Network News - July 21, 2017


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Straight Talk about Your Pastor by Thom Rainer for Deacon Magazine and LifeWay
Excerpt from the article:

Allow me to share some practical suggestions on how you can support and demonstrate genuine love to your pastor. I put these suggestions in the form of five things not to do, and five things to do.

What not to do
Let's get the negatives out of the way first.

  1. Don't criticize or make critical suggestions to the pastor unless you have spent much time in prayer over the matter. Your pastor has to deal with criticism every week. It can drain him. Also, don't criticize his family. You know how upset you might feel if someone criticized a member of your family.
  2. Don't ask the pastor to make announcements right before the worship service. He needs to be focused on his sermon. Similarly, don't say other things to him that may distract him before he preaches.
  3. Don't tell your pastor how he compares to other pastors. Allow him to be himself, living out his gifts and abilities in ministry and the pulpit.
  4. Be realistic and don't expect him to be at all church events and functions. Most of the other church members and committees want him at their events as well.
  5. Don't expect the pastor to provide the primary pastoral care to all members, their relatives, their distant relatives, and the rest of the community within a 30-mile radius. Your ministry as a deacon can help tremendously here. Great deacon ministry is characterized by assisting the pastor in pastoral care.

What to do
As I have talked with pastors around the world, they have shared with me some of the steps deacons and church members have taken that have really encouraged them. Let me share five of them.

  1. Pray for your pastor. Send him an email to let him know you are praying for him.
  2. Encourage your pastor. He needs it because he's human, and he needs it to balance the criticisms he hears.
  3. Work with the deacon body and leadership of the church to make certain he gets sufficient rest, time off, and family time. Most pastors are on call 24/7.
  4. Encourage deacons and the rest of the church to take on pastoral care responsibility, particularly through small groups and Sunday school classes. The pastor should be the primary caregiver for the most urgent and serious of needs. Deacons ideally should do the bulk of less urgent pastoral care ministry.
  5. Be faithful to the ministry of the church. Few things encourage a pastor as much as committed church members and faithful deacons.

Allow me to share some practical suggestions on how you can support and demonstrate genuine love to your pastor. I put these suggestions in the form of five things not to do, and five things to do.

What not to do
Let's get the negatives out of the way first.

  1. Don't criticize or make critical suggestions to the pastor unless you have spent much time in prayer over the matter. Your pastor has to deal with criticism every week. It can drain him. Also, don't criticize his family. You know how upset you might feel if someone criticized a member of your family.
  2. Don't ask the pastor to make announcements right before the worship service. He needs to be focused on his sermon. Similarly, don't say other things to him that may distract him before he preaches.
  3. Don't tell your pastor how he compares to other pastors. Allow him to be himself, living out his gifts and abilities in ministry and the pulpit.
  4. Be realistic and don't expect him to be at all church events and functions. Most of the other church members and committees want him at their events as well.
  5. Don't expect the pastor to provide the primary pastoral care to all members, their relatives, their distant relatives, and the rest of the community within a 30-mile radius. Your ministry as a deacon can help tremendously here. Great deacon ministry is characterized by assisting the pastor in pastoral care.

What to do
As I have talked with pastors around the world, they have shared with me some of the steps deacons and church members have taken that have really encouraged them. Let me share five of them.

  1. Pray for your pastor. Send him an email to let him know you are praying for him.
  2. Encourage your pastor. He needs it because he's human, and he needs it to balance the criticisms he hears.
  3. Work with the deacon body and leadership of the church to make certain he gets sufficient rest, time off, and family time. Most pastors are on call 24/7.
  4. Encourage deacons and the rest of the church to take on pastoral care responsibility, particularly through small groups and Sunday school classes. The pastor should be the primary caregiver for the most urgent and serious of needs. Deacons ideally should do the bulk of less urgent pastoral care ministry.
  5. Be faithful to the ministry of the church. Few things encourage a pastor as much as committed church members and faithful deacons.

 To read the full article, go here.


