Network News - December 21, 2018
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Network News - December 21, 2018

The SRBN offices will be closed from Friday, December 21 through Tuesday, January 1. We pray you have a very blessed Christmas and New Year filled with the presence of our wonderful Lord and many friends and family. See you in 2019!

James and Kate Radford Embark on Unique Ministry
James and Kate Radford adn their three children are teaming with the Imagine Church, Phoenix, AZ, and their "RV Lifestyle Community" to do ministry around the country with the many RV Communities. They covet your prayers and also need your support. 
To read more, click here.
To give, click here.

We have CSBC planners available for 2019. Come by the office after the New Year and get yours!

Also, the SRBN directory and the list of pastors available to for supply or interim work are now on our Website at 

If you were unable to attend the Annual Celebration in October, you can get a copy of our Book of Reports and Financial statements for 2018. Contact the office after the first of the year.

A reminder: if you have not yet sent us your pastor's information for our "Meet Our Pastors" pages, please do so as soon as possible after the New Year. Thank you!

Tahoe Spring, Summer, and Fall Teacher Intern Positions Open
Internship provides: airfare, housing, $500 a month stipend, food money, cars to drive, valuable work experience, and an opportunity to enjoy beautiful Lake Tahoe!
Ideal candidates are energetic, hard working, and people oriented. We are looking for college graduates or current college students. Some universities provide internship credit. Internship credits are not required to participate.
School age teachers: You will need 12 semester hours TOTAL in any combination: Education classes, Physical Education, Recreation, Music, Art, Dance, Theatre, Band, Psychology, Sociology, or Nursing. School age teachers teach their own class. There are 3 age groups: Kindergarten, 1st - 2nd, and 3rd - 6th. Four school age teachers are needed each semester (fall or spring); eight school age teachers are needed for the summer term. 

Preschool teachers: You will need 12 semester hours TOTAL in any combination: Early Childhood Education, Human Growth and Development, Child Life, or Child Development. We have two age groups: Busy Bee Class (2.5 - 3 year olds) and Friendly Frogs Class (4 - 5 year olds). There will be two teachers in each class. Four preschool teachers are needed each semester and summer. 
Contact Debbie Wohler Reasoner at 530-448-9359 For more information:

22 Wooden Pews Available
West Sacramento Baptist has approximately 22 wooden pews 14-16 feet long available for anyone who may want or need them. Contact 

Youth Leader Internship
Our church is seeking to fill a vacant position for Youth Leader Intern immediately, and we are reaching out to other churches and Christian organizations in the area with hopes of finding the right person (or couple) for the job.  We are a small-town conservative church, and our active Youth Group currently consists of 8 – 15 students at our Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday gatherings.  The position will require about 15 hours of work each week.  We will offer a salary of $750 - $1000, along with a generous budget for Youth activities.
We hope you would be willing to share our description with anyone who you feel would be a great addition to our team at FBCW.   Please respond and we will send the application as a pdf file, or interested parties may contact the church at 530-795-2821 or to schedule an interview.  

Large Shipping Container for Sale
Hillsdale Blvd. Baptist Church has a 40 foot shipping container for sale. Container has two sets of
doors, one at each end, so can be divided for two separate purposes. $3995.00. Please call Sharlotte Ibarra at (916)425-0642.

Part-Time Student Youth Director
Local church is actively searching 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 include teaching Sunday Bible Study, and leading Wednesday night Youth Bible study, planning/overseeing youth activities and outings. Assist others to develop a strong Youth Outreach Program, work with Pastoral staff, and be a Team Player. The position is part-time with up to 12hours per week. If interested, and for further information, please contact Sam Ibarra @ 916-947-5069 or at

Bi-Vocational Worship Leader 
Madison Avenue Baptist Church is looking for a person to be our worship leader to lead congregational singing during the morning and evening worship services. The position is a bivocational position, we have a pianist and a key boardist, we have a congregation of about 25 on Sunday morning, and 10 on Sunday evening. We are offering a stipend of $100 a week. If interested call Ed Thompkins at 916-274-9708 or George David at 916-342-5741.

English Pastor - Sacramento Korean Baptist Church
Part time position includes preaching and leading Bible study on Sundays and leading a small group during the week. Must be SBC ordained pastor with an MDiv. Pay is $1100 (negotiable). 
Send resume to or call 916-966-0191 for more information.

