Network News - May 25, 2018
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Network News - May 25, 2018

VBS Supplies
We're always told to "share like Jesus" and VBS is a great time to do just that! Please let us know when your VBS is and which curriculum you are using so that churches can connect and share decorations and supplies as needed. Below is the list of the VBS's that we know about at this point. 

FBC, Winters is kicking off the season and is kicking off the sharing. Here's a note from their VBS director:
Hello, this is Julie Ries, VBS Director at FBC Winters. I have an abundance of Game On VBS decorations that I would like to share with other churches.
I am attempting to start a Lifeway VBS decoration sharing chain between FBC Winters and other churches in the Sacramento Region Baptist Network, that would save money, time, and manpower for each church in the chain.
For many years I had a sharing chain for Lifeway VBS decorations with other churches in the area. We hold our VBS very early, (we are usually one of the first in the Sacramento Area -- this year June 11 - 15). Last year, the chain was broken and this year the first link on the chain has dropped out of the agreement. So let's get our GameOn and get a new chain going!

FBC Winters has provided me with an amazing budget, so our decorations are always plentiful and top-notch! Historically, I have spent around $800 - $900 on decorations. I purchase from Lifeway and go directly to the store to eliminate shipping costs. The theme backdrops, posters are always a staple. I use 3m removable adhesives and try to keep all the original packaging to make everything easy to pack and reuse (tubes for backdrops and posters, etc. will be available). I also purchase from Oriental Trading Company. Everything VBS that is in our church when your team comes in is a part of the deal, even the stage set up.
The way the chain works: FBC Winters is the 1st church in the chain. When I purchase the decorations each year, I keep track of what was purchased and the cost and pass the info along to the 2nd church. The week after our VBS program ends, 2nd church would send a set of workers that would come and 'glean' our church for everything VBS related (this year the gleaning would take place the week of June 18). The 2nd church would contribute 50% of the cost of the decorations at the time they pick them up. (This usually requires the purchasing church about 3 or 4 workers and 2 or three hours, and a truck with a trailer). After the 2nd church holds their VBS, the 3rd church's team would come and glean and pay them 50%, same with the 4th that point the 4th church would only be paying 12.5% of the original cost!
If your workers bring a flash drive the day they come, I will also share all of my vbs clip art and documents. I make a Family Night Program, volunteer worker booklet and several other documents each year. I'm also willing to throw in curriculum if that is needed. We do VBS from Preschool to Adult age at FBC Winters. :)
The first few churches get the benefit of not having to have a VBS 'clean-up crew' to take down the decorations (we all know how exhausted everyone is after a fun week with the kids)! The last church gets high-quality decos for almost 90% off. I think it's a great deal for everyone.
Thank you for your time, and I pray that you have a very successful VBS this year! Please contact me with any questions and let me know asap if you are interested in sharing in this opportunity with me. My cell phone number is 530-400-6651, call or text is fine.

Julie Ries, FBC Winters

SRBN Student/Youth Vision Workshop
All SRBN Youth and Young Adults are invited to take part in the Vision Workshop. This will be a day of seeking God, fellowship, games, vision boards, goal-setting, and, of course, food. Students should dress comfortably in clothes they don't mind getting wet or dirty.
Ages 12 and up.
$5 per student.
Saturday, June 2
The Church on Cypress
5709 Cypress Avenue, Carmichael
10am - 5pm
For more information, contact your youth minister or Terrie Brown 

The first two stops of the Decision America California Tour with Franklin Graham have been an incredible blessing. Starting here in San Diego County two days ago on Pentecost Sunday, approximately 10,000 attended the local rally and hundreds made decisions for Christ following a wonderful time of united prayer, music, and the clear message of hope. All were blessed and challenged to reclaim and renew our communities and state for Christ. The Tour continued in Pasadena last night with another great evening of prayer and challenge.

In God's timing, Franklin Graham and the Billy Graham Evangelical Association team have come to California to honor, encourage, and serve you and your church in our state which, as you know, is in desperate need of our message of hope in Christ. Hundreds of decision cards and texts are now going to our locally involved churches for follow up. In preparatory times of prayer and planning over the last few months, pastors and churches have been united as never before to move forward together for the sake of the children and families of our communities and California as a whole.

To those of you north of us, please pray with me and make it a priority to attend one of the remaining eight rallies, encouraging your congregation to join you, and uniting in prayer with other pastors and Christian leaders in your community in the days ahead. I believe God is at work, using these rallies to pull us together across our great state in this time of such incredible need. Know that those of us in Southern California are praying with you and for you and your community, that you will share in what has been experienced here.

