Network News - February 24, 2017

Praying for those affected by the rains in California. Some areas are still under flood warnings in our region. With more storms on the way this weekend, please pray and be ready to respond to help those we can.

Read the article: Time, Not Theology, Drives Most Away from Church in Facts&Trends here.

One of the issues facing churches everywhere is the church drop out rate. In this newsletter, we are taking a look at this problem and some reasons why and some possible responses. We will also lead you to some helpful resources that your church may be able to use. We hope they spark some conversations and lots of prayer about what your church can do to reach this generation for Christ.

A Disturbing Trend in the Church--and How You Can Help Reverse It
by Louis Posthauer, February 20, 2017 in Outreach Magazine
According to Barna Group, only 3 out of 10 Americans are church attenders. Of the remaining seven who are not in church, four used to attend church. We call these individuals dropout believers. They have disconnected themselves from any meaningful relationship with the church. They still profess a degree of belief in Jesus Christ, but for the most part, their love has “grown cold.”

We have now reached a tipping point in America: There are more dropout believers than those who are actively engaged in the church today. If all of the dropout believers in the U.S. were restored to the church, the church would double in size. Imagine Easter Sunday-level attendance or more, every week of the year, as the new normal.
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Responding to a Friend Who's Walked Away from God
by David Sanford, February 3, 2017 in Facts&Trends
It’s not unusual to discover that a longtime friend, neighbor, or acquaintance has left church and seems to doubt much of what he or she once believed about God, the Bible, Jesus Christ, the church, and the Christian faith.

So, how should we respond?

Over the years, after making almost every mistake in the book, I’ve discovered 10 counterintuitive yet powerful steps to reach out to friends who have drifted away from the faith.

I’ve been amazed by how God has worked through simple conversations where my friend talked and I listened.

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6 Reasons America's Top Evangelism Churches Are Reaching the Unchurched
by Rick Richardson, December 8, 2016 in Outreach Magazine
Lesslie Newbigin, the late British theologian, missiologist and missionary, called many of us to realize that some of the greatest mission fields in the world were right outside our back door—in the formerly Christian and missionary sending countries of the West. That has become all the more true since Newbigin first called us to engage our own peoples.
So how are we doing in the U.S.?
Clearly, our country is becoming increasingly unchurched. According to Barna’s latest study, and in line with studies by Mark Chaves, the trend in church attendance is as follows:
In the 1990s, 30 percent of the U.S. population was churchless.
In the 2000s, 33 percent of the population was churchless.
In the 2010s, 43 percent of the population was churchless.
For the purpose of this discussion, we define the unchurched as people who have not attended a church in the past six months, not including weddings and funerals. Presently, the U.S. has a population of about 324 million. So the unchurched population is about 139 million. If the unchurched of the U.S. formed a country, it would be the 10th largest country in the world, between Mexico (129 million) and Russia (142 million).
And apparently, it’s still growing.
Which also means: The church’s local mission is growing!
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Boring Church Services Changed My Life
by Daniel Darling in Christianity Today

I’ve never really had a moment in my life—39 years—when I wasn’t going to church. My parents got engaged and married in the church. I was born into, raised in, and baptized in church.
My parents, first-generation Christians, were devout church-goers. We went every time the doors were open—and many times when they weren’t. My father, a plumber, volunteered thousands of man-hours helping build church buildings. My mother volunteered, worked as a secretary, and later served as a preschool teacher.
Since the age of five, I sat in church services: Sunday mornings, Sunday evenings, and Wednesday night prayer meetings. I wasn’t allowed to draw. I was required to sit up straight—no fidgeting. And I wasn’t allowed to fall asleep.
Up through my teenage years, I thought of church as a bit boring. Sure, there were some life-changing, soul-stirring messages at summer camp or a special service. But for most of my life, including my years as a pastor, I did pretty much the same thing every week: singing familiar hymns or choruses, standing up and reading Scripture, listening to a sermon.
Ironically, one of the axioms of my childhood evangelical faith was this: Church is more than the service or a building; it is the called-out people of God, living on mission every day. Church, I was told, will not get you to heaven. Only a personal relationship with God through Jesus Christ will do that.
I still believe this, more strongly now than ever, but I also believe that in some ways church does—or did—save me. It didn’t save me in the ways you might expect: a spectacular Sunday service, a homerun sermon, or a gripping worship set. God’s primary tool to transform my heart was not the conference speaker or the travelling revivalist or the worship concert. Those events were important, but now I realize that, more often, God changed my life using routine worship services in which I sang hymns I didn’t quite understand and heard messages I didn’t quite grasp.
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Excerpt from Barna Trends. Read a larger excerpt here

This is a PowerPoint file with notes that talks about the dropout trend. Click the picture to go to the link.

When my father, Thom S. Rainer, and I began looking at research about the young adult population, we were stunned. We knew anecdotally that people leave the church. And studying the latest research, we understood that many leave the church during their young adult years. What we did not realize was the concentration of people that leave during their college-age years.

The dropout number that the research uncovered alarmed us:  70% of young adults drop out between the ages of 18 and 22. The number alone is numbing. Perhaps more distressing are some of the reasons why these students are leaving.

Read the article here.


6 Areas Where Ministry and the Generations Collide
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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 tain you and invest in your life. All of 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 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


25   VBS Clinic North
9 am to 2:30 pm
El Camino Baptist Church
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24-25 Ministry Couples' Retreat
Hilton Santa Cruz/Scotts Valley; $235 per couple
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5-12  Week of Prayer for North American Missions

11      VBS Discovery Day at LifeWay Store
10 am - 4 pm
free in-store event; no registration required
2659 Alta Arden Expy, Sacramento

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)
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
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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:
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)
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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)

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. 

“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.” (Matthew 11:28-30, MSG)

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