Encouragement and Updates from your DS on the Coronavirus and CARES Act

[fa icon="calendar'] March 30, 2020 / by Wayne Spriggs posted in Video Blogs, News

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Message from your Central Pacific District Superintendent, Wayne Spriggs, sharing a word of encouragement, tips for self-care and ideas regarding church finances during this time.
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I'm sure that you have heard that the CARES Act was passed and signed into law by the President. Here's what we have gleaned that pertains to religious nonprofits:

CARES Act Details:

    • Sends direct checks to individual Americans up to $1,200
    • Provides grants and loans to churches to meet payroll and pay rent
    • Provides liability protection for providers who volunteer (Good Samaritans)
    • Allows HSA to be used to purchase over-the-counter medications
    • Extends expiring health extenders to November
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Ideas and Resources to Stay Connected during the Stay at Home Season

[fa icon="calendar'] March 20, 2020 / by Wayne Spriggs posted in News

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ATTENTION Pastors, Church Leaders and Staff and Members:

During this time that we need to be practicing social distancing, how can we creatively be connecting with each other and our church members as well as reaching out the to community around us. 

Knowing community is where the best ideas and resources come from, we created this page as a place for you to post helpful information so the CPD community can all benefit.

Please share in the comment section below:

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Pray, Prepare and Plan: Coronavirus (COVID-19)

[fa icon="calendar'] March 12, 2020 / by Wayne Spriggs posted in News

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As communities around the world are taking precautions to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), this letter is written to assist you in preparing a response to the outbreak in your own churches and communities.

Currently, we are not aware of any confirmed cases of COVID-19 either in any of our district churches or on the campus of Simpson University.  Some of you may be facing the potential of government officials in your community requesting restrictions on public gatherings. These may affect the ministries of your church.

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Upper Room Manifesto: Culture of Prayer [Part 12]

[fa icon="calendar'] February 24, 2020 / by Ray Van Gilst posted in Culture of Prayer

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This Upper Room Manifesto was written by leaders of the College of Prayer International. It appears on their website collegeofprayer.org. It has been signed by tens of thousands of pastors and denominational leaders all over the world who literally have responsibility for hundreds of millions of Christians worldwide. You have permission to copy this Upper Room Manifesto; we simply ask that you acknowledge its source.
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Five Upper Room Elements: Culture of Prayer [Part 11]

[fa icon="calendar'] February 18, 2020 / by Ray Van Gilst posted in Culture of Prayer

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Just as every room has five key elements—a doorway, an atmosphere,  walls,  floorboards, and a ceiling—these same five elements are useful in describing the upper room.

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Let Me Introduce You to Theo: Culture of Prayer [Part 10]

[fa icon="calendar'] February 10, 2020 / by Ray Van Gilst posted in Culture of Prayer

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Theo Burakeye is one of my heroes. He is a church planter who lives in South Africa, and one of the most extraordinary leaders I have ever met. When I was introduced to him, I was told that in the past fifteen years Theo and his colleagues have planted more than 79,000 churches in thirty-two different African nations.

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Harvesting: Culture of Prayer [Part 9]

[fa icon="calendar'] February 3, 2020 / by Ray Van Gilst posted in Culture of Prayer

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 “The man who mobilizes the Christian church to pray will make the greatest contribution to world evangelization in history.”
-Andrew Murray

“You can’t get a thousand-dollar answer for a ten-cent prayer.”
-Armin Gesswein


Have you ever seen three thousand people choose to publicly follow Christ and get baptized at one time? Better question: Would you like to witness that?

What happened on that particular day of Pentecost when God poured out His conspicuous presence on the upper-room seekers in Jerusalem was only the beginning as His followers began ministering to Him. God no sooner had manifested His tangible presence to the believers inside the upper room when a crowd gathered to see what was happening. Devout Jews who had flooded Jerusalem from all over the Mediterranean had literally came from the north, south, east, and west.

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Preparing for Encounter 2020 with Dr. John Stumbo [Video]

[fa icon="calendar'] January 15, 2020 / by Ray Van Gilst posted in CPD Member Highlights

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As we look forward to Encounter 2020 in Hawaii, we are again reminded of what a special time it is when the leaders of the Central Pacific District come together. We are excited to have President of the US Alliance, Dr. John Stumbo, as our main speaker. Enjoy the video below with a sneak peek of what Encounter 2020 has in store!


 

Hello, Leaders of the Central Pacific District.

You're receiving this video because you've signed up to go to the Encounter conference in Hawaii in February. I'm sending you this video because I get to be there and I've been asked to foreshadow some of what to expect when we all arrive.

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Listening Prayer: Culture of Prayer [Part 8]

[fa icon="calendar'] January 8, 2020 / by Ray Van Gilst posted in Culture of Prayer

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Prayer is a two-way street. When we first learn to pray, it may seem as though we are the ones doing all the talking. As we grow in prayer, however, we learn to recognize God’s voice. When we speak with Him, He speaks to us. Learning to recognize the voice of God’s Spirit is critical to effective prayer. Jesus told his disciples: “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me” (John 10:27). God activates our hearing receptors, so every born-again Christian can hear God’s voice. 

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Missions Vision Trip:  Expanding the Reach of our Hispanic Churches

[fa icon="calendar'] January 6, 2020 / by Edgar Castro posted in Missions

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In November, a group of Hispanic pastors and leaders of the CPD, guided by Tim Agnello, made a visionary trip to the Island of Cuba.

We arrived in the province of Camaguey. Then, we visited several provinces in central Cuba. We had the pleasure of sharing time with the new President of Alliance Cuba, Liusbel Utrera. We were surprised by the love and desire the church in Cuba has to serve our Lord Jesus Christ.

On the island, there are no evangelical church buildings, only Catholic. So our Alliance people can only meet in house-churches. These house-churches are also the homes of the pastors that have been adapted into churches. Some pastors have to sleep on the floor because there is limited space for them. It was amazing to see the humble dedication of these families. It is a Cuban law that dictates that the church must be carried out on a residential/house property.

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