Friday, October 11, 2019

New Regional Director, passionate for racial reconciliation and urban churches


Alexander Smith is our newest Regional Director now serving the Midwest Region. Alexander is passionate, energetic, and  brings unique and vital perspective and vision for helping Brigade minister particularly in the area of racial reconciliation and growth in the urban environment. Below you can hear him in his own words as he interacts with The Brigade Connection.

Alexander Smith Vitals:

  • Age:38
  • Home town: Born and raised in Baltimore and Detroit
  • Married: Shari, 8 years
  • Children: 4 (Brandon-17, Madison-10, Ezra-5, Jodi-Marie-1)
  • Hobbies: Collecting fragrances, listening to country music, and ballroom dancing
  • Interesting fact: Current attending Moody Theological Seminary

Brigade Connection: Alexander, what is your vision for CSB in your region?

Alexander: I pray that God allows me to use CSB as a tool to tear down the walls of racial hostility. I pray that I can infuse CSB even more into the urban community.  The world is full of so much hate. One of the tricks of Satan is division through racism. Racism has plagued our churches and communities.  So many young men have racial tension in their hearts. I truly hope God uses me as an instrument to make change by teaching young men to overcome the world’s obstacles with His truth and helping churches in communities to do disciple by equipping them through CSB ministries.

Saturday, April 27, 2019

Another New Regional Director: New England's Steve Rivers!

Steve is the Superman with the super-beard standing in the back!
We are pleased to announce another new Regional Director, Steve Rivers!

Steve will be serving in the New England region and is already familiar with the region, our philosophy of ministry (he's an alumnus), and many of the churches in his region because he is also the Executive Director of New England Frontier Camp.

Steve's complimentary role puts him in a strategic position for leadership in the new England region.

Here he is in his own words:

Friday, March 15, 2019

New Module: Building a Siege Catapult


New Stockade Modules are coming your way and the first one will be available in the store in May!

Build a torsion-powered catapult and explore "God Our Fortress" with the SIEGE WEAPONS Module.

As Christians we often feel under siege, and though it is we who are taking the battle to the gates of
hell it is good to remember that we are in the middle of a spiritual battle. And when the fiery darts of the enemy rain down on us it is vital we train our boys to remember that God is our refuge during trials, that he comforts us, and that in the same way we've been comfort we are to comfort others.

In an age-appropriate way this new Stockade module will help boys investigate the persecuted church, brothers and sisters currently experiencing this battle in a profound way. They will also learn in all circumstances how they can help and show compassion for those around them.

The full-size catapults they will be building are approximately 2' x 5' and fold down when not in use. They can launch a bean bag 15' to 30' depending on the quality of construction. You will need a chop saw and drill to build the catapult.

View in the store

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Our New StocKar Derby Website!

View the new StocKar website!

The StocKar derby is not only one of the most popular events for many of our men and boys, but it offers a rich opportunity for teaching practical skills and vital spiritual truths.

The StocKar Derby is not just about building cars ... it's about building boys.


Because StocKar is so important to our men and our mission we have designed a website dedicated to promoting and supporting the Stockar Derbies in your regions.

This fun new website features:
  •  Kits, products, and ideas for making cars
  • Resources and materials
  • Help on running a derby
 Take a look and keep coming back as we add new resources and features in the coming months!


https://stockarderby.com/


Friday, January 18, 2019

Meet Rob Dickerson! RD For Eastern Great Lakes.



We are thrilled to announce the addition of two new Regional Directors to the ministry: Rob Dickerson and Steve Rivers. These men fill two vital roles in the ministry and are both enormous answers to prayer.

This month we’ll be introducing you to Rob, and in next month’s issue of Brigade Connection we’ll introduce you a bit more to Steve.
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Rob is the answer to a long time prayer for a new Regional Director in the Eastern Great Lakes Region. Until now Scott Haima has been filling the dual role of CSB President and Regional Director.

We are already seeing the huge benefit to Scott being freed up to lead the ministry from a strategic perspective without the additional responsibilities of a region to maintain.

Rob brings years of ministry experience, a great family, and a love for discipleship in the outdoors. We hope you will enjoy this short interview with him.

