Network News - June 16, 2017




Summer is upon us, and one thing our church does is spend as much time as possible on mission during the summer months. And though some cannot afford the time or money to travel abroad on a mission trip, we've adopted several "micro-mission" trips in nearby communities. This article was featured last summer about the work we do and that other churches can do over the summer months.
Carmichael Church Develops "Micro Mission Trips" by Raegan Melfe from California Southern Baptist
Volunteers from The Church on Cypress in Carmichael will do whatever it takes to send people out to share the gospel.

The Carmichael congregation has created “micro mission trips,” which are short-term efforts that are affordable and close to home. They decided to develop the excursions so their church families would start going out and ministering more.

Peggy Tumlinson, who is on the missions committee at Cypress, said, “There are a few people who have gone on these mission trips, but some find it frightening; some find it hard because of finances; some just are not sure what to expect.

“There are all kinds of reasons that they would give us as to why they can’t go on these trips,” Tumlinson explained, “but we wanted to make it affordable and accessible to anybody including children in the family.”

The church has gone on three micro trips in the US and one to Canada. They range from $50 to $100 depending on the destination. If someone still can’t afford it the church offers scholarships.

The first trip was to Camp Alta (in Northern California) to help out with various activities, including cleaning roads and cleaning/painting signs.

“Camp Alta is our associational camp, and we already have a working relationship,” Tumlinson said. “We asked them if there was some way we could come up and minister, if there were some sort of projects we could do.”

This wasn’t a “missions effort in the same sense as where you are going and telling people about Jesus,” Tumlinson explained. “But still it would be a work day where we were going and preparing the camp, and while we’re preparing we would be praying for all those kids and adults that would come to the camp throughout the year.”

They prayed that the people “could come to know Christ if they didn’t know Him or they could be drawn closer to Him,” and the work with the camp “would be a part of that.”

The second trip took Cypress members to NewLife Community Church in Fresno. Eric Mann, NewLife pastor, previously was associate pastor at the Carmichael church.

The team helped with Vacation Bible School, and painted rooms and prepared crafts during the day, while teaching VBS at night.

Mann said his church was having a hard time finding volunteers for VBS and might not have been able to do it without the Carmichael congregation.

“I would encourage churches who think they can’t do something by themselves to try to connect with other churches or maybe help another church that is small,” Mann said.

“They were really encouraging to us ... and were such good friends. By the end of the week both our church and their church were excited about hopefully doing this again next year. I think what’s developing is a longer term relationship between the two churches.”

Mann noted the families from Carmichael stayed in host homes during the week, which was a blessing for both churches.

“We had a family that hosted one of the college girls and they connected really well,” Mann said. “She’s actually coming back to spend Thanksgiving with them —that’s how well they connected.”

The most recent service project was a three-day trip to Trinity Southern Baptist Church in Fresno. Cypress sent 12 people and helped pack 500 backpacks — with pencils, crayons, paper, rulers, pencil boxes, glue, folders and a gospel tract — for children in the community.

Becky Fees, community outreach director at Trinity, said the service the Cypress team provided was an “amazing blessing” and people from the school next door who came to a giveaway event were overjoyed by what they received.

“I felt so blessed. Several of us just had tears in our eyes as they were working,” Fees said.

“We can’t wait to do something over there (Carmichael), and the kids asked if they could come back.”

Fees noted Trinity contacted the principal of the school next door, where they were able to distribute the backpacks.

“We had grandmothers who now have custody of their children and they said they had no idea how they were going to be able to pay for a backpack,” Fees said. “It wasn’t just the grandparents, it was the parents and the kids who just gave you a hug and said thank you.”

In addition to micro trips, The Church on Cypress goes every summer to The Church on the Rock in Pitt Meadows, BC, Canada. The congregation partners with a missionary there and helps out in any way they can. This trip costs $300 because of the added airfare.

“This year they were doing a summer day camp for five weeks,” Tumlinson said. “If you go farther away it’s going to cost you more, it’s going to be a bigger time commitment.”

