Monday, December 7, 2020

This is Talent! Join us in welcoming this new talent to the Brigade team.

Most of our Regional Directors come to us because they have in some way been involved in Brigade. That totally makes sense. But sometimes God hands us a new person in a way that only He can. That also makes sense! God like to surprise us.

When our President, Scott Haima, bumped into Stephen Ingis on the disc golf course neither of them had any idea that their paths would soon join and Stephen's life would be altered forever. We're thankful for his unique perspective and talents, which include, as mentioned above, disc golf, but did you know he's been calling square dances since he was 12?!

Read more about Stephen and how he came to be our newest Regional Director in the interview below.

Monday, September 21, 2020

Of Possoms, Banjos, and Making Disciples...Meet Keith, filling a vital new role for CSB


One of the biggest challenges we face as a ministry, in addition to some of the strong cultural headwinds that seem to be gusting hard right now, is simply the fact that many people and churches don't know who we are. That's why we want to introduce you to our newest team member, Keith Reinsel.

Keith will be leading our electronic communications efforts moving forward, focusing on social media awareness raising as well as helping us with a strategy for getting our resources into a digital format that will make them more accessible and useful to our leaders.

Keith not only fills a greatly needed role for our ministry, but also brings some of the more interesting hobbies I've yet seen from our staff!

What do Possums (yes spelled correctly), banjos, and discipleship have in common? Take a look at this short interview with our newest staff member, Keith Reinsel.

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Boys Need Heroes


Now more than ever boys need heroes. Sometimes those heroes swoop in during a moment of crisis, but other times heroes are the men who sacrifice everyday investing in the lives of boys.

The month of June we want to celebrate these heroes through short videos as men share about the heroes that helped shape them.

Please follow us on Facebook and Instagram so you don't miss the videos we will be posting through the month.

Eager to serve you,
The CSB Team

His Brotherly Joke Saved My Life

I should be dead. That’s what the doctor told me last Saturday Night as she stood in front of me as shocked as I was. My heart and lungs were riddled with blood clots, which didn’t make sense. I am active, in good health, and am used to just pushing through the aches and pains of my 57 year old body. I thought it was a pulled muscle when I woke up Friday morning, but that night the pain got to be bad enough that I had trouble sleeping. But that’s par for the course of middle aged activity right?

I woke up Saturday morning, in pain, but excited to attend my weekly men’s bible study. I consider these men brothers. I’ve known them for over 20 years, many of whom serve together with me in Christian Service Brigade. I have come to know deeply I need this time with my brothers; a little pain was not going to keep me away. I pushed through the pain and drove to the park. Sitting at a picnic table my pain was obvious enough that one of my Brigade brothers off-handedly commented, “it could be a blood clot.” That was a dumb idea. Clearly it was muscular or possibly an infection, nothing serious. But not able to endure the pain, I left the bible study early and drove home to put my leg up. Even a man as stubborn as me can be manipulated by enough pain. I finally gave in and went to the hospital. After a few short tests the hospital staff marveled along with me at how close I had come to death.

This has become an anchor point in my life story, a point to look back on and be grateful. I have another day to fulfill the mission God has given me. More specifically it brought new weight to the importance of the band of brothers I have in Brigade, as well as the role God has given me serving as President of CSB Ministries.  

Throughout the month of June, Brigade will be sharing videos of men honoring their Brigade heroes. 
Without hesitation I now know who my hero is. It isn't actually one man, it’s five. The men who have served alongside me for 20 years and have become my brothers. In addition to the countless ups and downs they have walked through with me,  God used them that Saturday to plant the seed in my head, or I would likely be dead today. Heroes are not always the men who swoop in one time to rescue you. They are often the men who sacrifice in friendship by sticking by you even when you are stubborn!  Every boy needs a hero in his life as he walks the difficult path to manhood.  My story proves that this doesn’t stop when we become men. We all continue to need training, affirmation, and every so often a swift kick in our stubbornness!  I cannot think of a better context for both boys and men to find their heroes than in Christian Service Brigade. 

Now more than ever boys need heroes.  Your donation helps us equip men to build strong boys into the godly men of tomorrow.  I’m thankful God has given me another tomorrow, I plan to live it for Him. 

