Network News - June 23, 2017


Impact...that's what we all want as church members and leaders; we want to make a positive difference in the world. This week we're pointing you to some excellent articles that deal with impact and some great tools to help us be more effective.


The Ultimate Tool Kit for Church Leaders from Thom S. Rainer


Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen. (1 Peter 4:10-11, NIV)

Whether looking at Proverbs 22 where we are admonished to point children in the right direction, toward their bent or strengths and to follow God's ways or in 1 Peter or another verse about spiritual gifts, God has taught us always to put leaders where they are gifted to serve. Too often we are tempted to put people in places where we perceive the greatest need rather than the greatest gifting. Here's an article from Maxwell's group teaching us the same thing.

Authentic Leadership: Enabling Individuals to Work How They Are Wired by Chris Goede from The John Maxwell Co.
What does authentic leadership mean to you? For me, it’s a two-sided proposition – one that I see clients in the corporate world struggle with on a daily basis.

Authenticity is not measured only by how we as leaders perform, but also how we allow our employees to perform. Enable your people to work as their authentic selves and watch your product or service come alive. Stifle their creativity and watch your organization hit the wall.

As leaders, our job is to learn about our employees and identify how we can get the most out of them. Here are four ways we can do just that:

1. Define Authenticity

Before committing to a more authentic leadership culture, you first must define what that means for your organization. The concept and true source of authenticity are often misunderstood. You cannot call yourself “authentic.” Whether or not you possess this critical characteristic is up to those around you to debate.

We must lead by example if we hope to authentically inspire and motivate our people. Control your emotions when you’re on the hot seat. Spend free time at work asking your employees questions about their personal lives and what they hope to achieve in life. If employees identify you as someone with conviction and compassion, then they will put these same principles to work for your company.

2. Channel Your Self-Awareness

When is the last time you channeled your self-awareness into tangible action? When you become cognizant of where you stand in the eyes of your employees, you unlock a whole new world of potential opportunity to develop the leadership skills of those around you.

That’s because authentic leaders use awareness of their own strengths, weaknesses and emotional tendencies to identify the same characteristics in others. This allows you to mentor employees on what they need to improve in order to reach their full potential. Not the potential that you think they have, but the potential they believe in.

3. Master the ‘Permission’ Level of Leadership

John C. Maxwell’s best-selling book, The Five Levels of Leadership, serves as the foundation from which we build and deliver our custom leadership development solutions. In Level 2, you make the jump from Position to Permission, your first real step into the realm of leadership.

When a leader learns to function on the Permission level, people actually start to follow them. Not because they have the title of manager or executive, but because the leader begins to influence people by building relationships with them.

Doing so develops a foundation for effective leadership and de-silos an organization’s infrastructure. Relationships deepen and people feel valued. These are hallmark achievements of a leader dedicated to reaching ‘Permission’ status.

4. Find Common Ground...
Read the rest of the article here.

Maxwell also offers a free ebook called Thinking Like a Leader on this same page.


This Is Our Time by Trevin Wax from LifeWay Pastors
I hear too much grumbling in Christian circles today, and I’m afraid it’s a sign we are “of little faith.”

Oh, it’s so terribly hard to be faithful in sharing the gospel in the Bible Belt because of “cultural Christianity” and all the confusion about the true gospel!

Southern pastors complain about cultural Christianity and think it would be easier elsewhere. Northern and urban pastors do the opposite.

Oh, if only you knew how hard it is to be a Christian in the urban, unchurched regions of our country because there’s so little respect or interest in Christianity at all!

On the horizon is the question of what shape our public witness to the gospel should take.

Meanwhile, the ideology of the Sexual Revolution continues to spread. GenX and Baby Boomer pastors murmur about having to talk about sex all the time.

I wish there were other, bigger debates going on right now. 

It’s hard to live in the messiness of this era, when we’re seeking to be steadfast and faithful to the Word of God while also showing compassion toward all kinds of people.

Can’t we just punt on this one and get on to other subjects?

Grumbling about this cultural moment usually leaves us wistful for another.

And so, we yearn for the past, wondering what it would have been like to experience the growth of the early church, or join the church fathers in their affirmation of orthodoxy, or protest social injustice and doctrinal error with the Reformers, or minister during the great awakenings, or replay the fundamentalist vs. modernists debates of last century.

Oh, we of little faith!