Tumlinson encouraged churches that want to start their own micro missions effort to find “people who have a heart for the Lord. If they wanted to contact us we can help set them up.”

“It was a wonderful experience each time I was able to go; the joy that you receive working together as a team; getting to know each other because you go to church with all of these people and you don’t get to know them really well unless you are in a small group,” Tumlinson said.

David Brown, lead pastor at Cypress, said the church was interested in calling him as pastor because of his love for the Great Commission. The reason he and his wife were drawn to the church was because of the congregation’s mission-mindedness.

“We’re taking very seriously the call to be a Great Commission church where we go to Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria and to the uttermost parts of the Earth,” Brown said. “We’re looking for opportunities anywhere to be of assistance to churches.”

Brown noted the mission trips had the most impact on the teams themselves because they were able to serve the Lord and others. None of the team members came back unchanged.

“It was a positive impact on them and it was a positive impact on us because you can’t help but be changed when you are helping others,” Brown said. “Even going on these micro mission trips transforms people. They’re just not the same when they come back because they see that God used them to connect with other people and to make a difference.”

This summer Cypress is partnering once again with The Rock in Canada, taking a trip with Happy Feet to Ecuador, and doing two micro missions with a San Lorenzo church for VBS and a San Diego Burmese/Myanmarese church.

There are so many churches in the SRBN network and in California that have a heart for their communities but may not have the manpower to do a full VBS or outreach. We can help each other. Cypress has also worked with several churches in the SRBN Network. Other churches are planning their own micro missions. When we can get a vision for reaching the world for Christ there is no competition but a united front of praying for and reaching out to the world around us. Every church can do this kind of summer missions.

If we look at the need of our world around us, we could have all our churches bursting at the seams and still have more people who need to be reached in our communities. He said to his disciples, “The harvest is great, but the workers are few. 38 So pray to the Lord who is in charge of the harvest; ask him to send more workers into his fields.” (Matthew 9:37-38, NLT)


A Summer of Service from CTA Share: Christian Tools for Affirmation offers some unique ideas for serving this summer:
Countless ministries sponsor summer mission trips abroad, but for many families with children, embarking on one of these trips is simply not possible. Even though they can’t travel, these families can still participate in a summer of service. Here are some family-friendly ideas to promote in your church:

Families with children in elementary school

Kids as young as five years old can learn how to knit and use their new skill to help children around the world. Sponsored by World Vision, the Knit for Kids program encourages volunteers to download a pattern from their website, knit the item (blanket, cap, or sweater), and mail the item to their headquarters in Pennsylvania. The organization then ships the handmade items to wherever they are needed most—right here in the United States or to overseas locations.

Meals on Wheels supports more than 5,000 local chapters throughout the country and they’re all in need of volunteers. Young children and families can decorate placemats, lunch sacks, or greeting cards to accompany the meals. Adults can help the children write encouraging messages or Bible verses alongside their decorations.

Families with children in middle school

Gather a group of families together to plan a Fourth of July party at a local veterans’ hospital. Let the children be responsible for planning the party activities—board games, cards, trivia competitions, snacks, music, and more. Consider giving each veteran a meaningful party favor, like a Christian devotion book, after the event.

Sole Hope is a Christian organization that transforms old jeans into wearable shoes for individuals in Uganda. Your church can host a Shoe Cutting Party for families and older children. You’ll need to order a party kit from the Sole Hope website and tell your attendees to bring along a few items. When you’re finished, simply mail your cut fabric to the headquarters in North Carolina and Sole Hope will send everything to Uganda.

Families with teenagers in high school

High schoolers with a knack for technology can volunteer their services for your church or a local non-profit organization. They could design websites or run social media accounts from their own computers.

Teenagers and their parents can become mentors at a summer school. If your city doesn’t have summer school, look for mentoring opportunities at the library, YMCA, or Boys and Girls Clubs.

Regardless of which outreach opportunity you pick, remind all the families to keep an open heart and pray for the individuals they are serving.

God’s blessings on your summer of service!


