A to Z Guide
All of us like to think of our churches as safe places. Sadly, many predators take advantage of the trusting and open environment within a church. It is essential that each and every CBWC church take active steps to prevent physical, emotional and sexual abuse within our congregations.
The Preventing Abuse in the Church manual helps churches develop policies and procedures that will protect children, youth and vulnerable adults from abuse.
Advent and Lent
Lent is a time for self reflection and repentance. It begins on Ash Wednesday and runs until Maundy Thursday each year.
—Subscribe to Biola University’s 2024 Lent Project for daily readings delivered to your email in-box here. Each day of the Lent Project features a Scripture passage, a devotional written by a member of the Biola community, a work of fine art, a poem, and a piece of music.
—Subscribe to New Leaf Network’s Meditations on Lent 2024.
—2021 Holy Week video preaching series available here.
We have compiled some resources for Advent readers, Candle readings, and Christmas Eve services. Please view these on our Advent page.
Through Jesus, we are saved, transformed, forgiven, and given new life and purpose in Jesus. Baptism is symbolic of all these things and publicly shows that we’re serious about following God. Baptism is also a sign of entering the church; God adopts you as His child, giving you new brothers and sisters in the family of believers.
Because we come to faith through a free, personal decision, we practice the baptism of believers. We do not practice infant baptism, reserving baptism for adults and young people mature enough to make a fully conscious and committed decision. Following Biblical example and modeling the life, death and resurrection of Christ, we baptize by full immersion.
Here are some helps for teaching about baptism and how to enfold new children into the congregation:
Church boards have a crucial role in the Body of Christ, as they discern God’s will for the leadership and mission of the local church. Contact your Regional Minister for support in electing a board, and download this helpful resource: