May 2020

"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."
The initial ENGAGE forum was held April 28th with a secondary meeting on April 29th. We had an excellent turnout. Between the two days we had about 33 pastors attend and had a great challenge related to mission and the gospel. We have some great pastors and churches who have a passionate heart for the mission of Christ and we are seeking to encourage you in our network.
Brad Little, Interim Regional Director

Watch for your next invitation to

Tuesday, May 26, at 9:00am CST
with an alternative repeat session
Wednesday, May 27, at 3:00pm CST

ENGAGE # 2The Power of the Gospel
Purpose: to challenge our thinking related to gospel and missional critical issues and how it relates to our next steps as pastors, leaders and churches.

Title: The Power of the Gospel
Text: Romans 1:16-17
Theme: How do we really think about the power of the Gospel?
  • Do we rely too much on our own power and ability rather than the power of the gospel itself? Do we hinder it?
  • Do we act like we are ashamed when we fail to live by faith?
  • How is the gospel as relevant for believers after they are saved?
Catalyst: John van Gorkom – Lead Pastor, Calvary Church, Eau Claire, WI


Dr. Brad Little,
CB North Central Interim Regional Director
" When I graduated from Seminary in 1976 I “knew” it all. My finely tuned ordination paper was equivalent to the Nicene Creed, but longer, at 19 pages of single spaced wisdom. In the following years I learned some lessons that I failed to grasp in Seminary. I would like to share a bit of history and four of the many lessons that I have learned over the years." Read More 

Pastor Eldon Carlson
CBNC Networking Director

If you know a
High School Senior
who is thinking about applying for a scholarship
for continued education,
time is running out!

June 1st
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. Pass this information on to someone you know.

For more information and an application, visit our  website.

More questions? Contact the CB North Central office by phone 763-205-9330

ON or BEFORE June 1st. 
Brandon Cooper
CBNC Board Chair
& Pastor of Cityview Community Church, Elmhurst, IL
"As pastors, we know the church's mission is to make disciples. But what is a disciple exactly? How do we go about ensuring that we're making them -- that we're producing fully-devoted followers of Christ, and not just people playing church? And perhaps most challenging, how do we organize organic discipleship? How do we keep the organic life of the vine the focus while building out the structure to support it? If you've asked questions like these, we'd like to invite you to an online vision gathering. Randy Pope, founder of Life on Life Ministries, will share how life-on-life, missional discipleship can help you see real change in your church. " - Brandon
Life on Life
May 21st, 11pm - 1pm CST
Zoom Conference
Live Q & A
Karen Phinney Update
Although Karen's Oncologist gave her 2 to 3 weeks on April 1st, she continues to be in the care of her children and Hospice caregivers at her home. Please continue to keep Karen and her family in your prayers.
Plaid Ponderings: Freedom or Slavery  X XxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxXXXxXX No. 9
"The days we are living in have caught every one of us by surprise. At the turn of the year, no one was giving any thought to a pandemic. When the pandemic first began, the concerns centered around the virus. People were wondering how many were going to die. Initial estimates were made in the millions. Yet now after two months, millions have not died. It has come to light that though this virus is very dangerous for some high risk people, overall the severity of this disease was substantially overestimated. Now, as many have been out of work for two months, the conversation has drifted in a different direction. People are beginning to speak more and more of freedom."

A Plaid Pastor
-by Pastor Josh Emmel, Faith Baptist Church, Kenmare, ND
Gerad Hall is a pastor in the Quad Cities area (Iowa cities Davenport & Bettendorf; Illinois cities Rock Island, Moline & East Moline) who is planning a new church plant. For more information click here . If you would like to contact Pastor Hall you can email him at .
Working Together xxxxxx No. 10
"Leo Tolstoy, well-known Russian author, once wrote the following: The two most powerful warriors are patience and time.  This quote has taken on greater meaning for me in the midst of the Covid-19 crisis which has led to social-distancing and self-quarantining. This situation has brought forth a wide range of emotions and responses. While some have found the time to be like a sabbatical; others have found this season to be the most draining period of ministry they have ever experienced."   Read More
Pastor Gerad Hall
Quad Cities Church Planter
CBAmerica Chaplaincy
" Finding Hope in the Midst of Crisis"
"God makes all things
beautiful in His time."
"Welcome, and thanks for joining us! Hi, I’m Chaplain Evan Spencer and I’d like to talk to you today about finding hope in the midst of crisis…

About 10 years ago on August 5, 2010, the Copiapo mining accident began as a massive cave-in at the San Jose copper-gold mine in the Atacama Desert near Copiapo, Chile. The accident trapped 33 men 700 meters (2,300 ft.) which is 6 football fields in length below the ground’s surface." Read More

-by Chaplain Evan Spencer, Salem VA Medical Center, Salem, Virginia

Rev. Andy Meverden
Director of Chaplaincy
3686 Stagecoach Rd, Unit F
Longmont, CO 80504
PLEASE PRAY for the Following Churches in Transition

Noelridge Park Church - Cedar Rapids, IA
First Baptist Church - Colfax, IA
First Baptist Church - Detroit Lakes, MN
Faith Fellowship Church - Cincinnati, OH
First Baptist Church - Shelby, OH
CB N orth C entral Cluster Groups
Central Minnesota
Monday, May 18, 10am
Virtual Meeting
Steve Schoenwald, River of Life Church, Hastings, MN

Southern Minnesota
Monday, May 18, 9am
Virtual Meeting
Walt Moser, First Baptist Church, Luverne, MN

Northern Minnesota/North Dakota
Monday, June 15, 3pm
Virtual Meeting
Eldon Carlson, CBNC Networking Director

Tuesday, June 9, 11am
Virtual Meeting
Eldon Carlson, Bloomer, WI
Wade Duroe, Crossroads Church, Chippewa Falls, WI

Central Illinois
Tuesday, May 19, 9am
Virtual meeting
Eldon Carlson, CBNC Networking Director

Chicago Land
Tuesday, June 16, 9am
Virtual meeting
Eldon Carlson, CBNC Networking Director

Tuesday, June 9, 9am
Virtual Meeting
Jay Jentink, Calvary Baptist Church, Cedar Rapids, IA

Tuesday, May 19, 11:30am (EDT)
Virtual meeting
Eldon Carlson, CBNC Networking Director

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
Church Assessment Tool
How Healthy is Your Church?

501c3 Tax Exempt Status
for Associated Churches
Placement Services for Churches Seeking a Pastor
Compensation Guidelines for Pastors & Staff
CB North Central
PO Box 490441, Blaine, MN 55449

Dr. Brad Little
CB North Central Interim Executive Regional Director

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

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