Network New - March 17, 2017

If you haven't already registered for the Revive Conference, please do so soon! Only $10 to attend this powerful workshop led by Richard Blackaby and Mark Clifton. March 30, 2017. You can register here

Register here for the SRBN VBS Clinic. April 22, 2017.

Dennis and I [Terrie] have been discussing some of the hard things facing the church today. Well, that's kind of what he does every day! He touches on it in his current blog post "But Who Do You Say that I Am?" as well.
A little over a year ago, our family moved back to the USA after serving in Taiwan for about 15 years. One of the first things I did while we were still trying to find jobs and ministry positions was to volunteer with Courage Worldwide, an organization that helps rescue girls from sex trafficking. I went to the initial volunteer training meeting, and it was hard! I didn't like what I was hearing. I didn't want to face the reality of what was happening in our world. Even though I knew it existed in Asia, I never thought about the problem being on our doorsteps in Sacramento. But it is.
It has always been true, that if we are to impact our world, we must look at the painful, difficult realities in our world. We must be willing to discuss the hard questions, and we must learn to love more than ever. We also must not let the evil, division, differing opinions, and hatefulness overwhelm and frustrate us. We are supposed to be MORE THAN CONQUERORS. But I ask myself often, "Am I, and what does that mean in this situation?"
In addition, having been a missionary in a very diverse culture where our church had people from over 13 countries, every political idea and notion, many theological backgrounds, and every age group represented, I know unity in the midst of diversity is possible! I've seen it. I've lived it. And God definitely was the power that preserved it. It's possible, and it's necessary in our fractured culture. 11 Resources to Help Your Group Understand True Unity states, “The Bible not only says unity in the midst of diversity is possible, but actually calls us to a radically inclusive unity. In fact, unity is so important for Christ followers that Jesus prayed for it in John 17. This article has links to a number of excellent articles and materials. Rich Gorman also offers some advice in his article How to Be a Peacemaker from

This newsletter takes a look at some of those things we don't want to look at or hear about, but we must.
The first article is key as we do this. It reminds us that as we do step out "where angels fear to tread" we will make mistakes, we will be rejected, we will face hard times facing the hard stuff. But God's question to us is, "Were you faithful?" "Were you obedient?" Please read "We Are Called to Be Faithful, Not Successful" by Brian Lowery.

"If we want to engage this biblically illiterate culture, we have to break the terms down. We can't assume they understand any of it. If you go to another coutnry where they speak another language, you have to speak to people through an interpreter, or you have to learn the language yourself. The greatest example of this was Jesus himself. We see Him engage the woman at the well, a woman who had been married and divorced five times and was living with a man she wasn't married to. Jesus didn't condemn her. Instead, He buildt a bridge, appealed to her inner spiritual thirst, and then brought the solution she needed. And that is always the objective of evangelism: to build a bridge, not burn one." taken from How Do We Impact Culture for Christ? by Greg Laurie
The topic could just as easily be "Crossing Bridges" because, for the most part, people want to have discussions and want answers. The Church just needs to be willing to cross the bridge or cross the room. This article lists 5 Uncomfortable Issues the Church Needs to Talk About from Relevant magazine. Of course, there are many topics that churches face, but here are a few:

Race Relations
Why Are We Still Talking about Racial Issues? From LifeWay
Article from Relevant: It's Time for the Church to Face Its Racial History
Race and the Christian video with John Piper, Tim Keller, and Anthony Bradley
Be the Bridge is a group of women doing what they can to understand, learn, and support one another: 
Be sure to read to the end of this one: Why You May NOT Want to Seek Diversity in Your Church from LifeWay
Your Healthy Conversation on Race Starts Here from The Disciple-Maker website

Mental Illness
The Struggle Is Real is a simulcast event with in:ciite Events about mental illness and the church’s response. Watch the trailer here. Learn more:

Cohabitation happens for many reasons: family history, financial pressures, and the complications of insurance coverage. What's a church to do when a cohabitating couple is willing to go through a wedding ceremony in the church, but refuses to sign the civil marriage license because they don't want to lose Medicaid benefits for their special-needs child? Are they "married in the eyes of God" or "living in sin"?
Other families are wanting to do what's right with a son or daughter who struggles with unwanted same-sex attraction. Or with a loved one who is experiencing gender dysphoria and considering a transgender identity. What does Christian compassion look like in such situations?
"For the first time in my memory, the evangelical church in the US is a minority voice in the conversation on human sexuality," said Norman. "How do church leaders engage this sensitive topic when there's so much confusion about the intersection of gender, sexuality, and faith?"
Jim Wilson, director of the Doctor of Ministry program at Gateway Seminary in Ontario, California, explains: "The new marriage culture, codified by the Supreme Court's decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, has made many Christians anxious," said. "But it also creates an opportunity to demonstrate humility and love to those whose values do not align with ours. We can get our cues for how to minister in this culture from Jesus, who was full of truth and love. The defining issue for pastoral ministry in 2017 is the gospel: Will we believe it has the power to transform lives and preach it boldly (Rom 1:16), or will we pine for the days when Christianity was the cultural norm? Remember, the light shines brightest on the darkest night."
What's the effect on pastors? It demands a more sophisticated understanding of the issues, each laden with emotional and political volatility.

From The Year of Fear, CTPastors

Powerful video From The Gospel Coalition, You Are Not Your Sexuality

1 Peter 3:15, NIV - But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. 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.

