Ministry Matters

August 2008
Encouraging, Establishing & Equipping Churches to become Thriving and Healthy



In this issue

A word from Jim



-Simi Valley

-Gene Wood
-Ross Lokken
-Robert Grimaud

Pine Summit
-Women’s Retreat
-Still waiting to sell

News Around CB
-Flagstaff, AZ
-Marriage Prop
-Just for Fun

CB Office
-Vicki Smith
- Neva Golsch

-Marriage Policy
-Bank Accounts

-Leadership Summit
-Harvest Crusade
-Transmit Conference
-National Outreach

Special Needs
This is Alex. I love this little guy. He’s got a great smile and a voice with perfect pitch. He is my nephew. He’s also autistic. Autism is a brain development disorder that impairs social interaction and communication, and causes restricted and repetitive behavior all starting before a child is three years old. Experts had estimated that three to six children out of every 1,000 will have autism. In February 2007, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a report which looked at a sample of 8 year olds in 2000 and 2002, concluding that the prevalence of autism had risen to 1 in every 150 American children, and almost 1 in 94 boys.

Alex’s parents, Kevin and Ginni, are both solid Christians, have two other children, and attend a church in the Seattle area. As Alex’s condition became obvious, they questioned how to handle his special needs. Should they not attend church with Alex? Did they need to go to church separately while one stayed home with Alex? Gratefully for Kevin and Ginni, there was a volunteer named John Moore who was involved in the children’s ministry and saw that Alex needed special attention. He contacted Kevin and Ginni and volunteered to stay with Alex whenever they came to church. He sat with Alex during class time and took him out when he became disruptive. That was 5 years ago. Alex is less disruptive now, yet John still goes with Alex wherever he goes, even sitting on stage during the children’s musical! Two other ladies have since volunteered to help, but John still carries the majority of the time. John has a vocation that is in business, but his heart went out to a child with some special needs.

Many families with similar circumstances have a desperate need for help. My associate here at CBSC, Ed Reingrover, has two grandchildren with autism. Ed’s daughter and her family found a church in Corona, Crossroads Christian Church, that has a well-trained disabilities ministry that may help your church to develop one. My brother-in-law, Kevin Bartlett, said he is willing to dialogue with anyone about his church experience ( Additionally, two CB churches are willing to assist you as you look to help families with special needs. Ernestine at Bethany Church in Long Beach may be reached at 562.597.2411 and Claire from Journey of Faith in Manhattan Beach may be reached by email,

Perhaps you have a similar ministry at your church. Let us know so we can share it with others. I encourage you to see what you can do—no matter how little, it’s a big deal to someone.

“I have compassion for these people…” Mark 8:2

Jim Smith
Executive Director

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Churches Around the Region



First Baptist Church Commerce to Vote on New Pastor
On August 5, First Baptist Church will vote on candidate TJ McCall to fill their senior pastor opening. TJ has been meeting with Ernie Fierro and the Search Committee, along with filling the pulpit throughout the summer, and all are excited about the possibilities. If confirmed, TJ will serve on a part-time basis, since he holds a full-time teaching position at Bethany Christian School in San Dimas. TJ has served as Associate Pastor at our CB church in Fontana for the past several years. Commerce has also been privileged to have John Miller filling the pulpit for the past 1½ years and will hold a special service to express their appreciation to John. John is now available for other preaching ministries in the So Cal region (call the CB office for his contact info.). Congratulations to Commerce and their leadership team.

Bayview Baptist in Guam part of Island Carnival
On July 9, Bayview’s worship band was invited to be part of the Liberation Day Carnival on the island, complete with their Band and Worship Dancers. The coach for the dancers is a professional dancer: her husband danced with Madonna in the "Material Girl" video. Their praise band membership has doubled, so they are now considering two bands. The guys in the band are leading the way for change at Bayview, and their Interim Pastor, Mike Albin, is very excited about it. Did you know that Guam became a US Territory in 1898 after the Spanish-American War? During World War II, the Japanese occupied the island until the United States returned and fought the Battle of Guam on July 21, 1944, to recapture the island from Japanese military occupation. To this day, Guam remains the only U.S. soil with a sizable population to have ever been occupied by a foreign military power, other than the limited British occupation of U.S. territory during the War of 1812.

