The Persecuted Church in Pakistan Event

People-pakistan-32673078-500-333Hello Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

For the last 20 years I have been privileged to be involved with a group of pastors and Christian leaders in Pakistan that are standing firm and strong for the gospel in the most challenging of circumstances. One the key leaders of this group is coming to the USA and as it turns out he will be staying with me from June 28th to July 5th.

I will be hosting a Pastors-Christian workers forum for him to speak about the persecuted church in Pakistan. The forum will be held on Thursday June 30th at First Baptist Church Peekskill, starting at 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm. I would like to invite the Pastors, Elders, Deacons, Deaconesses and/or other leaders or interested parties to join us for the evening.

If you are planning to attend please call my secretary Anne at 914-737-0321 to register your intended attendance and the number of folks who will be coming with you.

His name is Dr. Peter Calvin he is Pakistani and leads two of the most significant ministries in Pakistan that are reaching Muslims with the gospel. He is the Director of a Christian publishing company and he is the Board President of the Fellowship of Brethren Churches of Pakistan (FBCP). The FBCP has 100 churches in it and another 100 church plants they are working at planting. Dr. Calvin has lived his entire life in Pakistan (except for education aboard) and is one of the most informed people in the world on the topic of the persecuted church in Pakistan.

Pastor Denny Burns
First Baptist Peekskill NY

Alive and Growing

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Serving as the Hudson Valley Area Director for Mission Northeast comes with many challenges. But it also supplies many moments to treasure.

I recently spent a spiritually engaging evening in a church full of wonderful men and women who have settled in our region. They are the Quechua people of South America, and through the ongoing ministry of Missions Door and the work of men like Antonio DeLazerda, Aurelio Cruz and Mark Marchak, they are not only coming to know the Lord, but also becoming a part of the Conservative Baptist family. Pray for these dedicated men as they continue to successfully plant churches throughout our Mission Northeast territory in New England and New York.

SAM_2512Last year I had the privilege to be a part of the inauguration of a Quechua congregation in Spring Valley. This week I joined Antonio and pastors from several other Quechua churches as the Iglesia Evangelica Jesus El Buen Pastor celebrated its first anniversary. It was a beautiful, colorful, Spirit-filled ceremony that combined traditional Quechua customs and pageantry with a powerful evangelical message. Aurelio Cruz of Missions Door will be working with Mission Northeast to support the work of these ministries by promoting healthy churches and pastors through the networks and resources that Mission Northeast provides.

As you consider your missions giving I hope you will keep the Quechua church movement in mind. It provides a unique opportunity be a part of a powerful, godly work that is taking place amidst a unique people group-right in our own back yard.

If you are interested in supporting the Quechua church planting movement, you can contact Mark Marchak at Missions Door or contact me.

Rev. Dr. Gershwin Grant
Area Director
Hudson Valley Mission Northeast
Rev. Dr. Gershwin Grant: G.Grant@MissionNortheast.org

Mark Marchak’s contact information : MarkMarchak@netzero.com

 

 

 

Gospel Sexuality: Raising Sexually Healthy Kids

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It’s tougher than ever to be both a kid and a parent today! The world’s culture is continually pushing an anything-goes sexuality on our children. Gospel Sexuality: Raising Sexually Healthy Kids, a seminar by Harvest USA’s The Student Outreach, gives you gospel-centered principles and practical helps to disciple your kids’ hearts and nurture their faith as they face the sexual chaos of their world. This seminar will be taught by Dan Wilson and Cooper Pinson.

Fishkill Baptist Church in Fishkill, NY is partnering with The Student Outreach to bring this seminar to you, Saturday, April 2, from 9:30-3:30pm. For more information, and to register visit FishkillBaptist.Eventbrite.com. For resources to help promote this seminar to your congregation click here.

Have a question? Please contact the event coordinator:
Brooke Delaney, brooke@harvestusa.org

 

Session 1:  Discovering: Looking Deeper than the Fruit

Learn how to think through the complex issues of sexuality, how to conceptualize your children as sexual image bearers of God, and how Christ transforms your parenting.

