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Inland Empire Baptist Association

n o r i a l C e Th Volume 43 Issue 1

January 2010

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Director of Missions

Deryl Lackey

Happy New Year! We look forward to journeying through 2010 with all of the churches that comprise the Inland Empire Baptist Association. It is clear that 2009 was a year full of economic surprises and challenges. It was also a year in which many came to know our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. There is no telling what God has in store for all of us in 2010, but the one thing I know is that He is working in a powerful way! There is nothing we will face that will catch God by surprise, He will once again remind us of His faithfulness and power. I, along with our staff, count it a true honor and privilege to serve our churches in the Inland Empire. I hope that you will feel free to contact us throughout this year, the ability to partner with you in God’s Kingdom Work is a responsibility we take very seriously and value greatly!

Church Growth Consultant

Martin Leach


You may want to mark your calendar for EQUIPPED FOR EXCELLENCE this year. The date is Saturday, April 17, 2010. It will be our 20th annual event. This year there will be a track for churches that have small groups. We are offering four conferences in the track: Developing a Small Group Ministry for Your Church, Small Group Ministry for New Church Starts, Enlistment and Training of Small Group Leaders and Dealing with Problems in Yours Small Group Ministry. In addition there are several new specialty conferences that will be offered: Connecting With Young Adults, The Genesis of Creation, The 500 Lost Years (also called the inter-testament period), Leadership in the Transformational Church, Developing a Strategy Plan for Your Church, Using Technology in Your Church and a conference on finance.

Claudio Medina

Multi-Ethnic Consultant

Francis Chan makes an interesting point in his book Crazy Love: "The irony is that while God doesn't need us but still wants us, we desperately need God but don't really want Him most of the time." We search the scriptures and have our daily quiet times and know many things about the Lord, but are not very willing to make Him Lord of our lives. We are reluctant to allow Him complete control of our lives. In this new year let's try something different. Let's try to show the world that Jesus is the answer not by our words but by our actions! (John 13:34-35) Jesus raises the bar in putting this love into action; 34 "A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. 35 By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another." (NIV) Jesus is the model of this type of impossible love. I mean impossible on our own. We have the opportunity to love with His heart and reach out to a lonely world with His hands. People are tired of hearing about our Christianity and not seeing much of a difference in the way we treat each other. Let us be sensitive to the needs of others and look for opportunities to serve others. -Lord give us the strength to love those who don't love us, to love without conditions or strings attached. May we love others as you have loved us! This is the year we are going to make a difference. May the Lord be glorified!

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Church Growth Strategist

Bruce Hitchcock

Stand Firm It’s a new year. You may have already made your new year’s resolutions. Let me see if I can induce you to add another. This resolution involves your spiritual walk. How important is walking with God in light of the times in which we live? It is imperative. In Galatians 5:1617, Paul encourages us to walk with God when he says, “I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. For the flesh lusts against the Spirit and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish.” NKJV). In the statement on spirituality in this passage, Paul makes an interesting point that applies to this New Year. He points out that when we choose to walk in the flesh we don’t do the things we wish to do. In other words, God will not bless us unless we walk in the Spirit. If our physical and emotional needs are not being met it could be that we are not in a close “walking” relationship with God. How do we get there? This year we need to be determined that we will get right with God and stand firm in our resolve to stay there. We begin with reconciliation. We must ask God to forgive us for the sins for which we are currently guilty. Once we have been reconciled to Him, we must pray daily for His strength to resist the sin that confronts and tempts us. Finally, it is critical that we learn more about God through His Word. If we ask for forgiveness, ask for resistance, and search for the wisdom and knowledge that He makes available to us through His Word the Bible, we will have a happy New Year. “Stand firm against him, and be strong in your faith. Remember that your Christian brothers and sisters all over the world are going through the same kind of suffering you are.” --- 1 Peter 5:9 (NLT) Strengthen our faith oh God that we may stand firm in the perilous time ahead.

