"Christian Service Brigade is the men of the local church reaching out to the boys in their neighbourhood for Christ."

Saturday, 6 February 2016

Grand Forks BC - Making CSB Visible

If you walk into the Overwaitea Foods in downtown Grand Forks BC and say that you’re buying donuts for the guys in the Grand Forks Battalion, you’ll probably hear the cashier say, “Oh, I’ve heard about them. They’re the teenage guys with the Gospel Chapel that are really making a difference. They are always up to something.” The leaders and young men of Battalion 3739 have little trouble being recognized; Captain Lance Martens and his team have been working towards that for years. Well, this year, they have outdone themselves by putting CSB front and centre with the promo video for the Creation music festival in July.

Congratulations, 3739. Well done.

Take a look…


Here are some planning suggestions for February, March and April from the Brigade Chairman’s Handbook (cat # 334138):

  • February is Brigade Month. Be sure to coordinate and conduct Brigade Month events with your unit and church.
  • Invite your Regional Director to visit your group(s).
  • Review with your key leaders the successes and problems so far and the plans for the rest of the CSB season.
  • Share praises and prayer needs with your pastor(s) and church leadership teams.
  • Order materials for the rest of the season.
  • In March, encourage the men and boys to spend time at a Brigade camp near you.
  • Plan on a Father and Son campout for your own church or with the CSB Area.
  • Meet informally with your other leaders and discuss their evaluation of the ministry.
  • Draw your leaders together for a group discussion of the effectiveness of the leaders. What are their strengths and weaknesses? What training is needed? Which men need special counsel?
  • Have the Brigade Chairman, a pastor or a member of the church leadership team visit at least one weekly meeting.
  • Start looking for special events or activities to end your season with: banquet; hike; campout; sports event; etc.
  • Use April to focus on securing your Brigade leadership team for next season.
What special event are you planning to end your season with? We’d love to share it here.

Heralding Christ

by David Gregg, CSB USA Northern California Regional Director

HOC Pin for Young Men
Many organizations that emphasize an achievement process have a top honour to recognize those who have dedicated themselves to the organization and its program. We thought we'd take a quick moment to tell you about our top honour: the "Herald of Christ."

A young man cannot begin the steps to receive this honour until he is 16 and must complete it before his 21st birthday. W
e require the minimum age of 16, as we believe that by this time a young man will have been buffeted by the winds of temptation and the World enough to begin to reveal his level of commitment, not to Christian Service Brigade, but to Christ and His Kingdom.

Here, in brief, are the requirements for completing the Herald of Christ internship:

Before He Can Start
Prior to starting the Herald of Christ, a young man must also have completed the entire discipleship program of Explorer, Trailblazer, Guide, One Star, Two Star, and Three Star. By doing so, he should be equipped and demonstrating a life founded on Biblical knowledge, disciplines and leadership. So, before he begins the HOC, he will already have:

    Experienced the mentoring of numerous adult men
    Experienced the blessing of accountability from both adult men and peers
    Explored the structure and application of the Bible
    Memorized and learned to apply boat loads of scripture
    Studied the word of God and interacted with his leader/mentor regarding his study
    Studied the theology of prayer
    Practiced the disciplines of consistent prayer and Bible reading on his own
    Developed a habit of service
    Considered his place in the Church
    Practiced conflict resolution
    Studied and practiced evangelism
    Studied the principles and examples of Biblical servant leadership
    Led a small group of young men
    Practiced mentoring and discipling young men
    Led meetings
    Helped plan and execute events
    Led the process of evaluating meetings and events for improvement
    Spoken in public
    Assessed his own leadership gifts and weaknesses
    Begun to consider his spiritual gifts
    Practiced listening skills, phone skills, and interview skills

After He Starts
If by the time the young man has completed the prerequisites, is at least 16, and is evidencing the fruit of Christ's work in his life, the Herald of Christ program can begin. This process includes:
Bible Exploration of the following books:

    1 John
    2 John
    3 John

For each chapter, he must identify two discoveries, highlights or truths, and discuss this with his mentor.
A short, 250 word summary for each book is required, as well.

Bible Doctrine
The young man will meet with a member of his church staff for formal study in the doctrine of his church, followed by a written report summarizing the doctrinal study.

Ministry Project
The young man must choose and, with the help of his Herald of Christ Committee, organize a church related Ministry Project that will be challenging to him. This could be teaching a Sunday school class, serving as a junior counselor at camp, or organizing a missions trip, for example.

