July 2017
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THE CENTRAL CONNECTION
"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

"Heroes of the Faith #6 - 
'Will the Man After God's Own Heart, Please Stand Up'"

Red Wing, Minnesota.  That is where we were on July 3.  My son-in-law's family was in the Minneapolis area visiting from Seattle.  Sure they have the 600' majestic Space Needle with a rotating Sky City restaurant that is breathtaking overlooking an evening sunset.  Been there!  Then there is the famous Pike's Place Fish Market on the Seattle pier.  The fishmongers throw wild Alaskan Salmon that customers have purchased before they are wrapped.  Experienced that!   Read More

Pat Phinney







Pat Phinney
CB North Central Regional Director

Pastor's Wives . . . Just For You
Lord You Are the Potter 

"Recently I had one of those moments when scripture came to life right in front of me.  I LOVE when that happens! "
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Karen Phinney
Wife of Regional Director

Here's an opportunity to use your old bean crock if you have one.  Try this recipe shared by Karen this month:  Baked Beans

2017 Henry C. Spicer Scholarship Winners

The North Central region continues to invest in future spiritual leaders by offering the Henry C. Spicer Scholarship. Graduating high school seniors from our region's churches are eligible to make application for the one-time non-renewable scholarship to help with the costs of continuing education. The proposed area of study need not be ministry related, as past recipients have declared future plans in a diversity of fields. We rejoice that our Lord may use our young people in any chosen vocation.
 
This year's committee included Gerad Hall of Wildwood Baptist Church in Moline, IL, Andrew Powell of Grace Church of Mahomet, IL, and myself. As in the past, each applicant was evaluated on the basis of 1) personal testimony and church recommendations, 2) academic performance, 3) servant leadership, both church and community related, 4) extra-curricular activities, 5) future pursuits, and 6) financial need.
 
The committee was encouraged by reading through the testimonies and future plans of each applicant. Due to strong returns on invested funds over the past year, we were able to award four $500 scholarships. Erin Blanchard, Madelynn Bursley, Samuel Callahan, and Sarah Schroden are recipients of this year's Henry C. Spicer Scholarship.
 
Pastor Art Georges      
Living Hope Community Church, Bartonville, IL
Henry C. Spicer Scholarship Committee Chair

Erin Blanchard
First Baptist Church, Long Prairie, MN
Attending University of Northwestern 
St Paul, MN
Madelynn Bursley
Rockford Baptist Church, Rockford, MI
Attending Michigan State University
Samuel Callahan
New Life Church, Wanamingo, MN
Attending Rochester Community & Technical College, Rochester, MN
Sarah Schroden
Discovery Church, Sauk Rapids, MN
Attending Crown College, Bonifacius, MN


Christian Artist
Bethany Barr-Phillips
In Concert
Saturday 
September 9th, 6pm
Oak Grove Church, Golden Valley, MN


Junior/Senior High and College Students, grab a friend and come to Oak Grove Church to hear BBP in concert .  
For a $10 admission fee, you'll enjoy amazing music, pizza, door prizes, and fun!
Please RSVP, call/text 612-718-1178
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ALSO, Guest Appearance 
by  former MLB first baseman 
of the  New York Yankees 
Andy Phillips.

For additional opportunities to hear from both Bethany Barr-Phillips & Andy Phillips check out the following schedule of events for all ages.   More

BBP
Bethany Barr-Phillips
and The Band









5920 Golden Valley Rd
Golden Valley, MN
call or text Grant Willett at 
612-718-1178 to RSVP 


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Congratulations to the following
 pastors who have recently retired or are moving to a new position.  Thank you for your years of service within the CB North Central Region.  We are thankful to have been part of your ministry journey and we pray God's blessings as you begin this new chapter in your life.


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Pastor Dan Schoepf, Teaching Pastor
Calvary Church, Muscatine, IA
Semi-Retiring
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Pastor Kevin Morris,  Lead Pastor
First Baptist Church, New Richmond, WI
Retiring
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Pastor Marty Gie se , Lead Pastor
Faithbridge Church, Park Rapids, MN 
Marty has resigned to accept a position as president of Oak Hills Bible College in Bemidji, MN.
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#ThatWillNeverWORK, #HereNearAndFar
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"You're doing what!"
"You can't do that!"
"That will never work! Not in Minnesota. Not in the summer. Especially in the summer!"
Read More about what Discovery Church "can't do".


"We can't 
do that. 
But, 
God can!"