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First Baptist Church

of Norco

t h g li t o p S e th in h c r u h C

First Baptist Church of Norco began in 1955, and after almost ceasing to exist, the church had a new start in 2004 with the call of Pastor Jeff Mooney as interim pastor. In August of 2005, the church called Pastor Jeff to be the senior pastor. Before God called Pastor Jeff and his family to California, he served as the Associate Pastor and the Minister of Music at Cedar Grove Baptist Church in Shepherdsville, Kentucky for the 7 years. First Baptist Church of Norco is a very intentional community. Through expositional preaching and teaching, they seek to create an ethos that lends itself to a tangible corporate testimony of the gospel. The church also has a very aggressive missional mindset. They are involved with local evangelism in Norco, Corona, and Riverside. For 3 years running, roughly 40% of their membership has gone overseas for short term mission trips. Their target areas where they have developed long term relationships are India, the Philippines, and Thailand. The church also has a priceless relationship with CBU’s stellar ISP program, and Pastor Jeff urges every pastor who shepherds CBU students to investigate the possibilities of a similar relationship. Along with the ISP program, First Baptist Church of Norco also works with groups like IJM and Voice of the Martyrs. The latter group helps to pursue and aid the persecuted and impoverished church around the world. The former group works to bring justice into a broader social arena. First Baptist Church of Norco is currently in the season to raise money for their overseas ventures, which is always an exciting time for them. You can pray that First Baptist Church of Norco would be convinced of the gospel, the transforming power of God’s redemption of sinners in Christ. Pray that they would not be satisfied with any substitute gospel that is unable to produce transformation of faith, affections, and life. Also pray that they would love, speak, and celebrate the magnificence of the gospel of Jesus Christ in seeing sinners redeemed from lives of sin to lives centered on loving God with all their being and those around them as they love themselves.

Crown of Life Ministries

Moreno Valley

ZerOed In On Missions

Crown Of Life Ministries started as a home church on December 14, 2008 in the city of Moreno Valley. Pastor Dwight Jones had never thought about organizing a Church but had always encouraged others who felt a call on their life to organize. However, on November 11, 2008, that changed. God loudly and profoundly placed in his spirit the call to organize a church. Pastor Dwight has been in Ministry since 1988, and attended Talbot School of Theology and graduated from Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary. He knew God was calling him to plant a church, but didn't know where to start, so he started with prayer and looking at web-sites. When attending GGBTS, Pastor Dwight remembered he had a very nice instructor whose name was Don who started churches. He then looked up NAMB and clicked on "church plant" and set up a meeting with Don Overstreet and Mike Henson who were wonderful in giving him insight and encouragement. Then, on December 14 , 2008 Pastor Dwight met with a core group of 8 people in his home and 4 people agreed to be a part of Crown Of Life Ministries. Because Crown Of Life Ministries is a new church, their strength is their excitement to teach and to reach others for Christ. They are looking forward to their community prayer walk and their evangelism outreach at the beginning of the new year. Also they will be having a PASSION, PRAISE and POWER Revival in the spring. Their outreach to the youth in our community will be led by our Gentlemen Of Distinction by design; G.O.D. by design. You can keep Crown Of Life Ministries in prayer as they continue to seek and follow God with the development of their ministries and as they follow His will with their church plant.

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2009 Pastor’s Christmas Dinner Tuesday, Dec. 1st, the Inland Empire Baptist Association held the annual Ministers and Staff Christmas Dinner at Immanuel Baptist Church in Highland. The dinner took place in the sanctuary with a high attendance of 260 people. Comedian Dennis Swanberg did an excellent job as he led the group in a time of laughter and celebration. The association would like to thank everyone who attended and also those who helped make this year’s Christmas dinner possible.

Association Evangelism Trailer!! The Association office has an evangelism trailer that has been used throughout the year throughout our churches for block parties, evangelism outreach, promotional events, and more. It is a 5x15 foot trailer, that any church can sign up to use. The trailer contains: 16x24 foot stage, sound system, easy ups, as well as tables and chairs. If your church would like to use the trailer, call the Association office to check for availability. *The Association delivers and picks up the trailer *

Help the Pregnancy Center! The San Bernardino Resource Pregnancy center is in need of having their vinyl tile floors professionally cleaned, as well as their windows. If you work for a cleaning/janitorial business and would like to donate your time, please contact Lisa at909-382-4550

Donations Needed for the San Bernardino Pregnancy Resource Center!!

Each month we will be listing items needed at the San Bernardino Pregnancy Resource Center. They get all of their items from donations and are witnessing to hundreds of families each month. If you can help please take your donations to the center, or contact the Association to arrange to have your donation taken for you.

This month the need is: DIAPERS BABY WIPES

Pregnancy Resource Center: 114 E. Airport Drive, Ste. 104, San Bernardino, CA 92408

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Inland Empire Association Staff Deryl Lackey

Director of Missions

Claudio Medina

Multi-Ethnic Consultant

Dec 23-Jan 3


January 22-23

IESBA Pastor’s Wives Retreat

Bruce Hitchcock

January 26

Sunday School Director’s Meeting

Martin Leach

February 27

Church Music Workshop

Church Growth Consultant

Bobbie Brooks

March 9

Sunday School Director’s Meeting

Office Manager

April 17

Equipped for Excellence

Brenda Lackey


Angela Mantzey

Graphics Specialist

Church Growth Strategist

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