Busyness Is Not a Spiritual Gift by Tammy Whitehurst for SmallGroups.com
...Wait is a tough word to deal with in today's busy world. Being too busy can distract us from the really important things in our lives—people. Do I really like being so busy that I'm worn out by noon? No. I know deep within my heart that being overloaded is a way for the enemy to distract me from those most precious to me. If I'm really honest, I would have to admit I learn more during those calm and peaceful times when my heart, soul, and mind all unite to seek God's will than I do when I'm stretching my mind to hold more while I'm falling apart. One thing I have to remember on a daily basis is that wait is not an ugly word and busy is not a spiritual gift. After all, God says in Psalm 46:10, "Be still, and know that I am God." When you have a personality like mine, it's hard to be still, but it is only during those moments alone with God that I can truly feel a peace that surpasses all understanding. Busy is the enemy of peace. Busy steals precious time. Busy robs my blessings.

Waiting Time Is Never Wasting Time
In this fast paced, jungle-like world we build for ourselves, we rarely have "waiting" time anymore. We expect instant gratification and instant results—at lightning fast speed! We become so engrossed in paperwork that we delete all the people work in our lives—like ministering to our small-group members. We become so busy that we can't remember the last time we took a full day off or sat at the dinner table with the family.

Life can bring about big storms and the waves will hit hard if we don't slow down. Busy can beat upon us like a drum. When those closest to us have stopped asking for our time, it's because they know we are too busy for them. That's crushing to the heart. We all need waiting time, whether or not we think we do. Waiting time is when we say adamantly, "It can wait!" and we step back and do what is really important.

I discovered this after I found myself checking my appointment book to see if I could squeeze in lunch with my 18-year-old daughter. I knew then that I had to back up and take a good look at my priorities. The world would momentarily stop if something ever happened to her, so why can't I stop when she wants me to have lunch? It's amazing how busy I allow myself to be. To actually clear my schedule for a day or two feels impossible. I feel as if everything would fall apart if I refused to answer my phone or if I said, "No, I'm sorry. I can't do that task." God puts his healing hand under my chin and assures me of one thing: he will never leave me and he wants me to trust him as he helps me clear my overloaded plate to a manageable amount.

The storm that rages inside me demands my attention by shouting, "Slow down!" If I heed that call, the Creator of peace will shower me with a peace that surpasses all understanding. The fragrance of grace and mercy will overflow in me when I come to peace with being less busy. Breaking old patterns is hard, but God reminds me that I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.

Morning by Morning New Mercies I See
I began to sing the hymn "Great Is Thy Faithfulness" as I awoke each day. I asked the Lord to help me give up a life of unbridled busyness and to show me how to achieve healthy rhythms of worshiping God, loving my family, and enjoying my work. Somehow during the course of my life, I mixed those priorities up and work became most important. But busyness was not going to win out any more. Busyness was not going to push me around till I was worn out from the struggle. I stood up tall, held my shoulders back, and smiled. I began to seize the opportunity to truly listen to God's plan for my life.

If you are in a season of fast-paced insanity, no-fun frustration, and running around like a road runner, I encourage you to seek God with all your heart and ask him to help you clear the unnecessary chaos that you have brought to your life. Sit and wait as he begins to show you the things to remove, and be ready to listen. Is it easy? No. Is it worth it? Yes. Do you love some of the things he might remove? Absolutely. But trust him and hang on to your faith with an iron fist as you seek to glorify the Lord with your life. Begin to say, "Use me, Lord!" not, "Why me, Lord?"

God is going to see you through and when he does, you will stand taller and bolder, and be more faithful. You'll begin to smell the roses, taste the rain, laugh more, and not miss out on the important things in life. You'll overflow with good things rather than be drained from exhaustion. You'll come out of the desert singing "Great Is Thy Faithfulness" and knowing that God is in control after all. It's such a relief to not have to try to control everything. And the best part is that one day, as you awaken to sunshine peering through your window, you'll feel that the joy of the Lord has returned to your life. You'll know that joy comes in the morning when you realize that busyness is not a spiritual gift...
Read the full article here.


Sabbath-Keeping for Pastors by Abram Klelsmeier-Jones for CTPastors
Making rest an indispenable part of your routine.
The lack of correlation between time at work and quality of work has been a recurring theme in Harvard Business Review over the last decade. Not long ago, I received an email newsletter with yet more research showing that working more hours does not mean working more effectively. The article cited a study where managers could not tell the difference in work output between employees who worked 80 hours a week and those who only pretended to work 80 hours a week.

