Network News - May 26, 2017

Each week we try to highlight an area of ministry or an issue most churches are facing. This week we'll look at church planting and bi-vocational ministry. We hope these articles will not only encourage those "in the trenches" of bi-vocational work and church planting, but that they might inspire churches to consider planting other churches.

How to Start a Church without a Dime by Hugh Halter from Outreach Magazine
For Jesus, the good news was not simply a handful of doctrines to be pedaled on a street corner. According to Matthew 16, the good news is about the kingdom of heaven coming to Earth, made understandable and accessible to and through every saint.

To Jesus it was the key to everything: “I will build my church and the gates of hell will not prevail. I will give you the keys to the kingdom of heaven” (Matt. 16:18-19).

What if we never had to worry about growing or building a church? What would change if we really lived out of the truth that God does the building and growing as we live in simple kingdom ways?

Well, that was our experiment. We had a small group of friends and we took a few months to study everything Jesus did and what he said about heaven. After we had an overview of kingdom reality, we decided to make it our reality. Although we made hundreds of observations, we noticed that almost everything had to do with three aspects of doable life.
Read the rest of the article here. 

A second article by Hugh Halter is The One Church Strategy that Always Works also from Outreach Magazine.

I’ve always said my batting average is about .300. That’s pretty good in baseball, but if what I’m measuring is how often my plans and visions pan out, it actually means quite a large percentage of my ministry efforts over the years have fallen flat.

I remember doing an outreach gathering in a park in Portland, Oregon, while planting our first church. We spent what was left of a very small budget on clowns, live music and all the bells and whistles one could add, all in the hopes of letting people know a new church was launching. We had about 500 people come enjoy the day, yet not one single person came by the next Sunday. Ugh.

In great courage I have prayed for many sick people who did not recover. I have moved our church into buildings that turned out disastrous. I have put people in leadership positions only to have it end up being a train wreck for everyone involved. Twice, I’ve tried to hand the reins of my senior pastor position to another person, and twice it didn’t work. I even took a risk and let a recovering heroin addict lead worship, only to watch him make shadow puppets on the overhead projector during worship. (Overhead projector—now that takes us back a few years, eh?)

I could go on and on as my mind is flooded with many other miscues, missteps or outright misadventures of doing the wrong thing. I hope most of you have a better average than .300, but my guess is that you’re finding comfort in my litany of losses because you share a similar saga.

Maybe you’ve tried to get your congregation to be more welcoming, be more missional, be—you know—the freaking church!

Well, take heart, I have found one thing that has always been the right decision, and I suspect will always be good for—at least—a “bloop single.” What is that one consistent right decision? That one aspect of ministry that I’m confident in? That one commitment I am making again now, in my third city?

The one best thing I am doing is … committing to building missional community while God builds his church.

In my ministry, both churches began because we were not even thinking of building a church. We were simply trying to build an intentional community of people on mission, in our neighborhood. And yet, it has always worked.

Why do I think this always serves me better than focusing on all the church stuff?

For one, when I have made all these bad congregational decisions, the church has always been able to weather the storm because they are not dependent on the church service or me as their savior. They are dependent upon each other. So when I messed up, they were actually just fine.

Second, missional community always seems to make disciples. Doing church for people really doesn’t. And it can actually perpetuate a lot of consumerism, thus forcing the leader to make dumb decisions to keep people happy, coming and giving.
Read the rest of the article here.

A podcast you may enjoy: PastorTalk - "How One Small Church Started a Church Planting Network, feat. Brian Bowman" 

5 Ways to Get People Talking about Your Church by Kevin Harney from Outreach Magazine
A local news channel does a story on the “heroic” action of a young man who stopped to intervene when he saw a middle school student being picked on by some bullies. A businesswoman pulls her car over when she sees an elderly couple stuck on the side of the road on a rainy evening and the couple seems astounded that anyone would take the time to help. A 7-year-old holds the door at an apartment building for a family carrying groceries and they talk about “how polite the child was” a number of times throughout the evening.

Have you noticed that people are surprised and even shocked when they see something that should be an ordinary occurrence?

We live in a time when it does not take much to impress people. If we are hospitable, kind, generous, thoughtful or civil, people take notice. In a very similar way, when local churches work together, get along and actually like each other, people start talking. For some reason, these things are seen as out of the ordinary when it should be absolutely commonplace.