Community Project
The young man must also engage in a leadership or service project in the community for at least three months. This too should be challenging to the young man and is designed to emphasize the important role that Christians are to play in the community where God has placed them.

Bible Memorization
In addition to the scripture committed to memory as a prerequisite, he must also memorize:

    Romans 8:38-39
    1 John 3:2
    Isaiah 40:28-31
    John 14:21
and two of the following:
    Psalm 37:1-9
    Isaiah 53:1-6
    Romans 5:1-8
    Ephesians 2:1-7
    1 Timothy 3:1-7

Essay or Theme
As the internship comes to an end, he must write a 1000 word essay answering the following four questions:

    How did I come to know Jesus Christ as my Lord and Saviour?
    In what ways is Christ working in my life today?
    What are some of my future plans for serving Christ?
    What are some key Bible verses for me at this time in my life? Why?

If at the end of this process the young man continues to demonstrate the fruit of Christ in his life and has shown himself to be a herald of his Lord within the gifts and abilities God has granted him, then he will become one of just over200 young men to have received this honour in the 73 year history of our organization in Canada.

If You Are Interested
If you, or a young man you know, are interested in learning more about the Herald of Christ program, please contact our national office at:

613 225-3689

or, your local Regional Director through our website:

Honorary HOC PinIf you are a CSB Leader, consider the Herald of Christ for Leaders. It is generally completed comfortably within three years of starting. Contact CSB for the program's special requirements.

Harold Browne is Named Vice President

Less than a month after his retirement in 1992 he was called to serve as a Regional Director with CSB.

In 1997 he became President of CSB Canada, a position he held until 2008. During that time he also completed a Certificate in Christian Ministry from Prairie Graduate School. Since then he has been our Office Manager, and a Regional Director. He has been involved in our camping ministry for more than 40 years.

He has also been our three time representative helping to establish a ministry like ours in Zambia.

Harold and Carol have been married for over 51 years and have four adult sons, all of whom grew up in Brigade, two of them becoming Heralds of Christ.  They have three godly daughters-in-law and eight grandchildren scattered across North America.

You can contact him at

CSB Canada Announces a New President

President of CSB Canada
CSB Canada is pleased to announce that Steve Grove has accepted the role of President. He will step into his position February 1, 2016.

Steve’s 45-year history with Christian Service Brigade means he brings multi-faceted experience, a great appreciation for the history of the ministry, and a strong vision for the future of the organization’s growth.

Steve grew up in Bramalea, Ontario attending (Unit 2977) Stockade and Battalion and spending his summers at camp Kakeka where he served two years as Program Director. Steve earned the Herald of Christ at age 18.

Over the years, Steve continued to volunteer in local units in Ontario, and became a Regional Director in Alberta in 2003. A few years later, Steve and his family moved to Saskatoon, Saskatchewan where he is the Senior Pastor of Louise Street Community Church. At that time Steve became Regional Director of Northern Saskatchewan.

In 2010 Steve took on the additional role of Team leader for the reVISION and INNOV8 curriculum updating projects. Steve’s deep and lasting relationship with CSB Canada fed his passion for leadership and education. Steve has earned his Bachelor of Theology, and Master of Theological Studies degrees, and is currently a Doctor of Ministry candidate.
Steve is married to Bonnie (who works in the non-profit sector, and is a published author) and they have 2 children at home.

Steve says “I have a passion for discipleship, to see boys and young men being guided towards spiritual maturity by the godly men of the church. Christian Service Brigade continues to be a vital ministry of the local church in these days when statistics show again and again that our young men are losing interest in and eventually leaving the church.

This generation of men in the church is responsible for our boys. If not us, then who? Brigade answers the question, ‘Where will tomorrow’s generation of godly men come from?’

You can contact him at

Saturday, 12 December 2015

Dealing with DEVICES

By David Gregg, 
CSB Regional Director
The mesmerizing reality of modern technology especially in the lives of our boys is impossible to ignore. But before we rip those glowing devices out of their grasping little hands; before chucking it down the garbage disposal listening with frustrated satisfaction as it grinds its way into the plumbing, we must remember an important truth about discipleship: Problems should be viewed not as an obstacle to endure but as an opportunity to be used. A God honoring, moderated and self-controlled use of technology should drive our technology decisions. Below we have chosen what we believe to be some really helpful truths and tools to help you guide the many conversations you will undoubtedly need to have as you guide your son in his use of electronic devices.
Pray often for wisdom
Effective discipleship is saturated in prayer. The decisions that we must make on behalf of our children are rarely easy: Do I give him a device, take one away, or limit his use? How can I keep him safe and protect his purity? How do I deal with his anger if I say no? And how do I keep myself from throwing his device against the wall?! The answers to these questions always require wisdom, and that only comes from God. The good news is that when we ask for it God promises to give it to us, and in abundance. So parents must be praying, specifically for wisdom.

