Capital Baptist News - Network News - September 1, 2017
Capital Baptist News

Capital Baptist News - Network News - September 1, 2017

This fall has already gotten busy, and it still feels like summer outside!
In this newsletter, we're going to talk about some time-savers and getting ready for fall. 

You Can't Get More Time, But You Can Expand Your Capacity by Brandon A. Cox
168. That’s it.
You and I have exactly the same amount of time. Rich or poor, young or old, we each get 168 hours in a week’s time.
With some of that, we need to rest, or we’ll get fewer total weeks in our short lives. With some of that time, we need to spend quality time with people, building friendships and relationships.
And with some of that time, we work. Actually, most of us work during a lot of that 168 hours, proportionally speaking.
How many times have you gotten to the end of the day, or the week, or maybe just Monday morning and said, “If I just had more time, I’d…”
Reality check: You can’t get more time.
But what you can do is expand your capacity. You have the ability to be more fruitful with the same amount of time you’re working now.
I recently wrote on another website about the difference between bandwidth and capacity, and how we often confuse the two.

Bandwidth pertains to how much time we have for a given area of life, such as family, work, or volunteering. And capacity refers to how much fruit I am able to bear in that given amount of time.
When I was a kid, I used to help my grandfather carry things from one barn to another. He was a little slow and I was a little kid, so I could easily keep up with him. We took the same amount of time walking between the barns. But he was strong and could carry easily six times as much as I could. We had equal bandwidth but he had much greater capacity.
The only way to increase your bandwidth is to quit doing something you’re already doing with your 168 hours. You can shift the budget around and get more time for volunteering if you use less time for leisure, and so forth.

Most of us overestimate our bandwidth (the amount of time we can spare), but we underestimate our capacity (what we’re capable of doing with the time we have).
We think we’ve got plenty of time to commit to more tasks and we’ll figure out a way to squeeze it all in. That’s how we start down the path of burnout.
There are far more ways to expand your capacity than your bandwidth.
My grandfather had spent years working with his hands, all the while expanding his capacity to move things from one barn to the other. He had slowly expanded his capacity.
So, here’s the million dollar question… how can you expand your capacity?
Let me give you a few ways.
1. Be a lifelong learner.

2. Do what you do well, the most.
3. Do the things you don’t do well, less.
4. Work with people.
Read the full article here.

2 Resources from Building Church Leaders:
Taking Control of My Time
Time Management Assessment Pack

Free Online Conferences:
Productivity Virtual Summit 
Church Hacks Summit 

My 7 Most Productive Habits by Mark Dance for LifeWayPastors
Any pastor who wants to be productive needs a good plan. Last week I shared my seven least productive habits, so today I will show how I have turned those same bad habits into better ones.
1. Prioritizing My Texts
2. Managing My List

3. An Empty Email Inbox
4. A Social Media Schedule
5. Setting Ground Rules for Meetings
6. Protecting My Study Time
7. Practicing the Sabbath
There’s a big difference between being busy and being productive. We all get 168 hours a week, and shorter weekends will not actually help you get ahead. God set up a rhythm of work and rest and put it on his top ten list. We all work better after we are rested, so practicing the sabbath sets us up to be more productive.
Read the full article here.

Working Toward Rest  by  for LifeWay Pastors

Work may be done for six days, but on the seventh day there must be a Sabbath of complete rest, holy to the Lord. Exodus 31:15a (CSB)

The purpose of this article is not to argue whether Saturday or Sunday constitutes a Sabbath in the New Testament era, but to consider the concept of rest. The Sabbath was instituted as a sign of the covenant between God and Israel (Exodus 31:15b-16) and was to be a day of complete rest, recalling the seventh day of creation (Exodus 20:8).

Often, though, pastors and other church leaders have a difficult time with the idea of rest despite the fact many of them work hours exceeding a standard workweek and though God created a day especially for the purpose.

A 2010 study from LifeWay Research found

the typical pastor works 50 hours a week. Scott McConnell, [executive director] of LifeWay Research, pointed out, however, that this average actually understates the number of hours because it takes into account bivocational pastors (11 percent of survey participants), part-time senior pastors (5 percent of survey participants), and volunteer pastors (2 percent of survey participants)—the majority of whom work, by design, less than 40 hours for their church each week.

