Network News - January 26, 2018
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Network News - January 26, 2018

Pastors, who have you found to prepare your tax returns? We have several looking for a new tax person since we've lost Ron Rienks. Please let SRBN know who you've found who knows how to prepare tax returns for pastors. Thank you! (You can contact the office at or comment on the post on Facebook: )
Here are two that have been mentioned on Facebook so far:
Chuck McLucas III - 
Stewardship Services Foundation -

Disaster Relief Training through Sacramento County
Dear Friends,
In light of the terrible disasters that impacted California last year, I want to bring to your attention that the Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District is offering free FEMA Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training next month that prepares residents to take care of themselves, their family, and their neighborhood during a catastrophic event.
The CERT training consists of 24 hours of lecture and hands-on skill training held over the course of two weeks – two Thursday evenings (February 1 & 8 6-10 pm) and two Saturdays (February 3 & 10 8 am-5 pm).  It is offered free to all citizens who live or work in the unincorporated areas of Sacramento County including the cities of Citrus Heights and Rancho Cordova.  Teenagers age 13-17 are welcome with an adult or guardian.
The course will be taught at 7641 Greenback Lane (Building in back of Metro Fire Station 21).  Participants must attend all of the classes in order to receive a Certificate of Completion.
Classroom space is limited, so please email as soon as possible to sign up for the course if you are interested in participating (another course will be offered in October).  Regarding questions, please contact Christine Smith, the Metro Fire CERT Volunteer Coordinator, at 743-9878.
Here is an opportunity to learn how to be prepared and take care of yourself and loved ones in an emergency.
Supervisor, Third District
District 3 - Susan Peters  

SRBN Ministers' Wives Fellowship
February 22, 2018
First Baptist Church of Fair Oaks
4401 San Juan Avenue, Fair Oaks
6:30-8:30 PM
This is our first fellowship, and all ministers' wives are invited. It will be a time of fellowship, snacks, and fun. We want to connect with each other, pray for each other, and encourage one another. If you have questions, please contact Terrie at the SRBN office. 

April 21, 2018 at El Camino Baptist Church

Full Time Worship Leader - First Baptist Orangevale
First Baptist Orangevale is looking for a full time worship leader. Please contact Jimmy Butler at or 916-539-3894

Live-In Home Health Care Helper
A pastor from Suisun whose parents live in Sacramento needs to find 24/7 live-in assistance for his mother and her husband. Please contact Pastor Richard Guy from Grace Baptist Church of Suisun. His number is 707-290-3200.

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

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 to schedule an interview.  Thank you in advance for your assistance.
In Christ,
Pastor James  Allen  and the FBCW Stewardship/Personnel Committee

27      Church Music Workshop - North
        Trinity Baptist Church, Livermore

16-19    Winter Youth Retreat Week 1

17         Clinicas para Escuela Biblica de Vacaciones - San Jose

21-3/5   International Commission Kenya Mission Trip
             Contact Sonia at

22         SRBN Ministers' Wives Fellowship
             First Baptist Church, Fair Oaks 6:30-8:30 PM

23-25    Winter Youth Retreat Week 2

24         State VBS Clinic at El Camino Baptist Church
             2805 El Camino Ave., Sacramento

24         Clinicas para Escuela Biblica de Vacaciones - Manteca

24         Genesis Apologetics Annual Conference
             Real Life Church, Sacramento, register online

14         Free Simulcast - Live - Lee Strobel

6-8   Women's Retreat - The Woman God Sees
Camp Alta, $150 per person
         Contact Lori Coburn at
         Register online 

21     SRBN VBS Clinic - El Camino Baptist Church

18-20   Minister's Wives Retreat - Jenness Park

Alien Invasion in theaters January 11, 2018
Samson in theaters February 16, 2018

I Can Only Imagine in theaters March 16, 2018
God's Not Dead: A Light in Darkness in theaters March 30, 2018

Why Worship Pastors and Lead Pastors Should Meet Weekly by Sam S. Rainer

Every Monday at 4:00 p.m., I meet with both my worship pastors. We review the previous Sunday. We discuss the upcoming Sunday. We laugh together. We hold each other accountable. Sometimes I sing their worship set back to them because I have the voice of a senile cat and it annoys them.

