Welcome to Christ in Action (CIA) Insights
Beginning this week, the District Ministry Center will be sending out weekly CIA Insights every Monday morning. The purpose of these weekly “Insights” is three-fold:
- Solicit prayer for the work of our district pastors and lay leaders
- Provide inspiration for those engaged in the ministry through the CCD, both laypersons and members of the clergy
- Make information available for celebrating how our churches and people are truly becoming Christ in Action
On the Chicago Central District, we believe the greatest gift you can offer our district is the gift of praying for us. We believe prayer is not preparation for the battle. Prayer IS the battle. Every week on “Insights” we will celebrate ministry taking place where we see Christ in Action. Occasionally we may provide the travel schedule and location of where the DS and other district leaders are serving. Then a reminder will follow that reads something like this: “We want to thank you for believing enough in intercession to take a moment and breathe a prayer that God will grant wisdom and energize every church leader involved in the CCD this week to be Christ in Action where they serve!” (1 Samuel 12:23) We ask for this every week because we truly believe that if we can get thousands of people to pause and breathe a prayer for our work each week, the impact of that intercession will be incredible! The first purpose of CIA Insights is to solicit intercession.
The Scripture says, “Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength…they will run and not grow weary” (Isaiah 40:31). John the Baptist was an incredible spiritual leader. He baptized Jesus. He declared who Jesus was (John 1:29). But when things got difficult, even John the Baptist struggled with doubt and uncertainty (Matthew 11:2-3). What he needed at that time was inspiration to keep going! Every one of us is the same. That is why at the heart of CIA Insights is a devotional thought for encouragement. The second purpose of CIA Insights is to provide inspiration.
In Hosea 4:6, God says, “My people are destroyed from lack of knowledge.” Many churches and people in Christian ministry have so much potential. The problem is they don’t have the information they need to be effective. This is the third reason we have created CIA Insights. Our desire is to link our churches and leaders to ministry resources. In fact, the ministry description for our District Ministry Center clearly states that our purpose is to assist in the multiplication of leaders, ministries and healthy churches. The third purpose of CIA Insights is to make information available to make this multiplication possible.
Our prayer each week is that CIA Insights will be used by the Holy Spirit to inform you, inspire you, and prompt you to intercede so that together we may engage in powerful, effective ministry across the Chicago Central District.
We thank you for your prayers. Our desire is to continue serving you with excellence in all we do. If there is any way we can serve you better, please let us know.
The waiver must be signed by a PARENT/GUARDIAN – NO ONE ELSE MAY SIGN.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT KID’S CAMP CHANGES – PLEASE READ THIS LETTER!
Kid’s Camp registration is growing and we are excited! Just a reminder that the cost of camp remains $200 from now until June 11th.
From June 12 – June 30 cost will be $250, after July 1 cost will be $300. You can pay any portion of fees when you register.
Registration is now closed.
This year’s CCD Kids Camp is open to all children entering grades 2–7.
|When||July 6–9, 2017|
|Where||Olivet Nazarene University, Bourbonnais, IL|
|Cost per child||$200 by June 11 ($250 June 12 – June 30 or $360 July 1 – July 6)|
Payment options are as follows:
Save Your Spot: When you visit the online registration form, you will have 2 options until June 11. After that, only Option 3 will show until June 30, and then Option 4 will be visible until registration closes on July 6.
Option 1: By June 11, Pay in full, $200, the camp fee BY MAIL to Chicago Central District (c/o Amy Kilpatrick, 698 N. Locust St., Manteno, IL 60950) by June 30th
Option 2: By June 11, Pay in full, $200, online by credit card
Option 3: June 12 – June 30, Pay in full, $250, online by credit card
Option 4: July 1 – July 6, Pay in full, $300, online by credit card
There are many exciting changes to Children’s Camp this year! And we do not want you to miss any of them!
Summer is coming, and so is an exciting change that the CCD Children’s Ministry Leadership Team and Kids Camp Board want you to know about!
Please follow these links to complete your registration forms:
- Children’s Camp Application – Registration is now CLOSED!
- Permission Slip
- Head Lice Check
- Insurance Liability Waiver Form MUST BE RETURNED BEFORE CAMP!