The article summarized its findings with this statement: “Keep overworking, and you'll progressively work more stupidly on tasks that are increasingly meaningless.”

We followers of The-God-Who-Rested are happy to find confirmation outside the church that rest is best. After all, we worship the One who modeled a rhythm of rest: God created the heavens and the earth, plants, sun, moon, stars, human beings—all of life—in six days. And on the seventh day he didn’t create anything. He rested.

Not only does a Sabbath day of rest follow God’s example; it also follows his command in Exodus 20:8–10: “Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work.”

Jesus reiterates the call to Sabbath-keeping when he says to his disciples, “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest” (Mark 6:31). The Gospels offer multiple examples of Jesus himself going away to a solitary place to pray. (Just to pray!) If Jesus needed rest, surely we need it.

If quality time in the presence of God is hard to come by during the workweek, it is good to know there is a dedicated day to resting and re-focusing on God. When taking a Sabbath, I more easily remember that apart from Jesus I can do nothing. A Sabbath way of life acknowledges that God is God and I am not. We pastors remember that the church will go on without us, and we gain much-needed perspective for more creatively addressing the challenges of ministry.

Psalm 127:1–2 says:
Unless the Lord builds the house,
its builders labor in vain.
Unless the Lord watches over the city,
the watchmen stand guard in vain.
In vain you rise early
and stay up late,
toiling for food to eat—
for he grants sleep to those he loves.

I can’t think of any ministers who read these verses and take them as license to let go (of all responsibility) and let God. We pastors have the opposite danger: hammer and nails in hand, we forget that God is architect, carpenter, and general contractor.
Read the full article here.



>>The print version of the July Newsletter is available on our Website.

>>Please fill out your VBS and Block Party Reports and send them to Terrie at srbn@sacbaptist.org
Praying for many great things to happen during this summer of activities.

Free Materials
The Gospel Project for Adults
FBC Lincoln has both leader guides and learner study books from the original 3 year series of The Gospel Project for Adults.  We would be happy to donate them to any small group wishing to study through the scriptures. 

“Some people see the Bible as a collection of stories with morals for life application. But it is so much more than that. Sure, the Bible has some stories in it, but it is also full of poetry, history, codes of law and civilization, songs, prophecy, letters — even a love letter. When you tie it all together, something remarkable happens. A story is revealed. One story. The story of redemption through Jesus.  The Gospel Project is a Christ-centered curriculum that examines the grand narrative of Scripture and how the gospel transforms the lives of those it touches. Over a three-year plan of study, each session immerses participants in the gospel through every story, theological concept, and call to missions from Genesis to Revelation.”

Email webadmin@FirstBaptistLincoln.org or call the church at 916-645-2428 if you are interested in receiving these materials. 


Job & Ministry Opportunities
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
First Baptist Church of Winters (FBCW) is seeking a Youth Leader Intern.
The job requires about 15 hours of work each week, offers a competitive salary along with a generous budget for Youth activities. The youth group consists of 10-20 students at the Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday gatherings.
For more information, contact the church at 530-795-2821 or fbcw@fbcwinters.org.

Education Internship 
Education internship with stipend, housing, and airfare at Lake Tahoe, California
August 9 through December 22, 2017
1 Preschool intern and 4 School age interns needed.
We are looking for energetic, diligent, and happy people to join our team. We need leaders who possess strong character, are teachable, and who have a heart for working with children.
We will train you and invest in your life. All our lead staff have been either summer or semester staff. You will work with a team of eight other college students.
For more information, contact Debbie Wohler Reasoner at 530-583-2925or530448-9359 or www.tahoeministries.com or debbie@fbctahoe.com
Apply at: 
https://fs25.formsite.com/firstbaptisttahoe/form3/index.html

Youth Director 
New Hope Community Church (NHCC) in South Sacramento is searching for a part time (20 hr/wk) youth director. The position will report directly to the senior pastor and offers a competitive salary and some flexibility of work hours. The intent is to grow the position to full time and eventually a pastoral position. Some Bible college or seminary study is a plus, and candidate must be a self-starter.
For a full job description and other information, please contact NHCC board of deacons: deacons@newhopemeadowview.com
or
Board of Deacons
New Hope Community Church
1821 Meadowview Road
Sacramento, CA  95832

