By Gerry Taillon • National Ministry Leader
The CNBC has had a great year with our churches across Canada. We continue to grow in every region of the country. Last year, we saw 35 new churches join the CNBC family. We now have a church in St John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, which means we have churches in every province in Canada. We are also seeing more plants that are growing and actively planning to plant another church early in their church planting process. Multiplication is part of the DNA of CNBC churches, and that DNA is fuelling a movement of church planting in the CNBC across Canada.
I want to thank all of our pastors and churches for their generous sacrificial giving through the Cooperative Program. This year we were able to increase the amount invested in the Kingdom of God by more than $40,000 nationally and internationally, for a total of $809,719 given to the national Cooperative Program. We also saw more than $150,000 invested in our CNBC regions through the regional ministries initiative, for a grand total of $963,638. This is the highest amount ever given to the Cooperative Program in the history of the CNBC. Financially, the CNBC is on a strong footing, having ended the year with a surplus. This is the third year in a row we have had a surplus as a result of the financial generosity of our churches.
Regional ministry leaders are working in six of our regions to help existing churches and
new church plants become healthy, multiplying, cooperating congregations.
Our regionalization restructuring process has added Manitoba and Quebec this year. This means all of our regions—with the exception of British Columbia, which is currently in negotiations—have entered into this restructuring process. We are now coordinating, planning and calendaring together. CNBC national and regional events are sponsored and resourced together. Regional ministry leaders are working in six of our regions to help existing churches and new church plants become healthy, multiplying, cooperating congregations.
We have implemented a new strategy to help pastors and their families prosper in ministry and effectively lead their churches. This strategy focuses on four critical areas.
The first – Refresh initiatives, like Oasis. The goal of these events is to help pastors and their families be refreshed with each other and in their relationship with God.
The second – Equip initiatives help pastors and key leaders with training in the critical ministries of the church.
The third – Send initiatives, where pastors engage in missional projects to help advance the Kingdom of God. These projects can involve partnerships we have with national or international ministries in countries all over the world.
The fourth – Network initiatives, where pastors are encouraged to connect on a regular basis with other pastors to offer mutual support and help each other overcome ministry challenges.
We are also expanding our strategies to reach and involve youth and young adults in ministry and evangelism. Under the leadership of our newest team leader, Cesar Parra, we are multiplying the Summer Youth Celebration camps in our CNBC regions. We have developed a special outreach and training for youth and young adults called Live to Live. Young people invite their unbelieving friends to a night of music, fun and sharing the good news which is followed up with a day-long training in evangelism. These events are being planned for four regions so far with the goal of expanding them to every region.
These are only a few of the highlights of the work of God in our CNBC family. I am convinced it is only the beginning of the incredible activity and blessing of God for the CNBC and for His Kingdom.
Reprinted from the June 2018 CNBC Horizon, “Connecting” by Gerry Taillon. Read more here.
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