Network News - February 2, 2018
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Network News - February 2, 2018

Digital Resources
SRBN is looking into ways to offer digital resources for churches. We need to know if your church is interested in having access to digital resources and how many members your church has. We have to pay for licensing according to membership numbers. We are looking at two different providers for these materials, but we need to know who is interested. Please email Terrie this week if you are interested and would like more information. It would also be helpful if you let Terrie know that you are not interested. Please send a note to: tbrown@sacbaptist.org
These resources could include Sunday School materials, Bible study materials, videos, conferences/seminars, leadership training, outreach materials, and more. All would be accessible on the Internet.

Count the Cost Training
SRBN and the Sierra Butte Association are working together to bring this training to our area. The training will be in the Lincoln area most likely, but the place is still being finalized. 
The date is April 14th and the time is 10:30 am to 2:30 pm.

Count the Cost is a tool developed by California Southern Baptist Convention Executive Director Bill Agee to help churches being planted or those in need of revitalization find their way as the church they were designed to be.

The training is based on Luke 14:28 - "For which of you, intending to build a tower, does not sit down first and count the cost, whether he has enough to finish it—"

Those who would benefit from the training include:

  • Potential Church Planters
  • Existing Church Planters
  • Facilitators of Church Planting
  • Church Planting Congregations
  • Leaders of Churches in Need of Revitalization

Those attending the training will learn about:

  • God's Call
  • Painting the Future Picture of Your Church
  • Developing a "Count the Cost" Plan for Your Church
  • Engaging Partners for Your Church
  • Issues That Can "Sink Your Ship"
  • What to Introduce to Your Church Today so the Church Can Touch the World Tomorrow

Two of the greatest deliverables from completing a "Count the Cost" plan are:

  1. A month-to-month breakdown of where God can take you on this journey; and
  2. A growth plan, based on projections, detailing how many relationships must be established and when, and how many church leaders must to be trained for service and when.

Agee said this plan is comprehensive so "nothing catches you by surprise, you can see the numbers from start to finish." He added the plan also reveals what "your role is in making things happen throughout the process."

Five Women's Events
February 9-10 is the IF: Gathering conference. A simulcast will be available with ASL translation at The Church on Cypress in Carmichael. $10 per person. Register online. The focus of IF is discipling women. The conference begins at 6 pm to 9 pm on Friday night and continues on Saturday at 9 am.

February 22nd is our first Pastors' Wives Fellowship. 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm at First Baptist, Fair Oaks. This is a free event for all ministers' wives. We will have snacks and share. It's an opportunity to connect, pray for, and support each other as ministers' wives. Please call Terrie at the SRBN office if you have questions or to RSVP. (916) 863-5426 or tbrown@sacbaptist.org 


April 6-8 is the 2nd Annual SRBN Women's Retreat at Camp Alta. Register online

April 13-14 is the Tapestry Conference for ministry and missions at First Baptist, Fair Oaks.
The 2018 Tapestry theme is "Defining Moments: Redeemed, Restored, Released." Register at CSBC.com

Tapestry is an exciting Women’s Ministries & Missions event with one purpose: celebrating God’s amazing love through diversity. This event is planned just for you! Be blessed, encouraged and challenged as we worship the One who created us.

Sessions are designed to help women be better equipped to make a difference in their community, family, church or workplace. Facilitators will deliver quality seminars and relevant, interactive workshops.

Dr. Linda Clark will be our special guest speaker and worship will be led by Kyla Rosenau & Kirstin Bivins of Bell Road Baptist Church, Auburn.

Pastors' Wives Retreat at Jenness Park, May 18-20, 2018. Register or find out more here.

Full Time Worship Leader - First Baptist Orangevale
First Baptist Orangevale is looking for a full time worship leader. Please contact Jimmy Butler at butlerjc@surewest.net or 916-539-3894

Live-In Home Health Care Helper
A pastor from Suisun whose parents live in Sacramento needs to find 24/7 live-in assistance for his mother and her husband. Please contact Pastor Richard Guy from Grace Baptist Church of Suisun. His number is 707-290-3200.