We will never be faithful in the present as long as we are yearning for the past. The only era we should long for is a future one, when the kingdom comes on earth as it is in heaven.

Our griping about the current moment gives voice to the resentment we feel because we are facing these challenges in these days. That complaint says to God: “You’ve put me in the wrong time and place. I don’t like the assignment you’ve given me.”

To which, I imagine, God says: My precious children, this is your time.
Read the full article here.


If You're Going to Do Church That Way, Do It Well by Karl Vaters from ChristianityToday.com
There are so many ways to do church.

As long as you’re honoring the Bible, worshiping Jesus and loving people, no method or structure is wrong.

But any method or structure can be done wrong.

Thankfully, it can also be done right.

Whatever program, asset or resource you think your church needs in order to become great, you can find a church somewhere that became great without it.

It’s not about what you have or don’t have. What you do or don’t do. It’s far more about doing it well, not matter what you have or don’t have.

For instance…

A church doesn't need to own a building. But if you do, use it well.
Use the church building to honor God and serve people. Don’t use the people to serve and honor the building.

Use the church building to honor God and serve people. Don’t use the people to serve and honor the building.

If you don’t own a building, you can do that well, too.

There are so many advantages to not having a permanent building as a church home. From the portability, to the monetary savings and more.

So, if your church doesn’t own a building, don’t fight it. Lean into it. Find the advantages of not having a mortgage or maintenance, and use those advantages in the best way you can.

A church doesn't need to have a pastor. But if you do, treat them well.
Many churches are lay-led and function just fine. But if your church has a pastor-led structure, do that in the best way you can.

Honor your pastor, appreciate their hard work, ask “how can I help”? And remember to pray for them and their family regularly. They bear a burden deeper than you’ll ever know.

And if you are the pastor, be the best pastor you can be. Pray, preach and teach. Equip the saints.

And always remember your family is your first and most important arena of ministry.

A church doesn’t need to be a certain size. But do your size really well.
Is your church mega? Do mega well.

Take avantage of the opportunites that come with increased visibility, resources and options to exalt Jesus and bless people even more.

Is your church small? Do small awesome!

Get to know each other. Help each other.

And create an environment that welcomes new members of the family with open arms and hearts.

A church doesn't need to be in a denomination. But if you are, respect it and participate in it.|
In the last few years, I’ve spoken to and worshipped with almost every major denomination there is. And I’ve learned a great deal from all of them.
Read the full aritcle here.

CT Pastors offers many downloads of articles and books beneficial in ministry and outreach. Look at The Vault here.


The Four Keys to Making a Big Impact (Part 1) by Curt Harlow from Thrive

It is a theological certainty that God wants your life to have an impact.

Well, not just an impact. A big impact.

So how do you do it?

We have a tendency to assume that in order to make an impact, we need two things: power and money. If only we had authority. If only we got that promotion. If only we had better finances. If only we got a raise. If those things happened, then we could have an impact.

But consider this question: What if what we think we need to have an impact isn't what we need at all?

One of the people who has had the greatest impact on the Christian faith, the Apostle Paul, gave up his title and his money before he began to work for God's purpose. In fact, in the book of Philippians we find that he's having his greatest impact in pretty dire circumstances: languishing in a jail cell.

We don't need a title to change the world. We don't need money. What we need is to remember four principles. These principles may feel counterintuitive, but within them is everything you need to know to have the kind of impact God has planned for you.

The First Principle of Impact: Courage is Contagious

What's your true commitment level? When suffering comes your way, do you run from it, or do you embrace it? When courage drives your response to bad situations, your impact grows.

In Philippians 1:12, Paul lets the church in Philippi know that although he may be in prison, his position actually allows him to advance the gospel. He realizes that although he isn't free, he actually has access to a group of very elite people in Roman society: the palace guard. Instead of giving up, he wins over his jailors. His courage allowed him to impact an entire culture from a prison cell.

Courage has two characteristics:

Courage spreads externally: When you're a person who acts in courage, everything you do will be noticed more. Humans by nature are fearful, so when one of us stands up in bravery, the act stands out. It is noticed, and it spreads. Courage is always contagious. Courage strengthens internally: Not only does courage spread outward, it also reaches those closest to you. It brings your family closer. It brings your business together. It strengthens everyone around you. Courage emboldens anyone you have a relationship with.

The key to courage is to develop a willingness to embrace suffering.

