Network News - September 22, 2017
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Network News - September 22, 2017




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We were thrilled to get to attend a pastor's luncheon last week. Each year KFIA Christian Radio provides a wonderful luncheon for pastors and staff. This year, the main speaker was Rice Broocks who wrote God's Not Dead and Man, Myth, Messiah: Answering History's Greatest Question. He's written other books as well and speaks all over the world in addition to being a pastor. He shared one thing that has sparked this newsletter's theme. He said (this is not an exact quote) that our young people are leaving the faith because they are ridiculed out of their faith. It's like spiritual bullying is making it so hard for our kids and young adults today to stand firm. Today our children and young adults are having to live out the "Though none go with me" kind of faith. So, how can we help them?

5 Ways to Raise Spiritually Resilient Children by Frank Powell from Bayside Granite Bay for Outreach Magazine
I used to think I wanted successful kids. Part of me still does. When I gather with family or friends, I like to brag about my kids’ most recent accomplishments.

Noah, my oldest son, scored five goals in his first soccer game. Micah, my youngest son, scored two. My 2-year-old daughter, Jannie Rose, has transitioned better than most adopted kids.

I like you to know these things. I want you to know my kids are making stuff happen. But more than that, I want you to think I’m killing this parenting thing.

But, when I’m alone with God, a different desire surfaces, one the Spirit has for my kids. That desire is that they remain faithful. Faithful to God, yes. But also faithful to their neighbor, their friends, their spouse, their calling. What I want for my kids is for them to remain faithful to God’s plan for their life.

This desire arises only when I’m still. Stillness is the only way we see things clearly. Only then do I see a reality larger than the latest accomplishment.

I see the inevitable winds of suffering that will huff and puff and threaten my kids’ emotional and (possibly) physical foundations. I think about the weight of comparison, rejection and loss that will eventually press down hard on their identity. I think about the relationships they will form. I think about the state of our world as their conscience becomes aware of spiritual things.

What will sustain their faithfulness? What will carry them across life’s difficulties and inconsistencies? Let’s not pretend the brag-worthy traits will do this. Athletic prowess won’t do it. Intellect won’t, either. Neither will artistic giftedness. Not even good theology will do the job. It’s not that these pursuits are bad; they are just futile without a deeper foundation.

The stuff that makes us successful doesn’t make us faithful.

I’m not here to offer up perfect solutions. But in looking through Scripture, one discipline is wildly underestimated in the church and our culture: “stick-to-itiveness.” Or resilience. Or perseverance. Or grit.

Jesus endured unthinkable rejection and suffering and shouldered the weight of the world. Paul was beaten by whips five times, shipwrecked and faced with exhaustion, hunger and the burden of caring for multiple churches.

Meanwhile, my culturally conditioned mind says, “Why? Why bother with all the suffering and struggles and letdowns? Why not live a good life, talk about God when it’s convenient and earn a living?”

Perseverance isn’t much valued in our speed-hungry culture. Perseverance takes time. It’s singular-focused, void of spotlights. Yeah, we’re a sprinting people. Some might say, “Yeah, we are. And …?”

And … life is a marathon. I’ve run a couple. They’re not conducive to sprinting. That’s why we’re often burnt-out, why we struggle with commitment and why we’re prone to superficiality. We’ve no time for setbacks, no patience for mystery.

GPAs aren’t bad. Neither are scholarships. Lord knows, by the time my kids go to college, it will be cheaper to buy California than send your kids to a university there. Yeah, I pray for scholarships over my kids every night.

But eventually, everyone faces a severe storm. When the bottom falls out on my kids, their accomplishments won’t do much for them. When life gets tough, will they have enough grit to persevere? Will they stand firm in their faith, trusting in their Rock, or will they seek an easy out? When life takes them to the end of the rope, will they let go or—as someone once said—“tie a knot and hold on”? When their marriage struggles, will they give up on it or fight for it? When failure threatens their calling, will they abandon it or allow disappointment to fuel growth, wholeness and deeper passion?

How my kids answer these questions starts with my wife and me. As parents, we can help our kids lay a foundation built on solid ground, rooted and built up in Christ. Here are five factors that promote spiritual grit.
1. Instill a growth mindset.
2. Promote passion.
3. Focus on hope.
4. Surround them with encouraging mentors and friends.
5. Become resilient parents. 

Read the whole article here


The Priorities, Challenges, and Trends in Youth Ministry from Barna
Millennials are leaving the church. Nearly six in ten (59%) young people who grow up in Christian churches end up walking away, and the unchurched segment among Millennials has increased in the last decade from 44% to 52%, mirroring a larger cultural trend away from churchgoing in America. When asked what has helped their faith grow, “church” does not make even the top 10 factors.

