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

Friday, 24 February 2017

The President's Connection

Christian Service Brigade Regional Directors have been attending MissionFests and Promise Keepers conferences across Canada in the past months. At the Vancouver and Winnipeg MissionFests, informal surveys revealed approximately 1/3 of all the ministries represented were manned by an alumni of Christian Service Brigade. What a testimony to the heritage and legacy of CSB in Canada! Brigade is still at work, building the godly men of tomorrow who will lead Canada’s churches, missions, and para-church ministries.

CSB has the tools churches need to build godly men of today and tomorrow. Our new booklet, Imagine helps pastors, youth pastors, lay leaders, and church members catch the vision of being a church with a mission to disciple the boys of today to become the godly leaders of tomorrow. Imagine your church equipped with a 15-year discipleship path for your boys and young men. Imagine your teenage guys graduating high school able to stand firm spiritually, ready to face the world with Jesus Christ as their leader, the Holy Spirit as their guide and the spiritual maturity to fulfill their calling in the Kingdom of God.

Your church needs a copy of this booklet. Your friend’s church needs the Imagine booklet that lays out a vision of the future while remaining grounded in today. For your free copy, send and email to: and we will make sure you have one in hand.

At Christmas, I told you the story of a Grandmother in Ontario who decided to become one of Gideon’s Men by supporting CSB Canada $30 a month for a year. She had seen first-hand how her grandson’s involvement with CSB had changed him for the better. You can join her and become one of Gideon’s Men. We need 300 donors willing to commit just $30/month for 1 year (or a one-time donation of $360).

As president of CSB, it has been my joy to connect with leaders and units across Canada. After a conversation with one Captain, I am currently writing the biblical section of a new Battalion Mission on Blacksmithing. I am talking with others about nominations for awarding the Honourary Herald of Christ to men of integrity who have been discipling the next generation of men for decades.

I also want to remind you that Tuesday February 28, 2017 is going to be National Day of Prayer for Christian Service Brigade across Canada. Will you set aside 15 Minutes to pray for the ministry that you are a vital part of ? If so could drop me a note telling us the time slot that you would be praying.

In addition, we are looking for prayer requests from people all across Canada for the ministry. They will be added to our Prayer Request List that will be sent only to those who indicate they will be praying for us. To protect your privacy where names are mentioned we will use only first names. Send your requests directly to our Vice President, Harold Browne at

Your partners in ministry,

Steve Grove

National Prayer Day for CSB Canada

National Prayer Day for CSB Canada

Tuesday February 28, 2017

 John 14:13 - Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. (ESV)

Thank you for joining us in praying for Christian Service Brigade in Canada.  Here are some prayer Requests

