Network News - December 14, 2018
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Network News - December 14, 2018

Spend Time This Advent with Max Lucado through RightNow Media: God Came Near 

Fun Christmas Activities for Your Small Group 

Yearly Planners Available
We have CSBC Planners available at the SRBN office if you need some. Call and come by Monday through Thursday. Please note, the office will be closed starting Dec. 24th and will be open again on Jan. 2nd. First come, first served, while supplies last.

Tahoe Spring, Summer, and Fall Teacher Intern Positions Open
Internship provides: airfare, housing, $500 a month stipend, food money, cars to drive, valuable work experience, and an opportunity to enjoy beautiful Lake Tahoe!
Ideal candidates are energetic, hard working, and people oriented. We are looking for college graduates or current college students. Some universities provide internship credit. Internship credits are not required to participate.
School age teachers: You will need 12 semester hours TOTAL in any combination: Education classes, Physical Education, Recreation, Music, Art, Dance, Theatre, Band, Psychology, Sociology, or Nursing. School age teachers teach their own class. There are 3 age groups: Kindergarten, 1st - 2nd, and 3rd - 6th. Four school age teachers are needed each semester (fall or spring); eight school age teachers are needed for the summer term. 

Preschool teachers: You will need 12 semester hours TOTAL in any combination: Early Childhood Education, Human Growth and Development, Child Life, or Child Development. We have two age groups: Busy Bee Class (2.5 - 3 year olds) and Friendly Frogs Class (4 - 5 year olds). There will be two teachers in each class. Four preschool teachers are needed each semester and summer. 
Contact Debbie Wohler Reasoner at 530-448-9359 For more information:

22 Wooden Pews Available
West Sacramento Baptist has approximately 22 wooden pews 14-16 feet long available for anyone who may want or need them. Contact 

Youth Leader Internship
Our church is seeking to fill a vacant position for Youth Leader Intern immediately, and we are reaching out to other churches and Christian organizations in the area with hopes of finding the right person (or couple) for the job.  We are a small-town conservative church, and our active Youth Group currently consists of 8 – 15 students at our Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday gatherings.  The position will require about 15 hours of work each week.  We will offer a salary of $750 - $1000, along with a generous budget for Youth activities.
We hope you would be willing to share our description with anyone who you feel would be a great addition to our team at FBCW.   Please respond and we will send the application as a pdf file, or interested parties may contact the church at 530-795-2821 or to schedule an interview.  

Large Shipping Container for Sale
Hillsdale Blvd. Baptist Church has a 40 foot shipping container for sale. Container has two sets of
doors, one at each end, so can be divided for two separate purposes. $3995.00. Please call Sharlotte Ibarra at (916)425-0642.

Part-Time Student Youth Director
Local church is actively searching for a highly motivated individual that is passionate about Christ and Youth. This individual must be a committed Christian, with a strong desire to see students grade 7-12 come to know Christ and mature in their faith. Responsibilities include teaching Sunday Bible Study, and leading Wednesday night Youth Bible study, planning/overseeing youth activities and outings. Assist others to develop a strong Youth Outreach Program, work with Pastoral staff, and be a Team Player. The position is part-time with up to 12hours per week. If interested, and for further information, please contact Sam Ibarra @ 916-947-5069 or at

Bi-Vocational Worship Leader 
Madison Avenue Baptist Church is looking for a person to be our worship leader to lead congregational singing during the morning and evening worship services. The position is a bivocational position, we have a pianist and a key boardist, we have a congregation of about 25 on Sunday morning, and 10 on Sunday evening. We are offering a stipend of $100 a week. If interested call Ed Thompkins at 916-274-9708 or George David at 916-342-5741.

English Pastor - Sacramento Korean Baptist Church
Part time position includes preaching and leading Bible study on Sundays and leading a small group during the week. Must be SBC ordained pastor with an MDiv. Pay is $1100 (negotiable). 
Send resume to or call 916-966-0191 for more information.