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.  Thank you in advance for your assistance.
In Christ,
Pastor James  Allen  and the FBCW Stewardship/Personnel Committee


Calendar
February

16-19   Winter Youth Retreat Week 1
            http://www.csbc.com/events/winter-youth-retreat-2018

17        Clinicas para Escuela Biblica de Vacaciones - San Jose
            http://www.csbc.com/events/clinicas-para-escuela-bíblica-de-vacaciones-en-español

21-Mar. 5 International Commission Kenya Mission Trip
             Contact Sonia at soniab@ic-world.org
             https://www.classy.org/campaign/kenya-february-2018/c135807

22         SRBN Minister's Wives Fellowship
             First Baptist Church, Fair Oaks 6:30-8:30 PM
             For more information or to RSVP, please contact Terrie at 916-863-5426 or at tbrown@sacbaptist.org



23-25    Winter Youth Retreat Week 2
             http://www.csbc.com/events/winter-youth-retreat-week-2

24         State VBS Clinic at El Camino Baptist Church
             2805 El Camino Ave., Sacramento

24         Clinicas para Escuela Biblica de Vacaciones - Manteca
             http://www.csbc.com/events/clinicas-para-escuela-bíblica-de-vacaciones-en-español-1

24         Genesis Apologetics Annual Conference
             Real Life Church, Sacramento, register online

24         Children's Missions Day Explosion
             Roseville Baptist Church
             1301 Coloma Way, Roseville
             For more information.
             Only $10 per person! One leader free with every six children registered per church. (NO DROP-OFFS)

March
1-4/12   Annie Armstrong Easter Offering for North American Missions

14         Free Simulcast - Live - Lee Strobel

25     Palm Sunday

30     Good Friday

April
1      Easter Sunday

4-7   Disaster Relief Training - Petaluma
       
Learn more or register here.

6-8   Women's Retreat - The Woman God Sees
         
Camp Alta, $150 per person
         Contact Lori Coburn at lori@metrolist.net
         Register online 

13-14  Tapestry - Women's Ministry and Missions Event
           First Baptist Church, Fair Oaks
           4401 San Juan Avenue
           Both days: $75 per person by March 30, $85 on-site
           Single day registration: Friday OR Saturday - $40 pre-registered, $45 on-site
           Register online at CSBC.com 

14       Count the Cost Training with Dr. Agee
           Place TBA
           10:30am-2:30pm

21     SRBN VBS Clinic - El Camino Baptist Church

May
4-6       Father/Son Retreat 2018 at Jenness Park
            For more information or to register, go here.

7-10     Nor Cal Pastor and Ministry Leaders Retreat
           
Register online.

18-20   Minister's Wives Retreat - Jenness Park
           
Register online.

20-27   Celebrate Baptist Associations - Baptist Association Emphasis Week

July
13-14    Basic Literacy Missions ESL Workshop - Carmichael
             The Church on Cypress
             5709 Cypress Avenue, Carmichael
             For more information or to register, go here.


MOVIES
Samson in theaters February 16, 2018
I Can Only Imagine in theaters March 16, 2018
God's Not Dead: A Light in Darkness in theaters March 30, 2018


What Your Nonprofit Needs to Know about Facebook's New Algorithm by Stephen Jackson for TechSoup
If one of your favorite pastimes is mindlessly scrolling through viral videos on Facebook, your days of doing so are numbered. On January 11, the global social media giant announced some sweeping changes to its most central product — the News Feed.
In the coming months, Facebook will be granting less priority to Pages from businesses and publications and begin favoring posts its ranking algorithm finds to be more engaging — namely those that spark debate and discussion among a user's friends and family.
Although this is a noble cause, it potentially leaves nonprofits and other mission-driven organizations in a tight spot, because they are considered businesses in the eyes of Facebook.