Pastor - Valley Baptist Church in Salinas
Please see the file for details: Pastor Job Description 

Worship Leader - Sutter Creek Baptist Church
Worship Leader needed for small foothill Baptist Church for Sunday Morning traditional worship service only. Call Bill at 916-599-1318.

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

Senior Pastor for Bridgeport Christian Fellowship
Bridgeport Christian Fellowship, an SBC affiliated church, located in Bridgeport, California is seeking a full-time pastor. The town of Bridgeport has a seasonal population of 500-800 people and is situated in the Eastern Sierra, at an elevation of 6500 feet. Although it is located in a naturally beautiful area, it is in a remote, rural setting where medical services and amenities are at least an hour away.

Bridgeport Christian Fellowship is an Elder led church with a congregation of approximately 20 members, and a seasonal attendance that fluctuates between 20-35. Our common goal is to worship and deepen our relationship with the Lord, to understand and pursue God's will, and to encourage others in faith. The current services and ministries are Sunday morning Bible Study, Sunday Worship Service, Wednesday evening Bible Study, a jail ministry, Spanish Bible Study, and community outreach events.  

Our Pastor and Elders are the spiritual leaders of the church and maintain oversight of those performing the corporate duties. The Pastor will meet the Scriptural qualifications of 1 Timothy and Titus. We are seeking a man with a "Pastor's heart" for his congregation and community, being a living example. He will demonstrate his passion for Jesus Christ through his worship, but also through his outreach to the church body and local community, discipleship, counseling and leadership.

Compensation is to be determined and will include use of the parsonage which is adjacent to the church (3 bdrm., 2 1/2 bath, 2 car garage.)

After prayerful consideration, if you sense God's calling, you may submit a resume with your responses to the supplemental questions, and a list of 10 references. Submissions may be sent to either our mailing or email address. Please note that we are seeking a Pastor who personally follows Jesus Christ and the 2000 Baptist Faith and Message.

Bridgeport Christian Fellowship
Attn: Pastor Search Committee
P.O. Box 676
Bridgeport, CA 93517
Email contact:

Supplemental questions: 
Tell us your salvatoin story. How is Christ working in your life today?
Why are you a pastor?
How will you reach our community for Christ?
Is there anything more you would like to tell us?

For more information about Bridgeport:,_California
Bridgeport Christian Fellowship on Facebook
Bridgeport CA on Facebook

1-31    Lottie Moon Christmas Offering

27-29    Ignition Student Conference at the Ontario Convention Center
           Ignition is a high-energy conference for students in grades 7012, college age, leaders and parents
           A $20 deposit is due when registering (pre-registration ends December 15)

16-18     Winter Youth Retreat 2019 at Jenness Park
Go to for more information

23              CSBC State VBS Clinic North
                  El Camino Baptist Church
                  2805 El Camino Ave., Sacramento
8:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
                  (Continental breakfast included)
                   No Child Care Provided

5-7       SRBN and Women's Evangelism Annual Women's Retreat
 Camp Alta, $150 per person
             "Women's Warrior Boot Camp: Equipping Women to Become Warriors for Christ!"
             Register online


17-19    2019 Ministers' Wives Retreat - Jenness Park
             Register at
             Cost: $190 

Run the Race in theaters February 22. Watch the trailer here.
The Least of These in theaters in 2019. Watch the trailer here.
Breakthrough in theaters in April 2019, but churches can schedule a theater before the release date any day between April 5-April 21. Check out the info and trailer.

Preaching to the Holiday-Only Worship Attenders by Eric Redd for Christianity Today Pastors
A pastor-friend of mine calls them "Chreasters," those people who come to church only at Christmas and Easter. He is wistful about that sizeable segment of the congregation he sees only on Christmas Eve and maybe Good Friday. Why pull out all the stops for people who give only nodding recognition to the Almighty on the holiest of days? After you've done that a dozen or two years in a row to little visible effect, it is easy to become cynical about the value of your ministry to the holiday-only crowd.


Every year at this time, I remember a story told at least annually by Lula, an older woman in our New Orleans congregation. More than 40 years ago, she was new in town, a poor young mother with four children. She and her husband barely scraped together the rent on the lot where their small trailer sat. The husband developed a reputation through the years as a difficult man, but he never prevented her from going to church. It was her only escape.

A few times in that first year after she arrived in our city, she brought the children to church. They sat in the balcony. She says she didn't fit in. Back then, ours was a well-to-do church, and she lived in a trailer on the other side of the canal. But it was the nearest church on the bus line.