Young Americans are attempting to learn faithfulness in a rapidly changing post-Christian culture where they are rethinking the institutions—like church—that arbitrate life. The ubiquity and onslaught of information and competing worldviews, as well as a greater resistance to the gospel among their peers make it harder for young people to find meaning in a complex culture.

But the good news is that the research we conducted for Youth Specialties and YouthWorks points to a strong correlation between good, integrated youth ministry and staying active in church. Youth Specialties and YouthWorks, commissioned Barna Group to conduct both qualitative and quantitative research among senior pastors and youth ministry leaders to assess the state of youth ministry in America. This is the first wave of a multi-year project which will be fully released at Youth Specialties’ National Youth Workers Convention this November in Cincinnati. These organizations seek to help churches increase their ministry to teenagers through mission trips and youth worker training.

The Priority and Priorities of Youth Ministry
The most unchurched Americans are Millennials, so it comes as no surprise that youth ministry is a priority for many churches. Six in 10 (61%) senior pastors say youth ministry is “one of the top priorities” of their church’s ministry, and 7 percent say it is the single highest priority. However, despite a clear majority, one-third of pastors (32%) say it is either somewhat, not too much, or not at all a priority.

Interestingly, the level of priority among pastors correlated very highly with the size of the youth group: churches that have not made youth ministry a priority tend to have smaller youth groups. This does not prove causation, but suggests a connection between youth group size and prioritization. Pastors at churches with a youth ministry of 50 or more students and pastors at churches with 25 to 49 students are more likely than average to say youth ministry is one of their church’s top priorities (81% and 71%, respectively). At churches where youth ministry attendance is one to 10 students, pastors are more likely than average to say youth ministry is somewhat (42%) or not too much of a priority (7%). Churches with larger youth groups are often more willing to invest in the program by increasing staffing and budgets. Churches with a smaller youth group tend to be less willing to invest resources into youth ministry.
Read the rest of the article here.


8 Weekly Prayers to Pray for Your Kids While They're at School by Joshua Straub

I genuinely believe there is no greater parenting technique than to pray boldly for our kids.

For many of us, sending our children back to school can feel like an emotional roller coaster ride. Fears and questions concern us. Will they make friends? What challenges will they face? Who will influence them? Can they keep up academically?

If you homeschool, your fears about your kids may be a little different, but are no less valid or worrisome.

The reality is that God gave us our kids to steward well. God chose you to raise your kids. I think that’s incredibly generous and really cool of him. It’s also humbling.

That’s why we need God’s help.

Whether you homeschool or send your kids off to school, here are some prayers you can regularly pray for your kids each day this coming school year.

Monday: Father, though grades matter, I pray that you instill in my children a love for learning. Give them wisdom, insight, and understanding above all else.

Tuesday: Dear God, surround my children with friends, mentors, and loved ones who champion and affirm their worth, strengths, and gifts. Place people in their lives who love them dearly for who they are.

Wednesday: Father, help my children to be honest, hard working, rested, patient, faithful, empathetic, and kind. (Insert your own values into these prayers for your kids. You can pray a different value for your kids each week as well).

Thursday: Dear Lord, instill in my children the courage to do the right thing, even in the face of it being unpopular or them being picked on for it. Give my children the call and resolve to be kind and strong, and to walk confidently in Your love for them.

Friday: Father, your eyes are looking throughout the earth for a heart that is completely yours. I pray these hearts for my children. Woo them to be undeniably in love with you.

Additionally, here are a few extra I pray regularly as well:
Read the full article here.


If your students are wanting to make an impact at school, here is an organization that helps you and them navigate the system: Students Standing Strong 


Helping Children Understand and Explain Their Faith
Many believers, especially those who are young, can relate to this experience of a recent college graduate:

I clearly remember the day, during my first semester in college, when I first fully realized how important it is to have learned how to defend your faith as a young person. I was sitting in my Latin class, right before my professor arrived, listening with unbelieving ears to the easy, light-hearted manner in which my fellow classmates—intelligent, cultured young people, most of whom I liked very much—were discussing, and actually laughing about, issues whose sinfulness I had up to that moment sincerely believed no one could underestimate. All at once I realized how different the culture of the world is from the core beliefs of the Christian faith, and how much intelligent effort is necessary in order to explain to others, not only what is truth (John 18:38), but why the truth matters.

Why does it matter? Being able to defend and explain the Truth of our faith to others is an essential part of our mission to share the gospel with all nations and all cultures. When a person’s perspective on life is completely contrary to the Word of God, that person will not understand why he or she needs the gospel, until it is explained to them and his or her own perspective is challenged.

