Network News - February 15, 2017

A funny church sign to open this newsletter...hope you enjoyed the Superbowl last week. And, of course, we hope you celebrate Jesus' Resurrection, and what it means, every day!

On this Valentine's Week, here are three articles about marriage you may enjoy:
"7 Stages of a Healthy Marriage" by Jackie Bledsoe
Jackie Bledsoe outlines the seven key states, or "rings," that all coupels journey through in a healthy marriage. Read it here.

"7 Ways to Pray with Your Spouse" by Cinci McMenamin
How should a husband and wife pray together? Adn how can you keep it consistent? Here are some tips that will help you pray together every day. Read it here.

"2 Indicators of a Selfless Christian Marriage" by Dave Barringer
I’m a huge believer in the power of words in marriage. In fact, I believe your marriage will never rise above your words. Your words have power. They carry meaning, have weight and convey emotional tone—good and bad. And just because you use a lot of them doesn’t mean you excel at communicating them. Read more…

We also wanted to leave you with a couple insightful articles about singleness and reaching singles in our churches. On Valentine's Day and other holidays, the Church needs to be aware of singles, Internationals far from family, and others who may enjoy being a part of our celebrations. Statistics show that over 40% of the general population is made up of single adults. So, even more than holidays, how are we reaching, ministering to, and utilizing the gifts of our single adults? As this first writer points out, "in a church that was founded by a single guy, singles are terribly marginalized." Oh, the irony!
"Singled Out: Six Ways Churches Can Embrace Singles" by Christena Cleveland
A couple of summers ago I visited a Dallas-area church. It was a hot day and the temperature in the church building was almost unbearable. But I wasn’t distracted by the heat because the pastor (who is quite the scholar) gave a profound, rousing sermon on the beauty and holiness of marriage. Even as a single person, I was inspired by his sophisticated, lovely depiction of a Christ-centered marriage. It was that good!

At the end of the 40-minute sermon, the pastor looked up from his notes and began to ad lib: “I know that over 40 percent of you are single, so I should probably say something about singleness as well.”

My ears perked up. Since this pastor was such a scholarly guy and had just given an exceptionally thoughtful sermon on marriage, I just knew that his brief thoughts on singleness would be equally profound. I leaned forward.

“Here’s what I want to say to all you single people: Don’t have sex before you get married. Then when you get married, make up for lost time.” He winked to make his point.

Once the laughter died down, the pastor gave a benediction and returned to the pew where his wife awaited him.
Continue reading… 

"Act Life Men: Serving in Singleness" by Ed Stetzer
Men, take your singlenss seriously, seek cousnel, and be a godly man. Continue reading… 

February 13-19 is WMU Emphasis Week
What is WMU in 2017?
WMU is holistic discipleship. From preschoolers to adults, they provide relevant resources to learn about and pray for missions, as well as opportunities to apply knowledge and passion through giving, serving, and supporting missions.
In addition, WMU and Women's Ministries through the CSBC encompasses Literacy Missions including Conversational English teacher/program training, After-School Tutoring teacher/program training, and Adult Reading and Writing teacher/program training

Pray for missions. Engage in mission action and witnessing. Learn about missions. Support missions.
Develop spiritually toward a missions lifestyle. Participate in the work of the church and denomination.

Learn more at

The California Southern Baptist Disaster Relief Team ministered all day on 2/14 to those evacuated because of the Oroville Dam situation. They served meals and met needs. They responded quickly and set up to do what they are trained to do: meet the needs of people in crisis situations. 

Disaster Relief is one of the most popular and well-known ministries offered by California Southern Baptist Convention, providing Christian love in action by meeting urgent needs of hurting humanity in crisis.

You can join the team by attending the upcoming training in Auburn.
8 am on March 31 through April 1
Bell Road Baptist Church
707 Bell Road, Auburn, CA

Register online here
Classes will include orientation with Operational Stress First Aid (OSFA), which is required.

The event will feature training in:

Administrative Assistant - assists the team leader in following procedures, ensuring all reports are completed and submitted promptly, and other tasks as assigned.

DR Chaplaincy - non-threatening spiritual care and emotional support to disaster survivors as well as team members. This discipline also provides resources for effective coping, stress management and spiritual wellness.

Chainsaw Training (introduction) - trains crews to safely cut damaged or dead trees that might endanger lives.

Cleanup and Recovery - teams remove mud, ash and other debris following floods, fires or earthquakes.

Heavy Equipment (introduction) - classroom, CAT and skid-loader training by a CSBDRM trained and certified heavy equipment operator, who will lead participants to safely, efficiently and effectively use various types of equipment including forklift, skid-steer, excavator or other vehicles used to clean disaster sites. * prerequisite class is Cleanup & Recovery.

Laundry Unit (introduction) - provides knowledge needed to set up washers and dryers, do laundry and close down the unit. Laundry services may be provided for disaster survivors and/or DR team members.

Mass Feeding - equips individuals to prepare food distributed in a disaster setting. All Mass Feeding team leaders must have a current ServSafe certificate required for a restaurant manager.

Shower Unit (introduction) - provides knowledge to safely set up, operate, properly clean and close down the unit.

As we look at so many avenues of ministry in our communities, whether you are a pastor/staff member or a faithful Christ follower serving as a volunteer, this article has a lot to think about:
"Great Leadership Often Starts with a Broken Heart" by Brandon A. Cox
When I served as a Pastor at Saddleback Church, one of the things that impressed me most about the church was the hiring requirement Pastor Rick Warren laid down:

If you haven’t been through pain, you’re not ready to be on staff at Saddleback Church.

Pastor Rick understood the power of a broken heart.

Andy Stanley understands it, too. When speaking to leaders, he often asks the questionwhat breaks your heart?

Usually, knowing what breaks your heart is knowing what you should do with your life, and how you should be leading others.

Nehemiah, of the Old Testament, is considered one of the greatest models of successful leadership in history. And his story started with a question: how’s Jerusalem?

When the answer was, not good, Nehemiah’s heart was broken. He records:

When I heard this, I sat down and wept. In fact, for days I mourned, fasted, and prayed to the God of heaven. (Nehemiah 1:4 NLT)

Nehemiah’s burden drove him to lead the nation of Israel into a successful rebuilding campaign.

My wife, Angie, and I talk about this often. Her heart breaks for those in our community suffering with emotional and relational brokenness, so she started a counseling practice in Northwest Arkansas. My heart breaks over the spiritually lost around us, so I’m giving my life to leading Grace Hills Church.

Great leadership doesn’t start with a great education, although that is incredibly valuable. And it certainly doesn’t start with a particular position within an organization.

Great leadership often starts with a broken heart.

Continue reading…

Job & Ministry Opportunities
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.
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 located 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  Children's Missions Day Explosion
9 am to 3 pm
Cooper Avenue Baptist Church, Yuba City
$10 per person, lunch included
(one leader free with every six children per church)
register online at

18   VBS Clinic in Spanish
Clinicas para Escuela Biblica de Vacaciones en Espanol
February 18, 9:30-1:30
In San Jose
register online atíblica-de-vacaciones-en-español

23   Movie: Is Genesis History?
in theaters;

25   VBS Clinic North
9 am to 2:30 pm
El Camino Baptist Church
register online at

24-25 Ministry Couples' Retreat
Hilton Santa Cruz/Scotts Valley; $235 per couple
register online at

5-12  Week of Prayer for North American Missions

24-26 Women's Retreat
Camp Alta
Register here

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

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

24-26 Pastor and Ministry Leader Retreat
Jenness Park Christian Camp
$150 per person
register at

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

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

“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”
John 13:34-35 NIV


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