Network News - March 9, 2018
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Network News - March 9, 2018

Pastor Carlos Hernandez retired from Iglesia Bautista Northgate is in his last days
We wanted to pass on the information that retired Pastor Carlos Hernandez is in the hospital at Mercy San Juan in Room 2983 if anyone would like to go by and visit him and minister to his family. He is in the last stages of his illness and is on morphine drip. His family asked that we let people know so they could have an opportunity to come by. 

MissionInsite is offering several webinars to get the most out of their system. As a member of SRBN, you have access to their details and demographics for your area. Here's a note from them:

Ready to Learn More About 

the New PeopleView Interface?


BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND! Join our ongoing webinar series to get a closer look at the new user interface.  We are hosting a series of webinars at 11 am Pacific / 2 pm Eastern through April 13th - just pick the day and time that works best for you. 


Learning Objectives:

  • Get an Introduction to the new interface 
  • Gain an understanding of the navigation and core functions
  • Learn about Plotting People, Demographics, Thematic Mapping, MinistryInsite & ReligiousInsite Reports, Opportunity Scan and more
  • Learn about the New Capabilities included

Our goal is for participants to leave the webinar and be in a position to begin using the new platform right away.  Additionally, you will have the opportunity to ask any questions you may have.


REGISTER TODAY for a New User Interface Orientation:


Sessions are 1 hour long in duration.  The links below will take you to a registration page and you may select any date through March 21st. Registration is limited to 100 persons per date. After picking a date you can automatically add the information to your calendar and we will send you a reminder email. 




Wednesday, March 14th: 11 AM Pacific/2 PM Eastern


Wednesday March 21st: 11 AM Pacific/2 PM Eastern


Wednesday April 11th: 11 AM Pacific/2 PM Eastern


Friday April 13th: 11 AM Pacific/2 PM Eastern

Exciting News! Family Bible Fellowship is moving to their own facility! They have been renting a school, and now they are relaunching in a new location. That also means they need to furnish their new place. If your church has chairs, pews, a piano, pulpit, or other furniture to sell or donate, please contact Rev. Barbara Daniels at   
Thank you!

CSBC Executive Director Bill Agee had open-heart surgery Tuesday, March 6 in Fresno and is doing well. The almost three-hour, triple bypass procedure was successful and Agee is doing well, according to his wife, Pam.


Since moving to California in June 2017, Agee's cardiologist advised him to have surgery. Although he was having no symptoms of heart problems and has not had a heart attack, physicians felt the surgery was a necessary "preventive measure."


Agee said, "I want to do this in order to be in the best physical condition for my involvement in the ministry to which God has called me - leading California Southern Baptists to reach our state for Christ."

Agee is expected to be out of the office for approximately a month. He asked California Southern Baptists not to be concerned about CSBC ministries during his absence. "Our work is in the very capable hands of our staff. Our new teams - Church Revitalization, Church Planting and Evangelism and Missions - are functioning well. Our entire staff is ready and willing to step up to the plate and do whatever is necessary in my absence to see that we are 'Resourcing the Vision of Churches.'"

Please pray for Agee's recovery, as well as for Pam. Agee's confidence is in the Lord whom he said "has blessed us through the years. We are looking to Him to continue those blessings in this circumstance of life."


Cards, letters or other correspondence can be sent to Agee in care of CSBC, 678 E. Shaw Ave., Fresno 93710.

SRBN Youth Leaders Notes:
1. El Camino Pulse Youth are having a lock-in. Others are encouraged to join. Friday, 3/30 at 5:00 pm through Saturday, 3/31 at 9:00 am. Cost: $10 per person. For more info: Gregory Horton, 415-684-4549
2. Mexico Mission Trip by El Camino Baptist Church, June 15-22 in Tiajuana, Mexico. $250 per person (open to leaders only this year). Contact Gregory Horton, 415-684-4549
3. Vision Workshop for all youth. In May on a Saturday (specific date tba in our next newsletter). Designed to help students grow mentally, physically, and spiritually. $10-15 per student. For more info: Terrie Brown,
4. Pray for The Church on Cypress youth as they go on a mission trip to Canada this July.
5. Centrifuge at Jenness Park for grades 7-12, $335 per student, 7/2-7/7 still has a few spots open. All other slots are full! Register for next year as soon as this year's camps end.

