THE CENTRAL CONNECTION
November
"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:

TAKING BOLD NEXT STEPS OF FAITH
We live in difficult times, but we also live in a time of great opportunity. I am inviting you to an opportunity to join our region of churches on Thursday, November 12th for our One Day Vision Conference. This conference is in lieu of an Annual Meeting and will be held virtually through Zoom. We would like you and your pastoral/leadership teams to join us. The conference is also open to anyone who has the margin in their life to join us to hear about how we sense the Lord leading in the future. We are making some strategic changes to CBAmerica and creating a new paradigm for our region.

We would love to have you join us for the day (in whole or in part) for this One Day Vision Conference. We believe we are setting a new framework that will empower our churches and build more relevant value to our network of churches. There are some key things that we will be working through and we would love you to be part of it. Please make time to join us for this conference.

The general day breaks into two key components:

Thursday morning – 10am-12 noon
  • Meet our CBAmerica President, Dr. David Whitaker as he speaks about our new national identity and renewing of our commitment to the gospel.
  • Our Regional Director, Dr. Brad Little will share his heart for a gospel-centered, grace driven movement where we are taking bold steps to fulfill the mission of the gospel in our own contexts.
Thursday afternoon – 12:45pm-1:45 PM – Spiritual TED Talks
  • Gospel and Mission critical presentations from several of our pastors who have graciously made time to encourage and speak to us about the mission of the gospel.
  • Breakout sessions that will give you a chance to dialogue with our speakers to discover our own next best bold steps of faith for the sake of the gospel.
I hope you will come and hear our heart and see how this resonates with your ministry and mission where God has you planted. 

We will send out Zoom invites with an opportunity to sign up for the breakout sessions. If you have questions let us know. We are looking forward to seeing all of you.

Blessings,
Brad Little 
CB North Central Regional Director
One-Day Vision Conference
November 12, 2020
10am - 3pm (CST)

Virtual Event Via Zoom
Plan to join us, and invite your leadership team, for our one-day Vison Conference to hear from our National President, Dave Whitaker, about the new mission and branding for CBAmerica, and our revitalized vision going forward. In addition, our Regional Director, Brad Little, will share our renewed commitment and passion for the region. Finally, we'll have a series of breakouts in the afternoon designed to help you take bold next steps to carry out God's vision for your church.



Coming soon! Watch for your opportunity to register!

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CB North Central
PO Box 490441, Blaine, MN 55449

The Next Time to ENGAGE

Tuesday, November 24, at 9:00am CST
with an alternative repeat session
Wednesday, November 25, at 3:00pm CST


The Purpose of ENGAGE is to address gospel and missional critical issues and challenge our thinking related to pastoral ministry, leadership and the purpose of our churches.
The Goal of ENGAGE is to continue to become gospel-centered, grace driven, biblically anchored churches passionately committed to fulfill the mission of Christ. ​

WATCH FOR MORE INFORMATION AND YOUR ZOOM INVITE!

Becoming Like My Jesus
Pastor Eldon Carlson
CBNC Networking Director
"Yesterday I sat in on a Zoom Sunday School class led by a layman in our church. We have had to go to Zoom meetings for our church due to a recent COVID outbreak, with nearly 50% of the church self-quarantined. Back to that class—it was on Hebrews 12. The teacher, Mr. Larry Gotham, did an outstanding job of opening the Word of God. His thoughts have prompted my newsletter portion for the day. I will be looking at just one verse." Read More
AROUND THE REGION. . .
Position Available
Lakeside Church in Worthington, MN has a position available for a Communications Director. This job is available as a full or part-time position.

Click below for a job description:
If you or someone you know is interested in this position email info@lakesideworthington.org or call 507-376-9735.

Lakeside Church
1000 Linda Lane, Worthington, MN 56187

Taste and See That the Lord is GoodxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxNo. 16
"Charles Spurgeon has been quoted as saying, “It is not how much we have, but how much we enjoy, that makes happiness.” I have found these to be helpful words in this season of life and this season of society. Contentment can be allusive and something that is easy to give lip service. It’s important in this season to reflect on areas of gratitude.