“Since the phone survey went to church offices, it was pastors who were at the church office and more likely to take the phone call who are included in the survey,” McConnell explained. “But, of the bivocational pastors who participated, the median number of hours bivocational and part-time pastors work for their churches each week is 30 hours.”

An informal survey conducted by Dr. Thom Rainer in 2013 found 47 percent of pastors responding work 40-59 hours a week, with another ten percent working 60 hours or more.

Any way you look at it, pastors work a lot of hours each week. Bivocational pastors work 30-40 hours a week for their “regular job,” then many more in their ministry job. For many—full-time, part-time, volunteer, or bivocational—few days of complete rest are found. Saturdays are often filled with church activities while Sundays bring preaching, meetings, leading a small group, impromptu or scheduled counseling, and the list goes on.

How, then, do we over-worked, under-rested pastors change our habits to include genuine rest?

Start with small blocks of time.

Brady Boyd writes:

Pick every Friday this month from 6 to 9 a.m. or next Sunday afternoon from when you get home until dinnertime, or 30 minutes after your final appointment today and block it out. Assign it on your calendar: REST. Then, when the time arrives, do just that: rest. No escapism. No self-medication. No errands. No trolling social-media feeds.

Start small, and move consistently and purposefully toward full days of rest.

Fight the guilt.
Accept the gift of God.
Block time for things that relax you.
Accept our need to sleep.

Early to bed and early to wise may or may not make one healthy, wealthy, and wise, but up late and up early is nearly guaranteed to be unhealthy. Recent studiessuggest

parts of the human brain may well be asleep when it is sleep-deprived. Studies on whales and dolphins show that when asleep they continue to use half of their brain to swim and come up to the surface for air.

study on human patients showed that something similar goes on in our brains. As they became more sleep-deprived, parts of their brain became inactive while they were still awake.

Our brains are active during sleep signaling our bodies to release hormones and compounds that help:

  • decrease risk for health conditions
  • manage your hunger levels
  • maintain your immune system
  • retain memory
  • increase brain plasticity

And what is sleep if not daily rest?
I have never met a pastor who did not say, “I’m in it for the long haul.” If the long haul is the goal, then routine maintenance is a must. And, rest is a required element of maintenance, so do not ignore it.
Read the article here.

How to Keep Your Meetings Short by Sarah E. Merkle for Christianity Today
A simple tip that she explain in detail here.
No one likes sitting in a meeting any longer than necessary. So here’s the best kept secret for shortening a meeting: bypass debate on non-controversial motions.

Not all motions or topics need to be discussed. Sometimes—more often than you might think—members of a board, committee, or even a larger group are already in agreement. Why waste time with needless debate in that case? Save everyone’s energy, and simply put the matter to a vote.

To be clear, if your rules permit discussion on a motion, the presiding officer or president must allow it. But allowing it and explicitly asking “Is there any discussion?” are two different things.

There are two primary ways to bypass discussion on a motion while still technically “allowing” for it. Key point: both require the presiding officer or president to have a firm handle on the agenda and the topics set to come before the group.

Other Articles Pertinent to Today:
How Should Churches Respond to Hurricanes? by Kyle Rohane for Christianity Today: ManagingYourChurch/ChurchLaw&Tax
How Teens Spend Their After School Hours by the Barna Team

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

Pastors and Pastor's wives! We hope to see you on the 15th. Please RSVP. 

Speaking of movie nights, there are so many Christian movies coming to theaters this fall! It's exciting to see family-friendly movies in theaters! Here is a list of the ones we know about:

All Saints in theates now
Extraordinary in theaters September 7
Because of Gracia in theaters starting September 15
Greg Laurie Presents Steve McQueen: American Icon in theaters September 28
A Question of Faith in theaters September 29

We're very excited to see youth leaders in our network come together and begin planning some events and activities for the youth and young adults! If you are able, please join us at El Camino Baptist Church at 6 pm on September 8th for a planning/brainstorming/connecting meeting. Gregory Horton is heading up the meeting. If you have any questions or need more information, please contact him at 415-684-4549 or 