On Christmas Eve, she bundled them up and they came to church once more. She didn't know what she was looking for, she said. The music was nice, and she welcomed a few minutes of quiet in her troubled life.

Then, something happened.

This tiny woman who felt so lost and insignificant in a large city far from home found a place for herself at the manger. "It was as if God turned on a light switch in my heart," she'd say, describing her realization that Christ was born to be not only the Savior of the whole world, but her Savior, too. "That's when I believed. Christmas Eve, right up there," she'd say, pointing to the balcony seat 40 feet from her regular third-row pew. She became for us "Miz Lu," the director of our weekday preschool, surrogate mother to hundreds of children across the years, our own tiny Mother Teresa embodying Christ's love to a needy community.
Read the rest of the article here

Don't Get Too Creative for Your Christmas Eve Service by Clark Cothern for Christianity Today Pastors
You look ahead on your calendar. Yikes. Is Christmas Eve really that close? You think to yourself: We're supposed to produce something mesmerizing and memorable for our faithful family and their guests on Christmas Eve. But how do we make this repetitious traditional event exciting and different?

My response is, "Maybe you shouldn't."

For years I've struggled with this dilemma, and I finally decided to do an informal survey to dig out some genius gray matter from fellow ministers and worship leaders, to see what they say is new and exciting with Christmas Eve. You know what? Many people don't want a camel and donkey show on Christmas Eve. The old, old story is still a new and improved concept. It's not only effective, it's expected.

One survey responder wrote, "How can you improve on the best story ever?"

Another surveyed said, "I recall attending a service in which the minister played some Mannheim Steamroller in the background while reading several syrupy sweet stories of sad people who became happy during the holiday season. Not that the stories were wrong to use as illustrations, but overall, very little was said about the real Christmas story. This particular minister messed with tradition by leaving out the birthday boy. The name of Jesus was almost completely ignored."
Read the full article here.


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The Purpose of Christmas by Timothy Keller for PreachingToday

First John 1:1—4
That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have touched—this we proclaim concerning the Word of life. The life appeared; we have seen it and testify to it, and we proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and has appeared to us. We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ. We write this to make our joy complete.

Christmas is about the word incarnation. We sing it every year in our Christmas carols, especially in "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing." Charles Wesley wrote that, and one line you've sung says, "Veiled in flesh, the Godhead see; Hail the incarnate Deity."

If you understand the word incarnation, you'll understand what Christmas is about. The Apostles' Creed doesn't use the word incarnation, but it teaches the doctrine of the Incarnation when it says, "conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary."

Where do we go to understand what Christmas is? The first two verses of our text give us the teaching of Christmas, and the second two give us the purpose of Christmas.

Let's take a look at the first two verses. We see here the teaching of Christmas is two things. It's frankly doctrinal, and it's boldly historical. We have to grasp this before we move on to how it changes our lives.

Christmas is frankly doctrinal

What do I mean by "frankly doctrinal"? 
Read the full article here.

Groundhog Day Christmas by Steve Norman for PreachingToday  

Does it seem like Christmas is starting earlier and earlier each year? It feels like the day after Halloween the Christmas commercials begin. I try to hold Christmas at bay in my mind until after Thanksgiving. But last week I had a meeting with the creative team at our church to start talking about Easter. Sometimes it feels like the weeks and the seasons all start to blur together. If there hadn't already been four inches of snow in Detroit, I wouldn't even know it's winter.

The challenge of Christmas

There's a challenge that comes with gearing up for Advent or Holy Week, depending on the season. The more of them I do, the more difficult it can be for me to fully engage. I feel like the little boy who told his mother he didn't want to go to church for Easter, because he "hates wearing a tie and the story always ends the same way."

I sometimes straddle two equally unattractive options as the clock counts down to Christmas. First is the temptation of boredom in having to do the same thing again … and again (think Bill Murray in Groundhog Day or Tom Cruise in Edge of Tomorrow). The second is the pressure to manufacture some groundbreaking insight on the incarnation narrative that truly requires no upgrades. (Shouldn't the Christ child arriving as light in the darkness stand on it's own?) So on my bad days I can ping between joy-sucking cynicism and anxiety-generating insecurity.

