Network News - November 23, 2018
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Network News - November 23, 2018



New IMB President - Paul Chitwood
Dr. Paul Chitwood was elected unanimously as the 13th president of the Southern Baptists’ International Mission Board on Thursday, Nov. 15, during trustees’ regularly scheduled meeting near Richmond, Virginia.

Chitwood, 48, who has served as executive director of the Kentucky Baptist Convention, took office immediately as the president of the 173-year-old entity, the largest denominational missionary-sending body among American evangelicals. More than 3,600 Southern Baptist international missionaries serve worldwide, with 42 new missionaries approved for appointment by trustees yesterday.
Since September 2018, Dr. Clyde Meador, former missionary and IMB executive vice president, has served as IMB’s interim president. At Chitwood’s request, Meador was approved by trustees to remain in the President’s Office as interim executive vice president for several months during the transition.
Read more here.


Paradise Fire Burned Most Church Buildings, but 'the Church Is Still Alive' by Kate Shellnutt for Christianity Today
The wildfire that left Paradise, California, in grim, dusty ruins this week destroyed more than half of about two dozen houses of worship in the town, along with thousands of homes and other structures.

From safer ground in nearby Chico, pastors have worked to coordinate physical and spiritual relief for their now far-flung congregants. They’ve also been tasked with delivering updates on their church buildings, as Paradise residents hope for any indication that their homes, schools, or sanctuaries may have been spared from the worst.

“Though the physical attributes of our earthly Paradise are destroyed, the spirit of Paradise has spread across the country and around the world, as people are moved to volunteer resources to help,” wrote leaders from Paradise Adventist Church, whose building was burned in the Camp Fire, the deadliest in California history.

In the community of around 27,000 people, most congregations lost buildings, including Our Savior Lutheran Church (LCMS), Ridge Presbyterian Church (PCA), Paradise Church of Christ, First Assembly of God, Craig Memorial Congregational Church, Paradise Foursquare, New Life Apostolic Church, Paradise Pentecostal Church of God, Community Church of the Brethren, and Hope Christian Church. A Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (LDS) meetinghouse and a Center for Spiritual Living were also destroyed.

“Building was burnt down, but cross and rock still standing,” wrote Hope Christian’s lead pastor Stan Freitas. “The church is still alive.”
Read the full article here.



Please let us know what your church is doing for the Christmas season that  is open to SRBN.
Here are some Christmas Resources and Inspiration: 
Top 10 Christmas Sermon Illustrations
Top 10 Christmas Sermons

25 Characters of the Christmas Story free family Advent book
Christmas Sermons from Pastors.com


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: bcfpastorsearch@gmail.com

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:
https://www.bridgeportcf.org
https://bridgeportcalifornia.com
https://www.monocounty.org/places-to-go/towns/bridgeport/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bridgeport,_California
Bridgeport Christian Fellowship on Facebook
Bridgeport CA on Facebook


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 pastorbob58@yahoo.com 


Study Books Available
Our church has excess study books of the LifeWay Bible Studies for Life Small Groups series. We are interested in selling them at a much reduced price. We have 25 different titles with leader’s guide CD plus student books of each category. If anyone is interested, please contact me directly at 530-753-4315 or church@polelinebaptist.org.

TITLE

LEADER GUIDE

STUDY GUIDE

Awake

1

5

Beyond Belief

2

9

Connected

2

11

Distinct

1

8

Do Over

1

6

God Is…

1

10

Honest To God

1

8

Identity

1

9

Let Hope In

1

10

Like Glue

0

2

Like No Other

1

8

More Than Enough

1

10

Overcome

2

10

Pressure Points

1

14

Productive

1

5

Ready

1

14

Re-Finance

1

16

Resilient Faith

1

13

Stand Strong

1

16

Storm Shelter

1

12

The Dark Side

1

15

Thrive

1

11

Unstoppable Gospel

1

14

Unvarnished Truth

1

11

When Relationships Collide

2

8

     

Large Shipping Container for Sale
Hillsdale Blvd. Baptist Church has a large shipping container for sale. If you are interested, please contact Sharlotte at showard@selectpropmgt.com 


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 S.Ibarra51@sbcglobal.net.


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 
hello@whitneyshin.com 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 pastorron@newsesonws.com


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 orfbcw@fbcwinters.org to schedule an interview.  