Christian Fellowship Church gets good press coverage
Pastor Sheldon Westbrook was thrilled to read a good story on his CB church in the Friday, July 18 edition of the LA Daily New. Here is a portion of the article:

“The late Rev. Ernesto "Ernie" Monte-Alegre founded Northridge Christian Fellowship Church in 1994, and the name changed with the congregation's move 13 years ago to Simi Valley.

‘He saw that there were a lot of Filipino-Americans in the San Fernando Valley, but there was not one church geared to Filipino-Americans in Simi Valley. So, he came here to reach lost souls and to spread the Gospel,’ said Shelly Westbrook, Monte-Alegre's daughter and wife of the current senior pastor, the Rev. Sheldon Westbrook.

The congregation is affiliated with the Conservative Baptist Association of Southern California.

The church's worship-service attendance averages about 50-65 on most Sundays. Some members drive from the San Fernando Valley, Valencia, Thousand Oaks, Newbury Park and Torrance.” Read the whole article.

Goleta Church Affected by Fire
On July 4, residents of Santa Barbara County were ordered to evacuate their homes as a fast-spreading fire became the state's top priority. At least 7 families from our CB church in Goleta, Goleta Valley Church, had to evacuate their homes. The Gap Fire, which started on July 2, spread over about 15 square miles of Los Padres National Forest above the city of Goleta. Overnight winds fanned the fire in the Los Padres National Forest, threatening homes in Goleta, a coastal city northwest of Santa Barbara, and surrounding areas. Goleta is about 90 miles north of Los Angeles. Pastor Ivan Vorster said except for a sprained ankle, no one was injured and no homes were destroyed or harmed.

Bibles to be Distributed During Olympics
Speaking at the celebration of the printing of the 50 millionth Bible by the Amity Printing Company (APC), Mr. Ye Xiaowen, Director of State Administration for Religious Affairs (SARA) announced that Bibles printed at APC will be made available at the 2008 Olympic games in Beijing. He underscored what Rev. Cao Shengjie, President of China Christian Council (CCC), said in her speech earlier, that the Olympics is a great opportunity for sharing between Chinese Christians and Christians around the world. The TSPM/CCC is preparing to provide 20,000 free Bibles and church services during the games to participants. Amity Printing Company is now one of the biggest Bible printing presses in the world and one of the thin paper printing experts in China. Meanwhile, Grace for Asia, Grace Church of Glendora’s Bible distribution ministry, will be distributing 16,000 Bibles in some of the poorest regions of China this summer.






Pastor Gene Wood Motorcycle Accident
While riding on Highway 71, Pastor Gene Wood, from Grace Church of Glendora, came upon some traffic and had to “lay his bike down” going about 60 miles an hour. Although he was taken to the emergency room, he was able to walk out with only a broken wrist and a very sore body. He didn’t hit anything, and the bike is scratched, but still running. He preached and then traveled to Hong Kong shortly afterwards, hoping his sore body will not slow him down to much.

Hope Again Votes on New Executive Director
On Thursday, July 17, the Board of Directors of Hope Again voted to extend a call to Pastor Ross Lokken of Calvary Baptist Church in Santa Barbara to become their new Executive Director. Ross, and his wife Vicki, accepted the call and will start October 1. Carole Clarke had earlier in the year informed the board that she was retiring at the end of November. Carole started Hope Again’s ministry to those hurting in Hollywood 15 years ago. Ross has been active on the board for years and said he is “honored and humbled” to be following Carole as the new Executive Director. Ross and Vicki will be missed at their church where they served for over 17 years. Their last Sunday will be at the end of September.

Playing Out His Last Season
Robert Grimaud, pastor of Montebello Christian Fellowship since 1986, announced a ministry transition to his church family. Pastor Robert will be moving on to get involved in worldwide missions. He will be departing Montebello next June.

Robert began attending his church as a new Christian in 1970. After seminary training, he came on staff in 1980 as an assistant pastor. He and his wife, Linda, will play out their last season of ministry before transitioning into full-time missionary service in June of 2009. The focus of their ministry will be on training leaders and pastors in international settings. One of their areas of focus will be India where they spent six weeks doing ministry in January of this year.

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Pine Summit



Women’s Fall Retreats Filling Up
Spanish: September 19-21
English: September 26-28 and October 3-5
Hurry to register for this year’s excellent fall retreats. The two English-language retreats will feature Stephanie Edwards, known as the First Lady of the Rose Parade. Stephanie will bring enthusiastic, solid truths from God's Word. The Spanish-language retreat features Doris Rocha de Perdomo as their guest speaker. This season will conclude Arlene Mason’s ministry overseeing our Women’s Retreats. She has faithfully served as the dedicated CB Women’s Director for many years. Thank you, Arlene!

