Network News - May 12, 2017

Hoping your Mother's Day is a day of blessing and remembering the good God has given us through our mothers and children in our homes and churches.


The Best Mother's Day Gift Ever by Pastor Rick Warren

Pastor, if you’re like most men out there, you’re probably still looking for just the right gift for your wife this Mother’s Day. You may be searching the Internet, walking the aisles of a department store, or thinking through the perfect lunch.

But you may already have the perfect gift within your grasp.

In just about any survey you find about women’s needs, affection is at the top of the list. Affection symbolizes security, comfort, and approval. When a husband shows affection to his wife, he sends a powerful message to her: “I care for you. I’ll take care of you. I’ll protect you. I’m concerned for your needs. I approve of you. I’m proud of you.”

Colossians 3:19 says, “Husbands, love your wives, and do not be harsh with them” (NIV). The Amplified Bible says this in the verse, “be affectionate and sympathetic with them” (AMP). As long as Jesus Christ is first place in your life, it’s impossible to give your wife too much honor. The more you appreciate her, the more you love her, the more you show affection for her, the more she will mature in Christ.

You can learn to be affectionate. It doesn’t matter if you didn’t grow up in an affectionate house. You learned a lot of things later in life that you didn’t learn at home. Affection is a habit. Like any habit it takes time to develop. It may be awkward at first. But when you begin to do it, it will become part of your marriage, and you’ll see dramatic results.

Read the article here.


Here's a great article about mentoring others: How to Be a Spiritual Mother by Amy Simpson from

When I was in my twenties, I thought life was effectively over at 30. Incidentally, I also thought time would move much more slowly than it does. When I was in my thirties I knew better, but I still dreaded 40. I looked ahead and saw a future with obvious signs of aging, aches and pains, cultural alienation, and my precious children leaving home—it all felt negative and a big overwhelming.

But now that I am unequivocally in my forties, I realize there are some great things about being roughly at the halfway point of my presumptive lifespan. For starters, a solid majority of marketing and pop culture messages are not aimed at me—it’s very relaxing. For another, I’m actually looking forward to seeing my kids ready to leave home. Yet another, I am legitimately an elder to about half the population, and I find I’ve picked up a nice little collection of wisdom to share—and people actually want me to share it.

I find myself equipped not only for mentoring, but for spiritual mothering, a role I believe all women are called to play during our lives, regardless of whether we mother children in our own families.

Titus 2:3–5 gives a brief glimpse of the importance of this role in the church, with Paul instructing Timothy to ask older women to act in the lives of their younger counterparts. Both men and women need spiritual mothers. In the early days of the church—with few models to follow—people needed spiritual mothers and fathers to teach them how to be Christians. In modern times, this role seems just as important: Many young people live far away from their parents, and naturally occurring intergenerational community is rare.

So what does it mean to be a spiritual mother? It means using some of the same skills in relationships with younger Christians that mothers use with their children.

Read the full article here.

by Terrie Brown

Women have always been a part of the church. In the Old Testament, Deborah was a judge. God used many women to bring change in battle, the course of the Jewish nation, and in raising the leaders of the nation. Think of the stories of Abigail, Ruth, Esther, Miriam, and even Jael. Women have proven to be brave and mighty in the strength of the Lord throughout history.

In the New Testament we see Mary, Mary Magdalene, Lydia, Priscilla, and many others who were faithful followers of Christ and served to help build and grow the Church. We see Jesus protecting women such as the woman caught in adultery and entrusting women to bring a whole city to Him such as the woman at the well.

So, as the 21st Century Baptist Church, how do we view the role of women in the Church and kingdom of God?

Don't get me wrong. I'm not trying to stir up trouble here, but I do think we need to stir up some discussion and prayer about many things, often! In addition, unity and the Church's witness, not individual "rights" must be our first priority most of the time. I believe that is what Paul was trying to deal with when he said women should not teach men and should remain quiet in the church. However, today, I don't think we are in danger of our community thinking women ministering in the church are "temple prostitutes." So, at least, to some degree, that is not an issue for the Church of the 21st Century.