First Peter 3:15 reads: “Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect” (NIV). This is the chief reason why we, as followers of Jesus, must be able, and train our children to be able, to give a defense for our faith: God has commanded us to do so, but we are to do it with gentleness and respect. 


Apologetics, this “giving an answer for your faith,” is a part of mission that has been greatly neglected in recent generations. It is easy to see why. Many people are afraid they will not be “smart” enough to undertake properly this great responsibility, forgetting that God’s grace is as sufficient for this as for any other task. But in recent years things have become even more challenging. Up until recently, Western culture has been predominantly Christian in its norms and customs. Few felt it necessary to explain why Christianity was the best route to follow. Even the most unchristian members of society knew they had to behave in accordance with at least a superficially Christian moral and philosophical code, even if no one could explain what the reasons were that such moral and religious standards were demanded.

But this has changed. Step into any university across the United States—and indeed Canada and Europe as well—and you will find young people, not unreasonably, refusing to associate themselves with a faith that they do not understand and do not see many people around them purposefully living out. New religions and atheistic philosophies have replaced our nominally Christian culture with a religiously pluralistic culture, and young people see no reason why the faith of their parents and grandparents should be considered more valuable or true than any other.

And this is not happening only on college campuses. In high school and even before, kids are bombarded with questions about and challenges to their faith, whether from friends or through topics raised in our media culture. At such a young age, they cannot be expected to respond from experience; believing adults may well be able to argue against non-Christian worldviews because they tried them previously and found them failures. Children lack the moral experiences of adults.
Read the full article here.


How to Raise Kids Who Stand Up for Their Beliefs by Dr. Michele Borba for Crosswalk.com
We might as well call the close of America’s twentieth century the "Decade of Moral Erosion." Think about it: The Internet became scarier; TV featured more casual sex and vulgarity; video games became even cruder; music lyrics were ruder; movies were often steamier and always more violent. And if that isn’t enough, data shows peer pressure became even fiercer. A recent Time/Nickelodeon survey of 991 kids ages nine to fourteen revealed some troubling facts: 36 percent of the middle schoolers surveyed feel the pressure from peers to smoke marijuana; 40 percent feel pressure to have sex; 36 percent feel pressure to shoplift; and four out of 10 sixth graders feel pressure to drink.

These really are scary times to raise kids. What can you do to help your kids counter negative influences and stand up for what they know is right? The answer is to nurture a solid moral core that will guide them to stand up for their beliefs and act right without us. And the best news is that we can teach kids the core virtues and skills of strong character and moral courage and can begin when they are toddlers. Here are seven parenting tips you can use to help your kids stand up for their beliefs, buck negative peer pressure, and live their lives guided by integrity. Just remember: it’s never too late -- or early -- to start.
Seven Tips to Help Kids Stand Up for Their Moral Beliefs
1. Know What You Stand for So Your Kid Knows.
2. Walk Your Talk.
3. Share Your Moral Beliefs and Take Stands.
4. Ask Moral Questions to Stretch Moral Development
5. Boost Empathy.
6. Reinforce Assertiveness, No Compliance.
7. Teach Assertive Skills.

Read the full article here.



Job & Ministry Opportunities
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
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.

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  

Unique Mission Project Opportunity: Supporting Seminary Students and Persecuted Christians in Myanmar
What your church can do:
1. Show a five-minute video in your service about the ministry
2. Have 1-2 leaders/contact persons to lead this project in your church who can explain the importance of this project and what it is accomplishing and who can oversee the sell of the bracelets used to raise the money as well as forward the money to The Church on the Rock in Canada. (See below for more details). (If you are near the Sacramento area, we can provide a leader/speaker to coordinate with your church if you are willing to let us come and share).
3. Commit to sell at least 100 bracelets. (They are really beautiful and are hand-made by the families in Myanmar).
4. Contact Claudia Wreyford at 916-944-2225 with any questions or to adopt this project in your church.
The Church on Cypress in Carmichael has partnered with The Church on the Rock in Canada for many years. We need churches who, as part of their mission activities, would be willing to join us in supporting the mission churches in Myanmar. This project provides financial support for a lay pastor seminary (training 70-90 men from 15 outlying villages) as well as aiding Christian families being persecuted there. 
The families are making Kumihimo (braided) Bracelets which will then be offered for sale through churches here in the US. 100% of all monies collected go to the mission in Myanmar. There are no administrative costs. All work here is done by volunteers. 
We currently have 1,000 bracelets ready for sale, we just need your help by including this as one of your mission projects.  Here are links to both the informational video available for your use and to pictures/information on the Myanmar Mission activities:
Video:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LjJOvrW90So&feature=em-upload_owner
Click here: Myanmar Mission Pictures Or:https://goo.gl/photos/kYjMkiEmcWw9QHqU6 
Here is a picture of the Pastors Class in Myanmar