Plan Your Small Group Summer Missions by Alan Danielson from SmallGroups.com
Leading a small-group ministry throughout the summer months can be especially challenging, particularly in the United States. The summer season is often viewed as one long holiday, lasting 10 to 12 weeks. Like any holiday, we try to fill it with lasting memories. Our kids are out of school, so it’s the perfect time to plan lengthy vacations. Many industries intentionally slow down a little to promote employee morale. We enjoy outdoor activities as much as possible, and when the heat becomes too intense, blockbuster movies offer an enjoyable reprieve inside the cinema. With so many options, small-group ministry frequently finds itself in competition for time, attention, and energy, resulting in it dropping off the list of priorities.

What if we tried something new that caused a sense of excitement about group ministry? What if we constructed a vision for small groups that inspired people and made them want to plan their activities around their ministry, instead of putting ministry aside until fall? It’s entirely possible to increase enthusiasm and participation dramatically by focusing on the missional aspect of your small group. Here are six steps to get your small groups involved in missions this summer.

Step One: Change Your Paradigm
The Apostle Paul refers to paradigms in this well-known verse: “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will” (Romans 12:2). The Holy Spirit reveals, through Paul, the pathway to changing our lives and to knowing God’s will begins by altering our patterns of human thinking. As Christians, when we read “world” in Scripture, we have become conditioned to translate it as “sin” or “evil,” and that is certainly part of what Paul is saying. In a grander sense, however, this passage teaches us not to conform to the common mindset of our limited and flawed culture.

What are common mindsets we have that are flawed and limited regarding what we, as individuals, can do?

• “I could never do that.”
• “I don’t have enough. If I only had ______ then I could accomplish______.”
• “Great and amazing things happen to other people, but not me.”

Do these incomplete and broken ways of thinking ever creep into our minds as Christian leaders? You bet! The same limiting conversations may be imagined regarding ministry groups:

• “Our groups will never do that.”
• “We don’t have the money to do anything on that scale.”
• “Only big churches can do that. If only I had an assistant.”

When considering the larger implications of Romans 12:2, I become painfully aware of just how small and weak my current paradigms were. With this new awareness, here are some questions to ponder to help us all stretch and reframe our paradigms:

What would you do to get your groups on mission if money were not an object?

What do you dream of your groups doing through missions?

What are you able to accomplish with the resources you currently have?

How might not having enough resources force you to be creative?

How might attempting the difficult, even impossible, grow your faith and your group members’ faith?

Reflecting on the above questions, what paradigms do you personally need to change as a small-group point person? How could the “renewing of your mind” influence the behaviors, beliefs, and attitudes of your group leaders? By conferring with another leader or team of leaders and writing down your thoughts, you will be stretched, and your conclusions will embolden you as God widens your thinking beyond human constraints.

Step Two: Embolden Your Groups
Once your personal paradigm shifts, you are in a better position to embolden your groups by crafting and casting a compelling vision. I love the God’s Word translation of Proverbs 29:18: “Without prophetic vision people run wild, but blessed are those who follow [God’s] teachings.” One of the reasons people tend to “run wild” during the summer and neglect small groups is because they have not been introduced to a powerful vision.

Define the Vision

Begin by praying about it. Ask Christ to open your mind and heart to his paradigms. Ask him what he wants to do through your group missions. Then consider the thoughts you wrote down previously. Based on your prayer and your thoughts to the earlier questions, what is God calling your church to accomplish through small groups being on mission?

Lead the Vision

Think about people in your congregation who are the most receptive to leadership. Consider those who are already early adopters of your church’s new undertakings. List those people and talk to them about the vision. You don’t need to have the answer to every detail for these soldiers because they are always on the front lines, asking, “What’s next Sergeant Major?” Ask them to try group missions and see what happens, explaining your interest in sharing their experiences with the rest of the church so others will want to get involved. If you plan a couple of months in advance, you’ll find the passionate stories of these “beta testers” will inspire and ignite many more people in the congregation to action.