Go to fullsize imageStill Waiting and looking
As camp is in full swing heading into August, the sale of Pine Summit continues to be on our minds. While Mike Harris is skillfully handling camp staff, programs and visiting groups, he continues to work with possible investors who may want to help purchase the camp. We are still hoping to see this sale completed with Mike, but have also entertained interested calls from others. Keep praying for the sale to be completed shortly.

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News Around CBAmerica



Man's DayThe Man’s Service in Flagstaff
Father's Day 2008 proved to be a very special day at Mountain View Church in Flagstaff. Pastor Michael Irwin had a desire to honor the Dads and men in their church, so they designed a service just for them. The day opened with a hot rod and sports car show right in the parking lot of the church. They invited the men from their church with these types of cars to participate. The show really grew as these men invited their friends who do not usually attend church, but share the same passion for cars, to participate. Upon entering the church, everyone received a custom bulletin featuring the license plate of a '57 Chevy and a Father's Day greeting. Front and center of the stage, they placed a VERY LARGE Harley Davidson Boss Hoss motorcycle. Many men commented it was the "coolest pulpit" they had ever seen! Pastor Mike Irwin preached a sermon entitled, "Come Along on the Journey." It was a conclusion to a series on Joseph. "The Man Service" was a tremendous success. The men truly seemed to enjoy receiving the honor our society so rarely gives them. They are already planning for next year to be even bigger and better.

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Marriage Amendment Still On Ballot
On Wednesday, July 16th, the California Supreme Court rejected a lawsuit against the state’s proposed marriage amendment, Proposition 8. Equality California, represented by the ACLU and its allies, filed the suit in an attempt to evade the democratic process and prevent Californians from voicing their opinion on marriage. The Alliance Defense Fund, along with our allies at, see the decision to throw out this frivolous suit as the right thing for the people of California and a victory for the democratic process.

We still have an excellent chance for keeping marriage as the exclusive legal union of one man and one woman, not only in California but across the country. Nevertheless, the demands of the homosexual legal agenda are clear. Newly “married” same-sex couples have been instructed to wait before trying to make their California “marriages” legal in their home states. If the California Marriage Protection Act (Proposition 8) is successful, it could make all of the same-sex “marriage” certificates issued in the last month irrelevant.

God hears our prayers! This victory is evidence of that. Please continue to pray. Pray for the California marriage amendment effort. Pray for the individuals working tirelessly across the state to make sure people get the facts and vote. Pray for the attorneys at ADF and as they work around the clock to defend marriage as the union God always intended it to be – between one man and one woman.

McCain and Obama at Saddleback Civil Forum
In a press release, Rick Warren says the Saddleback Civil Forum on August 16 will be "an unprecedented opportunity for America to hear both men back-to-back on the same platform." The Saddleback Civil Forum was established to promote civil discourse and the common good of all. The first forum, held during Passover week this year, featured five Jewish World War II Holocaust survivors sharing their stories. The next Saddleback Civil Forum in September will feature former British Prime Minister Tony Blair. Rick Warren said, "In addition to my primary calling to proclaim the Gospel Truth of salvation in Jesus Christ, these Civil Forums further three other life goals: helping individuals accept responsibility, helping the Church regain credibility and encouraging our society to return to civility."

Warren confirmed that, at the candidates' request, this two-hour event from 5-7 p.m. (PST) will be held in a non-debate format and open to all media. Both candidates also requested that questions be posed exclusively by Warren, instead of a panel or members of the audience. Each will converse separately with Warren for approximately one-hour, beginning with Sen. Obama as determined by a coin toss. This historic forum will be the only joint campaign event prior to each party's national convention.

Just for Fun Pastor Stacy Smith of Yucaipa heard about this on YouTube and passed PW Resized.jpgit on to me. Thought you might enjoy this. Three pastors' wives from the Florida Hospital Seventh-day Adventist church in Orlando decided they were tired of having their latest household fiasco show up in sermon illustrations, so these women made a parody video to get their point across, revamping Carrie Underwood's popular "Before He Cheats" with their rendition of "Before He Speaks."