One final addition on this topic of "The Hard Stuff" and being a light in culture: Right now on television, there are at least two series the Church needs to be aware of and at least one movie on the big screen that falls into this same category. When The Da Vinci Code came out, even though it was based on a work of fiction, we had some people who treated it as gospel. We needed to know what the movie was about and how to respond to people's questions. The same is true for many programs in the media. The difficulty is responding to the questions and giving sound answers without bashing the media. I like to think of it this least that movie/TV show opened up a dialogue I may not have had with this person otherwise. So, rather than bash The Shack (or similar media) as a movie, be ready to share the Truth and acknowledge some of the human emotions that The Shack triggers (We aren't suggesting seeing the movie or not seeing the movie; that is up to you, but we are saying, please be ready to discuss the topics the movie brings up). Here are some tools and articles you may find useful:
CNN Original series: Finding Jesus: Faith, Fact, forgery -
National Geographic's series: The Story of God - 
The Shack - Although some have criticized Small Group for making this product, it does seem to focus on discussing the differences between the Bible teachings and the movie which is what we need to make clear to our congregations, so you may want to check it out:
Baptist Press article:
Group Publishing post:
Free resources offered by the makers of the movie:

Some awesome resources you may not have seen:
ScriptureTyper Bible Memory System app
Refocus: free daily video devotionals app 

Additional Helpful articles and resources for pastors and leaders:
10 Things Worship Leaders Need to Stop Saying from Outreach Magazine
How Smart People handle Difficult People from Entrepreneur Magazine
20 Fears Pastors Tell Me They Are Facing, blog from Brian Dodd
Thoughts of a Depressed Pastor: 4 Steps to Escaping Depression from Outreach Magazine
5 Reasons Most People Don’t Change the World from Outreach Magazine
3 Keys to Difficult Conversations in Ministry from Outreach Magazine
Free pdf download The State of Church Ministry in America, 2017

Job & Ministry Opportunities
Youth Minister Needed
Hillsdale Boulevard Baptist Church, a local church, is looking for a highly-motivated individual that is passionate about Christ and Youth.  This individual must be a committed Christian with a strong desire to see students grade 7-12 come to know Christ and mature in their faith. 
Responsibilities will include teaching Sunday School, leading Wednesday night evening Bible study, planning/overseeing youth activities and outings, recruiting and training volunteer leaders, and developing a strong youth outreach program. This individual will work closely with pastoral staff and must be a team player. Position is part-time, 20 hours per week. 
Please submit resumes to for consideration.

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

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 at 530-583-2925 or 530448-9359 or
Apply at:

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

Bi-Vocational Pastor
Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church is in Northern California east of the city of Lincoln.  Led by the Spirit we seek to be a light house to our community desiring to reach our community for Christ. 

We believe in the fundamentals of the Christian faith, lean toward Calvinist doctrine, and believe in the eternal security of the believer.  We are a loving, praying church and support mission work throughout the world.  We seek to be a church for all age groups. 
We are seeking a bi-vocational pastor to lead our church.  The salary, days, and hours are negotiable. If you feel led by God to lead our church, please send your resume to Curt Simpson at
Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church
2384 Garden Bar Road
Lincoln, CA 95648


18     Training for starting Good News Clubs
Child Evangelism Fellowship
9 am - Noon
Community Bible Church
601 Natoma Street, Folsom, CA

24-26 Women's Retreat
Camp Alta

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30   Revive Conference
9 am-3 pm (registration beings at 8:30)
El Camino Baptist Church, Sacramento
$10 (includes lunch)
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30 Veterans Stand Down
9 am-5 pm
Citrus Heights HART (Homeless Assistance Resource Team)
Holy Family Church, 7817 Old Auburn, Citrus Heights

30   Movie: Facing Darkness
A true story of faith: saving Dr. Brantly from ebola in Africa
in theaters

31-4/1 Disaster Relief Spring Training
In Auburn
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7   Movie: The Case for Christ
Beginning April 7 in theaters

7    God With Us: Live Musical Simulcast
7 pm MT, Live from Pikes Peak Center in Colorado
God with Us combines live musical drama with film on stage. A unique experience of a timeless story for your church.
watch the trailer here:
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8    New Love Ministries Priscilla Shirer Simulcast
9 am - 4:30 pm (registration begins at 8 am)
Citrus Heights
$25 per person (group discounts available)

22   SRBN VBS Clinic
El Camino Baptist Church
9 am to 1 pm (registration begins at 8:30 am)

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24-26 Pastor and Ministry Leader Retreat
Jenness Park Christian Camp
$150 per person
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28-29 Prayerwalking Seminar
"Unleash the Power of Prayer in Your Community"
led by Jerry McCullah
El Camino Baptist Church
Friday: 6-9 pm  (Dinner at 6 pm)
Saturday: 9-Noon

5-7  Father Son Retreat
Jenness Park Christian Camp
Bonus day - May 4th
$55 per person

11-22 Kenya Mission Trip
International Commission
Contact Sonia Burnell at; 916-784-2372

19-21 Ministers' Wives Retreat 2017
Jenness Park Christian Camp
$179 thorugh April 15 (after 4/15, the cost is $200)

19-20 Volunteer Weekend at Camp Alta

21-28 Associational Missions Emphasis (AME)
Week of Prayer and Mission Emphasis

18-22 EXO: Middle & High School Camp Session 1
Camp Alta

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


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