A question to ask: “Am I relying on God’s strength or my own wisdom?”

Tools are as good as the purpose for which we use them
A hammer can be used to repair a structure or to damage a sibling. The problem is not the tool but the wisdom of the hands wielding it. Saying “no” is often easier, and “no” is often the right answer, especially when our boys are really young. But our goal in discipleship is to build our boys into godly men. So we must teach them how to use technology as a tool for honoring God, and this will require a gradual series of “yesses” as our boys earn the right to greater access to technology.

A question to ask: “Is technology leading my son away from maturity or toward it?”

An opportunity to teach self-denial
Our culture glorifies immediate gratification, but Jesus calls us to a life that is characterized by giving up ourselves. Technology offers a really powerful opportunity to teach our sons to say no to some of their desires. This may mean simply learning to moderate their use of a phone, saying no to certain types of apps or games, or giving up their devices for a period of time as a “technology fast,” But this process of learning self-denial is something that parents must be explicitly teaching our sons. Show them patiently where they may be abusing the use of a good device or game. Show them how God considers our limited time valuable and how we need to be careful to use our time in a way that will glorify Him.

A question to ask: How can I use technology to teach self-control and self-denial?”

An audience of one
Peer pressure is a reality. The tech culture our boys find themselves in is toxic but is everywhere. And because it is everywhere, our boys can start to think that it is “normal.” But God determines what is normal, not adolescent excess, no matter how pervasive it may be. It is vital that we as parents explain gently but firmly that we live according to God’s standards not according to the world’s standards. It doesn’t matter how many of his friends are playing a game or have a phone. If those things are not going to help him grow in his love for God and others, we need to help him set those things aside. We live for an audience of one; it is God whose happiness we should crave rather than prizing the acceptance of our peers.

A question to ask: “Who am I more concerned about pleasing, God or my friends?”

“I’ll do it in a minute”
I remember saying this same thing to my mother when asked to do a chore while in the middle of what seemed a very important level of Pac Man. The sophistication of the games boys play have certainly changed, but the response “I’ll do it in a minute” is as lame as ever. There are lots of lessons to be taught here. Honoring one’s parents, work before play, not lying to get what we want, the elasticity of time (what seems like 5 minutes can actually be two hours), not procrastinating, and the fact that maturity does not accept the “but I forgot” excuse especially if we know that waiting usually produces forgetfulness. You can’t deal with all of these at one time but don’t miss the chance to disciple your son through this.

A question to ask: “Am I allowing my boy’s use of technology to simply produce frustration in me rather than seeing it as a great opportunity to disciple my son?”

The issue of pornography deserves a whole article of it’s own, so let me simply say this. It doesn’t matter how innocent you think your son is or how well you believe you have protected him, if you are not proactively setting up technology fences and discussing sex, lust, and how to guard his heart, mind, and eyes, he will find porn and he will struggle alone. As with all uses of technology, healthy conversations about sex, starting at an early age, but in an age appropriate manner, is a necessary tool for helping our sons to navigate these dangerous waters. I can’t keep track of the number of dads who have been surprised to find out that their innocent little boys had been struggling for years in secret and alone.

Some questions to ask: “Am I being na├»ve regarding my boy and his exposure to pornography or other unhealthy influences? Am I doing my job protecting my son?”


Helpful Technology:
“Covenant Eyes”
Accountability and filtering software that allows you to see and filter what your boys can view on all your devices at one low price.

A timer you attach to the power cord of a TV or gaming console allowing you to set times and limits on device use.

Tools and Tips:
  • Parents should have all passwords. Your sons should not have technological privacy.
  • The device does not belong to the boy, even if he purchased it.
  • Know to what apps and games he has access.
  • Limit what he can access. Be familiar with and use parental controls.
  • Limit the amount of time and encourage real interaction.
  • Use technology as a reward, it is not a right.
  • Recognize growth and reward it.
  • Do not assume. Be vigilant.