- Camp Clues (Q&A)
Scholarship award letters will be mailed to each applicant.
These links also apply to scholarships for this year’s Everyone Cares Camp and Youth Camps.
Stay in touch!
Check out our CCD Children’s Ministry Facebook page for more information.
After months of development, we are pleased to launch the new ccdnaz.org!
The new site is designed to adapt to the size of your screen. We want your experience to comfortable and intuitive.
Any new site takes some getting used to … that’s understandable.
But one of our top priorities in designing the new ccdnaz.org has been to help you use the site easily and efficiently.
We appreciate your helpful feedback as you become more familiar with the new surroundings.
Learning your way around
The new site isn’t just a fresh look—it’s a new vision for how we can work together as a district.
As we continue to improve our web presence, we want to invite you take on a deeper role with us.
This is not just another website for the district office—it’s your site.
- The main menu contains select links in keeping with our priorities.
- If what you’re looking for isn’t in the main menu, then check the footer next. There you can find other helpful links, for example, to our district auxiliaries’ pages (NMI, NYI, and SDMI), or to an online version of the Manual.
- You can search the site, too. There are search buttons at the top and bottom of every page. Just look for the 🔍 icon.
- We’ve also made a list of links from the old site that will remain active while we’re implementing newer features here:
- If you still can’t find something, then please contact us and hopefully we can help.
Logging in and then …
All licensed and ordained ministers and all district lay leaders have a personal profile.
We’ll be updating you with more details and how tos in the near future.
In the meantime, please try logging in for the first time:
- Click the link labeled “Log in” at the top of any page.
- If you don’t know your username or password, then click the link labeled “Lost your password?” below the log in form.
- You’ll be taken to a similar looking screen that asks you for either your username or password. If you know your username, then that’s great! Otherwise, you can use the email address that you currently use for District Ministry Center communications. That’s the one we used to create your account. (You can always change your email address and edit your profile after you log in.)
- Check your email inbox for a message with a link and instructions to set a new password. After that you should be able to log in normally.
- If you have any trouble logging in, then please contact us and we’ll be happy to help.
Feel free to complete your profile, join your local church’s group, and make yourself at home.
Welcome to the new ccdnaz.org!
John Dawson writes, “It is a dangerous thing to lose the knowledge of the past. One of the greatest needs of the church is a sense of her history and destiny.” After the people of God entered the Promised Land, established their land, properties and families, a very tragic thing occurred. It is the same thing that occurs when every spiritual movement establishes itself. Many times the next generation does not experience “the spirit” of the movement. They do not grow up in tents, they grow up in buildings. They do not see mom and dad praying to survive, they see mom and dad enjoying the fruit, benefits, labor and sacrifice of the previous generation.
The solution to this organizational and spiritual phenomenon is for the church to maintain its focus on the characteristics of a spiritual movement and to continually “rekindle” its spirit. The Israelites did not do that and as a result, after the first generation died, “another generation grew up, who knew neither the Lord nor what he had done for Israel” (Judges 2:10).
In the New Testament, God makes clear that Israel’s experience is to be a warning to the Church, the new Israel of God (Galatians 6:16). All these things in Israelite history “occurred as examples, to keep us from setting our hearts” on the wrong things as the church continues its development in salvation history (1 Corinthians 10:6). As church leaders, we must never forget what we are doing is a vital part of maintaining the characteristics of a spiritual movement within the church. Nothing is more vital to the expansion of God’s kingdom through a church movement than for that movement to maintain its original spirit! The lesson is this: never forget the early days, and what happened during the days of the tents! Thank you for being Christ in Action. Look forward to seeing you this weekend at Assembly!
As a church leader, there will be times when you do not emotionally feel that God is near. But that never changes the truth. Jesus reminds us every time we are in error, it is because we are not paying attention to the Scriptures (Matthew 22:29). How I am feeling emotionally at any given time is not how I base my thinking. The great reformer, Martin Luther, put it this way:
Feelings come and feelings go and feelings are deceiving,
My trust is in the Word of God, nothing else is worth believing.
I’ll stand on God’s unchanging Word, till soul and body sever,
For though all things should pass away, His Word will stand forever!
