Tribute to CBAmerica Director of Chaplaincy, Rev. Al Russell and the introduction of Rev. Andy Meverden as the new Director of Chaplaincy[/vc_column][/vc_row]
Tribute to CBAmerica Director of Chaplaincy, Rev. Al Russell and the introduction of Rev. Andy Meverden as the new Director of Chaplaincy[/vc_column][/vc_row]
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!
If you have any questions about registration, please contact Jennifer Bertz at 541-451-4270, x21 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Leadership Learning Communities
(Formerly called Pastoral Learning Communities)
The Board of CB Mission Northeast met the first week of January. At that meeting two significant points, among other things, was agreed upon.
We VALUE and celebrate:
Our MISSION is to serve the local church, assisting them to accomplish their God-given mission to make disciples of all nations.
We enVISION a network of vibrant churches empowered by God and mobilized by passionate spiritual leaders, living out the gospel by serving their communities and making disciples of Jesus Christ to the glory of God.
Paul Borden will be leading the following LLCs during the weeks of February 2-5, March 16-18, April 13-15, May 4-7, and June 15-17
Monday – 2/2, 3/16, 4/13, 5/4 and 6/15- Immanuel Baptist, New Hartford, NY
Tuesday – 2/3, 3/17, 4/14, 5/5 and 6/16 – Randall Church, Williamsville, NY (Buffalo area) Note: Beginning at 9:30 am to 2:00 pm
Thursday – 2/5, 5/7, Wednesday –3/18, 4/15, and 6/17 – Levittown Baptist Church, Levittown, NY
As some are aware, Stan Rieb underwent major surgery on his back the first week of December. Due to his ongoing recovery we will need to make some minor adjustments to the LLCs he is leading. He will be leading the following LLCs the weeks of February 16-19, March 16-19, April 13-14, May 4-7, and June 8-11
Monday – 2/16, 3/16, 4/13, 5/4, 6/8 – United Baptist, Old Town, ME
Tuesday – 2/17, 3/17, 4/14, 5/5, 6/9 – First Baptist Church, Brewster, NY
Wednesday – 2/18, 3/18, 4/15, 5/6, 6/10 – Faith Baptist Church, Auburn, MA
Thursday – 2/19, 3/19, 4/16, 5/7, 6/11 – Trinity Baptist Church, Nashua, NH
The books for the upcoming months are as follows:
February’s Book – Re-Imagining Evangelism by Rick Richardson – How, as leaders, do we encourage congregations to become intentional in relational evangelism in their everyday living?
March’s Book – Make or Break Your Church in 365 Days by Paul Borden – Pastors, of even lengthy tenure, often overlook the most basic essentials of effective leadership and ministry that are seldom taught in seminaries.
April’s Book – Winning on Purpose by John Kaiser – Kaiser helps pastors and church boards understand the role of not merely managing ministry but of becoming leaders of the organizations’ Mission and Vision to help churches fulfill the purpose to “Equip the Saints to do the work of the ministry.”
May and June’s book – Execution: The Discipline of Getting Things Done by Larry Bossidy, Ram Charan – To have clarity in values, mission and vision are essential but the breakdown comes in implementation. Execution will give insight into getting results.
We need to hear from you as soon as possible if you are going to join one of the LLCs, whether you were part of a Learning Community in 2014 or are now willing to join a LLC for 2015. As soon as we receive confirmation of your participation we will order the books for the LLCs through June.
Contact Stan Rieb at Stan.Rieb@cbamerica.org or 303-746-8844 for more information.
CBAmerica, 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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Dr. Paul Borden
Rocky Mountain Church Network
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.
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.
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.
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.[/vc_column][/vc_row]
Recent studies have encouraged churches and ministries to scale back on their short-term mission endeavors. Some root causes for this concern are a lack of training and spiritual formation in those who serve as well as the long-term effectiveness of the field. Previous studies reveal that less than 20 percent of short-termers are effectively trained in the pre-field, on-field and post-field stages of a short-term mission. “Training must be much more than a video someone watches or a book to read. Effective training takes time and an intentional process of discipleship”, says Tory Ruark, a Short-Term Mission Coach for DELTA Ministries International (DELTA).