A few years ago, Shoreline Community Church felt a call to plant a new congregation in a nearby small town called Pacific Grove (PG). We studied the community and discovered that there were just a handful of biblical and distinctively Christian congregations. These churches had two important things in common: They were all fairly small and they were all made up of wonderful folks who were predominantly older.

At that time there wasn’t a church in Pacific Grove that was worshipping consistently with more than a hundred people. Though the town is not large, it was clear that the vast majority of people in that beautiful coastal region weren’t connected with a local church.

With this in mind, we prayerfully began the process of multiplication by launching a new congregation in this small town. What we have discovered over the past three years is that many of the things we have done that seemed ordinary to us have been surprising to others.

1. Enter a new community as a partner and not as a rival.
As we prepared to plant a new Christian congregation in the town of PG, we did not see ourselves as coming to “do it right” or “take over.” We had a distinct sense that we were coming as a partner in the gospel. We actually contacted all the churches in town and offered to take the pastor and a board member out to lunch so that we could share the vision God had given us. Over half of the churches sent a pastor, elder or both.

At the lunch, we shared our sense of calling to come and partner with the other churches and believers in the community. Some of the guests were visibly excited and verbalized their anticipation. A few seemed cautious, but their love for Jesus and heart to reach their community was clear to see. We prayed together and shared community, and the pastor who would be leading this new congregation began to build relationships with other local church leaders.

We discovered that those who came were pleasantly surprised with our commitment to work with them. Friendships were born and partnerships forged.
Read the rest of the article here.

Mark Dance asks an intriguing question: Are You a Church Planter or Pirate? from LifeWay Pastors
First of all, kudos to you for even letting me ask you that question. I assume the best of motives for pastors who desire to plant a new campus or church without hurting other local churches. There are some inevitable mistakes every church planter or planting church will make, but some missteps have further reaching implications.

I have planted a church as well as helped others plant churches, and hope to encourage well-intentioned missionaries to learn from both my touchdowns and turnovers.

Here are three questions to ask yourself to help discern whether you are personally being a church planter or a church pirate.

1. Am I recruiting other church members privately?  
You can assume that you will be seen as a pirate instead of a planter if you are meeting with prospective church members without their pastor’s knowledge. Half-heartedly telling members from other churches that you do not want them to leave their church to help you plant is manipulative. Ask the Lord to make clear your motives.

The people who leave their church to help you plant your church should be called by God, not recruited by you.

Be cautious about labeling members from other church families as “unchurched” just because they have been thinking about leaving their church. It is not unusual for members to consider leaving their church at some time or another, for one reason or another. Pirates bait moderately committed members away from their churches whether they intend to or not.

2. Am I intentionally avoiding other pastors?
A common mistake church planters make is avoiding other pastors in the area. Some of those pastors will have members who will visit and join your church—even if you have discouraged them. Avoidance will only delay the awkwardness that inevitably comes with sheep-swapping or stealing.

You can practice “double-honor” with other pastors by initiating coffee or a lunch weeks or months before you launch. Our churches and communities benefit greatly from healthy friendships among pastors.

Some of the local pastors may become insecure and unsupportive, regardless of whether you are planting or pirating. Love and respect them anyway. God will bless you if you will.
Read the rest of the article here.

My Top 10 Church Planting Tips by Aaron Damiani from CT Pastors
This year I faced one of my greatest fears: planting a church. I sought advice from veteran pastors and church planters. Their counsel has come through classes, formal coaching relationships, and one-off meetings or phone calls.

Now, our church (Immanuel Anglican in Chicago's diverse Uptown neighborhood) has launched. As I reflected on the past year, I made a quick list of the most helpful advice I was given during this first, vulnerable year of planting. Of course, this list is specific to our church's context, and most of our story has yet to be written. But I think the advice I've received could help others as well.

So without further ado, the top 10 insights I gleaned from others this year…

1. "Sustain high learning agility." - Mark Reynolds, vice president of leadership programs at Redeemer City to City.
In 2012 I was part of a church planting training. Mark taught several classes. He said "learning agility" (meaning mental and ministry adaptability) so often, that by the end of the course we couldn't help but associate that phrase with him. But I'm glad he repeated himself. This piece of counsel is the key that unlocks the nine tips below.