Today, you may not feel Jesus close. But that does not change the fact! Paul reminds us, “The Lord is near!” (Philippians 4:5). God is near you now! God wants us to seek him and reach out for him and find him—he is not far from each one of us! (Acts 17:27).
James reminds us, “Come near to God and he will come near to you” (James 4:8). “The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth” (Psalm 145:18). So as you lift your heart to Him today, bask in this truth that can set you free! (John 8:32) “The Lord our God is near us whenever we pray to him!” (Deuteronomy 4:7) Thank you for being Christ in Action and always keeping this clear truth in sight—God is near! Look forward to seeing you in a few days.
As Moses is recounting the way in which God had provided for his people, he was doing so in hindsight. The 40 years were over. They were on the edge of the Promised Land. God had been with them and seen them through! Oh that somehow we all would learn to have foresight as clear as hindsight! That is what God so greatly desires!
In your work as a church leader, here are some wonderful promises God has given you to claim in Deuteronomy 2:7. When you are certain of God’s call, you can be sure that he will bless the work of your hands! God will watch over your journey, no matter what kind of difficulties or “deserts” it may contain. While you are going through it, there may be times you are tempted to feel that you lack a thing or two. But as God continues to guide and provide in your work, you will find His promise so true!
Remember the words of our Lord, “Do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear” (Matthew 6:25). “Our God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:19). You will realize and agree with Moses that all the while, “God has been with you, you have not lacked anything!” (Deuteronomy 2:7) Thank you for being Christ in Action … and keeping this clear foresight, that God has promised to provide! … Look forward to seeing you in a few days …
As a church leader, God is deeply interested in communing with you. We all know the story that surrounds this passage in Exodus 3. We know the chorus, “We Are Standing on Holy Ground.” The truth is, the time we spend with God can be just as real as the time that God first appeared to Moses on Mt. Horeb! When we come into his presence, we are standing on ground that is declared “holy.”
It is important to note here how God chose to reveal himself to Moses and to his people. This shows us part of the essential nature of God’s character. God gives Moses a commission to lead his people out of Egypt. It is a commission that includes them becoming God’s assembly and his dwelling place. So, how does God chose to reveal himself? God does it through a burning bush that is not consumed (Exodus 3:2–3).
The Hebrew writer tells us, “Our God is a consuming fire” (Hebrews 12:29). So what does God consume? God’s plan is not to consume us, but rather to consume everything in us and about us that is contrary to his holiness. What is unholy in your life? If Jesus had a chance to visit with you personally, what private areas would he probe? How does God want to take your character to the next level, so that everything unholy in you is consumed, “so God may be all in all!” (1 Corinthians 15:28).
“I will receive you. I will be a Father to you, and you will be my sons and daughters” (2 Corinthians 6:17–18). God declares to us as his holy people, “Since we have these promises … let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God” (2 Corinthians 7:1). “Holiness adorns your house for endless days, O Lord!” (Psalm 93:5). Thank you for being Christ in Action … and making a fresh commitment today, to let God consume what is not holy in you! Look forward to seeing you in a few days …
As a church leader, we must always remember that if we wish to be involved in the growth of God’s Kingdom, we must share in the things that concern his heart. Our heart must feel what God feels. We must care about what God cares about. God could look into Abraham’s heart and God knew that Abraham would “direct his children and his household after him to keep the way of the Lord by doing what was right and just” (Genesis 18:19). God knew that Abraham was one with him in spirit (John 17:22).
God also knew that Abraham could be trusted. God welcomed Abraham to stand before him. As David wrote, “Who may ascend the hill of the Lord? Who may stand in his holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart” (Psalm 24:3-4). Abraham could stand before the Lord because of the purity of his heart. It is interesting that in some Masoretic Texts, this passage is also translated “but the Lord remained standing before Abraham” (Genesis 18:22). Whatever the translation, one thing is for sure. God and Abraham sought a relationship with each other!
