THE
CENTRAL CONNECTION
September 2018

"We are an organization of churches that is committed
to the mission of Christ to multiply disciple-making churches
through evangelism, leadership training, and connection with
other like-minded churches."


FROM THE DIRECTOR
“Flying the Friendly Skies” - Part 2
" The passengers were getting restless because we all had places to go and we all love punctuality. What came next over the public address system is something I will not forget. The Delta rep said, “Ladies and gentlemen, I have some news this morning regarding your flight to Grand Rapids. . . . ”  Read More  



Pat Phinney
CB North Central Regional Director
Our Update

“Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory, obtaining the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls". 1 Peter 1:8-9

"Oh the marvelous words of Paul to those experiencing the pressures of suffering and hardship. No, we are not suffering because of our faith, but we are suffering in the name of Christ for our faith. Many people, including those who have no faith, are watching how Pat and Karen Phinney respond to some challenging hardships in the past 12 months. There have been too many to count."
Pat and Karen Phinney


CLUSTER GROUP DIRECTOR
"Understanding Who the Speaker is Addressing"


"We are walking in a store and my wife will mention to no one in particular that something is pretty or nice. I personalize this and take it as a “request” and either go into a mode of “we can’t afford that” or do what I can to purchase the item. Little do I realize my Sweet Sue simply thinks an item is nice and leave it at that. " Read More
Eldon & Sue Carlson


"This simple lesson can alleviate many a misunderstanding."



Pastor Eldon Carlson
CB North Central, Regional Cluster Group Director
AROUND THE REGION . . .

#GettingToKnowYou
An Interview with Pastor Aaron Simon
Lakes Community Church, Clitherall, MN


This month we'd like you to get to know one of our hard working bi-vocational pastors. Pastor Aaron Simon has been the pastor at Lakes Community Church in Clitherall, MN for just over a year now. In his ‘spare’ time he works a 9 hour shift 4 days a week at Walmart. Aaron is a busy guy.   Read More


CBAmerica Chaplaincy
" Mission Possible:
Chaplain’s wife helps husband achieve the seemingly impossible "
Pastor/Chaplain John Hatfield & his wife
"In January, I had numerous obligations to meet and was feeling overwhelmed. I developed a plan and looked forward to implementing it. Part of the plan was to complete phase 1 of the Army Chaplains Captain Career Course (C4) online. Upon examining the number of assignments to be done in only two months I became overwhelmed and didn’t think it would be possible to complete it. Read more
 -by Pastor/Chaplain John Hatfield, Rhode Island Army National Guard
[Caption]


Rev. Andy Meverden
Director of Chaplaincy
CBAmerica.org
3686 Stagecoach Rd, Unit F
Longmont, CO 80504

The Overwhelming Majority of Pastors Don't Have One
"The truth is those of us in ministry often don’t do the friendship thing very well. One survey among pastors found that 70 percent do not have a close friend, confidant, or mentor. Henri Nouwen wrote, “Most Christian leadership is exercised by people who do not know how to develop healthy, intimate relationships.” What an indictment." Read More -by Lance Witt, SermonCentral.com

Pulpit Abuse: What it is and How to Stop It
"Do your sermons always circle back to your favorite topics? If so, you might be practicing pulpit abuse." Read More -by Calvin Miller, SermonCentral.com

15 Common Sacred Cows in Churches
"They are usually called sacred cows.
Sometimes they are called idols. Though the sacred cow terminology has its origins in Hinduism, it is commonly used in churches to describe those facets of church life that are given undue (and sometimes unbiblical) respect to the point they cannot be changed." Read More -by Thom Rainer, Thomrainer.com
PLEASE PRAY for the Following Churches in Transition
First Baptist Church - Detroit Lakes, MN
First Baptist Church - Jackson, MN
Faithbridge Church - Park Rapids, MN
Cavalier Baptist Church - Cavalier, ND
Faith Baptist Church - Kenmare, ND
First Baptist Church - New Richmond, WI

CB North Central Cluster Groups

Central Minnesota
Monday, September 10, 10am to Noon
Meeting at River of Live Church, Hastings, MN
Steve Schoenwald, River of Life Church, Hastings, MN
651-437-3965 sdschoenwald@gmail.com

Southwest Minnesota
Next Meeting to be Announced
Walt Moser, First Baptist Church, Luverne, MN
507-283-4091 PastorWalt.Moser@gmail.com

Wisconsin
Thursday, September 20, Noon
Meeting at Pizza Ranch in Eau Claire, WI
Men's retreat Fri. & Sat., Sept 28-29, at Arrowhead Bible Camp in New Auburn, WI.
Eldon Carlson, Bloomer, WI
715-568-1979 ecarlson@bloomer.net
Wade Duroe, Crossroads Church, Chippewa Falls, WI
715-723-1054 Wljc12@hotmail.com

Iowa
Next Meeting to be Announced
Jay Jentink, Calvary Baptist Church, Cedar Rapids, IA
319-396-3233 office@calvarycr.org

Illinois
Tuesday, September 11 (time and place to be announced)
Art Georges, Living Hope Community Church, Bartonville, IL
309-633-0028 art@livinghopecentral.org

Michigan
Monday, September 10 (time and place to be announced)
Nate Wagner, Sparta Baptist Church, Sparta, MI
616-887-8813 nate@spartabaptist.org


SERVICES & INFORMATION PROVIDED BY CB NORTH CENTRAL
Below you will find a partial list of the many services provided
by CB North Central, click on any image for more information.
Placement Services
for Pastors Seeking a Position
FREE Demographic Report for Your Church & Community
Listing of All
CB North Central
Churches
Church Assessment Tool
How Healthy is Your Church?


501c3 Tax Exempt Status
for Associated Churches

Discount Software
thru Microsoft
Volume Licensing
Compensation Guidelines for Pastors & Staff

Interim Pastor Services through IPM
Henry C. Spicer
Scholarship Awards
Background Check Resources
Retirement
Information
Placement Services for Churches Seeking a Pastor


CB North Central
PO Box 490441, Blaine, MN 55449

Pat Phinney
Regional Executive Director
patp@cbnorthcentral.org
Pat's Office: 952-322-7173
Pat's Cell: 952-500-3743
Wendy Jonasen, Administrative Assistant
wendyj@cbnorthcentral.org
763-205-9330
Administrative Office Hours:
Tues. and Fri. 8am - Noon (remote office)
Weds. and Thurs. 8am - 2pm (CBNC office)

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