Easter in Carmichael Events - The Church on Cypress
Carmichael churches are gathering together this Easter for a Sunrise Service at Carmichael Park at 6:45 am 
All are welcome to join and then come enjoy breakfast at The Church on Cypress at 8-9:30 am. Worship service at The Church on Cypress is at 10 am Easter Sunday. 
In addition, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 5-9 (closed during the Passover meal and Good Friday service) they will have the Journey to the Cross interactive event (suitable for children and families). Thursday, 3/29, Passover Meal (6:30 pm); Friday, 3/30-Good Friday service (6:30 pm); Saturday, 3/31-Prayer Hall (5-9 pm). For more information: 

Digital Materials for Your Church
If your church is interested in getting access to a fantastic digital library of materials at a greatly discounted price, please let us know. We are trying to work out a good deal for SRBN churches, and the more who participate, the better. Please contact the SRBN office at if you are interested or take our very short survey.
Learn more.

CSBC Disaster Relief
Disaster Relief ministries has a training at First Baptist Petaluma, April 6-7.  

We will be offering the following classes:

DR chaplaincy, cleanup & recovery, incident command system, kitchen equipment maintenance, laundry unit, feeding and shower unit. 

For more information and registration please go to our webpage:

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.

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

Regional Ministry Director and Chief Financial Operating Officer for Great Commission Association of Southern Baptist Churches
Two employment opportunities for GCA. For more information, please contact Terrie at or Jeff Helton at, 615-496-9860
Or read more here:
Regional Ministry Director or Chief Financial Operating Officer

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

North Bay School of Theology Registrar for San Quentin State Prison program
If you have administrative gifts, love Christian education, and carry a burden for those condiered by many as "marginal" people, here's a great opportunity for you!
The North Bay School of Theology serving San Quentin State Prison is looking for a program Registrar. Inmates at San Quentin are earning certificates and diplomas from Gateway Seminary's ADVANCE leadership development program. 
This is an amazing ministry! The Christian men who are serving and leading the Chruch behind the walls are eager to elarn and be better equipped to take their community into a deeper faith and maturity in Christ. 
Pastor Miguel Rodriguez of Lincoln Hill Community Church in San Rafael is the Program Director, supported by the Golden Hills Baptist Association and the Redwood Empire Baptist Association.
Are you ready to step up and serve a unique people group with your admin skills and your love of edcuationa nd mercy?
The need is URGENT, so please respond as soon as you are able. Contact Program Director Miguel Rodriguez at 


1-4/12   Annie Armstrong Easter Offering for North American Missions

14         Free Simulcast - Live - Lee Strobel

17       Finances, Tax Compliance, Legal Liabilities: Leading the Church Organization
           9 am - noon (lunch following)
           Valley Baptist Church
           3 N. San Pedro Road, San Rafael, CA

23      The Case for Miracles and the movie The Case for Christ, Lee Strobel's story at The Church on Cypress
          5709 Cypress Avenue, Carmichael
          6-10 pm, free event, childcare provided, snacks provided
          Please RSVP 

25     Palm Sunday

30     Good Friday

1      Easter Sunday

4-7   Disaster Relief Training - Petaluma
Learn more or register here.

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

13-14  Tapestry - Women's Ministry and Missions Event
           First Baptist Church, Fair Oaks
           4401 San Juan Avenue
           Both days: $75 per person by March 30, $85 on-site
           Single day registration: Friday OR Saturday - $40 pre-registered, $45 on-site
           Register online at 

14       Count the Cost Training with Dr. Agee
           Place TBA

21     SRBN VBS Clinic - El Camino Baptist Church

2          Imagine Zero Missions Conference with the Seed Company and Barna Group
            Seed Company is hosting a free mini-conference
           for pastors and mission pastors to equip and
           reimagine how missions is done locally and
           around the world.
           9:30 am - 1:00 pm   
Golden Hills Community Church
             2401 Shady Willow Lane
             Brentwood, CA 94513
             Free, lunch will be provided
             Register online

4-6       Father/Son Retreat 2018 at Jenness Park
            For more information or to register, go here.

7-8       WorshipLIfe Event at CBU, Riverside
            $99 per person ($159 with meals)

7-10     Nor Cal Pastor and Ministry Leaders Retreat
Register online.

18-20   Minister's Wives Retreat - Jenness Park
Register online.

20-27   Celebrate Baptist Associations - Baptist Association Emphasis Week

13-14    Basic Literacy Missions ESL Workshop - Carmichael
             The Church on Cypress
             5709 Cypress Avenue, Carmichael
             For more information or to register, go here.