Broadcast the Vision

Once you’ve clearly articulated the vision, blast it out into the life and culture of your church. Remember the tried and true “Marketing Rule of 7.” Typically, people don’t really subscribe to a message until they’ve heard, seen, or read it seven times. So broadcast this vision in every avenue possible. Leverage the use of live events, emails, postcards, and letters (yes, even snail mail). Talk about it on video, during church announcements, and on social media. Make posters and flyers, hanging them on the main entrance doors, in each bathroom stall, and near the auditorium entryway. Project it onto the video screen, print it in the bulletin, and plaster it on t-shirts. Use a slogan because they’re memorable. Pastor Andy Stanley once said, “Ideas need to be memorable, because memorable is portable.” Portable meaning viral, or rapidly circulated. People remember it, and are more likely to talk about it. The more they talk about it, the more viral it becomes. You need to have the tenacity to say, “No one in our church is going to miss this vision. No, not one!”

Sell the Vision

People must buy into the vision on both a spiritual and an emotional level. As a leader, you must answer the question “why?” in as many ways as possible. Why would groups want to do something missional this summer? Why is this vision necessary for the advancement of God’s Kingdom? Why should groups consider doing missional activities this summer rather than Bible studies or social gatherings? Why should the congregation follow you in this vision? When people buy into the “why,” they will be moved to action. If you share a vision and very few people get on board, it’s because your “why” wasn’t compelling enough. Try and try again, with new and more compelling “whys” until movement happens!

Step Three: Empower Your Groups
Empower your groups by giving them a clear runway. Just as airport workers routinely walk their runways to remove debris that might interrupt or prevent a plane’s takeoff, you can clear the runway for your groups to begin soaring on mission. Provide resources that make it easy for them to start pursuing the vision:

Consider writing a curriculum resource for group missions—a step-by-step guide teaching groups how to discover their own mission, and how to act it out.

Give each of your group leaders a calendar, and encourage them to work with their group to fill the calendar with their mission plans.

Think about creative ways groups can fund their projects. Maybe they can ask for matching funds, or pursue projects that require labor, but not high expense.

Providing resources that help eliminate obstacles for groups doing missions is a small step that can yield amazing results.
Read the full article here.


3 Idea to Prepare Your Small-Group Ministry for Summer by Amy Jackson from SmallGroups.com
How do you feel about summer? Are you racing toward the finish line, eagerly awaiting the break? Or are you dreading the lull of summer when your ministry seems to lose all momentum?

Summer can be a drag for small-group ministry, or it can be the perfect opportunity to breathe new life into it. It’s up to you. Use these three ideas to plan now for how you’ll handle summer in your ministry.
1. Check the Church Calendar...
2. Offer Special Groups...
3. Check in with Leaders by the End of May...

Summer can allow you to invest in your ministry and connect people in new ways. There's no need to see summer as bad for your ministry. It may be just what you need to bring new life to your small groups. The key is to plan ahead so you're intentional with this natural break. Happy summer!
Read the full article here.
Another article from SmallGroup.com about this topic is What Should Small Groups Do over the Summer? also by Amy Jackson. Read it here.
And this one: 5 Ways Small Groups Can Handle Summer: Practical Ideas Beyond the Meet or Don't Meet Debate by Amy Jackson. Read it here.

Six Ways to Keep Your Church's Momentum Going This Summer by Jonathan Howe from Thom S. Rainer.com
Summer often means vacation time and travel for many church members. It also means lower attendance and participation numbers in many churches.

While you’ll likely experience some summer lull, you can help minimize this by utilizing one or more of these tips for engaging your church members this summer.

1. Create a weekly prayer emphasis...
2.
Report on the results of your summer activities...
3.
Consider hosting special events each month and emphasize inviting others...
4.
Participate in summer community events...
5.
Try something new...
6.
Focus on social media...
Read the full article here.