Rob  Dickerson Vitals:
  • Age 49
  • Shaped like a sports car
  • Lead Pastor of Life Quest Church, Rochester NY
  • Married 25 years
  • 4 Children ages 13 to 19
  • Hobbies: Parenting teen angst and hammock camping
Brigade Connection: How did you develop a love for the inter-generational discipleship?
Rob: I grew up in Royal Rangers, a ministry similar to CSB but affiliated with the Assemblies of God denomination. Our roots in Royal Rangers is deep, so there are three generations of Dickerson in what we might call faith based scouting. More importantly, though, you could say my family is the poster child for inter-generational discipleship.

Friday, December 7, 2018

A lifetime of spiritual growth


Consider this powerful call given at the beginning or our updated Herald of Christbooklet,

"The Herald of Christ seeks to challenge you to a lifetime of spiritual growth."

The Herald of Christ is both a recognition that a young man's life is bearing the fruit of Christ's work in him, but it is also a call to a life journey and commitment to God and service to others. The Herald of Christ is not an end in itself, it is a means to a much greater end.

What's New:
Over the past year a specialized team of CSB staff, all Herald of Christrecipients, spent many hours turning something good into something even better, including:
  • A greater focus on input from mentors throughout the process
  • Tips to mentors on how to make the most of the experience
  • More flexibility for the young man in choosing Biblical readings and service projects.
  • Aids for both the young man and the team surrounding him as they reach for the goal together.
A Challenge for You:
If you are leading a Battalion we encourage you to purchase a copy or two (do so on our shop) and challenge the young men in your unit to consider reaching for this life changing goal.

Every member of the Herald of Christ Revision Team would tell you that their pursuit of this goal was worth all the hard work.  We are grateful for the menwho sacrificially invested in us and pointed us to a life of commitment and service.

The Updated Herald Of Christ

The core of the Herald of Christ Program has remained true to it's roots but we recognized the need to

These additions and improvements include:
provide additional aids and emphasis through the process.
  • A greater focus on input from mentors throughout the process
  • Tips to mentors on how to make the most of the experience
  • More flexibility for the young man in choosing Biblical readings and service projects.
  • Aids for both the young man and the team surrounding him as they reach for the goal together.
Take a closer look

Friday, October 19, 2018

"The rabbit trails that eventually led me to Jesus."


Making disciples is the point of our ministry and all the tools we provide.

Aaron (pictured above) is a good example of how our tools and the weekly CSB meeting are being used to make disciples and change lives for eternity.

Here's a quick snapshot in Aaron's own words,


"When I was 11 I started using Adventure Trails as a part of being in our Battalion. Part of Adventure Trails was to get partnered with a mentor. I'd started to develop a friendship with an older gentleman because we shared an interest in guns. Because I already had the start of a friendship I thought he would be a good and godly Mentor. As we started to go through Adventure Trails we would often get on rabbit trails based on things that the book would bring up. As we continue down these rabbit trails we would once in awhile start talking about our personal relationship with God and God's will. The first time we started talking about our personal relationship with God I realized I didn't have one. I realized then that I wanted to have one; the thought of having a relationship with the creator of the world was really exciting to me.

It was because the adventure Trails required me to find a mentor and build a relationship with him and provided good content that we were able to have the rabbit trails that eventually led me to Jesus."

Monday, August 20, 2018

New Activity Leaders Guides

6 New Missions

These updated and modernized "Mission Guides" make the content of the weekly meeting even more
relevant for Battalion leaders using our best practices to help men easily lead each meeting.
  1. Astronomy
  2. Knot Tying
  3. Global Outreach
  4. Small Engines
  5. Treasure Hunting
  6. Photography (will be available soon)
Mission Guides will be printed on 3-hole punched paper, to make it easier to photocopy Squad meetings and other pages that you have permission to copy.  Each will include a tabbed cover divider, so we have Mission Guide Binders available for you as well to keep all your Mission's in one place.

Take a Closer Look

TWO New Adventure Trails to Choose From!

Adventure Trails: The Guide

This approach to helping the boy grow draws from classic editions of Brigade and Adventure Trails,
including:
  • Self-setting and accomplishing discipleship goals
  • Bible studies and memory at your pace set in themed packs
  • Focus on whole person; Athlete, Academic, Artist, build on strengths in each area
  • Apply biblical thinking to life and activities

 Take a closer look


Adventure Trails: Quest

With a greater emphasis on connecting with a mentor and connecting learning to activity, the Quest
  • Guided by mentors on the discipleship path
  • Directly connects biblical learning to action and life skills
  • Biblical life focus through Christian disciplines
  • Fresh and thorough update of most recent edition of Adventure Trails

Take a Closer Look