Regional Ministry Director and Chief Financial Operating Officer for Great Commission Association of Southern Baptist Churches
Two employment opportunities for GCA. For more information, please contact Jeff Helton at jhelton@slingshotgroup.org, 615-496-9860
Or read more here: Regional Ministry Director or Chief Financial Operating Officer


Calendar
November
29         Disaster Relief - Ham Radio Operators
            California Southern Baptist Disaster Relief would like to use your passion and skills, whether you have your own Ham Radio equipment of not. If you are a licensed operator or a DR volunteer, and are willing to help in the event of a major disaster in California, you are invited to attend a free Disaster Relief training on Thursday, November 29, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Ministry Resource Center in Fresno. Lunch will be provided.

Register online or download the mail-in form.


December
1-31     Lottie Moon Christmas Offering

2          Winds of Faith Christmas Concert
             
Town & Country Lutheran Church, Sacramento
             4049 Marconi Avenue

             6:00 pm
             Free concert, a freewill offering will be taken during the concert for the Ensemble

The concert will include a variety of familiar sacred and secular Christmas music built around the theme--“The Story”. Other selections will include “O Holy Night”, “Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus” with Jim Tilton, Narrator, Jester Hairston’s “Mary’s Little Boy Child”, with Carole Brewer, vocal soloist and “Do You Hear What I Hear?”, with Todd Peterson, vocal soloist, and music from “Polar Express”. 

9          Winds of Faith Christmas Concert
            
St. Augustine of Canterbury Episcopal Church
            1800 Wildcat Blvd, Rocklin
             6:00 pm
             Free concert, a freewill offering will be taken during the concert for the Ensemble
 
The concert will include a variety of familiar sacred and secular Christmas music built around the theme--“The Story”. Other selections will include “O Holy Night”, “Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus” with Jim Tilton, Narrator, Jester Hairston’s “Mary’s Little Boy Child”, with Carole Brewer, vocal soloist and “Do You Hear What I Hear?”, with Todd Peterson, vocal soloist, and music from “Polar Express”. 

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


February
16-18     Winter Youth Retreat 2019 at Jenness Park
              
Go to www.csbc.com/events for more information


April
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!"


May
17-19    2019 Ministers' Wives Retreat - Jenness Park
             Register at www.csbc.com/events
             Cost: $190 



MOVIES
Run the Race in theaters February 22. Watch the trailer here.
The Least of These in theaters in 2019. Watch the trailer here.


Preaching Lament at Christmas by Zack Eswine for Preaching Today
Pauline Guernsey died on Christmas day. I am her oldest grandchild. Christmas lights and hospice, candy canes and catheters, new gifts and last words. Perhaps, no holiday other than Easter, tempts preachers to talk more naïvely than Christmas.

Reflect intentionally on your approach

Naïve Christmas preaching has in mind our motivation to keep the foot tapping and the mouth smiling. Rather than weeping with those who weep, a naïve talker, tries to rejoice with those who cry. We are like those who cheerily and cluelessly “sing songs to a heavy heart” (Prov. 25:20). We resist frowns by poking them with jokes and showering them with confetti. Naïve sermons rob us of our tears by giddily forcing everything to remain bright.

Christmas temptations to speak naïvely, makes sense. After all, who wants a sad sermon during the Christmas season; a yuletide meditation on gloom?

These motives aren’t our problem. Our problem is that we forget that it was for those in gloom that Jesus was born. “Those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness, on them has light shone” (Isaiah 9:2, italics mine).

Keep King Herod in your Nativity scenes

God has told us his story of good news and great joy by reminding us plainly of why this news and its joy are so desperately needed. God’s way of telling us the story includes, rather than removes, painful details.

