When is a Charitable Contribution Deductible?

When is a Charitable Contribution Deductible?

Steve Boersma, Ph.D., CFO 

Not all contributions are created equal under the tax code. While Sunday morning offerings and gifts are almost always tax deductible, gifts that come with restrictions or specific designations may not be legally deductible or receipted as such by the church. Likewise, sometimes...

A Book I Wish I Would Have Read After Seminary

A Book I Wish I Would Have Read After Seminary

David Bennett, Director of Finance & Development

Our Mission is to resource high-level leaders. We serve leaders of new churches and established churches going through transition and transformation.

Recently, I asked a pastor, "What would be helpful for you and other pastors as I write my blogs?" I expected him to say

Renewing a Partnership with WorldVenture

Dr. David Whitaker, Executive Director

Over this past year, the regions of CBAmerica have enjoyed a renewed relationship with the WorldVenture family (formerly, "CBForeign Mission Society"). Here in Northern California and Nevada, we minister in a global community, making the need for us to be cross-pollinating and partnering with our global ministries even more essential! Please pray with us, as we explore what this means for our regional, national and global mission. Here's a note from Jeff Denlinger:

"In the space between full calendars and numerous responsibilities, eight CBA Regional Executive Directors and the five executive leaders of WorldVenture gathered together on June 22-23, 2016, to seek deeper relational connections among us. Through times in the Word and prayer, sharing, laughter, and meals together, we enjoyed a fellowship together that has been missing in recent years. Together, we expressed our mutual affirmation to the work of healthy relationships, our mutual concerns for making disciples of Jesus Christ in an ever increasing globalized world, and our mutual commitments to the work of Christ in Building His Church. We also expressed our desire to take additional steps to improve the communications, the coordination, and the cooperation among us. We prayed for and sensed the smile of God on our time together. These were days and discussions consecrated to the Lord for His glory!"

Church Planting Update

Josh Wroten, Director of Church Planting

Our goal is to plant 25 churches over the next 10 years! After a bit of drought in church planting, it is exciting to see our network of churches investing in planting healthy churches. But as I sit here writing this update, I realize that we are already in the final stages of signing two church planters to contracts and after this is finalized, we won't have any additional budget money until 2017! :(

Having planted a church 14 years ago and now leading our church planting efforts for the past 4 years, I know firsthand that it takes two things to plant churches: leadership and money. I believe that NextGen has made great progress in the area of leadership. We have sustainable systems that allow us to assess, resources, coach, and hold accountable church planters.

The area we are lacking is money. Currently, we have just over 100 churches in our network. Imagine what we could do if we invest in planting churches together! I know that each church is a different size with different resources in different situations...but just as we preach to our congregations that everyone can do something, we should also preach to ourselves that each church can do something. What good is it to be part of a network if we only participate in name only? Jesus said, "Where your treasure is there will your heart be also." What we value as a network of churches will be demonstrated through our budgets! Here are three meaningful ways to immediately start participating in church planting:

  1. Designate missions money to NextGen for the purpose of church planting. Some churches have "extra" missions money from 2015 that hasn't been spent. We would love to spend it for you!
  2. Encourage staff and key leaders to consider church planting assessment. Church planting is a cultural value that will only be talked about until the Lead Pastor decides to move forward. Does your church have great potential planters? They will never move forward until they are encouraged to do so.
  3. Talk with your board about becoming a "mother" church for a church planter in your area. I would love to meet with your missions team and/or church board to discuss meaningful ways for your church to play an active role in planting.

It is my prayer that through our leadership at NextGen, you can safely invest in church planting knowing that we will be wise stewards of what is given. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at josh@nextgenchurches.com or (510) 857-7049

Ministry Leadership Certificate Update

Josh Lane, Director of Leadership Education

The MLC second semester is off to a great start. The students are currently going through a class that covers the Gospel, Salvation, and other religions and is taught by Todd Miles from Western Seminary. One of the great highlights of this year's MLC is diversity in how God is using the students in church leadership, but unity in their desire to become more useful in ministry. God has been using the MCL to equip these leaders who are serving in various ministry contexts (full-time staff, bi-vocational, elders, etc) for more effective ministry. With their varied backgrounds and ministry experience they are being challenged by the material and each other. Coming up as part of the MLC program will be the Preaching Seminar with guest speakers Jeff Louie, Joe Brown, Jim Culp, and Paul Thome. The Preaching Seminar is open for all churches, staff, and lay leaders. March 15th, 9:30 to 3:30 at Solano Valley Church in Fairfield. The cost is $30 and lunch is provided.