Here's some more pointers from Jonathan Howe on Thom S. Rainer's site. He gives some creative ways to stay in touch with your congregation through social media over the summer:
Seven Summer Social Media Ideas for Churches 


Don't Forget That: Essential Guide to Summer Camp Prep by Jeremy Echols from LifeWay Kids Ministry 101
Do you ever leave home for a trip, and have that feeling you may be forgetting something?  Here is Your Essential Guide to Summer Camp Prep. These 4 lists will help you make sure everything is ready for camp.

GET YOURSELF READY AS A GROUP LEADER:

  • Group Leader Information. CentriKid Group Leader Information is the most important and helpful tool to help you prepare for camp! It is full of important information, tips, and guidelines to help you know everything you need to know about coming to camp. Click here to find your camp location and download Group Leader Information.
  • Participant Lists & Release Forms. Three weeks before camp you need to send your participant list in to the camp gmail account for your location. The participant list is on your camp location page, and it is very important to housing. Make sure the camp team knows any policies or mobility needs that your church may have that will affect camper housing. Release Forms also need to be filled out and notarized. All participants (adults and kids) coming to camp are required to have background checks done, and after those are completed you will verify that on the statement of compliance.
  • Track Time Cards. Make sure that all campers have filled out their track time cards before you arrive at camp! You can find those and a description of each track time in Group Leader Information.
  • Plan to Register for next year! It might be weird to think about signing up for next summer before camp this summer, but our registration for the next summer opens on June 1st! We expect many of our locations and dates to fill up (like many of our dates and locations did this year), and to ensure that you get the location and date you want, you’ll need to register early! No money is due until February 15. To register for CentriKid Camps, call  1-877-CAMP-123  or visit  centrikid.com  after June 1!

GET THE KIDS READY:

  • Sign them up.  Without kids at kids camp, it’s dull. But seriously though … some parents will be asking you about camp registration before you are ready, but others will need a lot of guidance/help/reminders to finally take the steps and commit to signing up. Don’t give up on those families—those are great opportunities to build relationships with the kids that may not be at every event.  You can make every moment count by having time with them at camp.
  • Pray for them. One of the most important things you can do for your kids is to pray for them. As you pray for them, pray with them too! God is at work all around you, and some of the kids in your ministry will open up to you in a new way just by knowing that you are praying for them.
  • Familiarize your kids with the theme and verses for camp. Each year at CentriKid, we have a theme and a key verse of Scripture we focus on all week. Most camps have a theme that goes along with the Bible study material for the week. Getting your kids familiar with this beforehand will help them to begin learning before they even get to camp!
  • Calm their fears. Your kids may be a little nervous about being away from home for an entire week. Do your best to ease their nerves before they leave. This will help set them up to have a great week of camp. As parents, it is perfectly normal for you to also be nervous about your kids being away for home. Try not to show them that you are nervous too!
  • Get them excited! After calming their fears, get them excited! When I was a kid, the night before camp always felt kind of like the night before Christmas. Share in their excitement about coming to camp. Go out to eat as a family the night before camp or do something special to get them even more excited! This will be something they remember for years to come.
  • Use a packing list to make sure your kids have everything they need! At CentriKid we provide a generic packing list to use when preparing for camp. A packing list is a great tool to help you prepare your kids for camp!

GET THE PARENTS READY

  • Relieve fears

Read the full article here.