I was giving my fifth grade daughter a ride to her church production today and asked her what she thought about a family visit to see Santa this year. She said she'd be up for it if her younger siblings want to go, but fears she's finally too old for "the sitting on the lap thing." It's the end of an era for her, a natural and inevitable part of growing up. But it's also a little sad to see her become "too cool" for Christmas. Then I'm reminded I'm guilty of the same approach in my own way. So here's my prayer for pastors, clergy, and church workers of all stripes this Christmas: "Lord, help us reclaim our sense of wonder."
Read the full article here

8 Reasons Why People Aren't Coming Back After Christmas by Greg Atkinson for Outreach Magazine
It’s the Christmas season and church teams are working hard to prepare for all the expected guests. As a secret shopper or mystery worshiper of churches around the country, I’ve found there are some reasons that I will tell a church I would not return for a second visit and some may be news to you. Whether I’m working with a church plant of 60 people or a mega-church of over 25,000, some things are universal and should be present regardless of church size. Throughout this post, we’ll look at actions and areas every church needs to address.

1. The Front Door

Before a guest ever steps foot on your church’s physical campus, he or she has probably already checked out your church website. What every church should have clearly visible on their homepage is a section or button for first-time guests. Once clicked on, this should take you to a page that addresses FAQ’s, service times, directions, parking instructions (Is there a side of the building that is better to park on if one has kids?), what to expect (upbeat music and relevant, practical, Biblical preaching in a come as you are atmosphere, etc.), what to wear (Are jeans okay? Are shorts okay?), and encouragement for them to be sure to stop by Guest Central or your church’s Information Booth to pick up a first-time guest packet.

2. “What Stinks?”

It’s important that no church ever underestimates the sense of smell. 
Read the full article here.

How to Survive the Busyness of Christmas by Dan Reiland for Outreach Magazine

The idea of Christmas “holidays” may seem ironic for you who are in church leadership.

It’s the “happiest time of the year,” right? So why does it feel like the “busiest time of the year?”

I love the holidays. I grew up in San Diego, so Christmas included warm weather and palm trees for me. Here in Atlanta with the changing of seasons, it feels like Christmas! We love it! But the holidays are incredibly busy. That’s just a reality. And the church intensifies that reality.

December is a busy month for everyone, that’s true, but eventually, there is some downtime especially nearest the actual holidays. But that’s not really true in the church. From Christmas Eve services to hospital visits, and from special outreach programs to year-end vision planning, it’s a very full season.

It seems like the pressure starts to red-line for most church leaders when they add in strategic planning for the next year. Even if you began in September or October, there is still much to do if you are going to start 2019 to your greatest advantage.

• So how do you maintain an attitude of holiday cheer when you are on the run?

• How do you focus on Jesus when your calendar feels more strategic than sacred?

• Is it possible to genuinely enjoy the holidays and keep up with the demands of serving in a church? The answer is absolutely yes! That doesn’t mean it’s easy, but it is definitely doable.


1. Say No, Even When It’s Tough.

Saying “no” is not the same as “bah humbug.”
Read the full article here

10 Tips for Telling the Christmas Story by Chuck Lawless for Outreach Magazine
Any of us who teach and preach will likely have opportunities to tell the Christmas story over the coming week. Here are my suggestions for doing this task:
1. Renew your own sense of wonder first.
2. Don’t simply repeat your sermons of the past.
3. Get some prayer warriors to pray as you tell the story.
4. Don’t assume that everyone who’s listening knows the story.
5. Assume you’ll have some skeptics listening.
6. Don’t assume that everyone celebrates Christmas.
7. Get to the story, and teach the Word.
8. Tell the story in story form.
9. Don’t overdo the theologizing.
10. Don’t end the story at Bethlehem.
Read the full article here

Video Streams with Multiple Cameras by Andrew Osborne for MinistryTech
There’s nothing quite like being in worship with fellow brothers and sisters in Christ, receiving God’s gifts and giving Him our praise. The beauty of Christian worship goes far beyond our human comprehension. Unfortunately, there can be times we miss out on that time together for reasons beyond our control.
Occasionally, we have in our congregations, members who are home-bound and unable to attend weekly worship. Thankfully, with the use of the internet and technology, these members may still be able to receive God’s Word (they’ll have to wait to receive His body and blood until their pastor can come to visit them) by watching either a livestream or recording of the service. Needless to say, participating in worship in this way is by no means as wonderful or edifying as being present with our fellow believers, but for those with no other option, this can be an incredible blessing.
Though recording or streaming a service with one camera is great, if you want to take your worship videography to the next level and really treat your home-bound worshipers, adding an extra camera or two into the mix can really up the production value you send across the web. In the next few sections, I hope to pass along some helpful tips and ideas to assist you in doing just that.