Pastor - Valley Baptist Church in Salinas
Please see the file for details: Pastor Job Description 

Worship Leader - Sutter Creek Baptist Church
Worship Leader needed for small foothill Baptist Church for Sunday Morning traditional worship service only. Call Bill at 916-599-1318.

Children's Ministry Volunteers
New Seasons church has a need for temporary/short term volunteers in their children’s church ministry.
Trained, experienced volunteers with proper clearances, and pastor approval preferred.
For more information contact Pastor Ron Jackson – 619-540-9294 or

Senior Pastor for Bridgeport Christian Fellowship
Bridgeport Christian Fellowship, an SBC affiliated church, located in Bridgeport, California is seeking a full-time pastor. The town of Bridgeport has a seasonal population of 500-800 people and is situated in the Eastern Sierra, at an elevation of 6500 feet. Although it is located in a naturally beautiful area, it is in a remote, rural setting where medical services and amenities are at least an hour away.

Bridgeport Christian Fellowship is an Elder led church with a congregation of approximately 20 members, and a seasonal attendance that fluctuates between 20-35. Our common goal is to worship and deepen our relationship with the Lord, to understand and pursue God's will, and to encourage others in faith. The current services and ministries are Sunday morning Bible Study, Sunday Worship Service, Wednesday evening Bible Study, a jail ministry, Spanish Bible Study, and community outreach events.  

Our Pastor and Elders are the spiritual leaders of the church and maintain oversight of those performing the corporate duties. The Pastor will meet the Scriptural qualifications of 1 Timothy and Titus. We are seeking a man with a "Pastor's heart" for his congregation and community, being a living example. He will demonstrate his passion for Jesus Christ through his worship, but also through his outreach to the church body and local community, discipleship, counseling and leadership.

Compensation is to be determined and will include use of the parsonage which is adjacent to the church (3 bdrm., 2 1/2 bath, 2 car garage.)

After prayerful consideration, if you sense God's calling, you may submit a resume with your responses to the supplemental questions, and a list of 10 references. Submissions may be sent to either our mailing or email address. Please note that we are seeking a Pastor who personally follows Jesus Christ and the 2000 Baptist Faith and Message.

Bridgeport Christian Fellowship
Attn: Pastor Search Committee
P.O. Box 676
Bridgeport, CA 93517
Email contact:

Supplemental questions: 
Tell us your salvatoin story. How is Christ working in your life today?
Why are you a pastor?
How will you reach our community for Christ?
Is there anything more you would like to tell us?

For more information about Bridgeport:,_California
Bridgeport Christian Fellowship on Facebook
Bridgeport CA on Facebook

1-31    Lottie Moon Christmas Offering

27-29    Ignition Student Conference at the Ontario Convention Center
           Ignition is a high-energy conference for students in grades 7012, college age, leaders and parents
           A $20 deposit is due when registering (pre-registration ends December 15)

16-18     Winter Youth Retreat 2019 at Jenness Park
Go to for more information

23              CSBC State VBS Clinic North
                  El Camino Baptist Church
                  2805 El Camino Ave., Sacramento
8:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
                  (Continental breakfast included)
                   No Child Care Provided

5-7       SRBN and Women's Evangelism Annual Women's Retreat
 Camp Alta, $150 per person
             "Women's Warrior Boot Camp: Equipping Women to Become Warriors for Christ!"
             Register online


17-19    2019 Ministers' Wives Retreat - Jenness Park
             Register at
             Cost: $190 

Run the Race in theaters February 22. Watch the trailer here.
The Least of These in theaters in 2019. Watch the trailer here.
Breakthrough in theaters in April 2019, but churches can schedule a theater before the release date any day between April 5-April 21. Check out the info and trailer.

