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March 14, 2013

Feedback from Ministry Trip to Westside Church (Placerville, CA) Feb 28th – Mar 3rd, 2013

Westside Church ( in Placerville, CA is led by Steve & Teri Barr who visited CITC last year. Westside, like Church in the City, partner with the Eph-4 team called New Covenant Ministries International ( Hue & Vanessa and Debs & I had the opportunity to minister in their church and help lead a leaders retreat. Below is some feedback from the weekend.

– Steve


From Hue:

Visiting Westside church, in Placerville, CA, was an incredible experience for Vanessa and I as we accompanied Steve and Debs on their apostolic trip.  Steve did exceptionally well in teaching at their leadership retreat, and preaching at all three of their services (you read that correctly, three services). We went there with the desire to bless Westside in whatever capacity we could; friendship, encouragement, sharing testimonies, praying, etc.  I felt we were able to minister to their leadership team in so many different areas.  It was exciting to see that Westside, even though they are different to our church, carry a similar heart.  Their desire to carry Jesus’ mandate of advancing the Kingdom was evident.  Vanessa and I were able to share some of strengths of CITC to Westside through prophetic words, encouragement, and building relationships with their leaders. At the same time, we learned about their strengths, some of which CITC is growing in, and we have brought that back with us to help us be a more mature body.  I always understood the verses from Eph 4:12-13 but got to experience these truths at a different level will on this trip. It was a delight to use gifts to help churches grow and mature.


From Vanessa:

It was so great to travel with Steve and Debs to Westside church.  Hue and I absolutely loved the church and the people so much and felt an instant connection to them when we went.   I couldn’t believe how much God expanded our hearts while we were there, just in saying “yes” to Him and going.  I did not know how much we would be enlarged by it but I also came away with such an appreciation of the partnership we have with other churches.  We really are “co-laborers” together in this work and it brought me so much comfort to know we have these partners across the country and in other nations even, who are in it with us, fighting for the same things, praying for us, working together with us, and advancing the Kingdom together.  That was the best part or me.  I have much to grow in, in the area of surrender, but for me, I really saw that when God is pressing on our hearts to do something, even when it costs us something, a flight ticket, time away from your families, getting out of your comfort zone, a lost weekend to do all the things you want to do, He really comes through and we were more blessed I’m sure, than the people we went to bless.

February 21, 2013

Feedback from Ministry Trip to Central Church (Waterloo, ON, Canada) – Feb 8-10, 2013

CITC has enjoyed a great partnership with Central Church in Waterloo Ontario over the past 6 years or so, initially thru Debs and my friendship with Fred & Katherine (the couple who lead the eldership team) but since then also thru relationships that Nate & Jamie and David & Kathy have made with the church and leaders. Both Central and CITC partner with the Eph-4 ministry team New Covenant Ministries International (see WHO ARE THESE GUYS for more info on NCMI).
Debs & I, David, and Nate & Jamie traveled there last weekend to minister in the church and help in various areas of need such as a college ministry, worship, leadership training and preaching at their Sunday gathering. But the greatest impact during ministry trips like this often comes across the dinner table sharing a meal or coffee. Relationship is the basis on which effective ministry and Kingdom building can take place. Below is some feedback from a few of the CITC team.
– Steve
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Steve and I have been going to Waterloo for some time now and have often left feeling heart sore for Fred and Catherine as they have come up against their fair share of obstacles and have been discouraged. This time was different. The atmosphere was full of hope and vision for their future at Central Church. As the events of the weekend unfolded, it became clear that they are in a season of changing gears and being released into impact! I had the opportunity of going with Catherine to a gathering of pastors wives and women in ministry breakfast where I heard Catherine speak and share her powerful testimony of being healed from stage-4 cancer. She has a powerful ministry and is eager to be used by God in this area. I heard later from her that doors are opening more and more after years of waiting on God. On Sunday morning God broke in and His presence was thick as the church heard the word on our purpose in HIS kingdom and then as the church gathered around Fred and Catherine During the ministry time, God’s power was evident as people wept and cried out for more of God as a unified body with single purpose. We left so encouraged for our journey home! We felt full after a weekend ministering as friends with purpose – knowing God is at work.


Last weekend’s trip to Waterloo was a really great time of relationship and ministry with Central Church.  A few things that stood out to me:

1.) Our starting point was with established relationships — It was great to come into an environment that we already knew and people who we have built with before.  The relationships between our team and Central Church were obvious and genuine, and I feel this gave a “weight” and trust to the things taught, conversed, and ministered.  They are truly a “peer” church where it really feels like we are walking alongside each other.  The established relationships seem to pick up where they left off, and bring with them experiences and growth since we last partnered.

2.) The weekend was a team effort — It was great to have Steve teaching several times at the main meetings, but it was also great that each of us got to contribute in various ways and in ways we are gifted.  From the college-age group on Friday night, to the women’s lunch on Sat, to the Sat all-church gathering, to the worship team training on Sat pm, to the worship & teaching at the Sunday gathering — all of us — Steve, Debs, Dave, Jamie, and Nate — got to contribute in one-on-one and group settings and lead in areas of gifting and passion.  It is awesome to work in team and to see that outwork in practical ways with Central Church.

3.) There was evidence of growth and God’s work — Both in the sense that have seen growth and change since our previous times there, as well as in the sense that we saw response and people being built up while we were there.  There was a great relational sense of mutual encouragement and co-laboring.

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I definitely enjoyed our weekend in Waterloo. Although the drive there was long 11.5hours, due to the snow storm, the atmosphere in the car was expectant, and we were all excited about being with this church again. It was my second trip there, and knowing some of the people and the leaders was quite helpful. Everything we did there as a team felt like we were partnering with the church. From the first night where Nate preached with the young adult group, to the sessions Steve did sat afternoon, to the worship training Saturday night.  It really did feel like building with Central Church. Sunday morning was so encouraging, worship felt like it was in a really good place with people very hungry for God.  The sermon and ministry was very well received and again felt like we were building n top of what they were doing. I noticed that the meeting place was very full, I would even say at capacity. I really look forward to our continued partnership with Waterloo, and think there may be a really special bond between our two churches into the future.