Leaving a Discipleship Legacy

[fa icon="calendar'] September 19, 2018 / by Jim Bailey posted in Equipping, Guest Post

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Today I am sitting here at my computer remembering a great man.

“Grandpa Peters” followed Jesus with his whole heart. His love for Jesus worked outward to include a powerful love for the church.

My entire life Pastor Russ or as we loved to call him “Grandpa Peters” was a solid fixture of faith and wisdom. He lived out life with the people in his church, preaching every Sunday, officiating weddings, and providing comfort at funerals. He was truly a “fixture” of the community, a man who lovingly noticed the lowly and invested his love – and more importantly the love of Jesus – into any who crossed his path.

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Adventures in Mexicali with Neighborhood Church of Chico

[fa icon="calendar'] September 17, 2018 / by Chris & Rhonda Balint posted in Missions, CPD Member Highlights

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In October 2017, Garett Lane & Chris Balint (NC Chico youth pastors) had the privilege and opportunity of going on a scout trip to the C&MA base in Mexicali. They got to spend just a few days with these guys but instantly knew we couldn’t wait to partner with them. Chris shared with the team that he knew the service projects, Vacation Bible School, etc. would all be amazing, but he was equally as excited for our team to rub shoulders with Gil and his crew. They model Jesus well, as they serve and bless those who visit the base. 

After months of planning and preparation, the end of June finally arrived. We loaded 61 of us up early on the 24th and headed for the border. We made it by dusk and prepared to cross over. Gil and his crew were there to greet us, and we lined our vans up along the streets of Mexicali as we waited for our cargo van to get through. It was bit of an adventure navigating Mexicali at night, but eventually we made it to the base. We ate tacos at 10:00 at night (we told you these guys are amazing!), and headed for bed.

We were excited and expectant for what we knew we’d see the Lord do over the rest of this week. Many on our team had never been out of the country or on a mission trip of this type. It was awesome to see the youth anticipating what would come. 

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People Are Gifts Too: Apostles, Prophets, Evangelists and Pastors

[fa icon="calendar'] September 14, 2018 / by Ray Van Gilst posted in Gifts of the Spirit

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A bricklayer whose brother was a famous violinist was talking with his boss one day. His boss said, “It must be great to have a brother who is known around the world.” Then, not thinking that he might have offended his worker’s pride, he continued, “Of course, we must accept the fact that talent isn’t equally distributed – even in the same family.”

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Katang Village Mission Update: From This to THIS!

[fa icon="calendar'] September 12, 2018 / by Tim Agnello posted in Missions, CPD Member Highlights

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I am repeatedly amazed at our CPD churches - the way we are engaging the ends of the earth and impacting a lost world in the name of JESUS. Please enjoy reading the latest update below from Josh Blair, lead pastor at The Rising Church in Utah. What a wonderful thing God continues to do in the jungles of Cambodia through the churches of the CPD. LOVE IT!

Thanks, Tim

Last fall we had the privilege of traveling to Cambodia with Tim Agnello on a Vision Trip. Vision Trips are designed to give Pastors in the Central Pacific District (CPD) a ‘boots on the ground’ experience of what our family of churches is doing around the globe. The CPD has a few strategic partnerships, Cambodia being one of them.

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How Our Spiritual Gifts Build Up the Body of Christ

[fa icon="calendar'] September 5, 2018 / by Ray Van Gilst posted in Gifts of the Spirit

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Spiritual gifts have been given for one reason and one reason only – as a stewardship – something that we are to manage in building up the Body of Christ.

I Corinthians 12:5, “There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord.” These services build the Body for the common good. Spiritual gifts are not for our edification – that’s very important as we lay our foundation. They are not to make us feel more important, or more spiritual, or to build us up.

Does what you do edify other people? Is who you are an edifying influence on other people? 