Paul Apostle of Christ in theaters March 23, 2018, and free simulcast available from March 4-25 here.
I Can Only Imagine in theaters March 16, 2018
God's Not Dead: A Light in Darkness in theaters March 30, 2018
Let There Be Light movie available for your church. Details here.


Steps to Identify a Threat before It's Too Late - free video training from a police and SWAT veteran: Sign up to watch here.

10 Easy Ways to Create a Safer Church This Sunday
A marital disagreement turns violent prior to a pastoral counseling session. A distraught intruder walks into the church office, making demands. A man carrying a semi-automatic weapon enters the sanctuary during a Sunday morning service.
Do you still think it can’t happen to your church?
What if it does? Are you ready?
What’s stopping your church from developing a safety and security mindset? Matt Parmerlee, risk strategy specialist for Brotherhood Mutual, says that denial or fear often prevents churches from creating a safety and security program. “I hear, ‘we know everyone in the community’ or ‘our church is in a good part of town.’ I tell churches, to consider the possibility of not if, but when.”

Create a safer church. Today.
Starting a safety and security program at your church doesn’t have to be complicated or costly—it’s important to do what you can. “Many churches don’t know where to start, or think that a huge budget is necessary to develop a team,” Parmelee says. “There are many things churches can do right now that are low cost or no cost.”

Is your leadership motived to make changes today? It’s possible to make quick, meaningful changes. Jump-start your plan with these 10, do-it-today action steps:
1. Assign roles.
2. Identify trained professionals within the membership.
3. Invest in two-way radios.
4. Create a single entrance into the church.
5. Monitor doors and lots.
6. Move your pulpit.
7. Draw attention to the exits.
8. Ask, “what if it happened here?”
9. Obtain a list of area crimes.
10. Knowing is half the battle.
Read the full article here.


Leaving a Legacy of Level 5 Leadership: 10 Leadership Characteristics from the Life of Billy Graham by Bobby Harrington, free download. (Click on the title to go to the page).

Tales from a "Billy Graham Kid" by Stephanie O'Brien
I can’t remember a day when I didn’t know the experience of being in a large stadium filled with people sitting on the edge of their seat, clinging to every word spoken by Rev. Billy Graham. I am a “Billy Graham Kid”—the child of a staff member from the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA).

Both of my parents served on the team of leaders and strategists behind the Grahams’s ministry for nearly 30 years. My dad, Rev. Bob Williams, was the director of international ministries for BGEA for 12 of those years, overseeing everything the organization did outside the United States and Canada. He was still serving the Grahams in this role when he died in 2000.

Billy Graham, to me, was both a giant in the faith, and a giant of a person. Standing at 6’2”, he towered over me and seemed larger than life. In many ways he was. Yet, he was also a man who deeply loved my family. They were more than simply coworkers—Billy prayed a prayer of dedication over me and my brother when we were babies. The friendship my mother and father had with Billy and Ruth is difficult to put into words, but it was impossible to miss the impact. Spending so much time together on mission forged a deep friendship...
...There will never be another Reverend Billy Graham, but the effect of his legacy on my life reminds me that there will never be another Reverend Stephanie O’Brien either. I am just a woman from Minnesota who has a calling on her life, and I have to choose if I will be obedient to that call—no matter what I might face.
And so it is with all of us.
We must let Jesus be our savior, yes, but also the leader of our lives. There is no reason for anyone to try to be the next Billy Graham. We all have the same opportunity to relentlessly pursue our call, just as he did, no matter the cost.
Read the full article here.


Seven Key Facility Issues Facing Churches Today - Rainer on Leadership #411 podcast. Listen here.

RESOURCE: Eliminate Barriers to Community from
As small-group point people, we'd love to see everyone in our churches involved in small groups. We want them to experience the life-changing power of biblical community. Unfortunately, there are often barriers to community the keep people from joining a group. But there are things we can do to help more people get connected. This resource will show you how to break down common barriers that keep people from checking out groups—and how to keep them coming back.
For a sample from this resource, read "Is My Child Welcome Here?