Session 2:  Talking: Having the Sex Talk(s)

How do we talk with our children about sexuality? Learn how to share a Christ-centered vision for sexuality with your family, receive practical guidance for age-appropriate conversations, and find grace for the challenging road ahead.

Session 3:  Protecting: Navigating the Technological Terrain

How can we know our children’s world? The latest innovations in technology and social media are being used to indoctrinate a fallen sexual worldview. Learn the dangers of this terrain and what you can do about them in discipling your children.

Session 4:  Walking: Shepherding Your Children

All of us are sexually broken, including our children. Learn how to engage and aid your children as they struggle with various sexual sins and how you can partner with God in being an agent of change in their lives.

Turtle on a Fence Post

 

David Forsythe

 

David Forsythe

Lead Executive Area Director
MissionNortheast

 

 

If you see a turtle on a fence post, you know it didn’t get there by itself. That’s my sense of things having just returned from my first CBAmerica Board Meeting convened last week in Goodyear, AZ. I’m not sure how I got here and it’s not something I was looking for, but here I am. Upon arrival I found a warm and welcoming reception from the REDs, the Regional Executive Directors representing our 8 regional associations and the military chaplaincy. A collegial and prayerful spirit permeated the meetings. Our three days together were filled with a full to overflowing agenda. Some of the highlights of the meetings include . . .

    • Retirement Program – Look for a formal announcement in the next few weeks with details about a new 403(b)(9) retirement program for our pastors to be made available through GuideStone, a full service financial resource that is ministry oriented.
    • Report on CBGlobal a fellowship of national evangelical church associations for the purpose of encouragement, sharing resources, and leadership development for the glory of God. Members from Taiwan, Japan, Indonesia, Philippines, USA, Hong Kong, Macau and Bangladesh met for a Leadership Summit last October. These partners are assisting one another through disaster relief and leadership development. The association has also reached out to Nepal and India. CBCentral America has joined and churches of South Africa and Italy have also expressed interest in connecting with CBGlobal.
    • SW Church Connections Staff and Board – The board met over lunch on Tuesday with the staff of SW Church Connections led by Regional Executive Director Steve Engram. It gave us the opportunity to learn how they function and minister in their region. On Wednesday morning we met with the SW Church Connections Board, a welcome opportunity for the board to learn what is happening with CBAmerica and for us to learn how we can come alongside SW Church Connections with assistance. It was a positive and productive meeting which we intend to pursue with the other seven regions in future board meetings.
  • The CBAmerica Story – The primary focus of our work centered on satisfying a desire to see a clear and compelling picture of how God is using CBAmerica: to champion great commission fulfillment through missional networks. Over the next several months we will develop a means of compiling data that indicates how each region is partnering to create a movement of healthy churches throughout America – churches that are discipling believers, developing leaders, and planting churches. Our aim is to   
  1. Capture the present condition of CBA churches as a whole
  2. Celebrate what God has done and is doing
  3. Hold ourselves accountable to our mission/vision/values.

There’s a lot of work ahead and we’ll continue to need a great deal of assistance. It’s one thing to get to a fence post. It’s quite another to accomplish the work we’re called to do. I’m grateful for the offer of continued assistance from the REDs who have made an already substantial contribution to MissionNortheast.

 

Fully Convinced: Raising Your Children to Love and Follow Jesus

PulpitPastors, you may have heard the numerous statistics about the high percentages of children raised in the church who walk away from it after high school. As a youth pastor for over 13 years, I’m more convinced than ever that a thriving church youth ministry program is not enough to equip our students for today’s world. We must start younger and outside the walls of our churches. We must engage parents to take the lead and own their biblical roles as the primary disciplers of their children.

Many parents in our churches would acknowledge that they are primarily responsible for discipling their children. However, for many parents, their involvement in the discipleship of their children is limited to only bringing them to church programs. Most parents are woefully uninformed and unequipped in the area of home discipleship. They are leaving it all to the church.

On Friday and Saturday, February 26-27, Fishkill Baptist Church will be hosting Chap Bettis from The Apollos Project to lead a seminar for parents with children of all ages. This seminar will inspire, encourage, exhort, and equip parents to fulfill their God given responsibility to disciple their children.