Mark warned us that many church planters are not willing to have high learning agility. They are sometimes so enamored with a particular ministry model or idea that when it does not work in the real world, they get embarrassed, defensive, and discouraged. Mark encouraged our class to find good coaches, learn from our mistakes, and constantly adapt to the conditions. At every stage of our initiative, veteran coaches have made adaptation and growth possible for me and our church.

2. "Go slow to go fast." - Stewart Ruch, senior pastor at Church of the Resurrection in Wheaton, Illinois (our sending church).
Church planting is this vulnerable, exciting space where something is supposed to come out of nothing. Everyone, including you, constantly wants to know: How's it going? What's happening? Where are the results? So when we moved back to Chicago to plant a church, I felt a strong urge to start make something happen—to go fast. And there are many faithless ways to generate activity in the early days. Stewart taught me that building a community is slower than you want it to be. It takes time to develop trust, grow as a leader, and wait on the Lord together in prayer. However, once the community is in place, you have an entire team with gifts and energy that take the church so much farther than you could on your own. Your people will have more enthusiasm about the church plant if they've helped you shape it anyway. So go slow to go fast.

3. "Gather a Launch Team instead of a Core Group." - Al Barth of Redeemer City to City.
Al, a church planting veteran, surprised me with this one. He taught our class that a typical church plant Core Group can be like a close-knit board meeting, made up of leaders who make executive decisions. As such, these groups are difficult to leave (there's no end date), they are difficult for the church planter to lead (less freedom, more like a hired hand), and people are often wary of joining such a high-commitment group. A Launch Team is more like an ever-expanding party, where there is a winsome urgency to gather others, take risks, and be creative together. Launch Teams are also easier to leave, because the launch of the church gives the team a defined off-ramp.

In 2013 our Launch Team partied, sweated, risked and made lots of memories together. I loved leading this team. Many of them ended up staying with us after we launched in October, and those who didn't are still beloved friends.

4. "Jesus builds his church, so stop watching the door and start feeding your people." - Mark Bergin, lead pastor of The Painted Door in Chicago.
Mark spoke these words to me because I was worrying about who wasn't showing up. When we finally started to gather people, I had thoughts like, "Why wasn't ____ or ____ there tonight?" Or: "Why doesn't X or Y type of person come, and how can we change that?" Who God brings and who God does not bring to your church will surprise you. Mark's timely word was instrumental in my own experience of God's grace related to the makeup of my church. Since Jesus builds his church, getting certain people in the door was ultimately not my responsibility. Instead, I was called to feed, lead, and commission the people that Jesus had already brought. I can still feel the relief that washed over me when Mark spoke these words. He was both coach and pastor in that moment.

Finish reading the article here.

10 Insanely Practical Tips for Church Planters from Portable Church Industries

The need for more churches is a widely acknowledged fact. After all, 65% of the population in America has no real church connection!

In the words of missiologist C. Peter Wagner, “Planting new churches is the most effective evangelistic methodology known under heaven.”

We couldn’t agree more! That’s why we have curated a list of 10 practical tips for church planters. If you are called to plant churches, check out these words of wisdom – straight from the experts:

Put together a launch team, not a core group:
Planting a church is by no means a one-man job. You need the support of a team that brings a range of gifts to the table. From effective administrators and implementers to creative minds and marketing experts – you need them all. Ideally, you want a high-commitment and flexible launch team, not a core group with a potential sense of entitlement.

Dr. Tom Nebel says that gathering a launch team, instead of a core group is key. By definition, launch teams are task-oriented, and once the task is completed (i.e. the church is successfully planted) you are free to reassign them or they are free to leave. On the other hand, a core group implies a close-knit team at the center of all decision-making activities, and fundamental to the execution of your church’s vision. A core group doesn’t disband easily post the launch.

Collaborate, don’t compete with fellow pastors:
Pastor and church planter, Ed Stetzer stresses the need for church planters and plants to form healthy relationships with other churches. Established churches and experienced pastors can offer valuable insights to church planters like you.

Moreover, such relationships prevent the emergence of a myopic approach to ministry in a new church plant. Collaborating with other churches will remind you that you are part of both a local and global mission.