Some Baptist churches have women actively involved in most parts of ministry, and some even have women on staff or serving as pastors alongside their husbands. Each individual church pretty much seems to have their comfort zone and draws the line somewhere as to how much women can do in the church. And, if we're honest, in churches that are truly allowing women to use the spiritual gifts God has given them, women fulfill many roles without the title or the acknowledgement that a male counterpart might have. Most women only want to serve God and be used by Him. They want the freedom to use the gifts and passion that God has given them to serve their community. So, most have not tried to really change anything, but have served where they could in acceptable ways without ruffling too many feathers. Some have gone to other denominations that allowed them to minister in ways they felt called. For many generations, that has been fine...well, accepted, but with the next generations, it may not be fine or acceptable anymore. How are we going to respond? I think we really have to examine our hearts, our church culture, and our traditions and see which are based on scripture, which are based on what was expected and acceptable 50-100 years ago, and what God may want us to do today. Maybe He doesn't want you to change anything in this area, but maybe He does. As uncomfortable and emotionally charged as this discussion sometimes gets, our young women are asking where they fit into the church today. We need to be able to answer them with clarity, love, obedience to God's leading, and grace that seeks God's will.


Here are a few thought-provoking articles you may enjoy:


Does the Bible Really Say I Can't Teach Men? by Jill Briscoe from

I grew up in England with a queen on the throne and was educated at an all-girls' school and women's college in Cambridge by gifted females (and led to Christ by a female medical professional). So after becoming a Christian, imagine my dismay when I first joined a church where women weren't allowed to do any of the things in which I knew they excelled!

Later as a budding Bible teacher, I was asked by male church leaders to speak to young women and men in an outreach our congregation hosted. But others challenged my participation. I became hurt and confused. It wasn't that these challengers thought I shouldn't be exercising my gifts - that they believed "God thought" I shouldn't! This went against the very root of my identity and calling.

Read the rest of the article here.


Reaching the Other Half of the Church by Jenni Catron from Outreach Magazine

What does it cost us when half the church’s gifts go untapped?

I’ve been wrestling with this question quite a lot lately.

Conversations are stirring in the church world about our inability to engage the 21st century female.

“I don’t know where I fit in the church.”

“I feel like I don’t belong because I’m a single woman, and everything the church does is for wives and mothers.”

“I don’t want to just serve in the nursery or kids’ ministry, but I don’t know how to get involved in other ways.”

These are statements that I hear repeatedly.

Before I came on ministry staff full-time, I felt this way, too. I wrestled with identifying ways that I could serve using my gifts of leadership and administration. Many of the obvious opportunities to serve weren’t places where I felt comfortable or gifted to serve. So while I served out of obligation, I never felt like I was fully alive in service to God. I remained silent thinking I was simply the unusual one.

The truth is that the majority of the 20- and 30-something women in our churches feel this way, too. They may be attending regularly, but they are sitting quietly back out of respect and uncertainty. They wrestle with whether they fit in the church at all anymore.

Carolyn Custis James describes this well in her recent book Half the Church:

But culture shock awaits many women who migrate from the academy or the secular workplace to the church. In the former, opportunities are vast, and their contributions valued and pursued. In the church, what they have to offer often goes unnoticed or is restricted to “appropriate” zones within the church.

I believe the church is on the verge of a new crisis: failing to engage the young women in the church.

Today’s modern young woman does not see her place inside the church. Her talents, gifts, and God-given calling are walking out of our doors and into the hands of businesses and other non-profits where her gifts are welcomed and celebrated.

Are we as church leaders creating a culture where women feel like their gifts, even those gifts that might stereotypically be thought of as more commonly belonging to men, are welcomed and valued?

My guess is that we want to. We never intended to alienate half of the population, but my fear is that our lack of intentionality is leading to a crisis that could be devastating to those we are called to reach.