Calendar
September
Remember, September is CMO month. Our Network was featured in a video. You can check it out here

29   Youth Leaders Meeting
       6 pm at El Camino Baptist Church
       Contact Gregory Horton
       415-684-4549 or kazuma4321@hotmail.com

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
       
Video about the seminar 

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

October
1-3   11th Annual Adult Conference
         First Baptist Church of Orangevale
         8998 Central Avenue (at Pecan Avenue)
         916-988-1139 or email fborangevale@hotmail.com 

2-5  Pastor & Ministry Leader Retreat
       Camp Cazadero, $115 (includes 4 days, 3 nights, & 8 meals)
       http://www.csbc.com/events/6th-annual-pastor-ministry-leader-retreat

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

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

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

19    SRBN Annual Celebration
        7 pm
 

21    Piercing the Darkness 
        A faith-fueled summit for those on the frontline
        of empowering and protecting children from
        social injustice and human trafficking
        FREE, at The Artisan 
        Info and registration
        Contact: Chris Stambaugh
        chris@thegracenetwork.org (916) 952-7880

24-25  CSBC Annual Meeting
           Magnolia Church, Riverside, CA
           For More information:
http://www.csbc.com/events/csbc-annual-meeting-2017
           (Fellowship of Church Musicians’ Conference-Oct. 23-24
            and other meetings at the Annual Meeting as well.  
 
          Be sure to check out CSBC for details).

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/

Announcements

SRBN Youth Leaders Meeting

Friday, September 29, 6 pm
El Camino Baptist Church
2805 El Camino Ave., Sacramento

We had a great first meeting!
Join us for the next meeting next Friday!

For more info: Gregory Horton
415-684-4549, kazuma4321@hotmail.com

11th Annual Adult Conference


Please join us at the 11th Annual
Adult Conference
Fun, Fellowship, and Spiritual Renewal
October 1-3, 2017

First Baptist Church of Orangevale is hosting its eleventh annual Adult Conference on October 1-3. Everyone is welcome to this free event.

The conference begins Sunday, October 1, at 4:00 PM, with a barbecued chicken picnic provided by First Baptist Church of Orangevale. At 5:00 PM, worship leader John McDaniel will lead us in a “Songfest” of favorite hymns and choruses.

At 6:00 PM there will be a time of worship led by John, followed by a message from our keynote speaker Dr. Carl Morgan, pastor of Woodland United Fellowship, archaeologist, and Director and Curator of the Woodland Museum of Biblical Archaeology.

The conference continues Monday and Tuesday mornings with breakout sessions starting at 9:30 AM and a coffee break at 10:30 AM. A time of worship begins at 11:00, followed by another inspiring message. Each day will end with lunch. Monday’s is provided by First Baptist Church of Orangevale, and Tuesday’s is a potluck.

First Baptist Church of Orangevale is located at 8998 Central Avenue (at Pecan Avenue). For more information, call 916-988-1139 or email fborangevale@hotmail.com 

California Mission Offering
September is California Mission Offering month: a Season of Prayer and Offering for California Missions.
 
Since the entire month is designated for California missions, churches are encouraged to use materials – poster, bulletin insert/prayer guide, videos and other resources – to observe the prayer and offering emphasis throughout the month.
 
Theme for 2017 is “It Begins With You" based on Acts 1:8. The goal for the 2017 Offering is $375,000. Gifts to the offering will support church starting, healthy church evangelism projects, disaster relief and mission action, associational projects and mission support.

Purposes for the offering are to:

  • Educate California Southern Baptists concerning the urgent need of reaching our state for Jesus Christ.
  • Encourage California Southern Baptists to pray for California missions and state missionaries who work with churches to share the Gospel.
  • Encourage California Southern Baptists to go on mission and share their faith.
  • Encourage California Southern Baptists to give so missionaries and ministries throughout the state can be deployed to spread the Good News of Jesus Christ
Pastors and Staff Retreat

October 2-5, 2017
Camp Cazadero
$115 (includes 4 days, 3 night, and 8 meals)
Details and online registration: http://www.csbc.com/events/6th-annual-pastor-ministry-leader-retreat 

Beth Moore/You Lead Training

October 5-7
Golden 1 Center
lifeway.com/livingproof
lifeway.com/youlead

SRBN Annual Celebration!

SRBN Annual Celebration!
October 19th
Join in the fellowship at 6:30 pm
Celebration starts at 7 pm
Country Oaks Baptist Church
9717 Bond Road, Elk Grove

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