CCOF BOARD MEETING – STATUS REPORT ITEMS – DECEMBER 11, 2006

CCOF BOARD MEETING – STATUS REPORT ITEMS – DECEMBER 11, 2006

RECENT ITEMS

  1. Orange County pastors meeting 11/7/2006 focused on Israel.
    1. Schedule another meeting with the Orange County pastors only in the first quarter of 2007 with a focus on prayer and encouragement.
  2. Website Updates (ccofweb.com)
    1. We had 6,758 visits during November 2006.
    2. We had 1847 visits, during November 2006, to our new “Pastor to Pastor” sermon site that is changed on the 1st and 15th of each month. Dr. Van Cleave’s three part series on sermon preparation is now running from Dec.1st to the 15th.
    3. (* note e-mails received to date.)
  3. Regional Conferences.
    1. CCOF staff attended 15 regional conferences during 2006, providing a CCOF presence for: answering questions, providing encouragement, giving direction on ministry issues.
    2. We also provided resource materials not found in church bookstores.
      1. These materials focus on ministering to ministers and want to be ministers.
      2. We are working to provide the lowest cost possible for these materials
  4. Establishing identity changes
    1. We are using a ‘purchase order’ system (Excell based) to submit for payment and reimbursements. All P.O.’s have attached original receipts and are maintained in a fireproof safe in our office.
    2. We are looking at procedures to further separate from CC Costa Mesa, with the purpose of reducing any liability implications.
    3. This will require further review and actions.

CURRENT ITEMS

  1. Concern about not being “a respecter of persons”, maintaining an even playing field.
    1. After reviewing Ephesians 4:11 and the ministries Christ has given for the work of the ministry we would like to consider “Senior Pastor” equivalencies.
    2. This would include senior pastors in good standing, who have stepped down and continue to contribute to Calvary Chapel churches by teaching and ministering as evangelists and prophetic ministries.
    3. These men would be designated as Calvary Associate ministers.
      1. POINT OF DISCUSSION: Whatever we do will be viewed as ‘precedent setting’, so we must not include or exclude persons based on being “good old boys”, but based on an agreed set of objective measures.
    4. Preferential treatment or de-facto endorsements of solicitors within the Calvary Chapel movement.
      1. Calvary churches copying ‘para-church’ practices.
      2. Para-church groups setting up their tables at Calvary Chapel pastor conferences.
      3. POINT OF DISCUSSION: We must not control but simply, in a loving way, express that a benefit of being independent also brings some confusion to well-intended implementation of mission and humanitarian outreaches. (Safe Harbor, Katrina Relief, Horizon outreaches, plus para-church operations from a variety of groups.)
    5. Solicitation from implied “approved” service providers.
      1. Kit Freeman
      2. Calvary Health Insurance
      3. POINT OF DISCUSSION: The need to avoid the implication that there is a “headquarters” someplace that endorses or franchises goods or services.

RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT

  1. “Ministry and The Church”
    1. Informal presentations by Pastor Chuck given to men at the School of Ministry every Monday morning giving the distinctives of Calvary Chapel an expanded view within the context of the Book of Acts and “Chuck’s” own ministry experience.
    2. The first 12 hour sessions have been produced and packaged.
    3. The second and third sets of 12 hour sessions are in process of production.
    4. It is our desire to catch the heart of the man behind the pulpit as a part to the Calvary model that is every bit as important as verse-by-verse exposition.
  2. Emerging Church” publication. (see copy provided in your packet)
    1. David Winscott, who has attended Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa since 1995 has written a paper titled: “From Which Well Are You Drinking? (Exposing the Dangers in the “Emerging Church” Movement). David is a former Presbyterian Calvinist pastor, military Chaplain, who has his doctorate in Philosophy.
    2. David Winscott deals with what happens when well meaning teachers begin drinking from other wells (humanistic, secular, and relativistic), foreign and elective belief systems are then introduced to the Body of Christ, the Church.
    3. This pamphlet is to be published in house.
  3. “A Taste of Romaine”
    1. We will be packaging 26 Bible studies on one MP3. Joe Focht recently suggested: “Calvary Chapel pastors need to hear from Romaine.”
    2. The purpose here is to once again bring forth Romains exhortation style’, not to be emulated, but to be recalled as being necessary in teaching the full counsel of God’s Word.

UPCOMING PROJECTS

  1. The need for sub-regional men to cover the wide open spaces.
    1. Rick Coburn who covers Texas and Oklahoma has appointed 5 regional men. They have two pastor and Christian workers conferences each year. The sub-regional men present the “fellowship form applications” before each conference, review, discuss, and recommend or put on hold, the fellowship application forms. Those approved are anointed with oil and prayed for at the close of the conference.
    2. The need for accountability in Nebraska, Montana, and other areas is essential.
    3. POINT OF DISCUSSION: Even with our regional pastors in place, there remains areas in the country so sparsely populated with Calvary Chapel churches, that fellowship among them remains difficult, not to mention the 911 calls we receive regarding isolated ministries.
  2. Radio – “The Word For Today”
    1. It has been a major blessing to churches within its coverage areas.
    2. Find better radio markets by working in cooperation with Calvary Chapel pastors.
  3. Senior Pastors Conference Planning Meeting
    1. January 8-9, 2007
    2. Forty three (mostly regional pastors) have been invited.
    3. We are prepared to offer alternatives.
      1. Workshops – we have developed a list of 12.
      2. Fellowship – highly valued as part of the Conference.
      3. Refreshments – many of our regional conferences supply them free, as a part of the cost of attendance.
      4. Communications – offer a room equipped with a wireless network for checking e-mails, etc.
    4. POINT OF DISCUSSION: Comments received and observations made at regional conferences have shaped the above list.

ADDITIONAL ITEMS OF NOTE

  1. Schools, Bible Colleges, etc. * (See note from pastor group in Tennessee.)
    1. As we have made observations at regional conferences we find a replication of missions works, Bible Colleges, Schools of Ministry, Schools of Worship, etc.
    2. We do not see this as a bad thing nor pressure for any standardization. The point is that CCOF might provide information as to which church has what and perhaps find some way to quantify their curriculums in a manner that allows parents or students to make informed decisions. (* see paper by Dr. Robert Wilkin.)
  2. Re-establish a way of finding people to ‘serve’.
    1. It has been suggested by some that we re-establish an internet system that will enable churches to post their needs and identify people wishing to serve.
    2. This system did exist as CCNOS (Calvary Chapel Network of Servants), but it died out under it’s own weight.
    3. It’s complexity and dependence upon volunteer workers and lack of proper validation of persons, caused it to become unworkable.
    4. We see it as a good idea that needs a different approach and implementation.

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