About ten miles north of Durango, the Animas River winds through Hermosa Valley and can’t make up its mind about being “whitewater” or “lazy water.” No one rafts it--there are only a few real rapids; few people try to canoe it--because there are, in fact, a few serious rapids.
One morning my two nephews and I made like Lewis and Clark and headed downstream in our fifteen-foot canoe. That first run was great--no problem with the rapids. Well, no problem because we beached the canoe and walked around the big scary one that made a sharp turn.
Posted Thu, 2013-04-04 14:16 by Church Planting...
By Steve Hoekstra
One of the many wonderful things I enjoy about the ministry God has given me is getting to spend time with pastors. This past week I was driving through the beautiful San Luis Valley with a pastor friend. We began by sharing some great stories about God working in churches throughout Western Colorado. Then, without even realizing it, we fell into “commiserating” about churches that seemed to have difficulties and why. As I realized it I said “I think I have gotten a little jaded over the years.” My pastor friend agreed that he probably had also.
Posted Wed, 2013-04-03 08:50 by Church Planting...
By Tammy Bachman
On Sunday, January 20, 2013 First Baptist Church of Lake City held a Pastor Installation for Chris Stoker. Pastor Chris, Gail and their 5 daughters have become well loved in this small, close knit community in the San Juan Mountains of Colorado. Almost 100 people came to celebrate with the Stoker family, many of whom are from other churches. That’s exciting news in a town with a population of just over 400! It was great to see Lake City come together to welcome this new pastor.
Posted Wed, 2013-03-27 16:57 by Church Planting...
By Alan Briggs
Some things change as a church gets older. One thing we hope never changes in the Vanguard Church family is taking risks to reach the lost. We just celebrated our 16th birthday as a church with 23 baptisms and amazing stories of God's favor in reaching new people for Jesus.
Posted Wed, 2013-03-13 15:19 by Church Planting...
By Dr. Matthew Perry
When I took my first pastorate at a rural church in Lexington, KY, I was 31 years old. The church, I might add, was 225 years old. During my first couple of years there, I heard a number of different comments about my age. One came from a woman who stayed for a year and then left the church. I saw her at a hospital visit when her father was having surgery—and she confessed, “I left because I couldn’t handle being preached to by a child.” O-K. Ouch!
Posted Wed, 2013-03-13 09:33 by Church Planting...
By Dr. Mark Edlund
And you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you and you will be my witnesses in … Judea and Samaria… Acts 1:8
A guiding verse in my life is Acts 1:8. My wife jokes … kind of … that I can do a service that can marry a couple, bury a believer, dedicate a building, ordain a new minister, or install a new pastor using this passage. The truth is that our Lord gave us two very clear imperatives after His resurrection and before His ascension. The first we call the Great Commission (found in Matthew 28:18 – 20). There we are commanded to make disciples of all people groups by going, teaching and baptizing. The second imperative is Acts 1:8. In this scripture, which has indeed been a life verse and a spiritual focus in my life, we are told to be His witnesses in four concentric circles. And our Lord states that all four concentric circles are our responsibility as believers and as His church.
Posted Mon, 2013-02-11 15:22 by Church Planting...
Many pastors and church leaders desire to reproduce churches through starting new churches. Often there seems to be more questions than answers on how to accomplish this task. Many would love to have a guide that would assist their congregation in making this church planting dream a reality.
“Churches Planting Churches” Training (CPCT) is a biblically-based, practical resource. The event is a “workshop” for planting new churches, not a conference. You will actually work with your team to complete an implementation assignment before you leave the CPCT.
Posted Wed, 2012-09-12 09:41 by Church Planting...
By Jim Walters
It was a lovely spring day; a graduation day for a class of Air Force pilots for whom I had been a flight instructor. Anytime our base conducted a graduation ceremony, it included a big parade and I hated marching in those things.
So, when offered the chance to drive in the VIP motorcade, I quickly accepted. How hard could it be? Check out a blue USAF station wagon from the motor pool, pick up the Wing Commander’s wife, drive her around to the parade grounds, and drop her off in front of the bleachers. It sounded like just the kind of job for a dashing young Lieutenant like me.
Posted Wed, 2012-08-01 15:48 by Church Planting...
By Amber Cassady
AURORA, COLO.- Twenty-three individuals accepted Christ on Sunday July 29 at The Edge Church after Aurora theater shooting victim, Pierce O’Farrill shared his message of forgiveness.
Pastor Ryan Heller conducted a question and answer session with O’Farrill in all three services. O’Farrill shared his recount of the shooting and his personal salvation story. When Heller asked Pierce how he is able to forgive the shooter he responded that it is through Christ’s strength and grace alone.
Severance, Colo.- Pastor Ken Mowery of New Life Community Church felt God pulling the church toward Severance in 2008. It’s population exploded from 597 people in 2000 to 3,165 in 2010 according to cubitplanning.com. However, the reality in Severance is there are thousands of people living without a healthy and thriving church body in their community.
Posted Wed, 2012-05-02 12:14 by Church Planting...
By Kent Shirley
Grand Junction- Little did I know in Nov. 2004 when I traveled to Casper, Wyo., to attend a transitional pastor workshop, how significant this training would become seven years later in the Grand Valley Baptist Association.
This workshop covered four days of extensive work led by former pastors and leaders who had served as transitional pastors in various churches across the Southern Baptist Convention. LifeWay has since passed the training responsibility to the various state conventions for oversight and continuation.
Posted Wed, 2012-03-21 08:55 by Church Planting...
By Kent Shirley
Grand Junction- Grand Valley Baptist gathered in very good numbers for four consecutive nights of doctrinal messages from God’s Word proclaimed by eight different pastors of Grand Valley Baptist Association churches and missions.
Each night, members of 14 participating churches in the association met for a meal, fellowship, praise and preaching from basic biblical doctrines selected from the 2000 Baptist Faith and Message.
Posted Mon, 2012-03-12 15:40 by Church Planting...
By Tim St. John
Originally published in the Baptist Examiner
Revitalize, by definition, means “to impart new life or vigor to”. In 2009, Calvary Baptist Church in Englewood was in need of new life. This once thriving, nearly 60 year old church that used to average in the hundreds for attendance had dwindled to thirty. Demographics in the surrounding neighborhood had changed and the membership was aging. The church was close to needing life support and plenty of prayers to survive. God answered those prayers in the form of Casper, Wyoming native Mark Hallock.
Posted Tue, 2012-02-07 17:42 by Church Planting...
By Doug Lohrey
Associate Executive Director/ CFO with the Colorado Baptist General Convention
Can I deduct the value of volunteer work I do for the church?
No, the value of volunteer work you do for the church can never be a contribution.
If I do some work around the church and get reimbursed for my labor and the items I purchased to complete the job, can I just ask them to add this amount to my contribution statement?
No, the church is not allowed to add this amount to your contribution statement, but they can cut you a check and then you give that money back to the church. It would be best to cash the church check and then write a personal check to the church, but you can just endorse the church check back over to the church.
Get ready to take your Sunday School to the next level by attending the 4G Sunday School training event on August 5 & 6. There will be separate sessions for age group teachers (preschool, children, youth and adults) and elective sessions to choose from in our 4G Sunday School APP Store (see more details by downloading the attachment below).
August 5 & 6, 2011
Friday: 6:30 - 9 pm
Saturday: 8:15 am - 3 pm
Majestic Baptist Church (494 E Hemlock, Pueblo West 81007)
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Timothy K. Beougher, Professor of Evangelism & Church Growth at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
Click on the Attachment below for more information.