Things to Consider as You Begin

If your congregation is just looking into recording or streaming worship services with multiple cameras, one of the first steps to the process is discussing with your leadership why you want to do this. 
Read the full article here.

Your Web Content Checklist: 5 Must-Have Items by Stephen E. Jenkins for MinistryTech
Including content that will both provide useful information for members and attract visitors is the most crucial part of having a church website. Church websites that do not provide proper content are as useful as not providing any information at all.
Here are a few examples of essential content every church website should provide. It would be beneficial to incorporate these items into your church website. By doing so, you won’t miss the opportunity to attract individuals who may visit your church or inconvenience current members who may be looking for specific information.

What We Believe
Service Times
What to Expect

Read the full article here

5 Ideas for Your New Year's Sermon by Pastor Rick Warren

After almost 40 years at Saddleback, I know how tough it can be to come up with a holiday sermon. I like preaching around holidays because I know I’m connecting to something that’s on people’s minds, but it’s hard to come up with something fresh and engaging year in and year out.

As we head into the new year, I know you’re probably preparing for one of your most important sermons of the year. Sure, Christmas and Easter sermons get lots of attention because you’re likely preaching to larger crowds. But the first sermon of the new year tends to bring in people who are trying to fulfill a New Year’s resolution to get back into a church.

So as you prepare your New Year’s sermon for 2019, I thought I’d share with you five of the ways we’ve tackled New Year’s sermons at Saddleback through the years. Some of them started off a new series, while others were stand-alone sermons.

I hope these titles and topics give you some inspiration as you prepare.

1. New You for a New Year 

Our happiness tends to revolve around our ability to make changes in life. We all have habits and attitudes that may have been appropriate in the past but just don’t cut it anymore. We get stuck in a rut. So I shared with the congregation how Jesus could change those tough-to-break habits. There’s no better time to talk about the need to make changes than the first weekend of the year. Everyone is thinking about what they want to do differently in the upcoming year.

2 Corinthians 5:17 and Luke 5:36-39 are great passages to point people toward as they think about this.

2. New Year’s Essentials (series)

This series started our year as we looked at some of the essentials for growing in our relationship with God. Again, people are making new habits at the beginning of the year, so it’s a great time to focus their attention on the essentials of what it means to grow spiritually. During that series, our team touched on the topics of developing faith, reasons for hope, and pursuing balance in the new year.

3. Making the Most of the New Year 

It doesn’t really matter what age we are. Our time is running out. Every year, we’re closer than ever to the end of our lives. That’s why, at the start of the new year, many people are looking for an opportunity to make the most of the time ahead of them. They want to change their year for the better. I used this sermon to help people tackle those goals for the new year.

4. The One Thing You Can Count On

Looking at a new year creates a lot of uncertainty for many people. In this message, I focused on the comforting truth that even though we can’t control everything, God is still in control. When things are spinning out of control, it’s reassuring to know that God has our future in his hands. Then, at the end of my message, I turned people’s focus toward committing their lives to Christ as the ultimate way to secure their future.

5. The Awesome Power of Focus 

Many of us enter the new year with big goals. To reach those goals, we must learn to focus. As we learn to focus, God gives us the power to reach our goals. This message centered on helping people focus their lives more fully in the coming year. I knew that the more focused our people became, the more fulfilled they’d be and the more effective they’d be in ministry throughout our community.

So I took our congregation to Genesis 24, where Abraham put his servant in charge of finding Isaac a wife. I shared the 10 steps the servant went through as he worked toward his goal. It’s a great passage to dig into when you want to talk about reaching goals.

Of course, with dozens of New Year’s messages behind us at Saddleback, these are just the start. You can go lots of different directions for your New Year’s sermon. We’ve done sermons like “The Promise of a New Year,” where Pastor Tom Holladay shared some of the great promises of the Bible that people can hang on to for the year ahead. We’ve also tackled topics on relationships and living a life that impacts others.

Any sermon that encourages people to make a fresh start or do something new tends to connect well at this time of year.

It’s also a great time to encourage people to take their next step with God—whatever that next step might be.
(First appeared here and is used with permission)

Just for fun...

Merry Christmas! May your life be filled with the joy, hope, peace, and love of our Savior this Christmas!


Women's Retreat

April 5-7, 2019
Location: Camp Alta
$150 per person
Theme: "Women's Warrior Boot Camp: Equipping Women to Become Warriors for Christ!"
Theme Scripture: Ephesians 6:10-18
Register online.

For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. (Ephesians 6:12, NIV) 

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