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Tips to Keep Busy Teens Engaged This Summer from CTA
Family ministry isn’t the only church program facing a slump in the summer. Youth groups and teen ministries often drop off in the summer, too. Overall, a study by the Barna Group found that the busyness of youth and a lack of interest from parents are two of the biggest challenges in youth ministry.
The study also showed that getting kids involved in missions was an important way to build relationships and foster discipleship in youth. Many of the youth ministry professionals surveyed say that it’s important to get the whole family involved in missions, too.
If you’re looking to build relationships, keep kids involved, and foster faith in families, think about starting a Mission of the Month program this summer. Teens and parents don’t have to travel for this type of mission work - they stay right where they are, keep up with their normal routines, and simply come together for a few hours each month.
Pick a consistent date and time each month to gather and work on your group’s mission project. Invite only the youth group members to this monthly work session, but encourage them to work on their projects at home with their families, too.
Then, pick a project for each month. Here are a few stay-at-home mission suggestions that may appeal to your youth:
CWS Kits
CWS (Church World Service) is a faith-based organization that provides resources to tackle hunger, poverty, displacement, and disaster around the world.
CWS kits are small packages of supplies assembled by volunteers and shipped to families and communities in need around the world. Your group can assemble hygiene kits, school kits, or emergency clean up buckets. In 2016, CWS distributed more than 200,000 kits in the United States, Angola, Honduras, and Syria - just to name a few locations.
Pajama Program
Pajama Program works to give underprivileged children a loving bedtime and a restful night. To do this, they donate new pajamas and books to children in homeless shelters and group homes. Your youth group can help by organizing a donation drive and delivering the items to a local chapter.
Operation Gratitude
Your youth group can support our troops and first responders through Operation Gratitude:

  • Go shopping or hold a donation drive to collect items from their wish list.
  • Make paracord survival bracelets, bandanas, or scarves and hats.
  • Assemble care packages.

Band-Aid Bandage Drive
Children love colorful, fun bandages, but most hospitals have only the boring brown variety. Many communities have held Band-Aid bandage drives to collect superhero and princess bandages that bring smiles to sick children’s faces. Check with your local health organizations to see if this is possible in your city.


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5 Ways to Boost Family Summer Ministry from CTA
No school! Vacation time! Road trip! Backyard BBQ!

Church . . . ?
Of all the summer activities, church and Sunday school usually rank somewhere near the bottom of the list. Rather than sticking with their usual Sunday routines, many families tend to leave town, park themselves by the pool, or spend all day Sunday at the baseball diamond during the summer months.

The “lazy days” attitude of summer certainly has an impact on church attendance. Seeing empty pews on Sunday mornings can be a real motivation killer for church staff. And, taking the summer off from church isn’t good for the faith of families, either.

How can you turn a summer slump into a summer surge for family ministry? Plan events and programs - fun, engaging, family-orientated and Bible-based activities that will keep families coming back for more! And, along with each family event or activity, plan something to send home - an informational handout or small gift that will keep the kids and adults engaged at home during the week.

Use the list below to start brainstorming and pick one or two events for each month this summer.
1. Family Bible Bee
Yes, there is a National Bible Bee, but you don’t need to get that competitive. Open your fellowship hall and host your own Bible trivia night for families. Invite families to bring their own drinks and an appetizer to share. Don’t worry—there’s no need to write your own questions. Simply search “Bible trivia” online to get premade questions and answers. Or, download an app and project the screen in front of your audience. Be sure to offer a few kid-friendly questions in each round.

Send home: Bible trivia flash cards. Encourage families to play a round each night after dinner. (You can find free flash cards here or here. It’s also fairly easy to make your own using a template.)

2. Pack-a-Picnic Sunday
Invite families to stay after services on Sunday and gather for a picnic. You could drive to a nearby park or have your picnic on church grounds. If your budget allows, order drinks, fried chicken, and cookies. Ask each family to bring their favorite picnic side dish. Plan a few games to play after lunch - like ladder toss, croquet, three-legged race, blanket run, or a scavenger hunt.

  • Send home: Give each child a container of bubbles, a small pack of sidewalk chalk, and a bag of M&M’S candy. Print a copy of this object lesson for each family to take home.

3. Tutoring Outreach
Partner with your local school system to offer summer tutoring. This is ideal for families with kids in high school. Parents and kids can read to younger children from the neighborhood or help older children with subject-specific material. You might consider piggybacking the tutoring with your midweek services. For example, offer tutoring from 4–5:30 p.m., a meal from 5:30–6:30 p.m., and church or Bible study at 7 p.m. You may even see some of the tutor families stay for your church activities!

  • Send home: Give each family (tutor students and members of your church) a Christian book to take home. Write your church’s contact information and service times inside the front cover. If your budget allows, consider including a pack of pencils and other school supplies, too.