Chap will share what he has learned in his 25 years of pastoral ministry in Rhode Island while raising four children with his wife Sharon. While he has made many mistakes, by the grace of God, Chap has gained much wisdom from his devotion to studying God’s Word and studying his children.

Chap has had articles from his blog featured numerous times by The Gospel Coalition. This past Fall, The Gospel Coalition featured a very insightful article of his entitled 3 Ways You Might Be Teaching Your Children the Prosperity Gospel.

As a youth pastor and father of five young children, I have become convinced that churches must do more to inspire, exhort, and equip parents to engage their children beginning at an early age. While this seminar will benefit parents with children of any age, I am especially praying for many young parents to attend and catch this important vision for Christian parenting.

Pastors, please consider partnering with us in this valuable investment in the next generation by promoting this seminar for parents called “Fully Convinced”. The event registration page is now live at FullyConvinced.eventbrite.com.  Early bird tickets are available until January 26th. For more information and promotional materials please contact MikeBMura@gmail.com or call 845-896-9386 x228.

By Pastor Mike Mura

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Greater Boston Area Prayer Summit

Paul Bothwell, the Missions Door, City Church Movements – Team Leader for New England shared the the following information regarding the Greater Boston Area Prayer Summit.   The Summit will be held from 9:00am to 9:00pm on Tuesday, Nov. 17th, 2015 at the Wonderland Retreat Center in Sharon, MA. It is an invaluable gathering that offers the space for worship, reflection and relationship building that impacts ministry throughout the year.

The Greater Boston Prayer Summit is an opportunity to meet with God and connect with His leaders in the Greater Boston area.  It’s is an opportunity to be refreshed in the presence of the Lord with other ministers.

Though the room may be filled with leaders, we try to simply enjoy God without a strong agenda.  This can be very restful for the soul, and often quite different from our common patterns of ministry.  It is also a time to be with and get to know people.  Many have found that they have begun to build real relationships with other leaders more quickly and easily in this environment than in most other settings.

Area Directors Appointed

The Mission Northeast Board of Directors is pleased to announce the engagement of Rev. David Forsythe and Dr. Gershwin Grant as the first Area Directors. The role of an Area Director (AD) is to encourage and support effective pastors and healthy churches in a geographic area of the Mission Northeast region by providing help, support, training and communication within his area. This will include their facilitating the Leadership Learning Community meetings. The position of the AD is proposed to be a 20 hour a month part-time position.

Dr. Grant will be serving the Hudson Valley area of New York and additionally will be connecting with the churches of New York City until such time as there is a NYC Area Director.

Rev. Forsythe will be representing the Central Massachusetts area.  Additionally, David will serve as the Lead Executive Area DirectorThe Lead Executive Area Director (LEAD) will oversee the Area Directors (AD) in fulfilling their responsibilities, is a member of the Mission Northeast Board of Directors and to be the representative to the CBA National Board.

The Board is actively seeking additional Area Directors for other areas of the region.

Something Wonderful in the Northeast

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Pictured from left: Mark Marchak, Antonio DeLazerda, Gershwin Grant

Something wonderful is growing in the Northeast, but you may not know about it yet!  God has been quietly reaping a harvest among the Quechua people who have settled in our region, through the ministry of Missions Door and the work of men like Antonio DeLazerda, Aurelio Cruz and Mark Marchak.

The Quechua are Indians who hail from the Andes Mountains in South America.  They are the largest remaining American Indian group in the world. They primarily live in Ecuador, Bolivia, Peru, Argentina, Chile, and Colombia. Within the larger Quechua affinity are multiple Quechua people groups that speak their own unique dialects.

God has given Antonio DeLazerda a special ministry to the Quechua people.  Without fanfare and with few resources, Antonio has successfully planted churches in multiple locations throughout New England and New York.

I was recently privileged to be a part of the opening ceremony of a new Quechua congregation in Spring Valley, New York.  I joined Antonio and Mark as the Iglesia Evangelica Jesus El Buen Pastor was inaugurated.  It was a beautiful, colorful, Spirit-filled ceremony that combined traditional Quechua customs and pageantry with a powerful evangelical message.