Wednesday, May 23 — Oxnard, Oxnard Beach Park
Friday, May 25 — Bakersfield, Spectrum Amphitheatre
Monday, May 28 — Fresno, Fresno Fairgrounds
Tuesday, May 29 — Modesto, Stanislaus County Fairgrounds, Turlock
Thursday, May 31 — Santa Clara, Redwood Amphitheater
Friday, June 1 — Berkeley, Cesar Chavez Park
Sunday, June 3 — Chico, Silver Dollar Fairgrounds
Tuesday, June 5 — Redding, Shasta District Fair & Event Center, Anderson

Each stop on the tour begins at 7:30 PM and typically ends by 9 PM.

Visit to learn more!

Franklin, the BGEA and Samaritan's Purse teams, and many of us here are praying that God will use these rallies to stir His people in California leading to a great move of God up and down our state! Let's all unite in that prayer and in action!

Choral Music Available
El Camino Baptist Church has a lot of choral music available for free to anyone who wants it. Please contact either Sallyann Brittain at 916 502 4277 or Debbie McGruder 916 402 1429.

Part-time Musician/Worship Leader
Roseville Baptist Church is seeking a musician to join a growing church family to provide accompaniment for the Sunday morning worship time. This is a part-time position with a salary range that will be commensurate with amount of work done. Please email Pastor David to submit a resume.

English Pastor - Sacramento Korean Baptist Church
Part time position includes preaching and leading Bible study on Sundays and leading a small group during the week. Must be SBC ordained pastor with an MDiv. Pay is $1100 (negotiable). 
Send resume to or call 916-966-0191 for more information.

Senior Pastor - Woodward Park Baptist Church, Fresno 
Send resume and cover letter
Read info here.

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.

Worship Leader Intern and/or Keyboardist/Pianist
The Church on Cypress is looking for a music intern to help with worship at least for the summer; longer if desired. This is a volunteer position. Please contact Pastor Dave at 916-579-9562 or for more information.

Pastor Position in Mexico  San Felipe is a desert town on the western shore of the Sea of Cortez in Baja Mexico. Evangelical pastor sought who is excited about living in Baja, ministering to retirees and evangelizing the “snow-bird” community. This is a permanent, full-time position.
More details here.

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 orChief 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 (this is a volunteer position). 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

Summer missionaries needed for California
CSBC is offering graduating high school seniors and college students the opportunity to serve for six weeks in California this summer. This program will provide opportunities to share the gospel, teach VBS, lead Bible studies and sharpen leadership skills.
Applications are due May 15, with a $600 fee to cover expenses. A stipend will be given to each missionary at the end of the summer.
Orientation is scheduled June 25-28, with service from June 29-August 10.
Read about this summer's service opportunities and apply today!


25-26   Women's Vision Workshop
           6:30-9:30pm on Friday; 8am on Saturday
           The Church on Cypress
           5709 Cypress Avenue, Carmichael
           Contact: Terrie Brown, 916-693-9572 or
           A time for seeking God's plan and purpose for our lives, creating vision boards, goal-setting, and stepping out in faith. It is also a time for prayer, fellowship, and ministering to one another.
           All meals and supplies included.
          $55 per person

2          SRBN Students - Youth and Young Adults - Vision Workshop
10am - 5pm, $5 per student
            The Church on Cypress
            5709 Cypress Avenue, Carmichael
            Contact: Terrie Brown, 916-693-9572 or
            A time for seeking God's plan and purpose for our lives, goal-setting and stepping out in faith

10        Harvest America with Greg Laurie - Free Simulcast
Check it out here 

              ***If your church hosts this event, please let SRBN know so we can help publicize where people can go to watch the simulcast. Thank you!

11-14    Day Camp Session 1 at Camp Alta - $130

17-21    ExO Session 1 at Camp Alta - $250

18-21    Day Camp Session 2 at Camp Alta - $130

8-11      4th-6th Kids Camp at Camp Alta - $155

11-13    1st-3rd Kids Camp at Camp Alta - $140

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

15-19    ExO Session 2 at Camp Alta - $250

16-19    Day Camp Session 3 at Camp Alta - $130

22-26    ExO Session 3 at Camp Alta - $250

29-Aug. 2 ExO Session 4 at Camp Alta - $250

2-5        ExO Couples at Camp Alta - $250

6-9        Special Ministries at Camp Alta - $280

15         FREE simulcast - A Race for Unity
with Miles McPherson
             Find out more here.
  ***If your church hosts this event, please let SRBN know so we can help publicize where people can go to watch the simulcast. Thank you!

