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

Tuesday, 27 February 2018

CSB - National Day of Prayer 2018

National Prayer Day for CSB Canada
Thursday March 1, 2018

The Lord gave His disciples the following order just before He returned to heaven. Our task in CSB is to be doing that until He returns. 

Matthew 28:19-20 " Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

 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 agreeing to pray for our ministry on Thursday. Here are some requests that you can pray for.

OUR Most Urgent Request

Two years ago, the Lord came knocking, shining a spotlight on the need for CSB in Calgary. we didn't see it right away - it was just another inquiry. But then along came another, and another. we  took notice - the Lord was moving in Calgary. Just as we  began to stray from Calgary, the Lord brought along another person asking about Christian Service Brigade. Of course, we responded to every one and encouraged them to establish a Brigade unit in their own church, but there was always a roadblock. And then the Lord would send another inquiry. Over those 24 months, the Lord has brought an extraordinary number of people to us inquiring about Christian Service Brigade in the Calgary area - more than what what we saw in all of Canada over the same period of time. God isn't letting this go. Finally we decided to hold a special event in Calgary, and It happens next week.  It is a cost-free dessert fellowship where we will explore the possibilities for establishing CSB units in Calgary and vicinity. Please pray for this special event, where our President Steve Grove and Howard Pike will be in attendance.

CSB Calgary Rally and Dessert Fellowship
MARCH 7th, 2018 - 7pm to 8:30pm
at Harvest Hills Alliance Church
10099 Harvest Hills Blvd NW 
Calgary AB
  • Pray that many interested parents, Christian leaders, CSB supporters, former Leaders and even a couple of pastors would be at that gathering.
  • Pray for Howard and Steve as they share the vision of what the Lord wants to do in Calgary and environs.
  • Pray that there will be several serious positive responses and that we will see the beginnings of three weekly Battalions in the area. 
Overall Ministry Requests
  • 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 Calgary that used to be a hotbed of CSB in the past, and where we have had a number of inquiries from parents about a ministry to their sons. 
  • Pray that we would be able to establish strong and vital contact with our alumni both of boys and leaders, particularly with our over 210 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, particularly those whose churches have operated this ministry in the past .
  • Pray for the Board Members of CSB Canada as they provide the overall leadership and determine the direction of the organization.
  • Praise the Lord for each one of the monthly pre-authorized donors, many of whom have supported the ministry financially for many years.
  • Praise the Lord for His provision of extra funds over the past few months. During that time over $25000 came in during that time. That included funds for  several of our special projects Including Revitalization of the ministry in Alberta, Battalion Revision, 
  • Pray for a substantial increase in ongoing support our President as well as support for expanding staff and additional training 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.
Requests for our Staff

  • Pray for all of our 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 Steve Grove as he travels to the States early in March shortly to attend a symposium, where he will spend 2 hours defending his Doctorate of Ministry Project before a panel. Pray that he would be successful so that he would be able to graduate as a DMin during the first weekend in May.
  • Pray for Steve and Howard as they work on the final stages of major revisions to Adventure Trails our Achievement manual for Battalion. 
  • Pray for Howard and Kathie as they are currently in Alberta to man our booth at Missions Fest in Edmonton. Pray for connections to re-establish CSB in that area and for our CSB Camp Teepee Pole ministry. Pray for safety as they drive 3100 kms to visit 4 CSB churches/units, do one training event - BLT, and host a CSB Rally in Calgary. It's a two week trip, and includes a stop to see their daughter's family in Fort McMurray. Pray for her salvation and that of her husband's Muslim family. Pray that he will encourage CSB to be established in Fort Mac. 
  • Pray for our Upcoming Staff Conference that will be taking place in Winnipeg, May 14 to 17.
  • Pray for Ontario that churches will see a vision to use CSB ministry tools to reach boys and young men for Christ by utilizing the men in their churches to mentor and disciple them.
Upcoming Ministry Events
    Camp Ministry
    • Pray for CSB Adventure Camp in Ontario  at Camp Cherith, near Walkerton, ON, in August 2018. 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 the boys who have come and gone over the years. I ask the Lord to remind them all of CSB, the Biblical things they have learned and the people/leaders that made a difference in their lives.
Requested Prayer and  Praise Items:
    • Pray for Ben, one of our young men who is working on his Herald of Christ, and is  hoping to finish it before he is off to Bible College in the fall.
    • Pray for special grace and peace for Captain Wally, a long time Battalion Captain, Camp Director at Kakeka, and Regional Director.. His Alzheimer's disease is progressing unabated. He never knows the day or time anymore. Pray for his family as they care for him at home. Some days are very challenging.
    • NEW !!!!! Our Stockade and Battalion have our for weekly meeting tonight and we will pray for these requests.  Praise the Lord that we presently have about 50 boys in Brigade and another 15 in Battalion and the last 3 years have been a huge blessing to our churches and us leaders as well.  
    • NEW !!!!! Please pray for healing  for Kerry of the long term concussion and wisdom to lead the boys and to lead more to Christ.
    • Praise the Lord for the ministry of CSB. It was instrumental in my Christian growth.
    • Pray for our Sergeant, 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.
    • 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 a full recover for Roy who who had bladder surgery for cancer last fall. Pray for his church as they had held off running Battalion pending his return to health and strength.     
Thank you for joining us in praying for Christian Service Brigade in Canada.  

Saturday, 10 February 2018

CSB - National Day of Prayer 2018

National Prayer Day for CSB Canada
Thursday March 1, 2018
 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.  

Click Here to be  Click here to be 
added to our prayer partners for that date

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.  

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.