- the vision to significantly influence a local business community for Christ
- the strategy for effectively reaching business and professional men with the gospel
- the training in the basic ministry skills of prayer, evangelism, discipleship, teaching, and leadership
- the opportunity to share the gospel personally and corporately.
We provide tools designed to mentor business and professional men, and the support, reinforcement, and encouragement of being involved with a committed team. In a society that's constantly changing, CBMC offers a variety of innovative personal evangelism strategies that are in-depth, long-term, and relationship-based.
Our Mission In Tampa Bay
We see our mission field as the business setting, where we present Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord to business and professional men to develop disciples of Christ as He commanded us in Matthew 28:18-20
What Do We Do? The Functions of CBMC Ministry
The five basic functions of CBMC team ministry are Prayer, Evangelism, Follow-through, Discipleship, and Community.
The first and primary hallmark of CBMC ministry is prayer: "And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests." (Eph 6:18) We know that prayer is the first step to becoming engaged in God's work and in God's activity. As a team, you will want to focus on prayer from three perspectives:
Prayer for your own personal intimacy and walk with Christ
"Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart." Psalm 37:4
As you spend time with God in prayer, meditation, and the scriptures, He will bring to your attention the areas of your life that He wishes to transform. Leave yourself open to Him, and be committed to honoring His commands.
Prayer for one another
"Therefore pray for each other so that you may be healed." James 5:16
Pray for the needs of each team member, their struggles and how you can serve them. Not surface prayers, but earnest prayers on an ongoing basis people that are committed to one another.
Prayer for the Salvation of the lost by name
"Brothers, my heart's desire and prayer to God for the Israelites is that they may be saved." Romans 10:1
CBMC members pray daily for the salvation of the lost by name. Each person maintains a list of ten names, names of people he knows who are not saved, names of people God has burdened them with in prayer. We call it our "10 Most Wanted List," and each person has his own. CBMC encourages its members to pray for these people daily, both when alone and when the team meets. Pray that their eyes will be opened, that the Holy Spirit will bring conviction of guilt regarding their sin, and that they might hear and understand the Gospel. Pray that you will be salt and light to these people. Pray for opportunities to grow your relationship with them and for opportunities to share the Gospel with them, either directly or by bringing them to an outreach event to hear the message of Christ.
"I pray that you may be active in sharing your faith." Philemon 6
Evangelism is a significant purpose of CBMC ministry. We encourage every member to be personally involved in evangelism, keeping an outward focus, alert for the lost people God has placed in relationships with us "where we work and live."
Evangelism can take many forms from packed stadiums listening to world-famous evangelists to one man sharing his faith with another in a golf cart or over a cup of coffee. Members of CBMC use primarily two methods of sharing their faiths: lifestyle evangelism and outreach events.
CBMC is deeply committed to developing relationships with unsaved business and professional men, and then letting God use those relationships as a conduit through which a CBMC member can share his faith. Typically, these relationships already exist through our day-to-day business or social contacts. CBMC encourages developing and deepening these contacts, modeling our faith, to the point where the unsaved man begins to ask questions.
CBMC has developed Operation Timothy: Life Questions, an investigative Bible study written to help seekers and new believers assess the credibility of the Bible and the relevancy of the claims of Christ. Its traditional use is one-on-one such as a Christian man meeting with a non-Christian. It also works well with couples or with small groups. This is a fruitful place to start.
CBMC also uses outreach events to help evangelize. Typically, an outreach is a mealtime event--a breakfast, lunch, or dinner meeting-where a businessman/speaker shares his personal spiritual journey. These events can be very fruitful and are used every day by CBMC groups throughout the country.
Following each outreach event, CBMC members call on guests who indicated an interest in hearing more. Members go directly to the guest, and make a special effort to stay in touch with these people, to continue to develop a relationship with them, to gently seek to understand how they may be growing spiritually, and to discern and assist the next steps in their spiritual growth.
Evangelism can take many different forms, and CBMC members continue to look for creative opportunities for evangelism that are lifestyle and process oriented. CBMC members have come to realize that all the resources given us by God should be used for Him. Many members have come to see their homes as a resource for evangelism. The principles for doing this are outlined in Your Home A Lighthouse, by Jacks and Wormser.
Consider having some couples in your home for dinner or getting a few men together for golf or tennis. You may know of seekers who are ready for a short Bible study that you can host in your home. The possibilities are endless when we remain open to God and seek to meet the needs of the lost, where they are.