This meeting is critical for several reasons.
Music and preaching are complementary, not separate.
Separating the sermon and music separates the church.
Churches can sense the healthiness of staff relationships.
A regular rhythm in worship fosters discipleship.
Pastors need to know what drives each other.

Read the article here.

More to Worship Than Music by Nancy Beach for CT Pastors
My family once visited a church known for its compelling teaching, dynamic community, and outreach to the non-churched. At the beginning of the service, the congregation was invited to stand. After 30 minutes of singing, my husband, a non-musician, looked at me, his eyes begging for mercy. The worship team, lost in their passion, had no idea that people like my husband were nowhere near as enraptured by the experience. That made me wonder what non-musical folks might say if they had a voice in the worship planning process.
1. Please choose singable songs.
2. Must we repeat so much?
3. May I please sit down?
4. Stretch me with the lyrics
5. Worship is more than singing.
Read the article here.

With One Voice: An interview with Keith and Kristyn Getty
When the armies gather for the so-called "worship wars," it's usually safe to assume what each side will look like. The wizened and gray-haired will form in defense of hymns; the shaggy-haired and blue-jeaned young folk will argue for more recent musical forms. But a pair of young Irish song writers is changing the terms of the battle.

In their 30’s, Keith and Kristyn Getty are both fashionable and energetic. They look as if they could be the next big thing in pop music. But they are committed to a higher calling: writing modern hymns in a contemporary idiom that teach the faith and bring the generations together in worship.
Keith and Kristyn met in Northern Ireland (where both were born and raised), when Keith was just completing college and Kristyn was just beginning. After several years in a successful secular musical career, Keith collaborated with songwriter Stuart Townend ("How Deep the Father's Love for Us") and wrote "In Christ Alone." This experience confirmed Keith's calling to put his musical training to use writing modern hymns. Kristyn brings to the partnership her training in English literature, a gift for writing lyrics, and a beautiful soprano voice.
The Gettys worship at Parkside Church in Chagrin Falls, Ohio, where Alistair Begg is pastor. They spend most weekends traveling, sharing their music with churches around the United States and abroad. Leadership assistant editor Brandon O'Brien spoke with Keith and Kristyn about their work and ministry and how they understand the place of hymns in worship today.
(For best results, read everything that follows in a charming Irish brogue.)
What trends do you see in worship that compel you to write hymns?
Keith: They say that in every culture, the signs of the church on the slide are, first, that the church becomes decreasingly knowledgeable of God. Second, the church becomes increasingly obsessed with itself. Third, the church views every part of the spiritual walk for what they can get out of it—its therapeutic value. We see that happening today. So we want to write songs that address this shallowness by articulating the deep truths of the faith.
In addition, I think the goal of congregational worship is to be congregational...
Read the rest of the article here.

5 Ways to Support Your Worship Staff by Bob Kauflin for CT Pastors
I heard not too long ago that the average worship leader lasts two years in the job. While I'm sure that worship leaders and their staff are a significant part of the problem, pastors can fail to offer the kind of support that contributes to a long-term, fruitful relationship. What can you do to serve your staff? Here are five ideas:
Engage them. God never intended pastors to check out when it comes to planning the musical portions of a meeting. Even if you can't sing a note, you're responsible to make sure that people are being pastored and taught through the songs they sing. Use whatever format works best for you - emails, phone calls, meetings. Just make sure that you're regularly communicating with your worship staff about what they're doing and what challenges they're facing.
2. Equip them. Among other things, your worship staffs needs to be trained theologically, practically, and spiritually. One pastor had me read Engaging with God by David Peterson when I first arrived at his church. It rocked my world and changed the way I lead worship. Include money in your budget for books, videos, and even an occasional conference to help your staff grow. It not only develops their skills, but says volumes about your care.
3. Encourage them.
Read the rest of the article here.

How God Evaluates Worship by Jack Hayford for CT Pastors
In my experience, theological discussions about worship tend to focus on the cerebral, not the visceral—on the mind, not the heart. "True" worship, we are often taught, is more about the mind thinking right about God (using theologically correct language and liturgy), rather than the heart's hunger for him.