Let There Be Light movie available for your church. Details here.
Like Arrows in theaters May 1 & 3, from the makers of Fireproof and War Room
SURRENDER Only to One will be available to bring to your church, free resources available for Memorial Day weekend.
I Can Only Imagine movie can now be hosted by your church. Details are here.

Beautifully Broken - Coming to theaters August 24th, is a true story about the Legacy Mission Village in Nashville, TN. It is the story of how it came to be and the work it does today. Three Families in two different worlds - US and Africa - are connected and so many lives changed because of it. Watch the trailer here.
An Interview With God
- a movie coming to theaters via Fathom events August 20-22. WHAT WOULD YOU ASK God if you were sitting across the table from Him? The website and trailer are coming soon.

A free online Bible commentary:

Four Things I Hope All Senior Pastors Know about Youth Ministry by Russell St. Bernard for Outreach Magazine
I have been thinking and praying about writing this post for some time now. In the last few weeks, months and years I have heard of and known many youth ministers or youth pastors who have been let go from their churches or are looking for new churches to serve. They left their churches, not because they had taken money or abused a student, but in my opinion, simply because the senior pastor didn’t really know what to expect from a youth ministry person. So here are four things I wish all senior pastors knew about youth ministry:

1. Youth ministry is not supposed to be a babysitting service.
2. Youth ministry is supposed to challenge and push the overall ministry.
3. Youth ministry is going to cost SOME money.
4. Youth ministry will take time to develop.
Read the full article here.

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Eight Ways Preschoolers Learn, Part 1 from Mr. Mark's Classroom

’ve noticed a trend among churches in the last few months.

More and more churches seem to be incorporating social media and video streaming into their services, with many beginning to “Livestream” their services on Facebook.

I’ve enjoyed this trend. It’s allowed me to keep up with churches I’ve previously served at and watch sermons from friends who preach in other churches. I spend a good portion of my work-time on Mondays listening to services from other churches, and this time only seems to be growing as more churches begin incorporating this kind of technology into their services.

As the prominence of social media use and Live streaming grows, it seems to be a good time to consider how this kind of technology relates to the Christian witness.

An all-digital church?

Last week, Baptist News Global shared the story of Virtual Reality Church.

Founded by Baptist-Pentecostal minister D. J. Soto, VRC hosts services available through AltspaceVR, a free virtual reality software that connects to a variety of virtual reality headsets as well as smartphones and tablets.

With the proper equipment and connection, members of Virtual Reality Church can tune in weekly for a 3-D interactive church service. As Soto described it: “We want to create experiences. You don’t go to VR just to sit there. If we are talking about Moses and the Red Sea, then the church building goes away and the sea comes up around us. We can worship at Golgotha and the tomb. At Christmas, we had a full nativity and people could walk up and see Joseph and Mary. The next level is those experiences. You create an environment in VR. The possibilities are endless.”

Baptist News Global reports that Virtual Reality Church is hosting digital baptism services in the near future, likely “baptizing” the avatars of requesting members in virtual rivers, though Soto says the logistics of digital baptism are still under consideration.

What we’re already doing

I imagine most people reading this will express reservation at the idea of an all-digital church, and especially at the concept of a virtual baptism. I do as well.

That said, I see this occurring frequently among Texas Baptists already.

When I watch services and sermons on my Monday morning recaps, I see a stream of commenters throughout the service writing something such as “here” to indicate their presence. Very often, the same people week-to-week are tuning in to service livestreams from their homes, seemingly as an alternative to physically attending the church service.

We might not be willing to go so far as digitally baptizing someone, but more and more churches seem to be accepting virtual church membership.

Technology and theology

Social media and Live streaming, like any piece of technology, have the potential to further the church’s witness if used well.

It’s allowed me to “keep up” with other churches and hear friends preach. It allows homebound individuals to view services. In fact, the upcoming “digital baptism” service at Virtual Reality Church is happening at the request of a quadriplegic member who would likely have significant difficulty participating in a traditional immersion baptism.

It’s important that we ask ourselves, though, what message we’re sending by our use of technology. The way we structure our churches is, after all, a theological statement whether we realize it or not.

When we send the message to our congregants that virtual attendance is the same as physical attendance, we’re telling them that their actual, bodily presence at the service doesn’t make a difference; churchgoers become spectators at a performance rather than participators in an event.

I don’t think that’s a message we want to send.

Technology can certainly be a partner in ministry, just as it can be a hindrance. How it’s used is crucial.

Whether your church embraces the internet and social media or stays away from it, let’s make sure people remember how much we want them to be there — actually, physically there.


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