"The man who plants and the man who waters have one purpose, and each will be rewarded according to his own labors" (I Cor. 3:8)
Just as a farmer follows the planting of the seeds with watering; follow through must follow an outreach event. To simply present the Gospel, and then not be available to the lost man to help him understand what he has heard, is to fail in our responsibility to God.
Follow through means the consistent, persistent pursuit of the lost. After an outreach event team members need to keep in touch with the lost, to continue to develop the relationship, to gently seek to understand how the Holy Spirit may be working in the lost man's life, and to be available to God to help the lost take the next steps.
Operation Timothy – Life Questions is an excellent place to begin the follow-through process with another man or couple. Straight to the Source is a video series that will help you lead a discussion group on the Gospel of John.
"Therefore go and make disciples of all nations . . . teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you" (Matt 28:19,20 NIV)
Christ called us to "go and make disciples of all nations." CBMC encourages one-on-one relationships where a mature Christians focuses on building spiritual maturity into the life of a younger Christian. It is more than just passing on content. It is developing an ongoing, lifelong relationship, which helps the new Christian to grow to be a "spiritual reproducer."
CBMC uses the metaphor of "spiritual parenting" to illustrate discipleship:
". . . we were gentle among you, like a mother caring for her little children. We loved you so much that we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God but our lives as well, because you had become so dear to us . . . you know that we dealt with each of you as a father deals with his own children, encouraging, comforting and urging you to live lives worthy of God," (I Thes. 7:12)
An important goal for every team is to see each that each person on the team is being both discipled and is discipling another. As Paul instructed his disciple Timothy:
".. the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable men who will be qualified to teach others." (II Timothy 2:2)
2 Timothy 2:2 illustrates the propagation of spiritual knowledge and wisdom through four spiritual generations, beginning with Paul who taught Timothy, who then taught reliable men, who then taught others.
Operation Timothy is an investigative Bible study with the goal of helping Christians lay a strong foundation for a lifetime of spiritual growth. There are three study books in the series with supplemental CD messages from current teachers such as Andy Stanley and Ken Boa. A DVD Leader's Guide is available to help with the process. Please see the web site www.operationtimothy.com
CBMC has developed and made available a number of other resources to help the mature Christian disciple the less-mature Christian:
- Living Proof Discipleship: a twelve-part video series designed to help the mature Christian understand his role as mentor.
- The Truth Project: a twelve-part DVD series designed to present a Biblical World View, in partnership with Focus on the Family, OT will be a follow up.
- Fanning the Flame: a study of the nature of Biblical marriage.
- Business By the Book; a book by Larry Burkett (co-founder of Crown Financial Ministries) which discusses Biblical principles for running your business.
- Margin: An Overflowing Life in a Overloaded World: a CBMC study based on the book by Richard A. Swenson, M.D. about restoring emotional, physical, financial, and time reserves to overloaded lives.
- The Call of God for Every Christian: a study to help you understand God's calling for your life.
"A new command I give you: Love one another as I have loved you, so you must love one another: By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another." (John 13: 34, 35)
One of the identifying characteristics of the body of Christ is interdependence, working closely together as one body. We are called to help one another, encourage one another, care for one another and love one another. More than sixty verses in the New Testament talk about "one another!"
For a sense of community to develop within each team, its members must nurture three devotions:
- devotion to Christ
- devotion to one another; and
- devotion to the cause of the Gospel.
The weekly team meeting is where community begins to grow. This is where members come together regularly in an environment that is safe, open, and transparent. An hour or so to pray and spend time together, focusing on the scriptures, challenging and encouraging each other in the basics of their spiritual lives and developing their ministry of evangelism and discipleship.
When selecting the location for your meeting, seek a place that provides sufficient privacy to provide a sense of intimacy in the group. A number of restaurants offer private rooms, which are a good solution as a meal is readily available, either before work or at lunch. Often, however, restaurants do not permit enough privacy, inhibiting prayer and open sharing by team members. A corporate conference room or boardroom can be a good alternative.
Many teams now meet as couples in homes, focusing on the gospel and being more involved in each other's lives.
CBMC does not specify one particular style for your meeting; that is up to your team to decide. But we do know that is does take regular time together for a team to develop close community and transparent relationships.
Many teams come together for an hour, beginning with prayer, sharing a meal, and studying scripture. Immediately after a short time of fellowship or greeting time, or near the end of the meeting, they break down into twos and threes for deep prayer, focusing particularly on the name of the unsaved.