4. Go Fishing
Plan a Saturday morning fishing event for families. Head to a lake that rents fishing equipment or ask the avid anglers in your ministry to bring a few extra poles to share. Before families head home, gather for a fish-themed devotion - consider focusing on Jonah; Matthew 14:13–21; or John 21:1–14.

  • Send home: Print a Bible verse from your devotion and three follow-up questions for families to discuss at home. Tape the paper to a pack of gummy worms or Swedish fish. If you want to get extra creative, wrap the candy bags in fish netting.

5. Plant a Garden
Summer is the ideal time to plant a vegetable garden and watch it grow. It’s a great activity for families with plenty of work for both children and adults. Consider creating a garden together as a church body or assigning a small plot to each willing family in your ministry. (Before you get started, you may want to read this garden guide for churches, which was written by A Rocha, a Christian nature conservation organization.) Gardening provides an easy opportunity to teach families about faith. Talk about the mustard seed (Matthew 17:20), God making all things new (Revelation 21:5), God’s provision for his people (Luke 12:22–32), or The Parable of the Sower (Matthew 13:1–23).

  • Send home: When you plant the vegetables, have each family plant an herb in a mason jar. They can take home this “garden” and watch it grow. Also, pick a song that relates to your Bible story and sing it while you’re gardening at church. Send home the lyrics with the families and encourage them to sing the song while they water their herb at home.

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Job & Ministry Opportunities
Pastor
St. James Holy Missionary Baptist Church (St. James HMBC), Sacramento
Seeking a full-time Pastor to provide spiritual guidance, outreach and administrative leadership to the church body. We are looking for a strong; sincere bible based leader that is led by the Holy Spirit. The Pastor must have an extensive understanding in biblical doctrine and must uphold the beliefs and standards of the Baptist faith and the St. James HMBC Church Covenant and By-Laws. In addition, the Pastor must be an excellent communicator, strong administrator; teacher, visionary; serve as a mentor and provide spiritual guidance to the body of Christ. The Pastor should also emphasize evangelism and the importance of lifestyle witnessing. In addition, the church is looking for a leader to guide us towards a deeper, more meaningful relationship with Jesus Christ. A successful candidate needs the ability to relate biblical truths to everyday life and challenge all ages through their sermons. In addition, the Pastor must have vision for the youth and encourage and work with youth ministries. The ideal candidate will have a strong calling for pastoral ministry, and show willingness to reach out to our community wherever they might be in their relationship with Christ. We affirm both men and women in ministry and leadership roles.
The Pastor should hold a degree from an accredited seminary or divinity school and at least six years of experience preaching the word of God.
Interested candidates should review the Statement of Baptist faith at http://www.sbc.net/bfm2000/bfm2000.asp and must submit the application, cover letter, resume and personal statement of faith by July 2, 2017 (applications postmarked after July 2, 2017 will not be considered) to:
St. James Holy Missionary Baptist Church
Attn: Pastors Search Committee (PSC)
3624 Stockton Blvd, Sacramento, CA 95820
For more information, email St.JamesHMBC@yahoo.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 or you can contact SRBN.

Education Internship
Education internship with stipend, housing, and airfare at Lake Tahoe, California
August 9 through December 22, 2017
4 Preschool interns 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 530-583-2925 or530448-9359 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


Pastor Ben Lehmann from westside Baptist Church in Georgia is bringing a team from his church to hold evangelistic basketball clinics around the Sacramento area.
2 hour long clinic at your church
For more information: contact Daniel Wong
danwong@comcast.net or 916-837-2877
https://westsidebc.org/HOPE/


Calendar

June
18-22 Middle & High School Camp Session 1
         Camp Alta

18-26 Mission Trip to Cambodia with CSBC
         
$1800 per person, CSBC.com/events/

27-29 Hope Renewed/Purpose Driven 2017
         Pastor/Church Leader Event, So. Cal.
         http://pd.church/ 

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 

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

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

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

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

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

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 

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

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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