The One Another Project: Reflecting on those who Help us Climb

[fa icon="calendar'] November 18, 2019 / by Wayne Hoag posted in Equipping, Guest Post

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Note from CPD President, Ray Van Gilst:

I recently shared about Wayne Hoag of Truckee, CA and his book - "One Another Project."  I have had a number of people now let us know that they are excited about getting a copy and utilizing it in ministry.  Even better than the book, the man behind the book is an enthusiastic part of the Central Pacific District and is available as needed in our churches and for our pastors.  I, for one, consider him to be a mentor and encouragement in what God has called me to.

But I'll let Wayne share his desire:

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Everything I Really Needed to Know I Learned at Camp!

[fa icon="calendar'] October 16, 2019 / by District Office posted in Equipping, Guest Post

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I vividly remember as a kid when school let out that it meant just one thing to me, summer camp was just around the corner. Remember the energy you received from the group experience? The attention you received from a caring counselor? The adventures, achievements and activities you still reflect back on today? In my late teens I became a camp counselor and eventually ended up serving full-time in Christian Camping. Now after forty summers of camp, would you like to know why I am still motivated to do what I do?

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The One Another Project

[fa icon="calendar'] October 9, 2019 / by Wayne Hoag posted in Equipping, Guest Post

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About 25 years ago when I was planting a church in St. George, UT, Wayne Hoag came through on something called "The Great American Race." I was facing a discouraging point in ministry there, and he took me to breakfast, spoke words of life and prayed for me.

I have never forgotten that moment and how much it meant to me. Wayne has gone on to touch countless lives with his presence, and also with a book, "The One Another Project." He continues to serve our church in Truckee, although not as Lead Pastor, having made an excellent transition to Jesse Richardson who now serves in that role. 
- Ray Van Gilst

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Join Us for Preachers School [Event]

[fa icon="calendar'] August 22, 2019 / by Nathan Edwardson posted in Equipping, Leadership

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I want to personally invite you to this year’s PREACHERS, School of Story, Voice & Culture. In my own preaching journey, I’ve realized how helpful and healthy it’s been to surround myself with other preachers. Preaching can be lonely and the truth is, we are much stronger together. So we decided to host a gathering to bring strength, friendship and courage to a family of PREACHERS. We’ve invited some of our friends and world class communicators to help us make this happen. If you’re ready to grow your preaching gift and strengthen your preaching voice, join us this November! Thirty students, three days, on purpose. 

Let’s go!

Nathan Edwardson

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Recommended Reading Topics: Scholarships, Preparation, and Pursuing God

[fa icon="calendar'] July 12, 2019 / by District Office posted in Equipping

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We come across great articles and insights from writers, leaders, pastors and others sharing their passions and perspectives on topics of faith, discipleship, spiritual growth, and much more. Some articles we share regularly on our blog, and many others speak to us in one way or another. Whether it’s a current event, hot topic in the district, or something that relates to a personal season of life, we’d like to share the articles below with you that came across our inboxes during the last few months or so. 

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Recommended Reading Topics: Deep Faith, Defeating Thoughts & Big Goals

[fa icon="calendar'] April 3, 2019 / by District Office posted in Equipping

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We come across great articles and insights from writers, leaders, pastors and others sharing their passions and perspectives on topics of faith, discipleship, spiritual growth, and much more. Some articles we share regularly on our blog, and many others speak to us in one way or another. Whether it’s a current event, hot topic in the district, or something that relates to a personal season of life, we’d like to share the articles below with you that came across our inboxes during the last few months or so. 

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Shifting Perspectives of Gratitude and Grief

[fa icon="calendar'] November 23, 2018 / by District Office posted in Equipping

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In the aftermath of the Camp Fire, it’s easy to have shifting perspectives of both gratitude and grief. Some of us are grateful just to be alive while others are mourning the loss of loved ones. Some have gratitude their home was spared, while neighbor’s homes next door or across the street were lost. We all have gratitude for how the communities have come together to shelter and support evacuees, but we grieve for the loss of a city, of people’s livelihood, that life will never be quite the same for anyone who has lived through and been impacted by the events of the Camp Fire.

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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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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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What C&MA Churches Are Doing to Increase Missions Engagement

[fa icon="calendar'] February 15, 2018 / by Tim Agnello posted in Missions, Equipping

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Here are 7 things that many of our C&MA churches are doing to increase engagement with Alliance missions. 

The Senior Pastor

The senior pastor is ‘leaning in’ to Alliance missions. He is passionate about the church being a Christ Centered, Acts 1:8, Family. He proclaims the global mission of the church and gives opportunities up front to promote and pray for Alliance missions. The senior/lead pastor diligently seeks God along with his leaders to discern where in the world to focus or partner. He is passionate about giving people an opportunity to glorify God and impact the world through the churches mission's ministries.

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