Empower others from the start:
In Global Church Planting: Biblical Principles and Best Practices for Multiplication, authors Craig Ott and Gene Wilson emphasize the need to instill a spirit of empowerment earlier on in a new church plant. Mobilization of the whole church for ministry allows a church to keep growing and reaching people for Christ. The church planter’s role then shifts from being motor and model to mobilizer and mentor.

Therefore, remember to focus on nurturing, equipping and developing lay leaders. As lead pastor of Next Level Church, Matt Keller says, “Communicate not just the How and What of your church, but also the Why behind the What.”

Create an annual funding plan, not just a budget:
More often than not, funding remains a challenging area for church planters. Therefore, it is crucial to develop a funding plan, with all the information related to your church’s financial needs.

Casey Graham from Giving Rocket urges church planters to go beyond creating a budget to making a funding plan that includes following up with donors, emphasizing digital giving, discipling high-capacity givers and more.
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Here's an article from the perspective of the church planter's wife. 25 Things I've Learned from Church Planting by Christine Hoover from The Gospel Coalition.

In 2008, God called my husband, Kyle, and me to plant a church in Charlottesville, Virginia. Though we had eight years of ministry experience under our belts at an established church, we didn't yet know all that we didn't know. We had much to learn and, more importantly, God had much sifting and pruning to do in our hearts.

God has shown me that, more than anything, he wants my heart. He wants a tender, moldable heart willing to obey more than he wants any obligatory service I can give him. As I write in my new book, The Church Planting Wife: Help and Hope for Her Heart (Moody, 2013), I've learned a thing or two in this crazy adventure called church planting—and I trust I'll learn more as we move forward. Here are 25 things I've discovered so far.

1. Hospitality is essential.

2. Church planting teaches two things more than any other: that God is faithful and that we must learn how to depend on that faithful God.

3. Programs matter a lot to some people, especially families with small children. It takes special families who can grasp the vision of church planting to invest in a church plant on the ground level.

4. On the other hand, some people love the early stages of church planting but become uncomfortable when the church grows to a size where they can no longer know everyone.

5. Church planting happens one relationship at a time.

6. Sometimes church planting feels like you're pretending to be a church. And then one day (after backbreaking work and lots of prayer) you realize God has built an honest-to-goodness church right before your eyes.

7. You cannot church plant apart from the support and encouragement of others.

8. The Word is living and active. When we let God speak through his Word, he changes people. Every church plant must gather earnestly around the Word and the Christ to which it points.

9. The church plant often takes on the personality and passions of the church planter and his wife. This is why it's important to cling to Christ with biblical vision.

10. Most people, especially outsiders, don't know what it means when you say you're church planting. And they think you're a little crazy.

11. One of the church planter's greatest resources is other church planters and pastors in the same city. These relationships should be cultivated.

12. Some of the hardest relationships a church planter may have are with other church planters and pastors in the same city. Sadly.

13. The calling to church plant must be sure since you'll need to return to it again and again in the face of discouragement, defeat, and uncertainty.

14. The gospel is everything: it sustains when discouragement comes (and it always does), it keeps a church planter and his wife in their city (because there will be times when they want to give up and leave), it compels its ministers forward (and sometimes it's the only motivation left), and it changes lives (which makes it all worth it).

15. A church planter cannot drive by an established church without appreciating what it took to make it that way. And he will first think about the secretaries, the nursery workers, the janitors, and the seats permanently bolted to the ground.

16. As much as possible, a church plant should be structured according to how leaders want it to look a year in the future.

17. It's unhealthy for the church planter, the church, and especially the church planting wife if she's doing childcare during church each week.

18. A failed church plant is not failure. Lack of faith is failure. Service in God's name with a heart far away from him is failure.

19. Slow and steady growth is healthy growth. Explosive growth can be fragile growth.

20. A good worship leader is important and hard to find.

21. Spiritual warfare is real.

22. Church plants should never be started by someone disgruntled or unable to sit under authority at his former church. Church plants cannot be rebuttals to another pastor's methods and ideas. They must be built on a clear call from God.

23. A church planter and his wife must pray for and develop a love for their city—and not just the city but for its people.

24. The church planting wife's main role in helping her husband is, like Aaron holding up Moses' arms in battle, praying for and encouraging him to press on.