But the words of our Savior resound the undeniable call to worship that transcends the intellect: "God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth" (John 4:24).
We've been inclined to conclude that mind is the proper synonym for spirit here, but the Bible shows that heart is a better candidate. "In truth" certainly suggests participation of the intellect in worship, but it is inescapably second—and dependent upon the heart's fullest release first.
This priority is usually held suspect. The heart is said to be governed by affections and thus is more vulnerable to deception than is the intellect. But to base worship on the intellect is to entertain a dual delusion: first, that the mind is less subject to deception than is the heart; second, that the mind is the main means to "contact" God in worship (note verses like Job 11:7: "Can you fathom the mysteries of God?").
Yes, human intelligence contributes to worship, but God's Word indicates he is not looking for something brilliant but something broken: "The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit, a broken and a contrite heart—these, O God, You will not despise" (Psalm 51:17).
The exercises of our enlightened minds may deduce God, but only our ignited hearts can delight him—and in turn experience his desire to delight us!
To be more specific, I believe that to please God, worship must do four things.
1. True worship treasures God's presence. God welcomes those into his presence who want him. The quest may be one of desperation or of delight, of frantic need or of a loving hunger for fellowship, but the motivation is clear—and so is his pleasure with it.
In Exodus 33 and 34, a tender and powerful exchange takes place between God and Moses, spanning the range from an intimate face-to-face encounter to a dramatic declaration by the Almighty. Central is the cry of Moses: "Now therefore, I pray, if I have found grace in your sight, show me now your way, that I may know you and that I may find grace in your sight."
To which God replies, "My presence will go with you, and I will give you rest" (Ex. 33:13-15). Shortly following this, God displays his glory to Moses—as sure a sign of his pleasure and presence as he ever gives (Ex. 40:33-38; 1 Kings 1:8-11).
I had been in pastoral leadership for nearly 15 years when my thinking about corporate worship was transformed. Rather than tightly regimented gatherings, concerned over aesthetics, mechanics, and academic theology, we began to provide an unpressured portion of the service for free-flowing songs of praise and adoration. Within two years, our church began to experience God's glory and grace in new and more profound ways, an experience that continues still.
We've been vigilant in seeking constant renewal of the practice because we know that even the finest spiritual habits are vulnerable to the arthritis of ritualism—when form loses its focus. But with gentleness, the Holy Spirit has a way of drawing us back to our "first love"—to a renewed hunger and thirst for the Living God.
Such worship encourages people to "fall in love" with God. If the phrase fall in love offends anyone (as it once did me—it wasn't sufficiently "objective") perhaps we might learn to be equally offended by "reason" that distances the heart from a passion to simply know and love God.
2. True worship humbles the heart. In Isaiah 6:1-8, the abject cry of a sinful man, "Woe is me, for I am undone," was not an achievement of intellectual analysis, but of self-discovery made upon entering God's presence.
To read the rest of the article go here.

Eleven Specific Ways to Pray for Your Pastor by Thom S. Rainer
We all need prayer.
We all need to pray.
Pastors specifically need prayer. The Enemy will do whatever he can to destroy the ministry of your pastors. Will you consider praying for your pastors in these specific areas?
Pray for wisdom for your pastor.
Pray for your pastor’s protection. 
Pray for your pastor’s family. 
Pray for your pastor to withstand the critics and bullies. 
Pray against discouragement from comparison. 
Pray against discouragement from members leaving. 
Pray against discouragement from decline. 
Pray against discouragement from disunity. 
Pray for discernment for “yes” and “no.” 
Pray for financial pressures. 
Pray for gospel opportunities.

Do we really want healthy churches? Do we really want to defeat the Enemy in these battles?
Pray for your pastor.
Read the article here.





SRBN Ministers' Wives Fellowship

Thursday, February 22
6:30-8:30 PM
First Baptist Church, Fair Oaks
4401 San Juan Avenue, Fair Oaks
We plan to meet each quarter for a time of fellowship, prayer, and encouragement. 
Plan to attend and invite other ministers' wives you know. 
This is a free event.
For more information, contact Terrie at the SRBN office

Women's Retreat 2018

At Camp Alta
April 6-8, 2018
$150 per person (can be paid in two $75 payments, due by March 29th)
Register here.
For more information, contact Lori Coburn at


Saturday, April 21st
El Camino Baptist Church
2805 El Camino Avenue, Sacramento
More details and registration available soon!

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