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Deryl Lackey

Director of Missions

Greetings in the name of the Lord! I, along with our staff, daily thank God for your support in so many ways as we seek to advance God's kingdom work in the Inland Empire and surrounding regions. As you may or may not be aware; church planting is a vital aspect of this effort. We saw thirteen new church starts last year and are at nine this year with at least two more in the near future. These church plants are always in need of basic church supplies such as offering plates, communion wear, metal and fabric chairs, sound equipment, and many other items a church needs. If you have these types of items, please let us know so we can locate a new church start that they would be a blessing to. I would also like to give you an update on our Association’s finances through July. We are having a good year so far financially. For the first time in 2 years we are in the black and have not had to go into reserves since January. As you know the economy has hit our churches hard and we felt that as well. However, we have more churches giving now than ever before and that increase in the number of churches giving has made the difference. We still hear of many of our churches having difficulty in making ends meet, please continue to pray for them daily. Between the budget reductions and increase in churches giving, 2012 has been good so far. It is my joy to share with you that the amount of ministry and service we render to our churches has not diminished at all. In fact, I believe it is at the highest level since I have been allowed to serve in this role. For that, we give honor to God and a special thanks to Claudio, Marty, Bruce, Bobbie, Brenda, and Angie for their love for God and commitment to being a true blessing to our churches!

Claudio Medina

Associate Director of Missions

The Lord knows how to comfort those who are afflicted. He is the Father of compassion. Are we a comfort to those around us? 2 Cor. 1:3-4 NAS “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, 4 who comforts us in all our affliction so that we will be able to comfort those who are in any affliction with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.” ***We are in need of volunteers and financial support for our upcoming Dental/Medical day on Sept. 15th. We will have 20 dental chairs and a medical team to provide free care for our residents. This is a very large event and we need your help. We continue to have great turnouts for our Hispanic Pastor's breakfast every last Saturday of the month at different church locations. Please call us for more info. We have assisted in several outreach programs which include VBS. Please call our office to schedule the use of the evangelism trailers for next year. (Plan ahead) This month we have assisted churches with financial issues and tax issues Ordination procedures, Church by-laws, Missionary housing, Seminary training, Pulpit supply

Bruce Hitchcock

Church Growth Strategist

Essentials of SPIRITUAL Leadership - Humility Spiritual leadership begins and ends with HOLINESS. Understanding HOLINESS and recognizing that God is holy and we are not is the foundation for spiritual leadership. All of the leader’s actions and decisions should be established and executed with a mind focused on the example of Jesus and the power of the Holy Spirit. It is only as we develop a habit of holiness that we will be focused on doing what is right and not what is expedient and of personal benefit. “Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.” - Philippians 2:3–4 Verse 3 defines humility when it says “count others more significant than yourselves.” Paul understood only too well the concept of and need for humility. He says in Philippians 3:8 “Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ.” After all, Jesus is our example and Philippians 2:8 gives the perfect picture of humility from Christ’s advent and crucifixion, “And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.” In the end, it is not important or significant what we accomplish while we are here on earth. It is important and significant what we accomplish for Christ during our lives that count. Pray today that God will give you a humble heart. Live your life in a way that you might not seek the world’s glorification, but instead God’s.


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Martin Leach

Church Growth Consultant

sunday school Preparation and Training Conference This year we will have two conferences, each one will cover the same material. These events are for anyone who teaches the Bible, either in Sunday School, or any kind of Bible study group, no matter what you call it, or where you meet. This year the preschool and children’s workers will look at the new book entitled, Super Duper, Fun & Exciting Absolutely Thought-Igniting Bible Activities for Kids. Youth and adult workers will also consider best practices for teaching the Bible. Pastors and general officers will study the new book, Missionary Sunday School. We are also going to have an overview of the new LifeWay curriculum called, The Gospel Project. All age-group workers are invited to attend the overview, if they wish. We will have most of The Gospel Project pieces for you to look at. Bring your entire Bible teaching team, I know they will be better equipped to teach the transforming message in the Bible.

ADIESTRADOS PARA LA EXCELENCIA Our thirteenth annual Hispanic training event is scheduled for Saturday, October 6, 2012. This year our keynote speaker will be Victor Pulido. He is the pastor of the Iglesia Bautista del Sur El Calvario in Turlock. Registration, the LifeWay store and a continental breakfast will begin at 8:00 a.m., the General Session will start at 9:00 a.m. and the conference will conclude at 3:00 p.m. A publicity packet has already been sent to all of the Hispanic churches in Southern California. The website should be up by the time you read this. It is www.adiestradosparalaexcelencia.org. By popular demand we will feature IN-N-OUT Burger again this year. The cost is $30.00, if your payment is postmarked, or you register online, by September 24th. It will be $35.00 after that. We are offering 14 conferences this year. You can see the complete list in the publicity packet.


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Disaster Relief Training Events! To learn more about these events or to register visit: www.csbc.com /disasterrelief


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This is one of our Spanish Churches in action!! Kids bible camp program. Pastor Alex Rios and his team serving the Riverside area.

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The Branch Church had 4 baptisms this month. Congratulations to Nick, Trevor, Garrett, and Taylor Halloway!

The Vine Church baptized 19 people this month at Corona Del Mar Beach. Congratulations to all who made this next step in their faith!!

sisterhood night Friday, August 24 at 7 pm Lee Pollard High School 185 Magnolia Ave, Corona, 92879

Guest Speaker, Rhonda Stoppe *free event* register at lakeshorecitychurch.com


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MARK YOUR CALENDAR FOR THESE DATES!! Sept. 7-8

WMU Ladies Retreat

Sept. 8

S.S. Prep & Training Conference

Sept. 15

S.S. Prep & Training Conference

Sept.15

Health Clinic

October 6

APE

November 2

Golf Tournament

Inland Empire Association Staff Deryl Lackey

Director of Missions deryl@iesba.org

Claudio Medina

Associate Director of Missions claudio@iesba.org

Bruce Hitchcock

Church Growth Strategist bruce@iesba.org

Martin Leach

Church Growth Consultant marty@iesba.org

Bobbie Brooks

Ministry Assistant bobbie@iesba.org

Brenda Lackey

Office Manager brenda@iesba.org

Angela Mantzey

Graphics Specialist angie@iesba.org

(951) 784-2655 • Fax (951) 784-2656

Visit our website @ www.iesba.org

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