25. There is unimaginable joy and reward in sacrifice and service.

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4 Tips for Starting a Children's Ministry in a Church Plant by Jeffrey Reed from LifeWay Kids Ministry 101

Starting a children’s ministry in a new church can be challenging and very rewarding. This post by Laura Teague offers practical advice on getting started.  — Jeffrey Reed

Years ago I worked in a small church plant in a largely unchurched area. We met in the local YMCA and Sunday morning meant hours of moving chairs, raising pipe and drape, and hanging signs. Sound like your church? Church plants are becoming increasingly popular and in the midst of all there is to do, getting your children’s ministry off the ground can tend to slip under the radar. Here are a few practical tips for starting a children’s ministry in your church plant:

1. Make kids ministry a priority.

Boys and girls have unbelievable potential and desire to learn about Jesus and need a place for specific spiritual investment. Talk with your church staff about the importance of kid’s ministry and start to think through the logistics of space, budgeting, and resources. Together, set a purpose or mission statement for why you do children’s ministry. Make your priority spiritual investment rather than child care. What’s important to your church staff will quickly become important to your congregation.

2. Get people on board.
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Bi-Vocational Pastor
Many church planters are bi-vocational, and many pastors today have to bi-vocational because of financial situations. And some feel called to this kind of ministry. These articles are in the member area of Christianity Today online, but are very good.

Five Perks to Being Bi-vocational by Ben Connelly
My second job is a blessing, for myself and my church.

I planted The City Church in 2010, a year after the stock market crashed. We started with 20 people in a living room, and even with the generous support of friends, families, and organizations, there was no way I could pull a full-time salary. When I got the chance to teach part-time public speaking courses at Texas Christian University, I jumped at it—primarily as a means of support but also because I had already spent four years ministering to that campus. Today our church has seen significant growth, is financially "stable," and we have multiple elders and deacons. Some are financially supported; others are not. Three years in, the church could pay me a full-time salary, but I'm still bi-vocational and—don't fall out of your chair—I hope that's always the case.

Generally seen as a last-ditch option, bi-vocationality is a necessity for many in today's economic climate. Especially in new churches or smaller ministries, pastors hesitantly turn to a second source of income for as little time as humanly possible. But I'm here to tell you it's one of the best things I've ever experienced. Here are five ways God can use bi-vocationality to serve his kingdom.

1. Stewarding God's money

Between my two jobs, God provides adequately for my family. One of the organizations for which I work even defines the hours I give them as enough to warrant health benefits. That's not true of every part-time job, but at least some workplaces (most famously, Starbucks) extend benefits without requiring 40 hours.

Consider the benefit to God's church. By working at TCU for the past three years, our church has been able to put money toward things that we couldn't otherwise. We send more to missions, we help hurting couples who can't afford professional counseling, we financially support other folks to use their gifts for the good of the body. Traditionally, a healthy, established church budget should put 50 percent toward staff and 30 percent toward a building, leaving 20 percent (or less in some cases) for ministry and mission. A small ministry is often skewed even further.

First Timothy 5:18 says, "'You shall not muzzle an ox when it treads out the grain,' and, 'The laborer deserves his wages.'" But most of us have only heard—and used—it to justify a pay increase. Have we considered the other side of the coin? For some ministers, 40 hours of work are not needed each week. Is it possible we aren't always worth the wage we want? I found myself creating things to take up 40 or 50 hours of work in the church building. But those hours weren't necessary. I had to ask myself, Are these extra hours worth my people's support? I knew the difference; the hard part was being honest about how I spent God's money.

2. Making disciples

I love the local church, but I know that there are always more people outside the church walls than inside. Before I'm a pastor, I'm a follower of Jesus, and he calls his followers to live out the Great Commission: "Go and make disciples …" (Matthew 28:19). Before I started City Church, I worked for decade in "normal, full-time" church ministry. I was even "successful" by most standards. But over that decade, I became really good at managing Christians and really bad at making disciples.

Through my second job, I'm prayerfully pursuing the Great Commission on the campus that Playboy ranked 2012's number nine party school in the nation. My officemate is a great Jewish man. My department is made up of professors across the spectrum of intellectual humanity. Three times a week, I talk to Azim, president of an Islamic campus organization, and Michael, whose brother is a pastor but who hates God because of what he experienced during military deployment. I open my office to them and 48 other students like them, and I invite them to lunch in groups. And once in a while, I get a note from a student who finds him or herself in crisis that says—as one young man wrote—"I don't have anyone to turn to for advice, but I think you told us you were a priest or something." By God's grace, bi-vocationality opens doors to disciple-making.
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Finding the "Perfect" Second Job by Ben Connelly.
Not all jobs are created equal. Here are six things for the bi-vocational pastor to keep in mind.