Pastor Gerad Hall
The Branch Fellowship, Moline, IL
PLAID PONDERINGS: God & GrasshoppersxxxxxxxxxxxxxNo. 15
"I am writing this article prior to knowing the results of the 2020 presidential election. There is a chance that even by the time of its publication in the CB North Central newsletter, that the results of the election will still be unclear. As we hear daily reports of cities bracing for potential unrest as a result of the election, and as both sides raise questions as to whether or not they will accept defeat, it is easy to be anxious. It is easy to worry. It is easy to wonder. In times like these, Isaiah 40 is a passage of great comfort to me. ” Read More

Sincerely,
A Plaid Pastor
-by Pastor Josh Emmel, Faith Baptist Church, Kenmare, ND
CBAmerica Chaplaincy
Growing Through Adversity
”Growing Through Adversity” is a documentary in which several couples share their personal, often challenging, marriage experiences, to provide encouragement to others who want to build strong marriages. See Video
-CBAmerica Chaplaincy
Rev. Randy L. Brandt
Chaplain, Colonel, USA Ret.
Director of Chaplaincy, CBAmerica
CBAmerica.org
Cell: 913-904-8746 (Mtn)
SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT. . .
6 Important Factors to Re-Open Your Church Well
"What a new and strange thought. . .how to re-open a church. But we’re all in it and figuring it out while the playing field keeps changing. Many churches have been re-opening for months now, and others won’t begin until sometime in 2021."
Read More -by Dan Reiland, Churchleaders.com
To Meet or Not to Meet? More Than Two Options for Gathering
"To meet online or in person? It’s an important question. And not just a logistical question…it’s an ecclesiological question. But we have more than two options." Read More
-by Aaron Stern, Churchleaders.com
How Two Midwives’ Faith Bore Fruit—And Yours Can, Too
From the moment they deliver their babies, loving parents want to give their children what is best. They work to build homes that are spiritually grounded, physically safe, and emotionally secure. They strive to establish families that bear fruit. But even the safest, happiest, and most fruitful families face a fearsome threat: an enemy who seeks to destroy them. Read More
-by Heather English, Churchleaders.com
PLEASE PRAY for
OUR CHURCHES IN TRANSITION

First Baptist Church - Colfax, IA

CB NORTH CENTRAL CLUSTER GROUPS
Central Minnesota
Monday, November 16, 10am
Meeting at River of Life Church
Steve Schoenwald
River of Life Church, Hastings, MN
651-437-3965 sdschoenwald@gmail.com

Southern Minnesota
Tuesday, November 17, 9:00am
Virtual Meeting - Zoom
Walt Moser, First Baptist Church, Luverne, MN
Eldon Carlson, CBNC Networking Director
715-559-1979  ecarlson@bloomer.net

Northern Minnesota/North Dakota
Wednesday, November 18, 2pm
Virtual Meeting - Zoom
Eldon Carlson, CBNC Networking Director
715-559-1979 ecarlson@bloomer.net

Wisconsin
Thursday, November 19, 11am
Virtual Meeting - Zoom
Eldon Carlson, CBNC Networking Director
715-559-1979 ecarlson@bloomer.net
Wade Duroe, Crossroads Church, Chippewa Falls, WI
715-723-1054 wljc12@hotmail.com

Central Illinois
To Be Decided
Eldon Carlson, CBNC Networking Director
715-559-1979 ecarlson@bloomer.net

Chicago Land
To Be Decided
Eldon Carlson, CBNC Networking Director
715-559-1979 ecarlson@bloomer.net

Iowa
Wednesday, November 18, 9am
Virtual Meeting - Zoom
Jay Jentink, Calvary Baptist Church, Cedar Rapids, IA
319-396-3233 office@calvarycr.org

Michigan
Wednesday, November 18, 11am (Eastern time)
Virtual Meeting - Zoom
Eldon Carlson, CBNC Networking Director
715-559-1979 ecarlson@bloomer.net
NEED DIRECTION, NEED A RESOURCE???
Check out some of the services of CB North Central here. Other items can be found by visiting our website or contacting Brad Little, Interim Regional Director.
Natural Church Development
CB North Central
PO Box 490441, Blaine, MN 55449

Dr. Brad Little
CB North Central Interim Regional Executive Director
763-350-4263

Eldon Carlson
CB North Central Networking Director
715-559-1979

Wendy Jonasen
Administrative Assistant
763-205-9330
Administrative Office Hours:
Tues. thru Fri. 8am - 1pm

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