Bonhoeffer: Advent Is Like a Prison Cell by Elisabeth Rain Kincaid for Christianity Today
In the midst of Nazi resistance, this Christian martyr offered three models for the season of waiting.
On November 21, 1943, Dietrich Bonhoeffer wrote a letter from Tegel Prison. “A prison cell like this is a good analogy for Advent,” he said. “One waits, hopes, does this or that—ultimately negligible things—the door is locked and can only be opened from the outside.”

The comparison between Advent and a prison cell may seem strange. It evokes powerlessness, perhaps even hopelessness. However, it is this particular type of waiting that Bonhoeffer believes best prepares us for Christ’s coming.

Although a Nazi prison gave him this metaphor, the sermons he wrote during his time of active ministry also present a similar vision of Advent waiting. In these sermons, Bonhoeffer sees the season before Christmas as a sharpened liturgical expression of the tension that informs our entire lives as Christians. Celebrating it prepares us to live as people who have made a radical break with the present world of sin and death and are also preparing for the redeemed future that God has already, in one sense, accomplished. Through Advent, we learn how to live in these two concurrent realities: We have already been delivered, and yet our deliverance is still to come.

Bonhoeffer’s Christmas and Advent sermons highlight three figures who exemplify life amid this tension and, by their example, might guide us through this season. Learning how to wait from these figures will not be warm and cozy but deep, dangerous, and shot through with sorrow and pain.

The first figure is Moses. This is not the triumphant Moses leading the people of Israel through a miraculously parted Red Sea or the lawgiver Moses carrying the stone tablets down the mountainside. Rather, the Advent Moses is the one found in Deuteronomy 32:48–52.
Read the full article here.

Interview with Ed Stetzer about Christians in the Age of Outrage by New Churches Team

3 Ways to Show Up--and Speak Up--to Non-Christians by Christy Britton for Outreach Magazine

In her new book, The Gospel Comes with a House Key, Rosaria Butterfield writes: “I know I can’t save anyone. Jesus alone saves, and all I do is show up. Show up we must.”

When Christians fail to show up, those around us remain unreached. Complacency is a sickness that keeps us from loving our neighbors. In fact, we misrepresent the gospel when we fail to bring it to our unbelieving neighbors. This proves our lack of love for them, our lack of gratitude for our own salvation, our underestimation of its primacy in our lives and our rejection of God’s call to go.

But Christ’s love is the antidote to complacency, and it compels us to go to the lost. Jesus spent his life among the needy, and that’s where he sends us (John 17:18). We shine his light in the darkness. We speak up where the truth is silenced. We welcome when the world abandons.

This is what happens in church planting. We show up and speak up to meet the needs, both seen and unseen, of people in our communities. Here are three ways to do this as we plant churches.

1. Strategically

We think strategically about how we can live out our mission to make disciples of the nations (Matt. 28:19).
Read the article here.

American Churches Are at a Tipping Point by Thom S. Rainer

Tipping Point (noun)the critical point in a situation, process, or system beyond which a significant and often unstoppable effect or change takes place.

If current trajectories continue, American churches will pass a tipping point. Our congregations will begin a likely unstoppable path toward decline that will rival many European churches of the past century. If there is not a significant movement of revitalization, there will be an accelerated rate of decline and death.

The good news is that many leaders are not denying this reality. They are seeking God and responding obediently. Church revitalization has become a real and powerful theme. As I indicated in my book, Scrappy Church, more and more churches are moving in incredible and positive directions.

How will God move in our churches? How will we respond? While I will not address those two paramount questions in this particular article, I do want us to see the three specific areas of the tipping point: theological, attitudinal, and actionable.


If a church does not have a solid biblical and theological foundation, all other issues are moot. In some congregations, there is slippage on the doctrine of exclusivity, the biblical truth that Christ is the only way of salvation (John 14:6). In other congregations, leaders and members are questioning the absolute authority of Scripture. That issue is as old as creation when the serpent questioned God’s Word, “Did God really say . . .?” (Genesis 3:1).
Read the article here.