Nine Considerations for Church Members This Easter by Thom S. Rainer. 
It will be one of the highest attended days of the year for your church. It may be the highest. 
There will be some people you don't know. Some of them are guests. Others are members who attend infrequently.
You have an opportunity to make a gospel impression on these people with a few simple acts. Indeed, you have an opportunity to make an eternal difference. Here are nine servant actions for you to consider.
1. Pray as you enter the property.
2. Park at hte most distant spot available.
3. Greet people.
4. Look for people to help.
5. Sit as close as possible to the front of the worship center.
6. Sit in the middle.
7. Sit closely. 
8. Volunteer to serve.
9. Pray as you leave.
Read the full article here.

Make Easter Come Alive: Let's not lose the urgency of the message of Easter. by Daniel Fusco

It goes without saying that Easter is a big deal in church. Along with Christmas, Easter is the Super Bowl of the church year. We expend the most energy on what we do and often have the most people at our buildings and campuses. Easter is a big deal. But there is an inherent problem for us as pastors. At Easter, we have a singular message: the finished work of Jesus Christ. The death and resurrection of Jesus is center stage and needs to be. But often as preachers, we struggle because we are so used to sharing the same message every Easter. They say that familiarity breeds contempt. Of course we wouldn't say that about Easter—we are preachers. But we can be so used to the message that it loses its sense of urgency. So, like you, I am always seeking to make the finished work of Jesus come alive in the hearts and minds of the family of Crossroads Community Church where I pastor in Vancouver, Washington. So I want to use the word "Easter" to give you six simple encouragements to help Easter come alive for your congregation.
We need to get excited
Read the rest of the article here.

Get Out There in Public Spaces by Hugh Halter
One of the sinister and life-sucking pressures facing most leaders is having to figure out what comes next. After you’ve tried 40 days of this or the latest small-group curriculum on that, a pesky little voice asks, “Now whatcha going to do?”

Fortunately, coming up with your next program doesn’t have to be about finding the latest and greatest. You can be innovative by returning to fundamentals. I’ve found the most profound movements and improvements always happen when we get back to the basics of focusing on people—more specifically, having face-to-face time with folks.

As I write this, I’m hosting a party for the community. The people are all sitting down eating right now, but I’ve been setting up and cleaning up all day. In between the work have been about 10 conversations with people I barely know—and next week four of them are coming over to our home.

The last conversation made me laugh out loud because the woman was so excited that we had renovated a building in our town. While hugging me over and over, she said, “Sir, I don’t care where you came from or what you plan on doing. All I can say is that I’m glad you’re here and you are giving this town a place to be together.”

We hugged some more and when she finally let go of me, I walked away thinking how easy God made it for people to connect with people—as long as we show up.

Jesus can’t wait to introduce us to the people he’s keeping an eye on, but we have to be there.
Read the full article here.

Try This: Work with Your Local Government from Outreach Magazine
Meet with local government and school officials to identify community needs your church may be able to meet, and work together with them to do so. You might be surprised to find several new opportunities for your church to share the love of Jesus in your community.

Find more ways to serve your community »

Check out more “Try This” idea starters »

7 Ways to Make Your Church More Guest-Friendly by Pastor Rick Warren

There are a lot of reasons a church might grow. Sometimes people come because of the preaching. Sometimes people come because of the music. Some people like the great programs for kids and youth.

But I’m convinced that amid all of our emphasis in the last few decades on building weekend services that are more attractive to outsiders, there’s an often overlooked factor in church growth . . .

Growing churches are friendly to guests.

All churches think they’re friendly, but when you take a good look at them, you often discover they’re friendly to people who have been attending for 15 years or more—not to new people.

A guest’s experience in the first 12 minutes dramatically influences whether they’re coming back or not. You never get a second chance to make a first impression.

When non-Christians come to your church for the first time, their number one emotion is fear. What will people think? What are they going to do? Am I going to have to sign something, sing something, sacrifice something, or say something?

They don’t know what’s going on, and they’re scared to death.

Your first goal with guests (and by the way, I never call them visitors) is to get them to relax. Then you can communicate with them. When people are afraid, their barriers are up and it becomes a case of, “I dare you to teach me something!” No matter how good your sermon is, they won’t listen to the Good News about Jesus until they get past those fears.

You need to put guests at ease.

How do you do that? Here are some ideas:

  • Reserve your best parking spots for guests. 
  • Station greeters outside your building. 
  • Set up an information table. 
  • Have music playing when people enter. 
  • Allow guests to remain anonymous in the service. 
  • Offer a warm, casual public welcome that relaxes people. 
  • Use technology to break down the barrier. 

Read the full article here



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
8:30 - Registration
9:00-1:00 Rally and Training
Register here.

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