Pastor Art Cotant
Discovery Church, Sauk Rapids, MN


 #AskGodForTheImpossible, #DoTheRightThing

"One of the things I love about my role as a "redevelopment transitional pastor" - a fancy new term for an interim pastor who tries to change churches - is the opportunity to see God do mighty things in hurting churches.  These are God's miracles, not mine, but I get a front row seat.

Nowhere has my front row view 
of God's goodness, grace and power been better than at Oak Park Community Church in Blaine, Minnesota, where I have served for just over one year."

Pastor Brian Thorstad, Interim Pastor
Oak Park Community Church, Blaine, MN


CBAmerica Chaplaincy
"Retired From State Service . . . Not the Master's Service
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"I am forever grateful to God for the CBA, and the endorsement that made possible this ministry for the last 14 years. The fruit of these years is fruit that remains.  In fact, we have daily reports of the ministry of many former inmates, including lifers, who are bearing much fruit, ministering to their family and friends, growing in their faith, and sustaining a ministry to their communities." 
-by Chaplain Bill Brown, Retired





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


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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.
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X PLACEMENT SERVICES 
FOR PASTORS SEEKING A POSITION
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FREE D EMOGRAPHIC REPORT FOR YOUR CHURCH & COMMUNITY


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LISTING OF ALL 
CB NORTH CENTRAL CHURCHES 


501(c)3 TAX EXEMPT STATUS FOR ASSOCIATED CHURCHES
CHURCH ASSESSMENT TOOL
HOW HEALTHY IS YOUR CHURCH?


DISCOUNT SOFTWARE THRU MICROSOFT VOLUME LICENSING


FREE COMPENSATION GUIDELINES FOR PASTORS & STAFF


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INTERIM PASTOR SERVICES THROUGH IPM
HENRY C. SPICER SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS
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BACKGROUND CHECK RESOURCES 
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RETIREMENT INFORMATION
PLACEMENT SERVICES FOR CHURCHES SEEKING A PASTOR
Please Pray for the Following Churches in Transition:

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Senior Pastor 
Delavan Baptist Church - Delavan, IL 
First Baptist Church - Pekin, IL
Bethel Baptist Church, Jackson, MI
Moline Baptist Church, Moline, MI
Oak Park Community - Blaine, MN
Faithbridge Church - Park Rapids, MN
Bloomer Baptist - Bloomer, WI     

Q&A: What Churches Should Know About Immigration Law
"An immigration attorney shares how churches can help immigrants in their congregations and communities."    Read More
-Emily Lund, ChurchLawandTax.com

Six Items to Include in Your Guest Welcome Packet
"Guest welcome packets differ from a guest letter. And while they can be mailed, it's sometimes more effective to hand these out at an information desk while the guest is still on campus." - ThomRainer.com     Read More


Personally I'd like to see a very generalized floor plan in printed material.  What may seem so common place to regular attenders may not be to guests, and it could help dispel  feelings of awkwardness. -Wendy J. 

Pastors and Vacations
"Two years ago I spoke to a pastor about his church. After he shared with me all the areas in which he had been involved and the ministries he led, I asked him an innocent question: When do you take vacation? His answer flabbergasted me. "I don't," he said." -ThomRainer.com

13 Signs of Pastor Fatigue
"There are danger signs in any vocation. But if you ignore these, it might be more than just your job that you lose-it could be your ministry that's lost." -Thom Rainer and Jonathan Howe, Thomrainer.com   Listen to Podcast
CB North Central Cluster Groups
Central Minnesota
Monday, August 14, 10am to Noon
We're reading: "Praying with Paul" by D.A. Carson
Meeting at River of Life Church, Hastings, MN
Steve Schoenwald, River of Life Church, Hastings, MN
651-437-3965   sdschoenwald@gmail.com

Southwest Minnesota
This Cluster Group is on break for the summer and will meet again in September.
Walt Moser, First Baptist Church, Luverne, MN   

Wisconsin
The Wisconsin Cluster will be on break for the summer resuming in the fall.  Plan ahead for the men's retreat, September 28-Oct. 1, at Arrowhead Bible Camp with guest speakers Justin Hosking, James Allen Hall, Seth Brickley, and James Allen also leading the music and singing.  
Wade Duroe, Crossroads Church, Chippewa Falls, WI 
715-723-1054  Wljc12@hotmail.com
Eldon Carlson, Bloomer Baptist, Bloomer, WI  
715-568-1979  ecarlson@bloomer.net  
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For more information on a Cluster Group in your area please contact the CBNC office.

CB North Central
PO Box 490441, Blaine, MN  55449

Pat Phinney, Regional 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. thru Fri. 8am - 1pm

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