Camp Volunteers


July
8      2nd Saturday Outreach

        www.thegracenetwork.org
        10 AM - 1st Time orientation

9-12   Kids Camp, 4-6 grades, $155 

11   Pastor and Staff Lunch
       12:00-1:30, bring your lunch
       Roseville Baptist Church, 1301 Coloma Way

10-8/5 Centrifuge at Jenness Park
           $333 per person, weekly youth camps

13-15 Kids Camp, 1-3 grades $140 

16-20 Middle/High School Wilderness Camp 
          Session 2, Camp Alta, $225 

23-27 Middle/High School Wilderness Camp 
          Session 3, Camp Alta, $225 

29      Evidence Quartet Concert 
          
Country Oaks Baptist Church
          9717 Bond Road, Elk Grove
          7 pm, free concert, any questions: 916-685-4019

August
1        Pastor and Staff Lunch
         12:00-1:30 pm, Bring your lunch
         Roseville Baptist Church, 1301 Coloma Way 

4-5     Free Women's Conference
          Country Oaks Baptist Church

7-10 Special Ministries Camp 
        18 & older, $280, (volunteers free)

10-11 Global Leadership Summit simulcast
         $189, http://willowcreek.com/events/leadership/

12    2nd Saturday Outreach
        www.thegracenetwork.org
        10 AM - 1st Time orientation

15-16  Church Multiplication School
           $99 (limited scholarships are available for SBC planters and their spouses)
           Info and to register: http://nwbaptistplanting.com/hidden-pages/cms

September
7-9   Disaster Relief Chaplain Retreat 
        $100 per person. Register online here.
        More information at http://www.csbc.com/events/dr-chaplains-retreat 

9      2nd Saturday Outreach
        www.thegracenetwork.org
        10 AM - 1st Time orientation

12   Pastor and Staff Lunch
      12:00-1:30 pm, Bring your lunch
       Roseville Baptist Church, 1301 Coloma Way 

29   Deep Love Live Simulcast with Drs. Les and Leslie Parrot
       Take a step toward deepening the marriages in your church
       Call 1-888-235-7948 for more information

30   Prepared to Answer: Where Faith and Culture Collide, Simulcast
       
with Lee Strobel and Mark Mittelberg, Inciite Events

October
5-7   Beth Moore - Living Proof Live and You Lead Training
         
More information: lifeway.com/livingproof  or lifeway.com/youlead
         or call 800-254-2022

6-8   Mother/Daughter Retreat at Jenness Park
        Pricing, details, and online registration at
        http://www.csbc.com/events/mother-daughter-retreat-2017

10   Pastor and Staff Lunch
      12:00-1:30 pm, Bring your lunch
       Roseville Baptist Church, 1301 Coloma Way

13-23  Malawi Mission Trip with Internatonal Commission
           
Contact Sonia Burnell  at soniab@IC-World.org or 916-784-2372

14    2nd Saturday Outreach
        www.thegracenetwork.org
        10 AM - 1st Time orientation

24-25  CSBC Annual Meeting
           Magnolia Church, Riverside, CA
           For More information: http://www.csbc.com/events/csbc-annual-meeting-2017

November
7   Minister and Staff Lunch
     12 pm to 1:30 pm, bring your own lunch
     Roseville Baptist Church, 1301 Coloma Way

11    2nd Saturday Outreach
        www.thegracenetwork.org
        10 AM - 1st Time orientation

December
1-2  Disaster Relief Roundtable for Cal Blue Caps
       
More details: http://www.csbc.com/events/dr-blue-caps

5   Minister and Staff Lunch
     12 pm to 1:30 pm, bring your own lunch
     Roseville Baptist Church, 1301 Coloma Way

9   2nd Saturday Outreach
     www.thegracenetwork.org
     10 AM - 1st Time orientation

28-30  Ignition Student Conference
          Sacramento Convention Center
          Learn more: https://www.studentignition.com/


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