The Barnabas Chronicle: Ministry Update

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Ministry Report from Dr. Joel Tetreau

November 2014                                          Ministry Leadership in the West

Greetings to you from Dr. Joel and Toni Tetreau and our three sons Jonathan, Jeremy and Joshua; greetings also from Southeast Valley Baptist Church in Gilbert, Arizona and IBL West (Institute of Biblical Leadership – Western Region). I pray this note finds you well. Many of us love this time of the year. There is something special about the Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year portion of the calendar year. For many of us, this is a time of reflection; a consideration for what we have and how God has blessed us – especially we who are called by His Son’s name. As Christians, Thanksgiving and especially Christmas are meaningful to us as we consider the gift of Jesus and our personal benefits from the incarnation. It’s hard to believe that we are in to the final two months of the calendar year. As a family, this has been a year of challenge. Most of us in the home have had medical issues we’ve had to deal with this year, but God has been faithful and we are all rejoicing. Our middle son Jeremy (who had an emergency appendectomy nine days before shipping off to college) is off at Liberty University for his first year of college. Jonathan, a junior at ASU, continues to enjoy his studies, job, and the twenty-year old ministry at our church as well as his sweetheart Brittany. Joshua, our youngest offspring at sixteen, also has a meaningful relationship – namely his dogs and his guitar. Actually, Joshua has been practicing driving and will soon have his driver’s license, enabling him to drive himself to and from his Christian high school – something we all are looking forward to.2014 was a year of transition for our ministry and our church family. Much has happened. On the church side we are going through significant leadership additions. Over the last year we have had two assistant elders, Russ Goematt and Jesse Muldoon, who have done a fantastic job of helping Pastor Gary and I in the shepherding of SVBC. We are looking to add four new deacons to the deacon team which will give us 6 deacons and 4 pastoral team members giving us a total of 10 leaders on our executive leadership team. While we are thrilled with the new leadership team God is giving us, we will certainly miss the two deacons who are rolling off – their leadership has been exceptional. God has also sent us a dear retired brother in the Lord, Pastor Ken Dennis. He has served the Lord in the past as both a missionary and a pastor and has taken over the leadership of our Senior Saints ministry which meets each Tuesday morning 10:00 am. In addition to that, we are thankful for several new families and even several new believers that are worshipping with us at SVBC. We have had a very busy fall. We have recently licensed Don Prentice to the gospel radio ministry; he has served as our church administrator for several years. Don runs KCAS, a solid Christian radio ministry out of Faith Baptist Church in McAllen, Texas. We have also just recently ordained our missionary Tom Canfield, who, along with his wife and family, serves in Kenya. Additionally, we just finished our first set of theological classes that meets with me periodically. The first topic that we dealt with was the “Doctrine of God” and specifically, “the Trinity.” The students will soon be receiving certificates for completing the class. At SVBC we are looking forward to two significant church activities in the coming month. The first is our Missions Emphasis Sunday with our own missionary, Tom Canfield. On Sunday, November 16, Tom will share his ministry as well as preach in the worship service. We will conclude the day with a pot-luck lunch being organized by several of our ladies. A few Sundays later on December 7, we will meet at John and Ruth Hill’s in Coolidge at 3:30 in the afternoon for our annual hay ride and potluck evening. We have invited one or two sister congregations to be with us for this great evening of fellowship. Please plan on being with us for this great time together.Finally I want to mention some updates on the ministry where I serve part-time, the Institute of Biblical Leadership ( I continue to serve IBL as the regional coordinator for our Western office, IBL West. The region is sizable and stretches from Montana south to Texas and includes everything west of that. In addition to serving our region, once or twice a year I find myself in a different region, such as the Midwest and usually once a year somewhere internationally doing IBL kind of ministry. This last summer, my middle son Jeremy and I had the thrill of traveling to Australia and New Zealand where we were blessed to meet with five different churches and their leadership for various IBL ministries. We have an open invitation to go back in the future and we look forward to that. There are seven Romanian churches in Melbourne, Australia that are interested in future IBL leadership training as well as an association of 13 congregations in the North Island of New Zealand that are interested in possible future IBL training. We have now received invitations from other groups overseas that are interested in IBL training for pastors and other ministry leaders.As we look at IBL West, we are thankful for a good year. God has blessed our work – IBL ministry has taken us from California, to various places in our state here in Arizona. We have also had the thrill of ministry outside our zone including Mexico, the Carolina’s as well as Michigan and Indiana. As we look ahead to 2015, we may be partnering with new ministry contacts in Texas and Oregon as well as several others in the West throughout the year. In addition to reaching out to new ministries connected with IBL, we continue to try to be an encouragement to ministries with whom we have walked through the storms of ministry crises. These are busy days and I am so very grateful for the support I have from our church family (SVBC) who shares me four days a month for IBL West ministry. I am of course also thankful for my sweet wife Toni and my sons for their willingness to share me each month. Most months, IBL ministry requires time away from my lovely family and so they bear some of the sacrifice for IBL work. However, as a family, we love God’s leaders and I’m thankful Toni and the kids have embraced our lifestyle. Humanly speaking I couldn’t do this without their support and your support. Thank you to those who pray and also thank you for those who give or who have given to the ministry of IBL and IBL West. This is in addition to the work other IBL staffers are already doing in Vietnam, India and Africa.

Just to let you know, many of you receiving this update will also receive a letter from IBL and a phone call from a staff member or an IBL board member during our “end of the year” appeal. The ministry budget of IBL is such that we don’t charge fees for our ministry. Many of the leaders and the ministries we serve simply could not pay a fee. We certainly allow them to make gifts to IBL for the ministry expenses incurred while ministering with them, but we frankly depend on churches and individual believers to support the ministry of IBL through regular monthly giving or occasional giving. If you can do something special by a one-time gift or even become a regular supporter of IBL West, we would be extremely thankful. For those who cannot give but who can pray, thank you for your friendship. Your love and friendship is invaluable to Toni and I and we praise God you are in our life.

As several of us like to say at IBL…..Straight Ahead!

Your friend!




Dr. Joel Tetreau,    Senior Pastor–SVBC,    Western Regional Coordinator–IBL,  Cell—602.614.6739

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