For one reason or another, you've decided that bi-vocational ministry makes sense for you. But not all second jobs are created equal. It's time to turn to the natural follow-up question: "If I'm a bi-vocational pastor, what type of second job should I look for?"

Every person and situation is unique, so there's no objectively "perfect" job to recommend to everyone. Here are six considerations to keep in mind while choosing that second (or third, or seventh?) job.

1. Relationships
In addition to his "church duties," one of our elders works as a physical therapist. Every day, he pushes and prods on broken bodies to help them heal (though some joke that he causes more pain). For years, he has used this role as a ministry. He not only discusses physical pain in the recovery process; over multiple appointments, he gets to know his patients. He talks with, encourages, speaks truth to, and at times prays with the many people he serves in his "day job".

Ministry is about people. And just like everyone else in your congregation, ministry can't stop when you walk out the church doors. Throughout the Bible, God's people are relational. The only thing God declared "not good" in the Genesis creation story was the fact that man was alone. Our cities are full of people, so locking ourselves in a cubicle, or staring at a computer screen, or sitting alone at home all day might not be the most beneficial direction for a second job. What jobs are available to you that will enable relationships?

2. Mission
Whether you find work bartending, computing, designing, stock-rooming, barista-ing, or beyond, brokenness hides in every corner of our cities. Over and over, the Bible shows Jesus going "into the darkness": dining with sinners and tax collectors, spending time with lepers and folks who are otherwise socially unacceptable, turning water into wine. Going a step beyond "relational," God uses many bi-vocational jobs as great missional opportunities.

For me, this means teaching at a university, where I meet 50 students each semester and have ongoing relationships with the faculty with whom I teach. Many of the folks in my mission field have a skewed, angry, or negative view of God. The conversations and opportunities to which my job has led have been astounding—largely because I get to talk to those who would never enter a church gathering.

3. Fair Wages
Wisdom throughout Scripture says we should "count the cost" of our endeavors. A "$3.25 per hour, plus tips" job might not be the best route for a bi-vocational minister to take, even if it is relational and missional (though it may be right at times). To provide for our needs, we must check the cost-benefit ratio of our second jobs. Is the income worth the hours it demands, including commuting and prep time? Of course, part of this consideration must be benefits or other non-monetary compensation. More and more workplaces provide insurance, retirement, and more for part-time employees. Among these are REI, Whole Foods, UPS, Lowes, Barnes & Noble, JP Morgan Chase, and some "big-name" clothing stores.

A church planter I know worked as a manager at Starbucks for many years—when he moved to the city where he wanted to plant, he cut his coffee shop hours and position (and thus his pay as well). But as an Assistant Manager who worked more than 20 hours a week, he was able to maintain a salary and benefits that supported his family, alongside the support he raised to start the church.
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Church Replanting
What is replanting? There are different models for replanting, but the most common is when a church is about to hit a wall and die, a group comes in to help replant or restart the church. It is like planting a new church in an old location. The members who are there help with the new beginning, but with the guidance of someone called to and trained to replant.
Here's a podcast from Thom S. Rainer: The Need for Church Replanting featuring Mark Clifton-Rainer on Leadership #320

enlightenedChurch Planting through North American Mission Board
enlightenedReplanting through North American Mission Board

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 Reasoner at 530-583-2925 or530448-9359 or or
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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

Camp Volunteers

Pastor Ben Lehmann from westside Baptist Church in Georgia is bringing a team from his church to hold evangelistic basketball clinics around the Sacramento area.
2 hour long clinic at your church
For more information: contact Daniel Wong or 916-837-2877

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

26-27 Summer Reading Quest Kickoff Party at LifeWay Bookstores

3      By All Means Youth on Mission 2017
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6      Pastors and Staff Lunch, 12 noon
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10    2nd Saturday Outreach
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18-22 Middle & High School Camp Session 1
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27-29 Hope Renewed/Purpose Driven 2017
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9-12   Kids Camp, 4-6 grades, $155 

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

16-20 Middle/High School Wilderness Camp
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23-27 Middle/High School Wilderness Camp
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