How do we handle the scriptures with integrity and preach with biblical authority yet do so in a way that still connects to the culture and concerns of people who live in a modern and secular world? How do we move from a text written over 2000 years ago to a relevant and transformational message?
Jesus talked about the Kingdom all the time – more than any other subject. But, what difference does the theology of the Kingdom make in the practice of ministry and the mission of the church? If we are to be seeking the Kingdom first what does that mean in a practical way in how and what we do in church? How does it change our strategy, mission, and re-shape even our understanding of the gospel? Does the Kingdom require a shift in our paradigm of ministry! As Gordon Fee said “If you miss the Kingdom – you miss everything!
Date: March 22, 2017
Time: 10 am – 2 pm, – Lunch Provided
Location: Good News Community Church – 5511 W 136th Ave, Broomfield, CO 80020
Presenter: Nick Lillo, Pastor – Waterstone Community Church
Is there a way to retreat from the noise to intentionally engage in the calmness that can only be found in Christ? Is it possible to have a quiet time for your soul … while at the same time finding a sense of sanity?
By setting it all up on a website, people in the church and community can get involved.
This is where the church can minister to people in and outside of their congregation. When there is a need, the church can set up a meal train for that person and then let others know how they can help. People from the church then sign up to help and they can also share the website with their friends. The original family may start getting help from people they don’t even know.
For more information go to MealTrain.com
All employees are eligible.
CB America has partnered with GuideStone Financial Resources to provide a new retirement option. The retirement plan is offered through the Northwest Conservative Baptist Association. Set up your CB America retirement plan today.
Establishing your retirement plan is simple. There are no costs to the CBAmerica church/ministry for participation and no required minimum contributions.
How does it work?
- Ministers and non-ministerial employees who receive W-2 income from a participating CBAmerica church/ministry are eligible.
- Contributions can be made by the employer, employee or both.
- Salary-reduced contributions can be made as tax-deferred or Roth.
- There are no costs to the church/ministry for participation and no required minimum contributions.
- Employer and employee contributions can be made on behalf of every employee
Financially prepare employees for the future.
Implementing an CBAmerica retirement plan will help your employees prepare for retirement. Once it’s established by the church, your employees will have the retirement plan they need to help them along their savings journey.
Support retirement preparedness by encouraging employees to:
- Sign up for their retirement plan.
- Start contributing what they can financially afford.
- Increase their contributions regularly (aim for a 15% savings goal).
- Focus on reaching their long-term goals.
What are you waiting for?
To get started today, contact Holly Taylor at (214) 720-6453 or Holly.Taylor@GuideStone.org
Statistics and independent research indicate that possibly up to 40 percent of the population immediately around Galilee Baptist Church in Denver, Colorado have immigrated from Africa, Asia, and the southern parts of the Americas. The estimate is that there are roughly ten thousand people living in apartments within one mile of the church. The people of the church, which is presently between pastors, led by a part time staff pastor, Joshua Gomatam (he himself is from India) realized the need to begin reaching out in a significant way.
Galilee Baptist Church, which is largely white with a large number of elderly saints, came together in unity to address the problem. They began by intentionally steering the focus of the church’s outreach, by adding a subtitle to the church’s name. The church’s name became “Galilee Baptist Church…An International Community of Believers”. Next, they taught church based and personal evangelism from the pulpit, followed by meetings for strategizing effective out reach.
The first public step occurred on Sunday night August 14th. They called it a “NEIGHBORHOOD INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL”. A cross section of church attenders of all ages and from several different race groups sought permission to go door to door in the apartment complexes surrounding the church, personally handing out invitations and having conversations with these neighbors. Teams were formed to develop live multi-cultural music and testimonies from within Galilee Baptist Church where possible, as well as outside. Altogether, we had music and testimonies shared in seven languages. Others took on the task of presenting finger food from around the world, as well as games and children’s events (which included face painting…and making balloon animals). On the night of the festival, a team of church people intentionally moved through the crowd…welcoming and getting contact information while giving out information about plans for future events and ministries at Galilee. Other church people just came to shake hands while identifying that they were from the church and welcomed them to America if they had obviously immigrated.
A flexible but strategic plan had been thought through in earlier meetings, and now is being solidified into next steps. Apartment staff members who allowed or helped in distributing our invitations were thanked with a gift basket of candy. A good number of contacts have been attained and are already being followed up on. Teams have already met to debrief and gather suggestions for repeating the event next year. Concerted prayer efforts were put into place for outreach and are continuing on. ESL classes, a recovery group, and an evangelistic kids club are actively being developed. Our first ESL class and simultaneous Kid’s Club began Sunday, Oct. 2nd, and Recovery group will soon follow.