Read the article here.


A podcast The Calling features Jen Wilkin: Let's Make This a Golden Age for Women's Ministry has some points to consider as well.

The Bible teacher and author says we've reached a new crossroads for women in the church. How can we chart the best path forward?
If women’s ministry is undergoing a renaissance—and many suggest that it is—then leaders like Jen Wilkin might just be the church’s latter-day Da Vincis. A speaker, writer, and Bible teacher based in Flower Mound, Texas, Jen is an active advocate for women’s place in the church, urging congregations to recognize and honor their women’s giftings even as she encourages women themselves to strive toward greater, more rigorous biblical literacy.
While most of her ministry takes place in her local church, Jen has also shared her insights with wider audiences through her writing. Her books include Women of the Word: How to Study the Bible with Both Our Hearts and Our Minds and None Like Him: 10 Ways God Is Different from Us (and Why That’s a Good Thing, and her articles have been featured recently in Christianity Today, The Gospel Coalition, Desiring God, and other publications.
On this week’s episode of The Calling, CT Associate Editor Kate Shellnutt joins Jen in a Flower Mound coffee shop for a conversation about her work as a teacher, her love for the church, and her hopes for women’s ministry in the years ahead.

Listen here.


This next article is geared toward women, but it applies to anyone wanting to find God's calling in their vocational and ministry life. Discover Your God-Given Calling

More often than not, you will find Yolanda staying past hours at the all girls' school where she works as a counselor. For Yolanda, her work is not just a job, it's her calling. She is passionate about counseling adolescent girls. Sure, she has a few bad days now and then, but usually she can't wait to get to work. Yolanda unlocked the key to her calling, passion. Knowing your passion is the key to discovering your calling.

As a therapist and women's ministry leader, I'm often asked, "How do I know what my calling is?" Answering this profound and life-altering question sets the trajectory of your life toward the adventure God has for you. It is my belief that once you know your passion, you will know your calling. For many of us, discovering passion can seem like a daunting task, but there are questions you can answer that will help with your quest. Grab a cup of java, dust off your journal, and begin to unmask your calling by completing the following exercises.

Read the article here.


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.
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 train you and invest in your life. All 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

12-13  Prayer Revival Weekend
        Country Oaks Baptist Church
        9717 Bond Road, Elk Grove
        Friday: 7 pm
        Saturday: 9 am - 12:30 pm
        Child care provided

13    2nd Saturday Outreach
        10 AM - 1st Time orientation 

18-20 Urban Youth Workers Conference
         IMPOSSIBLE 20:17, $149,

19-21 Ministers' Wives Retreat 2017
         Jenness Park Christian Camp

19-20  Volunteer Weekend at Camp Alta, $20

20   Act Now: Addressing Health Issues in African American Communities
       New Love Ministries
       6412 Tupelo Drive, Suite H, Citrus Heights

21-28 Associational Missions Emphasis (AME)
        Week of Prayer and Mission Emphasis

3      By All Means Youth on Mission 2017
        1B Hispana el Calvarios/Calvary Baptist Church
        1321 Hudson Street, Redwood City
        register online

6      Pastors and Staff Lunch, 12 noon
        Roseville Baptist, 1301 Coloma Way
        Bring your own lunch 

10    2nd Saturday Outreach
        10 AM - 1st Time orientation

11    DadFest at The Church on Cypress
        9 am to 2 pm

18-22 Middle & High School Camp Session 1
         Camp Alta

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

9-12   Kids Camp, 4-6 grades, $155 

13-15 Kids Camp, 1-3 grades $140 

16-20 Middle/High School Wilderness Camp
          Session 2, Camp Alta, $225 

23-27 Middle/High School Wilderness Camp
          Session 3, Camp Alta, $225 

7-10 Special Ministries Camp
        18 & older, $280, (volunteers free) 

10-11 Global Leadership Summit simulcast


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