Missions Door has appointed Aurelio Cruz to be the New Church Networker for the new Quechua churches that God continues to plant in our region.  Aurelio has a deep respect for our Conservative Baptist values, and will immerse the pastors and their congregations in CB history and practice.  Aurelio will work in coordination with the Mission Northeast board liaison to ensconce the churches in the CB family.  These churches will benefit from the networking and resources that Mission Northeast is establishing.

The Quechua church movement provides a unique opportunity for our member churches to invest in a powerful movement taking place in God’s kingdom.  If you are interested in supporting the Quechua church planting movement, you can contact Mark Marchak at Missions Door or contact me.

Rev. Dr. Gershwin Grant: Rev.Grant@me.com

 Mark Marchak’s contact information : MarkMarchak@netzero.com

 

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Leadership Learning Communities

Books stack2015 Leadership Learning Community (LLC) Meetings

We have three more Leadership Learning Community meetings for 2015.  We have heard repeatedly how beneficial these meetings have been for pastors and church leaders that have attended.

Read Steve Murray’s Experience Here

If you have been participating in the LLC’s for the last 7 months we will assume you are participating again unless you notify us otherwise by August 3rd.

You always have the option of participating in the LLC and purchasing the books yourself as means of supporting the region.

If you have not yet participated in the Leadership Learning Community, but would like to join these last three meetings for 2015, please contact Stan Rieb at Stan.Rieb@cbamerica.org or 303-746-8844 for more information.

Unless otherwise noted all LLC’s begin at 10 am and conclude by 3pm.

Paul Borden will be facilitating the following LLC’s during the weeks of September 14-16, October 12-14, November 16-18

Monday – 9/14, 10/12 and 11/16- Immanuel Baptist, New Hartford, NY

Tuesday – 9/15, 10/13 and 11/17 – Randall Church, Williamsville, NY (Buffalo area)

Note that the Tuesday Randall Church LLC begins at 9:30 am and concludes by 2:00 pm

Wednesday – 9/16, 10/14 and 11/18 – Levittown Baptist Church, Levittown, NY

Stan Rieb will be facilitating the following LLC’s the weeks of September 14-17, October 12-15, November 16-19

Monday – 9/14, 10/12 and 11/16 – United Baptist, Old Town, ME

Tuesday – 9/15, 10/13 and 11/17 – First Baptist Church, Brewster, NY

Wednesday – 9/16, 10/14 and 11/18 – Faith Baptist Church, Auburn, MA

Thursday – 9/17, 10/15 and 11/19 – Trinity Baptist Church, Nashua, NH

Again, unless otherwise noted, all LLC’s begin at 10 am and conclude by 3pm.

The books for the upcoming months are as follows:

September’s Book –   The Rise of the Nones: Understanding and Reaching the Religiously Unaffiliated by James Emery White In this hard-hitting examination of our churches’ current evangelism methods, which often result only in transfer growth–Christians moving from one church to another–rather than in reaching the nones, James Emery White calls us to discover the mission field right outside our doors.

October’s Books –     Crucial Conversation & Crucial Confrontations by Patterson, Grenny & McMillan– When stakes are high, opinions vary, and emotions run strong, you have three choices: Avoid a crucial conversation and suffer the consequences; handle the conversation badly and suffer the consequences; or read Crucial Conversations and discover how to communicate best when it matters most.

Crucial Confrontations teaches skills drawn from over 20,000 hours of real-life observations to increase confidence in facing tough issues. Learn to:

  • Permanently resolve failed promises and missed deadlines
  • Transform broken rules and bad behaviors into productive accountability
  • Strengthen relationships while solving problems

When you learn how to handle crucial confrontations, everything gets better.

November’s Book –   The Advantage: Why Organizational Health Trumps Everything Else In Business by Patrick M. Lencioni – Simply put, an organization is healthy when it is whole, consistent and complete, when its management, operations and culture are unified.  Healthy organizations outperform their counterparts, are free of politics and confusion and provide an environment where star performers never want to leave.

We need to hear from you as soon as possible if you will be participating in in the LLC’s during September, October or November.  As soon as we receive confirmation of your participation we will order the books for the LLC’s.

Contact Stan Rieb at Stan.Rieb@cbamerica.org or 303-746-8844 for more information.