Festival attendees from different continents have said they want to come to church. Several mothers who attended with their children, which included a couple of Muslim women, want their children to be involved with future children’s ministry. One of the best things that has happened is many of our people in the church have been moved by their involvement in this outreach and are becoming activated towards future outreach ministries.
This is a beginning point. We at Galilee recognize that Joshua and the people of Israel did not sit back after crossing the Jordon, and conquering Jericho. We do not plan on ending our outreach into the neighborhood surrounding Galilee. We are looking around at the fields white for harvest and are making plans with what we have to bring the harvest in.
TO GOD BE THE GLORY!
By Stan Rieb
We have all experienced it. It is a fairly common occurrence in our ever increasingly technologically connected world. Because it is our connection to the information we seek and a crucial path to the communication of our vision and purpose, a connection to the internet or “network” has become essential for many throughout the world. When that connection goes down, for many of us, our work comes to a grinding halt. But there is a small celebration once the network connection has been restored. Everyone in the office exclaims the same words, “The network is back up!”
As I travel around the Rocky Mountain Church Network, one question I always ask is, “How can we help you (the pastor) and your church?” Often the response goes something like: “Call us! Visit us! Connect with us!”
Since early this year, my focus in the region has been to be an IT Engineer seeking to restore and maintain Network Connection. There is a lot of work that still needs to be done, but please know my heart is to connect with the pastors and leadership of the churches in the RMCN.
When trouble shooting a network there are certain steps the provider must do and there are other steps the client can do. The provider must assure the client that the signal is reaching the router and that the router is functioning correctly. The client is responsible to make sure that their end of things are connected properly, their cable is connected or their Wi-Fi is configured properly for connection.
As the provider we have to admit that we have not always done a good job. You need to know it is our desire to raise the reliability of our network. We know we need to increase our up time.
As a member of the network we would ask that you help us maintain your connection. If we can help in specific areas (see the list below), please call. If we can meet with you or the leadership of your church, please contact us.
- Leadership Development
- Learning Communities
- Virtual Learning Communities
- Pastor Coaching
- Leadership Coaching & Retreats
- Birkman Profile – Individual and Team Assessment and Coaching
- Church Health
- Ministry Mapping Church Assessment
- Church Consulting
- Life Cycle
- Polity/Governance Development
- Values, Mission, Vision training/development
- MissionInsite Demographics
- Conflict Resolution Coaching
- Placement Resource
- Pastoral Search Team Training
- Criminal, Credit and Education background checks for pastoral and pastoral staff candidates
- Church Reproduction
- Church Planting
- Other Resources
- Guidestone Financial Services
- 403(b) Retirement Program
- Health Insurance
- Financial Planning
- Planned Giving Seminars
- Church Insurance – Guide One
Aaron lived 7 years in Peru (ages 5-12) with his parents who served as missionaries with Wycliffe Bible Translators. Before moving to Wisconsin to pursue a MA degree in Christian/Theological Studies from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, with an emphasis in Counseling and Pastoral Care, Aaron and his wife Starla were living in Pinedale, Wyoming. The Gesch’s have 6 children.
Pastor Kent Dempsey is moving to an associates position after over 20 years as the Lead Pastor. He, and his wife Jan, are devoting more of their time caring for their aging parents. Kent will be available for pulpit supply in the area.
Associate Pastor, John Henderson, rounds out the pastoral leadership of First Baptist Church.
RMCN Board Member, Gordon Penfold, and co-authors, Bud Brown and Gary Westra have written a new book, Pastor Unique: Becoming a Turnaround Leader. The publisher hasn’t given a firm release date yet, but they are hoping that it will be available around August 15.
You can read the Introduction by clicking on this link.
The authors are also working on additional resources for pastors, church leaders, and denominational leaders to help them get the most from this groundbreaking new work.
The authors of Pastor Unique understand the critical need for the development of turn-around pastor leadership, given that over 80% of churches in America are plateaued or declining in attendance. They bring their ministry experience and passion for healthy churches and effective leadership to bear on this epidemic. Their research of successful turn-around pastors has led them to identify the key behaviors and practices that non turn-around pastors can develop through assessment, training and mentoring. If you are a pastor facing the daunting task of leading a church that is plateaued and declining, Pastor Unique is a must read.
Rocky Mountain Church Network
Interim Pastor Ministries will be holding a training event in Longmont Colorado on August 22 & 23, 2016.
This training is for Pastors interested in serving as an Interim, or exploring future ministry possibilities and denominational leaders wanting to learn about IPM’s unique, intention 5-stage process.
Attendance is a prerequisite for all interested in membership and serving with IPM. This training event is open to all. There is no constraint to join IPM.
The training will take place at:
2101 Gay St
Longmont CO 80501
The cost for the training is $225 (Wives attend free)
All materials are included
No meals or lodging are included