5 Ways to Break Through a Growth Barrier This Christmas by Pastor Rick Warren for

A few weeks back we talked about some of the reasons churches plateau. I know it’s a popular topic because so many pastors tell me their churches are stuck at a certain number of members or attenders.

Here’s the good news: Christmas is a great time to get unstuck.

People who wouldn’t come some other time of the year show up at Christmas. And we have a great opportunity to tell them about Jesus and to encourage them to come back to church. You can use Christmas services to help your members sense that they are a part of something big and exciting. It can be tough to keep people motivated consistently over the long haul, but we can get them fired up for a specific day.

A “Big Day” can help people feel like they’re on a winning team.

And a “Big Day” like Christmas can help break through growth barriers (whether it’s 200, 300, 400, or 1,000).

At Saddleback, we refer to it as pyramiding growth. You push past a barrier on a “Big Day,” then the numbers might drop a little bit the next week, but you don’t drop as far back as you were. Then you plan for your next “Big Day” (like Easter). Again, just like with Christmas, your numbers may drop after Easter, but you don’t drop all the way back to where you had started.

Here are some ways to intentionally plan for a “Big Day” at Christmas:

1. Give people tools to invite their friends and neighbors.

A lot of the guests at Christmas services will be there because someone invited them, so it’s a great time to encourage our people to make the extra effort to invite friends and family.

The tools we can provide include both digital and printed invitations with information about the Christmas services: name of the sermon/series, date(s), time(s), address of the church, and the names of any special guests. Even in our digital age, people still like to have details in a printed form. It helps them keep everything in one place and have something to stick on the refrigerator as a reminder.

2. Get the word out using advertising.

If you’re going to use advertising, Christmas and Easter are the days to do it. Even if people don’t come because of a specific ad, it will still help reinforce the personal invitations from your members. For instance, potential guests may see your ad and then get invited by one of your members, and that will let them know great things are happening at your church. Plus, you’ll always get a few people who want to go to church that day but don’t have any idea where to go. Your ad may be just what they need.

3. Be ready for people.

You want to make a good impression on guests every week, but it’s particularly important at Christmas. You can’t control how many guests you’ll get for special days, but you can control how well you prepare for them.

Get greeters ready to say hello and provide a warm welcome as people arrive. Set up information tables with campus maps and basic information about the church. Make it easy to find parking, restrooms, and childcare.

Part of being a good host means thinking through the questions and concerns guests may have. Ask someone who doesn’t currently attend your church to take a walkthrough of your campus and offer questions or feedback.

4. Offer something for children.

Think through what kind of experience you can offer children. It doesn’t matter what parents think about the service if the kids have a lousy time.

Be prepared for additional children during Christmas. You don’t want to overtax your current children’s ministry volunteers, so add extra workers and think about any changes that may make it easier to handle more kids at one time.

5. Follow up with your guests.

Have emails ready to send out Monday morning welcoming guests who gave you their contact info. Invite people to your next sermon series and tell them how to find a small group. The email is also a great place to include any follow-up information from your Christmas service (maybe specific contact information for ministries you mentioned).

If you have a large crowd on Christmas, that’s great. But it’s not the end of the story. It’s really the beginning. How we follow up with guests makes a big difference in whether they’ll come back and eventually get more involved in our congregations.
(Originally printed here. Used with permission.)


Women's Retreat

April 5-7, 2019
Location: Camp Alta
$150 per person
Theme: "Women's Warrior Boot Camp: Equipping Women to Become Warriors for Christ!"
Theme Scripture: Ephesians 6:10-18
Register online.

For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. (Ephesians 6:12, NIV) 

Sunday School/Small Group Leader Training


Northern California Sunday School/Small Group Leader Training
August 24, 2019 (pre-session training on August 23 for Associational leaders)
Tentatively in Vacaville
For all teachers, leaders, and small group facilitators

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