVENT FOR PASTORS AND WIVES as well as the REMAINING RETREAT.

Please click HERE to register for the Retreat.

THIS REGISTRATION IS FOR THE CONFERENCE FEE ONLY. TO STAY AT THE SCOTTSDALE PLAZA, YOU MUST RESERVE YOUR ROOM WITH THEM. To reserve your room, call: Scottsdale Plaza Resort Reservations: 1.800.832.2025 and let them know you are reserving for this event.

Global Leadership Summit

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The Global Leadership Summit is a two-day event telecast LIVE in HD from Willow’s campus near Chicago every August to hundreds of locations in North America. This year the Summit will take place Thursday-Friday, August 11-12, 2016.

You are invited to join an expected 305,000 people committed to getting better as leaders in 2016. Throughout the fall, Summit events take place at an additional 675+ sites in 125 countries and 59 languages.

CBAmerica and its regions can take advantage of a significant discount:

$139/Registration (good at all satellite Summit locations)

Priority Code:  TGLS16CRFT

More Information and to Register:  www.willowcreek.com/summit

 

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?

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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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.