You can't have courage without suffering. And the truth is, every one of us will go through suffering. It's a part of the world. The question is are you going to anticipate it? Will you have courage when suffering comes? There's no way to be until you accept and embrace the fact that suffering is bound to occur.

The Second Principle of Impact: Attitude is Everything

Ever wanted to change your circumstances? How about your relationships, or your finances?

We all want to change our situation, but this is rarely the most effective strategy. Instead of focusing on our situation, we need to change the only thing we can really control: our attitude.

If you've ever had someone in your life who seems intent on stirring up trouble and drama for you, you know how Paul felt. He tells the Philippians about people who only want to make life more difficult for him while he is in prison. But look at his response:

"But what does it matter? The important thing is that in every way, whether from false motives or true, Christ is preached. And because of this I rejoice." (Philippians 1:18)

His attitude is amazing. "What does it matter," he asks. In one question, he aligns his attitude not with the people creating drama, but with God and His message.
Read the rest of the article here. Read Part 2 here.

Another Thrive article by Ray Johnston, pastor of Bayside Church is The 5 Characteristics of an Authentic Christian Leader. Read it here.
He says, "Do you want to make an impact at your job, in your marriage, in your family, in your community, in your church? Build these five things into your life. These five characteristics are crucial to creating hope, both in yourself and in others. And with hope like that, anything is possible."



Gearing up for VBS - Top 8 Allergen-free Snack Ideas by Melita Thomas



Free Bible Skills Activity Guide for parents and small groups by Kids Ministry 101



The SBC (Southern Baptist Convention) just had its annual convention meetings in Phoenix on June 13-14. Some controversy was discussed in articles about a vote regarding racism. This is what the resolution was actually about: "A resolution on 'the anti-gospel of alt-right white supremacy' decried 'every form of racism, including alt-right white supremacy, as antithetical to the Gospel of Jesus Christ' and pledged to pray 'both for those who advocate racist ideologies and those who are thereby deceived.' A vote to approve the resolution June 14 was followed by a standing ovation from messengers." (Roach, "Wrap-Up" article, http://www.bpnews.net/49067/wrapup-altright-resolution-and-evangelism-draw-focus-at-sbc)
Some mistakingly reported that this resolution was about Southern Baptists supporting racism. However, "in 1995, the 150th anniversary of the founding of the Southern Baptist Convention, at its national meeting in Atlanta, Georgia, SBC leaders adopted a resolution on racial reconciliation. The resolution condemned racism, acknowledged the SBC's role in supporting slavery, and affirmed the equality of all people on scriptural grounds. Further, it apologized to African-Americans, asking their forgiveness, and pledged to eradicate all forms of racism from Southern Baptist life." (Fairchild, Mary, “Southern Baptist History” ThoughtCo., January 06, 2017, https://www.thoughtco.com/southern-baptist-church-history-700525)



Free Materials and Equipment
Sound Equipment
The following equipment has been donated and is available to any church in need. Please contact the SRBN office at 916.863.5426 or email us at srbn@scabaptist.org for more information.
1 - Yamaha MG166C Mixer
1 - Williams Hearing Imp System/4 receivers
1 - Tascam CD-RW Audio Recorder
2 - Sennheiser E835 Mics
1 - QSC 850 Amplifier
1 - DI Box (Instrument/Guitar)
6 - Misc Cords XLR
4 - Cords (1/4") (25')
2 - Cords (50') (Spkr - 1/4" shielded)
1 - Music Cart w/ power bar
3 - Cords (RCA) (2 @ 6', 1 @ 20')
2 - Stands (Mic-boom type)
2 - Kustom 100W Speakers
1 - Music Stand (Manhasset)

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

29     Retirement Celebration for Dennis and Geneva
         6 pm, El Camino Baptist Church
         2805 El Camino Ave., Sacramento
         RSVP to srbn@sacbaptist.org

July
8      2nd Saturday Outreach

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

9       The Grace Network orientation
         2 pm, 701 Dixieanne Ave, Sacramento 95815

11     The Grace Network orientation
         6 pm, 701 Dixieanne Ave, Sacramento 95815

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

6   Watoto Children's Choir Concert
      The Church on Cypress, 5709 Cypress Ave., Carmichael
       free concert, a love offering will be taken
      7 pm, http://churchoncypress.org/, 916.972-8200

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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