THE
CENTRAL CONNECTION
June 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
“Words That Could Make or Break a Good Dad”
Pat Phinney
CB North Central Regional Director
" Someone has said, “Link a boy to the right man and he will seldom go wrong.” That adage is even more true when the “right man” happens to be his dad. The influence of a good father cannot be calculated. Wouldn’t you agree?

I’m sure many of you are planning a very memorable day for that special father in your life. On June 17, you dads will get showered with those unique gifts from your children."  
Karen's Update
GREAT news from the Phinney household! 
I have been looking forward to updating our CB North Central family concerning the report we recently received on Karen’s health. Since her diagnosis of stage 3 ovarian cancer on September 3, 2017, it has been a very challenging journey. During this time, we have remained thankful to Him for His steadfast faithfulness to us and our entire family. We are indebted to each of you for carrying our burden through love, friendship and devoted prayer. Read more
With Love,
Pat & Karen Phinney
PASTOR'S WIVES. . . JUST FOR YOU
"The New Normal"
Normal: Usual, typical, or expected.  synonyms: ordinary, common, every day, regular, routine. . .

"We use the word ‘normal’ quite often to describe our daily activities, work, family, etc. I have a ‘New Normal’. As of May 30 th my husband and I have sold our home and we are in the process of getting ready to build a new one. Well, ‘we’ aren’t actually building anything, but you get the idea." Read more

Wendy Jonasen, CBNC Administrative Asst.
Here’s a great summer dessert I’d like to share with you. It’s not new so you may be familiar with it, but it is good! :)
CLUSTER GROUP DIRECTOR
"It Would Be Wise for Us to Plan Our Exit"
Twenty CB Pastor’s met at the Moody Pastor’s Conference May 21-24. Dynamic speakers, stimulating meal conversations and inspiring music set the stage for a refreshing 4 days. Jesus invited his disciples to get away for a spell, these fellas followed that example, and I can say we left renewed in our spirits to the task of evangelism and discipleship.

             “The last forty years we have spruced up the barn, spiced up the message and increased the speed of the music—but the harvest is not doing itself.”  
 - speaker, Ed Stetzer, Executive Director of the Billy Graham Center for Evangelism

Pastor Eldon Carlson
CB North Central, Regional Cluster Group Director
AROUND THE REGION . . .
" E ureka Baptist has a good range of ages from babies all the way up to the elderly. We are blessed to have many who have called this church home for decades. We are also blessed to have those who just started coming in the past year." Read more
Grace and Peace,
Pastor Seth Brickley
Eureka Baptist Church, St Croix Falls, WI 
C ongratulations to Pastor Jeremy Adelman who has recently accepted the position of senior pastor at First Baptist Church of Minneapolis, MN. Please pray for Jeremy and all of our CB pastors who are transitioning into new roles.
Full Time Associate Pastor of Worship Needed:  

First Baptist Church of Whitehall, Wisconsin is looking forward to hiring a second full time pastoral staff member as an Associate Pastor of Worship who will also oversee the recruiting, training, and equipping of FBC's children and youth ministry teams.

Follow this link to learn more and apply!  Job Opening

CBAmerica Chaplaincy
" Send Us Your Best:
xxxxxxx CBAmerica’s Newest Army Chaplain Checks-Out & In "
Every time we endorsers meet with the Military Chiefs of Chaplains; we hear the same thing: “Send us your best! We need your best!”

-submitted by Chaplain Phil Persing, with Intro by Andy Meverden, Director of Chaplaincy
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Rev. Andy Meverden
Director of Chaplaincy
CBAmerica.org
3686 Stagecoach Rd, Unit F
Longmont, CO 80504





CBA merica has been blessed to reconnect with the work of WorldVenture ministries. With that in mind CB North Central churches have the opportunity to participate in the WorldVenture Board Member affirmation process June 15th-30th. Please read the invitation from Jeff Denlinger, President, WorldVenture for information on how you can participate.
An Invitation from WorldVenture:
Your church is invited to affirm the WorldVenture Board Members standing for re-election for the 2018-19 term. Please visit www.worldventure.com/vote/ from June 15 th-30 th to participate. Thank you for your partnership in discipling the nations to Christ!
 
Jeff Denlinger
President, WorldVenture
It was an honor to invest a week with CB North Central Pastors in Chicago at Moody Bible Institute last week. About 700 pastors attended this annual event but the best part was being with CBNC pastors. New relationships were made and many of us were encouraged, inspired, and blessed. It is my prayer that CBNC and WorldVenture can continue to grow together and support one another. 

Harold Britton  
Director of Church Relations
WorldVenture
Top 5 Most Misused Verses in The Bible
" The Bible is a sharp, double-edged sword—able to pierce the heart. However, when portions of the Bible are used in the wrong context, it’s like trying to fight with the butt of the weapon instead of the blade. It’s just not effective."

"Over my years in ministry and as an ongoing student of the Bible, I’ve come across many biblical misquotes, misunderstandings and flat-out misuses."
Read more -by Bryan Orme, ChurchLeaders.com

The Great 30-Day Marriage Experiment
"Are Jesus’ words worth trying out?

Seriously: Do you think he has sufficiently proven himself to you to the point where you owe it to him to believe he knows what he’s talking about?"

If so, let me suggest a 30-day marriage experiment rooted in Jesus’ new commandment, given in John 15:12: “This is my command: Love one another as I have loved you. No one has greater love than this: to lay down his life for his friends.”' Read more -by Gary Thomas, ChurchLeaders.com

5 Right and Wrong Ways To Deal With Criticism
"Criticism accompanies leadership. The only way to avoid criticism is to do nothing. If a pastor is taking a church somewhere—and really even if he or she isn’t—someone will criticize his or her efforts. The way a leader responds to criticism says much about the maturity of the leader and the quality of his or her leadership." Read more -by Ron Edmonson, SermonCentral.com
PLEASE PRAY for the Following Churches in Transition
Noelridge Park Church - Cedar Rapids, IA
Oak Park Community Church - Blaine, MN
First Baptist Church - Detroit Lakes, MN
First Baptist Church - Jackson, MN
Faithbridge Church - Park Rapids, MN
Faith Baptist Church - Kenmare, ND
First Baptist Church - New Richmond, WI
CB North Central Cluster Groups

Central Minnesota
Monday, June 11, 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
Tuesday, August 7th, 11am to 1pm
Bring a lunch
Meeting at First Baptist Church, 921 Hills Ave, Jackson, MN
Walt Moser, First Baptist Church, Luverne, MN
507-283-4091 PastorWalt.Moser@gmail.com

Wisconsin
Family picnic at Irvine Park in Chippewa Falls on Friday, August 17th, 6pm.
Also plan for a men's retreat on Friday and Saturday, 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
Next Meeting to be Announced
Art Georges, Living Hope Community Church, Bartonville, IL
309-633-0028 art@livinghopecentral.org

Michigan
Next Meeting 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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