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PREACHERS School of Voice, Story & Culture

[fa icon="calendar'] August 31, 2018 / by Nathan Edwardson posted in Equipping, Leadership, Guest Post

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It’s time for the church to reclaim her voice in the world. –Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Hey pastors and friends!

I want to personally invite you to our upcoming Preachers School in Redding, CA, this coming November. Twenty five students. Three days. One purpose. To strengthen our preaching voice, to refine our theology, to fuel our creativity, and together, to tell and retell the story of God in the most redemptive ways possible.

At the heart of this course is the conviction that preaching still matters. In an age of opinions, confusion and skepticism, perhaps preaching has never mattered more. God is raising up voices on the earth, each one unique and vital to the church and the world. They will preach the gospel, stir the hearts, equip the body, and help the church transition from old failing paradigms to engage God’s future kingdom. The redemptive story of God is unfolding on the earth like never before, and if we get a group of us in the same room to listen, dream and explore, who knows what will happen.

Beyond the experience, our desire is to cultivate a family of preachers. Too often, we as leaders become isolated in our own ministry worlds, limiting our influence by our own choice. Yet, Preachers is an opportunity to lock arms with others, gaining access to a family of voices in today’s church and culture. We are always stronger together.  

For those called to lead and preach, consider joining us this coming November 5th-8th.  We are offering Half Off Scholarships worth $375 for all pastors, church planters, or emerging leaders within the CPD. For more information, see below or visit our event page.

Nathan Edwardson
Next Generation Leadership
Church Planting

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Do We Have One Spiritual Gift or Many?

[fa icon="calendar'] August 29, 2018 / by Ray Van Gilst posted in Gifts of the Spirit

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When we use the phrase “different kinds of gifts” - or the word graces is sometimes used as well - it means God has gifted every one of us in a variety of ways. No two of us are the same! (I Corinthians 12:5-6)

Later in verse 11, Paul says something interesting, “All these are the work of one and the same spirit, and he distributes them to each one, just as he determines.” He distributes to each one or individually. The Greek word for that is idios. What do you think of when you hear that word?

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To Test or Not to Test What Your Spiritual Gifts Are

[fa icon="calendar'] August 22, 2018 / by Ray Van Gilst posted in Gifts of the Spirit

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A few years ago, it was all the rage to find out what your spiritual gifts are. There are tests you can take to find out, but I want you to consider something. If first and foremost we realize that spiritual gifts are beyond the natural – characterized by the spirit – then our focus as we deal with the gifts shouldn’t necessarily be the gifts but should instead follow what Paul said when he said, “Walk by the Spirit and you will not fulfill the lust of the flesh.”

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Let's Reach an Unengaged Unreached People Group in Central Mexico

[fa icon="calendar'] August 20, 2018 / by Ray Van Gilst posted in Missions, Fundraising

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Whenever we come across people groups that are not yet reached, it is a big AHA moment.  And especially when they are so relatively close to home.  After all, Mexico is pretty much in our backyard.  So, my question for you is, "Do you want to be a part of something big?"  Actually, I would challenge you to be a part of something big - like bringing back the King - by engaging an unreached people group with the gospel! 

Read more from our Missions Director Tim Agnello on how you can be a part of this "something big." - Ray

As most of you know, my heart beats for the unreached people groups around the world – and that we, the CPD, would be diligent in bringing the name of Jesus to those who have not yet heard! Well, we have an unprecedented opportunity, as a District, to help pioneer a brand new initiative and engage an Unengaged Unreached People Group (UUPG) in the mountains of Central Mexico.

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Be Vigilant Over Your Mind and Heart

[fa icon="calendar'] August 15, 2018 / by Jim Bailey posted in Guest Post

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Just a few weeks ago I had the honor of traveling to Chico with our Stirring team. Nathan led us in a day of reflection and dreaming about life, ministry, and Jesus.

After listening to each other we prayed and spoke words of life and encouragement. When my turn came one of the other staff members said, “Jim, you are not stuck!”

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