Network News - 3/23/17

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Palm Sunday - April 9, 2017
Passover (Pesach) - Tuesday, April 11, 2017
Holy Thursday/Maundy Thursday - April 13, 2017
Good Friday - April 14, 2017
Easter Sunday - April 16, 2017

Anticipating Easter
"The Resurrection: Good News vs Fake News" by Karl Vaters from Christianity Today.
He says,
Easter is coming! All over the world, pastors are preparing to speak to what is usually the biggest church crowd of the year.

If you’re wondering how to make the wonderful, but familiar resurrection story feel fresh again, here’s an idea I’m working on.

The Gospel Is Good News

Christianity is an event-based faith.

At its core we find, not a good idea, a good philosophy or even a good person. Although Jesus and his teachings are all of that.

The central truth of the gospel is good news. That’s what the word ‘gospel’ means, after all.

News is the accurate retelling of an event. The event that defines our faith is the resurrection of Jesus. And it played out like any good, real news story should.

How the Resurrection Was Reported and Confirmed

The first people to preach the Gospel were the women who discovered the empty tomb. Immediately, like good reporters breaking a developing story, they ran to report that news to others.

The first hearers of this good news didn't take such outlandish claims at face value. They ran to confirm them by seeing the evidence for themselves. Why? Because Christianity is an event-based faith, so it matters that the reported events actually occurred.

Then, according to reports from all four Gospels, Acts and 1 Corinthians Jesus was seen on at least a dozen occasions by multiple people including the apostles, his unbelieving half-brother James, random people walking along the road, and hundreds of others. They witnessed and reported that he ate food, touched people and did many other things that only a real person in a real body could do.

All of this evidence was compiled, corroborated and confirmed by multiple sources before it was recorded for posterity as a factual historical event.

This is what we call ‘news’. Good news. The gospel.

Continue reading…

"Step One in Easter Prep" from Open Network is a short article to help get our minds and hearts focused in the right place as we approach Resurrection Sunday.

"Being busy as a pastor isn’t a replacement for being loved as a child of God. As you prepare for Easter, let that truth sink in, and focus on God’s love for you. A love so great, He sent His son Jesus to the cross—for you, for me, and for those we have the honor of reaching this Easter season." Read more… and access free Easter resources here.

More free resources:

When preparing for Easter, we don't want to leave out those with special needs. Here's a great article about "Making Lent and Easter Meaningful for Persons with Disabilities"

Outreach Magazine offers some practical ideas to impact our communities during the Easter season in the article "31 Ideas for Your Church's Easter Impact," and Dan Wilt writes "3 Ways to Make Your Palm Sunday through Easter Sunday More Meaningful" with ideas to help us as individuals focus more this Easter.

Observing Passover
Do you observe Passover? This year we've been invited by some Jewish friends to join their family. Here's an interview with a Rabbi about Passover titled "Rabbi: Passover Is for Christians, Too" from Christianity Today. A couple resources to help: A Messianic Passover Haggadah and "Introduction to a Christian Seder: Recovering Passover for Christians."

Beyond Easter
Three good aricles and two resources that may be helpful as we move past Easter and work to equip our people for ministry, build unity and strong members, and seek to grow:
"How a Vision for Multiplication Changes You and Your Church" from Outreach Magazine.
"A clear vision gives us a filter through which we can run every idea, opportunity and decision."

Have you ever considered that big dreams are the birthright of every believer?

Throughout Scripture, the most basic words of our faith--hope, promise, heaven, eternity--connect us to our future. Scripture is filled with verses that urge us to look forward. we anticipate what lies ahead and look to identify our role in God's  mission to redeem the world--essentially Jesus' dream of a movement spelled out for us in Acts 1:8. Right before his ascension, Jesus shared his dream with his followers (present and future):

"You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes up on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth" (Acts 1:8).

As Christ-followers and leaders of his church, we have been invited to dream big with him. Through the Holy Spirit, we have the power to venture beyond our home base and ultimately take his good news to every tribe and every nation.

Continue reading...

"4 Obstacles to Church Multiplication" by Ralph Moore from Outreach Magazine: "If we really are intent on bringing the world to Jeuss, whatever model we choose must be infinitely reproducible."

"Moving Toward Church Multiplication Movements: 4 Steps for Developing Multiplication Leaders" from Christianity Today is a 4-part series on multiplication.

A free ebook Ephesians 4 Church from Church Community Builder about building unity and ministry in your church can be found here.

3-Circles Life Conversation Guide is a new evangelism kit from NAMB that is a simple conversational way to share one's faith. Here's an overviewarticle about it, some videos, and an app.

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 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 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

30   Revive Conference
9 am-3 pm (registration beings at 8:30)
El Camino Baptist Church, Sacramento
$10 (includes lunch)
For more information contact

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
Register online at

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:
More information:

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)

register online

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)

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

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

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

9-12 Kids Camp, 4-6 grades, $155 

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 

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

10-11 Global Leadership Summit simulcast


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