Abraham had God’s heart. He cared about what God cared about. He focused on what God focused on. As church leaders, we must do the same. We must love what God loves and hate what God hates. We must pray, “Lord, give me the eyes to see what you see in this world. Help me to intercede over the things that break your heart.” May I so live in You “that the world may come to believe that I have been sent by You” (John 17:21, 20:21). Thanks for being Christ in Action! In everything we do this week, let’s remember to keep developing God’s heart! See you in a few days …
As a church leader, one of the greatest gifts God gives a congregation is hope. Where there is hope for the future, there is power to serve in the present. When people have hope, they have growing morale. They enjoy growing momentum. Wise are the leaders who so connect with God, that the people they lead build and enjoy hope.
This is a law of spiritual leadership—the person who gives great hope gains spiritual influence to do good. As God’s leaders, we must be conveyers of hope! Vision is directly tied to hope. This principle is used regularly by leaders out in the world. It needs to be learned and used by church leaders with the people we serve! “We are not to grieve like the rest of men because they have no hope” (1 Thessalonians 4:13). We have the opportunity to offer the greatest hope a person could ever have!
Through the power of the living Christ, offer the people you serve, hope! Paul teaches us, “we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us …” (Romans 5:3-5). We have a message of hope! So today, celebrate the fact that “God has given us new birth into a living hope …” (1 Peter 1:3)! This week, thanks for being Christ in Action and being a communicator of hope!
No church leader wants to be complacent or be someone who lacks ambition. On the other hand, no leader wants to be perceived as ambitious in a self-centered way. This is a dilemma that must be solved if we are to be effective.
For help in achieving this balance, the apostle Paul gives us guidance. While Paul was incredibly ambitious, when he was converted on the Damascus Road and met Christ personally, his ambition was converted with him.
Or take John 3:27 where we read how John the Baptist is being prodded by the Jewish leaders on the issue of human ambition. John’s reply is instructive for every church leader. “A man can receive only what is given him from heaven.” The appropriate attitude in serving Jesus? “He must become greater; I must become less” (John 3:30).
As spiritual leaders, we must regularly ask ourselves, “Am I ambitious for myself or ambitious for Jesus Christ?” If my ambition is only for myself, my ministry will produce the unholy product of human pride. If my ambition is for Christ, it will produce excellence in ministry, maximize people’s gifts, accomplish things seen as humanly impossible and God will be praised!
Fulfillment in ministry cannot be based on seeking the approval of men (John 5:44). If we seek prominence in the eyes of people, it always eludes our grasp. But “if we seek the Kingdom of God, all these things” like fruitfulness and fulfillment “will be added” unto us (Matthew 6:33). The ambition God sees as holy must be purified regularly by seeking His praise alone as the primary motivation of all we do.
This week on the CCD, thanks for being Christ in Action!
For us as church leaders, the Old Testament example here is very clear. As His Church today, God wants us to learn lessons from Israel’s history, both bad and good!
“These things happened to them as examples and were written down … for us, on whom the fulfillment of the ages has come” (1 Corinthians 10:11).
Here in Deuteronomy 3 the lessons are very clear. Assisting our brothers and sisters in taking new territory, cooperating for multiplication is not just a suggestion. It is God’s command. The tribes on the east side of the Jordan already had received their inheritance.
But God did not want them to settle down in comfort. There was other territory to conquer. God wanted established leaders to be involved in the “taking-new-territory” process. He wanted established-territory leaders and new-territory leaders cooperating side by side as brothers and sisters.
God’s promise was encouraging and very clear. “The Lord has given us territory to take possession of!” God has promised territory multiplication! However, God made clear there is only one way it will happen. God said, “All your able-bodied men, armed for battle,” in other words, all of our present spiritual leaders, must be willing to cross over ahead of the new generation.
What was God’s point? Everyone must cooperate. Everyone must feel and sense we are brothers and co-laborers with Christ. We must survey the land and we must bring back a report, not of doubt but of faith! Here is the application for us today. God’s plan is that before we as church leaders settle back into the comfort of our “own land” that has been safely possessed, we must always be willing to keep cooperating and working to reach others.
We must be willing to work together “until the Lord gives rest to our brothers” in multiplication work, just as He has given rest to us. (Deuteronomy 3:20) We must work together in our movement until we have taken possession of all the land God wants to give us! Cooperation in multiplying new leaders and new ministries is God’s heart! It must be ours as well.
Thank for your involvement this week, being Christ in Action!