Serving with you,

Monday, March 30, 2020

Jay Trainer, Eastern Great Lakes RD

At the time we are writing this we are in the middle of all the uncertainty surrounding the Covid-19 pandemic. But in the midst of the craziness God is showing His grace and we see growth as individuals, families, churches, and as an organization.

One way that God has blessed us at this time is with a new Regional Director. Jay Trainer is replacing Rob Dickerson in the Eastern Great Lakes Region. It took us four years to find Rob, but when Rob decided to serve on the National Board and to focus on his pastoral ministry, God handed us Jay almost immediately. There was no gap in service to the Eastern Great Lakes Region! We thank God for this gift and hope that you are as encouraged as we are by this provision. We trust that the God of all comforts will comfort you in this time even as he provides for your needs as well.

And we hope you will enjoy reading this short interview with Jay.

  • Age: 41  
  • Married: 16 Years to Marie
  • Children: Mya (14), Seth (11), Breah (8) and the dog Lacey (2) 
  • Hobbies: Kayaking, running, long quiet walks on the Erie Canal (with my pup) 
  • Interesting fact(s): I have been working as a public address announcer for different sporting events for the last 25 years. I have announced for professional basketball teams, football teams, hockey teams, and auto racing events.
Brigade Connection: What is your vision for CSB in your region?

Jay: My hope and passion is to see men, young and old, have the chance to first and foremost respond to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I want to help train those that are already people of influence that are equipping men in their churches and ministries. I also hope to encourage those that are feeling tired and weary spiritually further in the ways of the Lord.

Brigade Connection: How did you develop a love for the intergenerational discipleship?

Jay: I began developing a love for intergenerational discipleship when serving as a youth pastor for over ten years. Seeing the desire of young people to want to grow and mature in Christ also helped fortify this drive and passion!

Brigade Connection: How did you first encounter Brigade?

Jay: My involvement with Brigade first happened in Buffalo, NY attending Randall Baptist first as a Tree Climber and later on as a Stockader. 

Brigade Connection: How did you come to be on Brigade staff?

Jay: A couple of years ago, I was asked to consider applying to be on staff with Brigade. The Lord had different plans at the time. With some different transitions happening in our family, I was asked to consider applying again and agreed to go for it. 

Brigade Connection: Brigade Connection: How would you describe CSB in 2 or three sentences?

Jay: Brigade is a foundation point in the spiritual growth and development for both men and boys with the Lord. It offers opportunities to equip and resource intergenerational discipleship.

Friday, December 20, 2019

We got a Warncke for Christmas! Welcome our new Regional Director.

We are entering this last week of Advent Season with much for which to be thankful. God is blessing us with ever clearer vision, opening doors, supporters like you have been very generous, and God answered our prayer quick;ly for a new Regional Director in The New Jersey/New York Metro Region.

For those of you who have never met Steve Warncke, and especially for those who will be impacted by his ministry, we provide some vitals and some interesting details for you to enjoy. Please reach out to him with a warm welcome:

Steve Warncke Vitals: 

  • Age: 25
  • Married: 1.5 Years
  • Hobbies: rock climbing, disc golf, fishing, video games, board games/tabletop games, breeding rabbits, photography
  • Interesting fact: My wife walked down the aisle to a song from The Lord of the Rings, and we left the ceremony to a song from Star Wars.
The Interview:

Brigade Connection: How did you develop a love for the inter-generational discipleship?
Steve: Seeing just how evil the world around us is, and seeing fathers who are close to me display sub-par fathering skills, I have felt strongly that I have to do whatever it takes to assure that doesn’t happen
Brigade Connection: Please provide an embarrassing camp story:
Steve: I was riding my bike down the road when I was about 10 years old. (maybe even younger) I hit (at the time) a huge rock as a jump, and bashed my face on the road which was made with pebbles.  The nurse did great work on my torn up face, bandaged me all up, sent me on my way, and I was the coolest kid in camp! Years later, I look back at the massive rock that I hit, and wonder how on earth it got so small!  Maybe I wasn’t as cool as I thought I was.

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!