THE
CENTRAL CONNECTION
March 2019

"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
“Power Under Control”
"I remember a terrifying experience as if it were yesterday. My two kids were small and we were invited to a friend’s farm to ride a horse. That sounds pretty fun and innocent, right? The first serious mistake I made was getting on this 6’ tall, 1,000-pound beast that can run 30 mph. The very second I hit the saddle, he could sense my fear and trepidation. And then the unimaginable happened. He reared up like the Lone Ranger’s horse Silver and took off in a full gallop. I froze in terror! Here I am held hostage on this massive out of control animal and all I could think of is, 'Today I am going to die, right in front of my kids.' " Read More






Pat Phinney
CB North Central Regional Director
Our Update
A good friend of ours from Oregon just sent this E-Card that says, “Faith doesn’t make sense. It makes miracles.” (Tony Evans) This ministered to my soul and Dr. Evans is correct. When Karen and I look upon this difficult trial that God has entrusted us with, He wants faith. Of course, we want a miracle of healing. Who wouldn’t? In our prayers over these 18 months, we have asked that we would be faithful to God and that our faith in Him would grow beyond our understanding. So, we continue. Read More

Pat and Karen Phinney

New President of CBAmerica Appointed
Dr. David Whitaker, President
CBAmerica
At the winter meeting of the CBAmerica Board, January 29 th  and 30 th , held in Laguna Beach, CA, Dave Whitaker, lead pastor of Morgan Hill Bible church, Morgan Hill, CA and Regional Executive Director of Next Generation churches, was appointed president of CBAmerica.

He is taking on the newly defined position of president: 
“In recognition of the covenantal commitment
of CBA, the President shall serve the member networks, facilitating national vision, coordinating and managing the network of national resources and services; he shall be a part of the selection process for any new Executive Director of a member network; he shall facilitate the expansion of CBA into more networks.”
CLUSTER GROUP DIRECTOR
Communication - WHAT??
A farmer came to a lawyer one day. “I want a divorce,” he said. The attorney asks, “Do you have grounds?” The man responds, “Yes, we own 80 acres.”  “I mean” he goes on, “do you have a case?” “No!” the farmer says, “I just have John Deere’s.” “Sir,” the frustrated lawyer asks, “do you have a grudge?”  “Why of course I have a grudge,” he says, “that’s where I park my John Deere.”. . .





Pastor Eldon Carlson
CBNC Regional Cluster Group Director
Don't Miss This Opportunity!
Time Is Running Out!
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April 1st DEADLINE
HENRY C. SPICER SCHOLARSHIP
The  HENRY C. SPICER SCHOLARSHIP is awarded each year to high school seniors planning to attend college in the Fall. To qualify, an applicant must be a committed Christian and a regular attender of a CBNC affiliated church. 

For more information and an application, visit our  website

More questions? Contact the CB North Central office by phone 763-205-9330
or email  wendyj@cbnorthcentral.org.  

First Baptist Church of Minneapolis, MN is extending an invitation to fellow CB Churches to participate in a 10 month paid internship or training program. Each person will be trained in one of five different positions that correspond to five different ministry areas within First Baptist Church, Minneapolis. On completion, individuals will return to their desired church ministry context for continued Kingdom service.  To find out more about this opportunity CLICK HERE.
AROUND THE REGION
When You Break It All Down, THIS Is What It's All About






Charles Perlos, Jr. coming up out of the waters of baptism.
"At Bethel Church in Jackson, Michigan we have been trying to be faithful to the command of Jesus to make disciples with a four-step evangelistic strategy: 

1--Pray (how should we love them, Lord?) 

2--Love--love them the way God has led and gifted us to love them. At best this is a team effort. 

3--Invite. If we have a sense an invitation to an event or church would be fruitful, invite them. 

4--Gospel Conversation. When it is natural and appropriate involve them in a couple kinds of gospel conversation. One we call the "stand-up" Gospel conversation. This is the "over-the-back-fence" talk. The other is the "sit-down" gospel conversation. This is when you gain permission to talk about the Bible or the gospel or their needs and God."  Read More

Ken Pierpont
Lead Pastor-Bethel Church
Jackson, Michigan
Who Has Made a Difference In Your Life?