What Do We Know?
Truthfully, we don't know a whole lot. In his post announcing the change, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said the new policy will take months before users will see the full effects. However, early indications show that, in general, Pages (like the one you may have set up for your organization with
Facebook's encouragement) will be affected. They will not be given the same amount of priority as things like pictures from your vacation or an open question to your group of friends.
Zuckerberg writes:
"As we roll this out, you'll see less public content like posts from businesses, brands, and media. And the public content you see more will be held to the same standard — it should encourage meaningful interactions between people. For example, there are many tight-knit communities around TV shows and sports teams. We've seen people interact way more around live videos than regular ones. Some news helps start conversations on important issues. But too often today, watching video, reading news, or getting a page update is just a passive experience."
Although this is something that the more than 1.5 million nonprofits (including TechSoup) on Facebook should be taking into account, we still don't know how everything will happen. Also, it should be noted that users will still have the option to prioritize Pages in their newsfeed if they want to see frequent updates from their favorite businesses, publications, and nonprofits.

What You Can Do
Again, it's a little early to give direct advice on how to adapt to these changes. An easy thing to do is to encourage your followers to adjust their News Feed settings to make sure they never miss one of your posts. However, there are a few other best practices you should consider.

Create Live Videos (and Just Videos in General)
Facebook sees live videos as highly engaging content and claims they receive six times more interaction than regular videos do. That said, all video content performs better than its text-only counterpart.

Start a Facebook Group
Because people in groups tend to interact more around specific pieces of public content, creating a group will likely increase the engagement factor of your posts. A group can also be a more personal way to engage people interested in your cause.

Focus on Instagram
As of right now, it doesn't appear that the Instagram algorithm will be making these changes. Provided that remains the case, perhaps it's time to start working on that Instagram account once and for all.

Create More Engaging Content
This sounds like common sense, but it's arguably the best way to stay ahead of the curve. All of these changes are being done in the name of promoting users' well-being and promoting more meaningful social interactions. If that's the case, why not commit yourself to creating more engaging content that will authentically spark conversation and organic sharing?
Read the rest of the article here.


The Future of Work in Nonprofits: Using AI for Social Impact from TechSoup
As the use of artificial intelligence (AI) in our everyday lives becomes increasingly common, chatbots continue to pop up more and more. A chatbot is a type of software that produces intelligent, automated responses to common questions in order to hold a "conversation" with a user via text. The most well-known example of this type of tech is probably Apple's Siri, the voice-activated chatbot that can provide basic answers to just about anything you want to know.

However, there are endless ways to incorporate chatbots into your nonprofit's work, ranging from fundraising to online customer service. Thinking of using a chatbot at your organization? If so, it's essential that you first identify the specific pain points you want this technology to address.
That said, what do you want your bot to do? Here are three chatbots doing social good, but in very different ways. Perhaps these examples can provide you with some insights on how to best utilize this technology.
Read the article here.

Announcements

SRBN Ministers' Wives Fellowship

Thursday, February 22
6:30-8:30 PM
First Baptist Church, Fair Oaks
4401 San Juan Avenue, Fair Oaks
We plan to meet each quarter for a time of fellowship, prayer, and encouragement. 
Plan to attend and invite other ministers' wives you know. 
This is a free event.
For more information, contact Terrie at the SRBN office

Children's Missions Day Explosion


An exciting, fun-filled day for the children in your church, with mission-focused activities. Meet missionaries from far away and nearby! Play games! Make crafts! Do a missions project!
Saturday, February 24, 2018
9 am - 3 pm
Roseville Baptist Church
1301 Coloma Way, Roseville, CA
$10 per person, lunch included
(1 leader free with every 6 children registered per church)

NO DROP-OFFS
For boys and girls grades 1-6
for more information: Rosalinda Mendez 559.256.0853 or rmendez@csbc.com 
Register online at www.csbc.com

 

Women's Retreat 2018


At Camp Alta
April 6-8, 2018
$150 per person (can be paid in two $75 payments, due by March 29th)
Register here.
For more information, contact Lori Coburn at lcoburn@metrolist.net

SRBN VBS Clinic

SAVE THE DATE!
SRBN VBS Clinic
Saturday, April 21st
El Camino Baptist Church
2805 El Camino Avenue, Sacramento
More details and registration available soon!

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