  • “A decree went out from Caesar Augustus” (Luke 2:1). Joseph, Mary, and Jesus live as a minority people occupied by the Roman Government. They have little to no political power or voice.
  • “There was no place for them in the inn” (Luke 2:7). They are shown no personal favor in the world. They will give birth in a way that would frighten most of our Western listeners—no doctor, hospital, or doula. No living room pool or bath in your home. There is nothing romantic and warm about a manger. Swaddling clothes in the cold night could bring on pneumonia and cough.
  • “Shepherds out in the field” (Luke 2:8). These are bone and muscle, third shift, blue collar workers. These are not people the world is looking to for culture making.
  • “Rise, take the child and his mother, and flee” (Matt. 2:13). This is a refugee moment. They leave all they know, including nearly all of their material possessions, and flee for asylum in a neighboring country.
  • “When Herod the King heard this, he was troubled” (Matt. 2:3). There is no lobby group, no political watch dog advocacy group. Herod will use his political and military power to commit infanticide. No one, not even God, will stop him. Comfortless, Rachel will weep for her children because they are no more.
  • “They [the Magi] returned to their country by another route . . . the shepherds returned” (Luke 2:12,20). Returned to what? Now that they’ve seen the promised One born, what changed in the lives of these Gentile Magi or Jewish shepherds? Circumstantially, nothing. The Magi go back to life of living as a faith minority. The shepherds go back to working the third shift. They will live through Herod’s infanticide, the corrupt collaboration of church and state, the death of John the Baptizer. And these same Magi and shepherds, if still living, will see or hear that the man has died. The hope they have has the grit of grace to continue.
  • “A sword will pierce through your own soul also” (Luke 2:35). Simeon reminds Mary, and each of us, that the birth of the child didn’t remove grief or death from this world, not yet anyway. She and Joseph have seen ancient promise fulfilled! And yet, swords remain. Soul ache continues.

Good news of great joy did not remove God’s people from the fallen world. Hope is not a trite thing. For true hope to exist it must possess the guts to go head-to-head with what threatens it. This means that the hope we offer must provide the resources a human being needs in order to hold onto the love, promise, and joy of God in Christ amid:

  • Physical Pain: Untimely sickness or chronic illness, hospital and cough, death and its memory.
  • Circumstantial Pain: Job loss, poverty, loneliness, broken dreams, financial abundance in an unhappy house, a victim of crime, a house fire, or incarceration.
  • Cultural Pain: Political, social, racial, sexual, ethnic, religious fears, and wounds.
  • Congregational Pain: Feeling distant, hurt, estranged, mistrusting of pastors, leaders, or members.
  • Soul Pain: Depression, anxiety, estrangement from God, loss of faith, skepticism, unbelief, guilt for feeling these ways at Christmas; envy or bitterness for having troubles when everyone else seems blessed.
  • Familial Pain: Living at a distance from loved ones, divorce arrangements, estranged relationships, silent treatments, affairs, the absence of repentance and forgiveness, verbal and physical misuse, condemnation and misunderstanding, impatience, substance abuse and damage, foster parents and children.

Practical steps for your preaching

Remember that we are both, sinners and sinned against
Read the full article here.


3 Tips for Hosting an Outstanding Church Dinner or Potluck by Verlon Fosner for Christianity Today
For many households, dinnertime has become TV time or phone time. We have forgotten the dinner table’s power to shape society. Many churches lack confidence when it comes to sharing the faith, but by gathering for a shared meal, churches can strengthen their bonds of fellowship and reach unchurched people. Here are a few ways to turn your regular potlucks and church dinners into what I call the “Jesus table”—a meal that brings outsiders into the presence of Christ.

1. Set an Abundant Table
Jesus spent a lot of time around tables. Scholar John Dominic Crossan says that to watch a day in the life of Jesus would be to watch him mostly healing and eating. Other scholars, like Christine Pohl, agree, pointing out that Jesus’ supper times were consistent and prominent parts of his mission. Think of how often the Gospels record instances of Jesus reclining at dinner tables with scurrilous people. He did it so often that he garnered the reputation of being a glutton, a drunkard, and a friend of sinners (Luke 7:34). But this was part of our Lord’s divine strategy to bring the kingdom of God to earth and into the hearts of those far from God.

Those dinners were intended by Jesus to be an invitation to faith. Jesus embedded the gospel into the dinner table event. That is our history and our heritage. When we prepare a community meal, it should be a colorful vision of the gospel.

Since the meal carries this theological significance, don’t settle for a mediocre feast. I’m not saying you have to cook gourmet food, but what you prepare should be delicious and bountiful! I suggest cooking a large entrée and then asking the rest of the group to bring complementary side dishes, salads, rolls, and desserts to the dinner. Create a buffet table with tablecloths and centerpieces surrounded with numerous platters and colorful trays of food. Not only is that an inexpensive way to provide a large meal, it is truly impressive—just like the gospel!

2. Invite the Needy

Read the full article here.


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