To make training available to a broader audience, DELTA has launched the first online training course for short-term missions that provides a personal coach to guide participants through the course. Short-Term Missions 101 is designed for individuals, whether traveling alone or as part of a team, who are not receiving adequate training or who desire to have a more effective short-term mission experience. Sending agencies can also refer their short-termers to this course to ensure they will be prepared to serve and to be a blessing instead of a burden on the field.
This online course is available for just $45 and provides ideas, techniques, and skills designed to maximize the on-field experience for adults and youth serving on a short-term mission. Training focuses on spiritual growth, character transformation, the ABC’s of short-term mission, cultural adaptation, team building, interpersonal relationships and conflict, evangelism training and field specific modules. Registration includes the online biblical DISC personality profile assessment.
To register for the course or for more information, visit deltaministries.com and click on the “Online Course for Short-Term Missions” link or visit the online store.
DELTA is an accredited member of the Standards of Excellence in Short-Term Mission (SOE) and CEO Brian Heerwagen helped develop these best practice standards for the United States. Since 1979 DELTA has effectively trained and mobilized over 10,000 short-termers and 1,000 teams that have mobilized to 100 countries and 30 US states for missions.
The clergy housing allowance is safe for now. Last week, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a Wisconsin federal district court, which struck down the venerable clergy housing allowance. As a result of the Seventh Circuit’s decision, clergypersons who serve churches, synagogues, mosques, and other worshipping groups, may continue to exempt certain parts of their compensation from federal income tax.
The news comes as welcome relief to worshipping groups and clergypersons. Last November, for the first time, a federal district court held the federal exemption from income tax for clergy housing allowances unconstitutional. See Freedom from Religion Found., Inc. v. Lew, 11-CV-626-BBC, 2013 WL 6139723 (W.D. Wis. Nov. 22, 2013). The Department of Justice appealed to the Seventh Circuit. On appeal, the case brought together diverse religious groups, who filed three amicus curiae (friend of the court) briefs in support of the government’s appeal. These briefs represented more than ninety American religious groups, including Jewish, Protestant, Islamic, and Catholic groups. The groups all understood the fundamental importance of the district court’s path-breaking decision: had it been upheld, the financial implications to these worshipping groups and their clergy would have been severe., The Seventh Circuit’s decision upholding the housing allowance has thus provided a reprieve.
2014 was a great year for Church Planting in Pacific Church Network! We have now planted seven new churches since the beginning of 2013.
Mission 316, San Marcos
Redemption Hill Uptown, Whittier
Soma, Santa Clarita
Citylights, Fountain Valley
Tradewind Communities, Kailua, Hawaii
Redemption Hill La Habra, La Habra
Not only are we planting churches, but each of the seven churches that we have planted in 2013 and 2014 are moving forward and growing. These seven church plants have baptized over 100 people to date! But we are just getting started. Our goal is to continue to plant four new churches every year and 76 new churches by 2026. At our upcoming annual meeting, we will be announcing our 2015 church planters. I am looking forward to 2015 and will be interacting with potential church planters, coaching our current church planters, speaking in order to continue to raise awareness, and preparing for our 2016 church planters.
“We continue to make great progress and I am bullish on PCN Church Planting!”
|Miki was a former CB pastor at Calvary Baptist Church in Silver City, NM and Bible Baptist Church in Phoenix. He also served as Chaplain for the VA hospital here in Phoenix. Services are scheduled below. The family would like to welcome everyone who has been touched by this amazing man’s life to attend.Visitation will be held Tuesday, December 30th from 6-8 pm at Green Acres Mortuary and Cemetery (401 N. Hayden Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85257)His Celebration of Life Service will be Wednesday, December 31st at 11 am at Mesa Baptist Church (2425 S. Alma School Road, Mesa, AZ 85210)
The Graveside Service will be held at 2 pm at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona (23029 North Cave Creek Road, Phoenix, AZ 85024)
The family is requesting – in lieu of flowers – please make a donation in his honor to either the ALS Association or Gideons International.
Click Here for his full obituary