Bloomer High School's
Main Entrance
"This week I was challenged to remember how someone has made a difference in my life. When I first was given this assignment, I thought that this would be an easy task, but the moment you start thinking about all the different occasions someone might have done this for you, memories start flooding through your mind making this a very difficult task. God has blessed us so greatly!" Read More

Pastor Patrick Rhodes 
Bloomer Baptist Church, Bloomer, WI
***Pastors: We have blank certificates for licensing and ordination available at the CBNC office. Please contact us if you need one.

CBAmerica Chaplaincy
"Do Hard Things: Memories of a Calvary Spur Ride" "
"As unique as the Airborne community is, my unit is part of the Airborne Cavalry Regiment. Essentially, they function as the reconnaissance element of the Brigade: scouting out areas ahead, behind, and all around the Brigade to provide actionable intelligence for the fight, as well as to seek out and destroy enemy reconnaissance elements. As a result, we come with a lot of vehicles and gunners. For us, typical Airborne operations entail not only dropping humans from the sky, but our gun trucks and scout vehicles so that we can be quick and highly mobile." Read More -by Chaplain Sean Callahan, Fort Bragg, NC


Rev. Andy Meverden
Director of Chaplaincy
CBAmerica.org
3686 Stagecoach Rd, Unit F
Longmont, CO 80504
Announcing: 2019 IPM Summit
Leadership Training and Coaching Conference
June 10-12, 2019
Waybright Center, Trinity International University, Deerfield, IL
 
Keynote Speaker: Ken Sande, Relational Wisdom 360
 
Mark your calendar and plan to attend the 2019 IPM Summit. More details and the 2019 theme will be released shortly after New Years. Many are already familiar with the name “Ken Sande” from his work as founder of Peacemaker Ministries. His new ministry, Relational Wisdom 360, has lots of application to interim ministry and the mission of IPM. You’ll want to learn and gain insight from Ken and his teachings.
We look forward to seeing you there!

STRENGTHENING CHURCHES DURING PASTORAL TRANSITION FOR GREATER EFFECTIVENESS

Our mailing address is:
PO Box 113
Orleans, MI 48865

2019 Church & Clergy Tax Guide
Find comprehensive help understanding United States tax laws as they relate to pastors and churches with  Richard Hammar's 2019 Church & Clergy Tax Guide. 
Armed Intruder Preparedness
"Instances of armed intruder attacks continue to occur in the United States. These attacks are not limited to a select few; any of Church Mutual’s policyholders could be impacted. Church Mutual has partnered with industry experts  Firestorm  and  ALICE  to help you develop plans and procedures to keep your people safe before, during and after a violent attack." See Video Church Mutual Insurance, ChurchMutual.com

This Lady's Birth Story Needs to Be Shared With Everyone
"When adoptee Claire Culwell went to meet her birth mother, she had no idea what she was about to discover regarding the circumstances surrounding her birth."

“'Nothing in my life could have ever prepared me for what she told me that day,'  says Claire ." Read More and See Video -by Jessica Mouser, ChurchLeaders.com
PLEASE PRAY for the Following Churches in Transition

First Baptist Church - Spring Lake, MI
First Baptist Church - Detroit Lakes, MN
First Baptist Church - Jackson, MN
Faithbridge Church - Park Rapids, MN
Cavalier Baptist Church - Cavalier, ND
First Baptist Church - Shelby, OH
CB North Central Cluster Groups
Central Minnesota
Monday, March 18, 10am to Noon
Meeting at River of Live Church, Hastings, MN
Reading the book “Hope of Nations” by John Dickerson
Steve Schoenwald, River of Life Church, Hastings, MN
651-437-3965 sdschoenwald@gmail.com

Wisconsin
Thursday, March 21, Noon
Location to be Decided
Eldon Carlson, Bloomer, WI
715-568-1979 ecarlson@bloomer.net
Wade Duroe, Crossroads Church, Chippewa Falls, WI
715-723-1054 Wljc12@hotmail.com

Iowa
Tuesday, March 26th, Noon
Meeting at Noelridge Park Church in Cedar Rapids.
Jay Jentink, Calvary Baptist Church, Cedar Rapids, IA
319-396-3233 office@calvarycr.org

Michigan
Thursday, March 21, 9am
Meeting by Skype
Eldon Carlson, CBNC Regional Cluster Group Director
715-568-1979 ecarlson@bloomer.net


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
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
Office: 952-322-7173
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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