National Prayer Items:
  •  Pray that Christ would be given the preeminent position in all we do and say in the Tree Climber, Stockade and Battalion groups across Canada, and that the Word of God would be clearly proclaimed so that each boy or young man would have the opportunity to ask Jesus to become his Savior, and become strong disciples of Jesus Christ.
  • Pray that the leaders, Tree Climber Dads, Rangers, Chief Rangers, Lieutenants, Captains and Brigade Chairmen will build strong connections with the boys and young men; that all involved in those ministries will bring glory to God and will truly be “Bright and Keen for Christ”.
  • Pray that Churches across Canada would recognize their responsibility to build the upcoming generations of boys and young men, and would seriously consider using Christian Service Brigade as part of the ministry of building godly men.
  • Pray for the expansion of CSB to more churches in Canada. We need many more churches to join this ministry. We are particularly focusing on three cities that used to be hotbeds of CSB in the past, and where we have had a number of inquiries from parents about a ministry to their sons. Pray that the Lord would lay it on the hearts of churches in Calgary, Edmonton and Winnipeg. Directly related to that is the need, pray for someone locally in Alberta to step up to become our representative for that province.
  • Pray that we would be able to establish strong and vital contact with our alumni both of boys and leaders, particularly with our over 200 Heralds of Christ, to become ambassadors for CSB to lead our efforts to rebuild the ministry across Canada in their churches and beyond.  
  • Pray that the distribution of our latest brochure “Imagine” to pastors would spark an interest in them to encourage the men in their churches to start CSB ministries.
  • Praise the Lord for each one of the monthly pre-authorized donors, many of whom have supported the ministry financially for many years.
  • Pray for the sufficient funding of CSB Canada to support an expanding staff and library of resources. Pray that many would join our funding initiative for this year, called Gideon’s Men, by contributing $30/month, or a one-time gift of $360 for the year. 
  • Pray for all the staff and their wives: Steve (Bonnie) Grove, the President of CSB Canada; Harold (Carol) Browne, the Vice President; Ron (Diane) Carnahan, Gord (Marie) Banman and Howard (Kathie) Pike.
  • Pray for the Board Members of CSB Canada as they provide the overall leadership and determine the direction of the organization.
  • Pray for CSB Canada’s partnership with CSB USA, and CSB associate ministries around the world.
Pray for Upcoming Ministry Events
  • Promise Keepers Conferences - Cambridge - March, Chatham and Toronto, April
  • CSB Leader and Alumni Sweetheart Banquet - Coquitlam BC - March 25th
  • Metro Vancouver’s Iron Sharpens Iron Men’s Conference 2017 - Coquitlam - April 8th -  Eagle Ridge Bible Fellowship
  • Tough Guys Weekend in BC - May 5 to 7
  • Missionfest Edmonton followup 
Camp Ministry
  • Pray for CSB Adventure Camp in Ontario in August 2017. In particular, pray that at least thirty boys would register for this exciting time of fun and adventure
  • Pray for Camp Teepee Pole Alberta in July
Local Prayer Items:
  • Pray for the boys and men of your church (by name, if possible); that the Lord would bless and keep them as they follow Him.
  • Pray for the ministry of your church to boys and men; that there will be an outlet for the man’s Biblical responsibility to build the upcoming generations of men… today’s boys and teenage guys.
  • Pray for a local ministry of CSB; name the community and ask the Lord to move His people.
  • Pray for Ed who just learned of this program in the SEVEN magazine and thinks this is a great idea. We recently sent him a Sample Kit to help him approach his church about starting this program in his church. Pray that the church would seriously consider starting a CSB ministry in their church.

Requested Prayer and  Praise Items:
  • Pray for Ben, one of our young men who is about to start working on his Herald of Christ.
  • Praise the Lord for the ministry of CSB. It was instrumental in my Christian growth.
  • Pray for Sergeants, Corporals and Lance Corporals, our junior leaders. Pray that these young men will develop as leaders and have their hearts expanded for their squad members and our community.
  • This boy is Kena and has been with us for 4 years. Kena and his family have come to Canada from Ethiopia. His family lived in a refugee camp and then ended up living in 7 different countries before making their way into Canada. Kena is a smart boy who along with his parents has decided to become believers in Jesus Christ and his life displays that decision. Pray for Kena and his family, as well as many others who have chosen Canada as their new home. as they cope with the events of the past, and adapt to life in Canada.
  • Pray for Thomas, Dennis, Darren Len.
  • Pray for Warren’s cousin Todd who has been in Sudbury hospital since Christmas. He was to have another surgery on Feb 27. They are hoping to salvage some of his small intestine. He is a believer and has been healthy all his life till now. His family is based more than an hour away. 
  • Pray for more men to come forward to serve in this ministry. The need is great as shift work and longer work hours make it difficult for men to commit to an evening every week. If you want 2 men to help, you often need 4 –6 lined up to handle the no shows or cancellations. 
  • Pray for Roy who has been suffering from bladder cancer and has been under treatment for nearly a year. Pray that the current round BCG immunotherapy works this time.
  • Pray for the following special requests from Howard, our Regional Director for BC and Alberta:  
  •        Pray CSB and I would take a careful, intentional and measured response to what we consider to be God's moving in Alberta. 
  1. Pray that men's eyes would be open to the truth that God expects them to take                          responsibility for the building of all generations of men (and women) for Him.
  2. Pray that churches will catch the vision for what they can do in partnership with CSB. 
  3. Pray that I will be able to rally churches to bring their men to ISI. 
  4. Pray that I will find the fleece to measure the future for ISI. 

  • Pray that CSB men and boys become brighter and keener for Christ as they daily grow in 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.