From:                              Pat Phinney [] on behalf of Pat Phinney []

Sent:                               Monday, December 17, 2018 1:10 PM


Subject:                          Merry Christmas


CBNC 2018 December Newsletter







"I am the Light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” John 8:12




December 2018


"We are an organization of churches that is committed

to the mission of Christ to multiply disciple-making churches

through evangelism, leadership training, and connection with

other like-minded churches."





“Don't Forget the Forgotten at Christmas”


"The year was 1973. It was a cold Christmas night at Elmendorf AFB Anchorage, Alaska when an 18-year-old hit the wall. He had come to the end of all that had meaning and purpose. Drugs had taken hold of his life. Rage was common place. He was even thrown into jail overnight for a “hit and run” accident with a military vehicle. He was becoming an alcoholic like his “old man” and would often go to work intoxicated. So what was left?"  

Read More









Pat Phinney

CB North Central Regional Director


Our Update


“We put our hope in the Lord. He is our help and our shield. In him our hearts rejoice, for we trust in his holy name. Let your unfailing love surround us, Lord, for our hope is in you alone.” Psalm 33:20-22


Don’t ask why, but a few years ago I took off to Menards to buy a toilet on Black Friday. Big mistake. I got to the line and it weaved and bobbed around the store like a popular Disney ride. I had a choice to make. Wait in line with the killer toilet I wrestled from the Menards top shelf or walk away and go home. To wait for something that has intrinsic value is a great lesson. In these past 15 months of our cancer journey, we are waiting in line on the Lord. To be quiet in our expectations, patient in our hope, and single in our confidence that He will heal Karen is a bright attainment for us. Read More


Pat and Karen Phinney





"When is Good News—Good News?"



"Recently I thought I had some good news. On Wednesday before Thanksgiving I stopped receiving emails. I thought: “Good news—no Black Friday sales emails!” Turns out that is bad news because Friday evening when I checked my emails again I still had no emails coming in. Then my wife’s cell phone received a message that my order for $3000 worth of smart phones were on their way." Read More


"The salvation of the righteous is from the Lord;

    he is their stronghold in the time of trouble.

The Lord helps them and delivers them;

    he delivers them from the wicked and saves them,

    because they take refuge in him."

Psalm 37: 39-40


Pastor Eldon Carlson

CBNC Regional Cluster Group Director




Note: The CB North Central Administrative office will be closed from December 24 thru January 1. As you worship Christ the Savior who came as a tiny infant to save us, enjoy time with your family and friends during this Christmas season and we wish you all the best in the coming year.

xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxPat Phinney, Regional Director & Wendy Jonasen, Admin. Asst.






Gifts received by CB North Central postmarked

on or before December 31st will be credited to

the 2018 contribution records. Anything postmarked January 1st or after will go toward your 2019 giving records. Thank you for your continued support and blessings to each of you in the coming year!




CBAmerica Chaplaincy

"Forged in Fire: The Saga of Hershey and Joe"


"I listened to the circumstances of Joe’s death and discussed the modified full honors the military would provide due to Joe’s valor award (Silver Star), along with my role as chaplain. As we talked, I realized that this was going to be a “big deal.” All burials are, but this one, due to Joe’s heroic wartime experience would be unique." Read more

-by Andy Meverden, Chaplain, Colonel USA, Retired, Director of Chaplaincy





Rev. Andy Meverden

Director of Chaplaincy

3686 Stagecoach Rd, Unit F

Longmont, CO 80504



Key Financial and Tax Tasks

for Ending 2018 Well

"Renowned attorney and CPA Richard R. Hammar discusses key tasks for correctly handling business expenses, housing allowances, charitable contributions, and other issues—all to ensure 2018 ends strong, 2019 begins well, and any effects from the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 are properly addressed." Webinar

-by Richard R. Hammar,


Kayla Stoecklein: Suicide Isn't Always a 'decision'*

"Kayla Stoecklein, the widow of Pastor Andrew Stoecklein, who died by suicide earlier this year, opened up about living life without her husband in an interview with Lysa Terkeurst." Read More and See the Video


*When your world gets turned upside down because you've suffered loss from suicide, had a diagnosis of cancer, experienced the collapse of a relationship, the loss of a child, or any number of other things, there is no longer the normal that we yearn for. We long for soothing and healing words from those close to us, but those words aren't always easy for those on the sidelines either. Be sure to watch the video at the end of this article by Megan Briggs,

Wendy Jonasen, CBNC Administrative Assistant

Sex in the Sermon

"It may be a sensitive area, but faithful preaching of all areas of Scripture produces faithful followers in all areas of life." Read More

-by Melissa Kruger,




PLEASE PRAY for the Following Churches in Transition


First Baptist Church - Spring Lake, MI

First Baptist Church - Detroit Lakes, MN

First Baptist Church - Jackson, MN

Faithbridge Church - Park Rapids, MN

Cavalier Baptist Church - Cavalier, ND

First Baptist Church - Shelby, OH

First Baptist Church - New Richmond, WI




CB North Central Cluster Groups


Central Minnesota

Monday, January 14, 10am to Noon

Meeting at River of Live Church, Hastings, MN

Reading the book “Disruptive Witness” by Alan Noble

Steve Schoenwald, River of Life Church, Hastings, MN



Southwest Minnesota

Tuesday, January 8, 11am to 1pm

Meeting at Pizza Ranch in Jackson, MN

Between now and then you are encouraged to read "4 Chair Discipling" by Dann Spader. Click here to find the book on Amazon.  Come ready to share what you agree with, what you have questions about, and what you can put to practice or adapt to fit your ministry.

Walt Moser, First Baptist Church, Luverne, MN



Thursday, January 17, Noon

Meeting at “Seasons Café”, formerly Susie’s Café in Barron, WI

Eldon Carlson, Bloomer, WI


Wade Duroe, Crossroads Church, Chippewa Falls, WI




Tuesday, January 29, Noon

Meeting at Noelridge Park Church in Cedar Rapids.

Jay Jentink, Calvary Baptist Church, Cedar Rapids, IA




Next Meeting to be Announced

Art Georges, Living Hope Community Church, Bartonville, IL






Below you will find a partial list of the many services provided

by CB North Central, click on any image for more information.


Placement Services

for Pastors Seeking a Position

FREE Demographic Report for Your Church & Community

Listing of All

CB North Central




Church Assessment Tool

How Healthy is Your Church?




501c3 Tax Exempt Status

for Associated Churches



Discount Software

thru Microsoft

Volume Licensing



Compensation Guidelines for Pastors & Staff



Interim Pastor Services through IPM


Henry C. Spicer

Scholarship Awards



Background Check Resources



Placement Services for Churches Seeking a Pastor






CB North Central

PO Box 490441, Blaine, MN 55449


Pat Phinney

Regional Executive Director

Office: 952-322-7173

Cell: 952-500-3743

Wendy Jonasen

Administrative Assistant


Administrative Office Hours:

Tues. thru Fri. 8am - 1pm

Administrative Office closed December 24 thru January 1.


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