Hurricane Harvey Relief Opportunities

Calvary Church in Longmont, Colorado, sent a group of six to Ingleside, Texas, to assist Calvary Relief in clean-up from Hurricane Harvey, for one week in November 2017.  This area between Rockport and Corpus Christi, Texas was in the center of the eye of the hurricane and sustained substantial damage and are still trying to recuperate.  Not only was there damage from the winds of the hurricane, but over 70 tornados hit the area during the hurricane.  Many homes and businesses were totally destroyed.  Some structures were so damaged that when the rains came, they were unprotected and then the interiors were damaged as well. Even now, over three months later there are still huge piles of debris to be cleaned up and many structures to be repaired.

The group from Longmont spend the week replacing a roof for Jerry, who is a disabled Vietnam veteran and his son.  Clean-up was done in his yard and several other homes to pick up debris from the hurricane.  There are many areas of service needed when responding to a disaster.  There are no unimportant jobs or unimportant people; it is a team effort.  There is always something for everyone to do.  Over the week in Texas, relationships were developed, and there was the opportunity to share the gospel and invite those who were helped to the local church on Sunday.  The community was so grateful for the work that is being done to help them.

Calvary Relief is a non-denominational ministry that responds to areas that have been hit by natural disasters.   Pastor Curt Hencye and his wife Mary Jo aim to assist the elderly and those lacking resources for repairs to their homes.  Calvary Church became connected with Calvary Relief when Curt and Mary Jo came in the area to help in the Lyons and Longmont area after the floods in the fall of 2014. This ministry stays in disaster areas for months at a time to develop long-term relationships and especially to reach unbelievers through their work.    They are always in need of volunteers and donations for their ministry.  If your church is interested in helping, please check the Calvary Relief website (www.calvaryrelief.com) for more information.

Connecting Church to Church

In the mid-1990’s Tom and Sheri Luksha, with their two sons, acted upon a deep sense of calling to leave Charlton, MA and travel West to plant a church in rural Montana.  The Lord led them to establish a Gospel outpost, naming it Grace Community Church, in the Ruby Valley of South Central Montana. They have now served faithfully for over 20 years.

Workers from First Baptist Church of Basin, WY

Hidden amongst arguably some of the most spectacularly beautiful landscape in God’s creation are people who are fiercely independent and acutely rugged. But also, like everywhere else, they are people who are often broken in spirit, isolated relationally, and overwhelmed by a sense of hopelessness.

Tom and Sheri have given themselves to not only share the gospel through the establishment of the church, but to share their very lives with the community.  Tom is a Chaplain with the Sheriff’s department, and the Luksha’s are known throughout the Valley as a resource of care and compassion. They have come to learn that rural ministry is best expressed not only in sermons on Sundays, but in life-on-life relationships. Then again that is what real ministry should look like in a suburban and urban context also.

The Luksha’s have been working for many years to give Grace Community Church a place to call home.  For most of the church’s existence, they have been meeting in rented space at the small country school in Alder, MT.  A number of years ago they were able to purchase property with a vision for ministry opportunity.  In addition to their home, they have developed a Bed and Breakfast ministry called Elijah’s Rest and have been working to convert a barn on their property into that church home for Grace Community Church.

Work nearly completed!

Recently, some men from First Baptist Church of Basin, WY, under the leadership of RMCN Area Coach Kent Dempsey and Pastor Aaron Gesch, traveled to Sheridan, MT to do additional work on the future home of Grace Community Church.  Their goal was to finish the exterior of the building before the onset of another harsh Montana winter.  This included the installation of backing board, siding, and a window.  Additional work was done on the interior of the building.

Your support of the Rocky Mountain Church Network can help bring together resources to aid one another in Kingdom expansion and Gospel impact.

Discount Code for Global Leadership Summit 2017

The Global Leadership Summit

Thursday – Friday, August 10-11, 2017

Priority/Referral Code is:  17TGLSCRFT.  Register at www.willowcreek.com/summit  to get your ticket for only $139.00

 

You have influence. Join 400,000 of your peers to learn how to maximize it with

Two Days of World-Class Leadership Training

  • Gain exclusive access to the LIVE HD telecast of the Summit at one of 600+ locations
  • Get a unique blend of vision, inspiration and practical skills you can immediately apply
  • Learn from Bill Hybels and the diverse 2017 faculty
  • Leverage the Summit as a resource to transform yourself and your community
  • Join with people from 128 countries and 60 languages who attend the Summit around the world

 

RMCN Spring Ministry Retreat: Leadership: Being a Culture Sculptor

In an article in the magazine Executive Leadership, Dick Clark, CEO of the pharmaceutical firm Merck noted: “The fact is, culture eats strategy for lunch. You can have a good strategy in place, but if you don’t have the culture and the enabling systems, the [negative] culture of the organization will defeat the strategy.”