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Office Additions



Vicki Smith to be CBSC Women’s Director
Following this year’s Fall Retreats, Vicki Smith will assume the position of CBSC’s Women’s Ministries Director. Vicki has been involved in leading Women’s ministries in the churches where she and her husband have served. She is willing and able to volunteer her experience to continue and expand on the wonderful focus on Women that Arlene Mason has given to CB Southern California for many years. Vicki and Arlene met in July to discuss Women’s Ministries.

New Bookkeeper
Our CBSC office needed a part-time bookkeeper to assist in keeping records of our various church plant accounts, former churches’ missionary support, Pine Summit records, payroll and a host of other details. This past month we hired Neva Golsch as our part-time bookkeeper. Neva and her husband Bill attend San Antonio Heights Community Church, our CB church in northern Upland. She is semi-retired, but still working as a part-time office manager in Upland and handling all her husband’s paperwork as a general contractor as well as working in our office—so she really isn’t retiring much. She and Bill also volunteer as representatives for FamilyLife. We welcome Neva to our office staff.

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Marriage Policy Example
On July 15, we had over 70 leaders gather to hear Brad Ducas speak on what churches can do to be legal and Biblical with their wedding policy. We have some helpful recommendations that will assist your church defend the Biblical beliefs you have on marriage. If you didn’t get to the seminar, but would like some information from the seminar, please contact our office at 909.944.5900 or

Church Account Recommendation
When t
roubled mortgage lender IndyMac Bank in Pasadena was taken over by federal regulators last month, some customers had the potential to lose as much as $500 million in uninsured deposits. When a bank shuts down, traditional bank accounts are insured to at least $100,000. Individual Retirement Account funds are insured to $250,000. With the possibilities of other banks closing, the banking industry is recommending that churches open up new accounts for funds that exceed the 100K insured amount. You may have multiple accounts in the same bank or different accounts at different banks. The point is not to exceed 100K in any one account.

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Worthwhile Gatherings



Leadership Summit
The Leadership Summit is designed to be a can't-miss gathering for leaders serious about developing their leadership gift. The event features highly-respected senior pastors as well as innovative minds from the public and social sectors leading right where they are. Each session delivers practical learnings alongside inspiring programming to stretch your leadership bandwidth. This year’s summit is only two days, August 7-8. Different locations are throughout California: Ventura County, Rancho Cucamonga, Orange County, San Diego and Pasadena. To find out more, go to

Southern California Harvest 08 with Greg LaurieHarvest Crusade
In 1990, Greg Laurie began holding large-scale public evangelistic events called Harvest Crusades. Since that time, more than 3.5 million people have attended Harvest Crusades events around the United States, and in Australia and New Zealand. More importantly, more than 275,000 people have registered professions of faith through these outreaches. This summer, he will again hold three days of this free event at Angel Stadium, August 15-17, in Anaheim, parking is $10. Come early.

Engaging New Generations"

This fall, Transformation Ministries, Cornerstone Church Network and CB Southern California are sponsoring a 2-day event, October 9-10, that you will not want to miss. The conference event will be held Thursday, October 9th through Friday, October 10th at the Riverside Convention Center. Look for information sent to our churches about this conference. It is designed to help our churches engage the new generations. DAN KIMBALL, Pastor of Vintage Faith Church, Santa Cruz, CA and author of They Like Jesus but Not the Church...insights from emerging generations will be speaking Thursday evening, Friday morning and Friday afternoon. On Friday night, MILES McPHEARSON, Pastor of Rock Church in San Diego, author, national speaker and former NFL player, will be our guest speaker. Other highlights include comedian MICHAEL JR. performing at the Friday night dinner show, SUNRISE CHURCH GOSPEL CHOIR
AND PRAISE BAND, HIGH DESERT CHURCH PRAISE BAND, special lunch for Ministry Wives, Youth Pastor Session, Hispanic Pastors Training, CB Southern California Vision Meeting and more. For more complete information and to register, go to and look for Transmit: Engaging New Generations. Plan now to attend.

National Outreach Convention
The National Outreach Convention is known as the best convention available to church leaders who have a passion for reaching the unchurched in our local communities. Be inspired, equipped, and energized as you network with other leaders, see new resources and experience inspirational messages with practical how-to’s from the nation’s leading voices in evangelism: Ed Stetzer, Lee Strobel, Mark Mittelburg, Dan Kimball, Erwin McManus and more. 2000 church leaders, 120 exhibitors, 50 workshops, 3 days...November 5-7, 2008 in San Diego. To register go to

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