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

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

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:
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:
Click here: Myanmar Mission Pictures Or: 
Here is a picture of the Pastors Class in Myanmar

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

7      Movie "Extraordinary" in theaters for one day only
        Watch the trailer 

7-9   Disaster Relief Chaplain Retreat 
        $100 per person. Register online here.
        More information at 

8      Youth Leaders Meeting
        El Camino Baptist Church
        2805 El Camino Ave, Sacramento, 6 pm

9      2nd Saturday Outreach
        10 AM - 1st Time orientation

9      3rd Annual Program honoring our "First Responders"
        Country Oaks Baptist Church, 9717 Bond Rd., Elk Grove
        1-6 pm, FREE

15    Pastors and Wives movie preview
        I Can Only Imagine at The Church on Cypress
        5709 Cypress Ave., Carmichael, RSVP to SRBN

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

2-5  Pastor & Ministry Leader Retreat
       Camp Cazadero, $115 (includes 4 days, 3 nights, & 8 meals)

    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:  or
         or call 800-254-2022

6-8   Mother/Daughter Retreat at Jenness Park
        Pricing, details, and online registration at

13-23  Malawi Mission Trip with Internatonal Commission
           Contact Sonia Burnell  at or 916-784-2372

14    2nd Saturday Outreach
        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 (916) 952-7880

24-25  CSBC Annual Meeting
           Magnolia Church, Riverside, CA
           For More information:

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
        10 AM - 1st Time orientation

1-2  Disaster Relief Roundtable for Cal Blue Caps
       More details:

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
     10 AM - 1st Time orientation

28-30  Ignition Student Conference
          Sacramento Convention Center
          Learn more:


Pray for the Disaster Relief Teams. Texas and Oklahoma teams are already in the flooded areas. California is on alert expecting to deploy in a couple weeks. Other Southern Baptist Relief Teams are also helping out victims of Hurrican Harvey.

Most Recent Update from Mike Bivins, CSBC Volunteer Mobilization Specialist with Disaster Relief:
Hurricane Harvey alert

California Southern Baptist Disaster Relief is on ALERT as Hurricane Harvey continues to produce epic flood conditions across Southeast Texas. CSBC has been in contact with Texas and our national Southern Baptist Disaster Relief partners and have offered assistance with mass feeding, showers, laundry, chaplains and cleanup and recovery. 
As of August 29, floodwaters have not receded, so travel and setup even for the Texas teams has been difficult.  

Other states are closer and may deploy first; however we plan to send teams as soon as requested.
Many want to help but can't go? Consider giving a donation to California Southern Baptist Disaster Relief. Your contributions may be used for the preparation of meals, cleanup of homes, recovery assistance and providing transportation for teams and equipment for this and future disasters.
Visit for more information and to donate. Funds may also be sent to CSBC, 678 E. Shaw Ave., Fresno CA 93710.


SRBN Youth Leaders Meeting

Gregory Horton, Youth Leader at El Camino Baptist Church, would like to invite all youth ministers, leaders, teachers, or others interested in ministering to youth in the SRBN Network to attend a meeting

Friday, September 8, 6 pm
El Camino Baptist Church

Guest speakers: leaders from the Ignition Youth Conference

For more information:
contact Gregory Horton
415-684-4549 or 

"We Remember" 3rd Annual Program Honoring First Responders

Saturday, September 9
1-6 pm
Country Oaks Baptist Church
9717 Bond Road, Elk Grove
For more info: (916) 685-4019

Family fun, Bounce houses, car show, food vendors, bands, and more!

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: 

SRBN Annual Celebration, October 19, 2017 at 7pm! 

Meeting site to be announced soon.

Dr. Bob Lewis will be the featured speaker at the Sacramento Region Baptist Network annual meeting and celebration. 

Your congregation should elect your messengers to come, share, and vote on items related to SRBN.


Explore the Bible Curriculum Webcast

Sign up for a free live weekly webcast about the Explore the Bible Daily Discipleship Guide.  The webcast will be every Wednesday at 1:00 PM central time  (11:00 AM pacific time). 

or to sign up:


Privacy Policy & Terms of Use
Join a Mailing List
Contents © 2019 Sacramento Region Baptist Network | Church Website Provided by | Privacy Policy