Samuel Chand notes the importance of organizational culture:

  • Culture is the most powerful factor in any organization.
  • Culture is usually unnoticed, unspoken, and unexamined.
  • Culture determines how people respond to vision and leadership.
  • Culture most often surfaces and is addressed in negative experiences.
  • Culture is hard to change, but change results in multiplied benefits.

Our Keynote Speaker is Mark Hanke. Mark is the Senior Pastor of Salem First Baptist Church.  He has been a pastor for 26 years serving in three churches (two of which were in the Colorado Front Range are) and has taught at Denver Seminary as an adjunct professor in Theology for 20 years.  He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Oregon State, a Master of Divinity from Denver Seminary, and DMin from Gordon-Conwell Seminary.

Mark will address the role of leadership in addressing the culture of your congregation.

  • The Power of (Congregational) Culture
  • Artistic Vision – Getting Others to See the Possibilities
  • The Art of Sculpting a Missional Culture – The Pastor’s Role in Shaping Congregational Culture

Date/Time:          5pm, April 24th and 3pm, April, 25th

Location:              Y of the Rockies – Estes Park Center

Keynote Speaker:             Mark Hanke, Senior Pastor, First Baptist Church, Salem, OR

  • The cost of the retreat will be $110 per person, spouses are free.  This will include dinner, breakfast and lunch.
  • Those driving greater than 3 hours will be gifted another nights lodging, dinner and breakfast .
  • Those driving less than 3 hours can get an additional nights lodging, dinner and breakfast for $80.00.

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PREACHING BIBLICAL NARRATIVES

God’s primary way of communicating truth is through story.  Over 50% of the Bible was written in narrative form.  Seldom however, in our Biblical and Theological training are we taught how to understand, interpret and preach stories.  The results are that often stories are used to illustrate teachings found in other passages or treated as allegories.  Much of the theological richness of the text is silent for us since we have not been trained to handle story, as story. 

I want to spend time helping us understand how to interpret stories, prepare sermons from longer passages, such as many O.T. narratives are, in the same amount of time it takes to prepare for shorter passages and demonstrate how to preach stories in a way that reflects the essence of story.

We live in a media saturated society where story is king.  If we preach stories well we will increase interest and attention.  Plus we will discover rich truths that speak to people in ways other Biblical literature does not.

Date:                        May 16, 2017

Time:                       10 am – 2 pm, – Lunch Provided

Location:               Good News Community Church – 5511 W 136th Ave, Broomfield, CO 80020

Presenter:            Paul Borden – Author, Educator, Consultant

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Preaching with Authority in a Secular Age

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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?

Date:                        September 20 , 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

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Kingdom Theology and the Ministry of the Church

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

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Quiet Time: A 30-day Devotional Retreat for Moms in the Trenches

quiet-times-large-title-front-cover-kindle-1200x1826By Samantha Krieger (wife of Pastor Krieger in the RMCN Region) is a pastor’s wife, mother, and author. For more than 14 years, she has been writing for leading Christian magazines, books, websites, and devotionals.
Prior to becoming a stay-at-home mom, she wrote and edited Bible study curriculum for RightNow Media alongside the video teaching of pastors and authors including Max Lucado, Francis Chan, and Margaret Feinberg.
Currently, she is a regular contributor to FortheFamily.org and pens the column “Samantha’s Salt” for her local newspaper. She is passionate about helping others live out their faith in real life.
About the book:
MOMS OF YOUNG CHILDREN OFTEN FEEL BATTLE-WORN. Tantrums, mountains of laundry, sibling fights, discipline, emotional ups and downs, sleepless nights, feelings about the worthiness of the calling, and battling against the bitterness and despair are all part of the daily encounter we face each day.
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?
Order the book HERE
Visit Samantha’s Blog HERE

MealTrain Can Help Churches Reach Their Communities

mealtrain_calendarMeal Train is a tool to use to organize meals for a friend after a birth, surgery or illness.
When a friend is in need, everyone asks “What can I do to help?” The answer is always to make a meal. When many friends make and deliver a meal, this is a meal train.
This website helps eliminate confusion and increase support. A shared Meal Train calendar and meal instructions answer questions in advance like, What do they like? When are they available? What have they already had? Are there any allergies? and When should I drop off a meal?

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

 

Saving for tomorrow starts today

guidestoneWe all know it’s important to start saving for retirement. But 40 million working-age households – nearly 50% – do not have any retirement savings.

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