Network News - October 19, 2018
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Network News - October 19, 2018

California Baptist University's Annual Report
We held our Annual Celebration a little early this year. One report that did not make it into the Book of Reports is the California Baptist University report. So, here is their report. (Please note, if you did not receive a Book of Reports and would like one, please contact the office in order to pick up your copy).


California Baptist University

Ronald L. Ellis, President

For nearly a quarter of a century, the growth and development of California Baptist University has been shaped by the vision of a “University committed to the Great Commission.” That vision continues to inspire and guide the dedicated staff and faculty to create an environment at CBU where students are nurtured to thrive academically and spiritually, and become better equipped to impact the world for Christ.

Continuing enrollment growth is a key indicator that the vision is resonating with students. Fall 2018 enrollment totaled a record 10,486 students in programs at the associate, bachelor, master and doctoral levels. That number represents an increase of 545 students, or 5.5 percent more than the previous year’s fall enrollment and marks the 16th consecutive year of enrollment growth at CBU.

Along with record enrollment during the 2017-2018 academic year, CBU also logged 2,848 applications for graduation—the greatest number for a single year in the institution’s 68-year history.

CBU strives to serve growing numbers of students by providing a campus environment that combines high-quality academic programs with a distinctly Christian worldview, excellent service and a vibrant campus life. During the past year, new facilities have continued to reshape the campus and further enhance the CBU experience.

On July 25, 2018, CBU dedicated the Dennis and Carol Troesh Engineering Building as the new home of the Gordon and Jill Bourns College of Engineering. The three-story, 100,000-square-foot building features classrooms, labs, faculty offices and creative space for project collaboration.

In Lancer Plaza work is underway on another major campus project—to expand the Recreation Center and Athletic Performance Center and construct CBU’s first parking structure. The five-level car park is designed to accommodate more than 1,450 vehicles and scheduled to come online in the fall of 2019. The project is part of a multi-stage development plan for Lancer Plaza that will include a new main entrance into the campus from Adams Street.

The CBU Events Center is a prime example of campus development. Since it opened for the fall 2017 semester, the center has hosted student orientation activities, chapel services and banquets. It is the home of Lancer men’s and women’s basketball. And with the arrival of the Events Center, commencement ceremonies are proudly back at home on the CBU campus. In just its first year of operation, the Events Center hosted nine commencement ceremonies with combined attendance of more than 22,000.

This summer CBU became the newest member of the Western Athletic Conference, officially beginning a four-year transition to NCAA Division I membership. The move follows a hugely successful final year in the Pacific West Conference, where the Lancers claimed their fifth PacWest Commissioners Cup in six years and concluded their final D-II season with a No. 1 national ranking in the Learfield Directors’ Cup.

New and improved CBU campus facilities support a wide range of academic programs that continue to gain recognition for their rigor and quality. Students at CBU currently can choose from more than 150 undergraduate majors, minors and concentrations, as well as more than 30 master’s degree offerings. This fall, the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences launched a new Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology, the fourth new doctoral degree program to be offered at CBU in as many years. 

In September 2018, for the 13th consecutive year, U.S.News and World Report named California Baptist University as a top Regional University in the West in the publication’s annual ranking of America’s “Best Colleges.” The California Baptist University website,, provides detailed information about the full range of post-secondary educational opportunities available at CBU.

CBU’s mobilization program, now in its third decade, continues as a pacesetter in collegiate global service programming. This spring and summer, more than 300 students, faculty and staff volunteers, comprising 38 teams, served in 24 countries on International Service Projects, Domestic Service Projects, and Summer of Service assignments. Through this program, students gain valuable experience that helps them realize CBU’s “Core 4” universal student outcomes—to become Biblically Rooted, Academically Prepared, Globally Minded and Equipped to Serve.

Taken together, the many facets of the Lancer Nation—in academics, in athletics and in global service—help to strengthen CBU's reputation and positive impact in California and around the world.

California Baptist University is grateful to the California Southern Baptists who faithfully support Christian higher education at CBU among other Kingdom causes. We appreciate the support that helps California Baptist University fulfill its mission to prepare students for lives of success through service. May the Lord continue to bless!

Senior Pastor for Bridgeport Christian Fellowship
Bridgeport Christian Fellowship, an SBC affiliated church, located in Bridgeport, California is seeking a full-time pastor. The town of Bridgeport has a seasonal population of 500-800 people and is situated in the Eastern Sierra, at an elevation of 6500 feet. Although it is located in a naturally beautiful area, it is in a remote, rural setting where medical services and amenities are at least an hour away.

Bridgeport Christian Fellowship is an Elder led church with a congregation of approximately 20 members, and a seasonal attendance that fluctuates between 20-35. Our common goal is to worship and deepen our relationship with the Lord, to understand and pursue God's will, and to encourage others in faith. The current services and ministries are Sunday morning Bible Study, Sunday Worship Service, Wednesday evening Bible Study, a jail ministry, Spanish Bible Study, and community outreach events.  

Our Pastor and Elders are the spiritual leaders of the church and maintain oversight of those performing the corporate duties. The Pastor will meet the Scriptural qualifications of 1 Timothy and Titus. We are seeking a man with a "Pastor's heart" for his congregation and community, being a living example. He will demonstrate his passion for Jesus Christ through his worship, but also through his outreach to the church body and local community, discipleship, counseling and leadership.

Compensation is to be determined and will include use of the parsonage which is adjacent to the church (3 bdrm., 2 1/2 bath, 2 car garage.)

After prayerful consideration, if you sense God's calling, you may submit a resume with your responses to the supplemental questions, and a list of 10 references. Submissions may be sent to either our mailing or email address. Please note that we are seeking a Pastor who personally follows Jesus Christ and the 2000 Baptist Faith and Message.

Bridgeport Christian Fellowship
Attn: Pastor Search Committee
P.O. Box 676
Bridgeport, CA 93517
Email contact:

Supplemental questions: 
Tell us your salvatoin storsy. How is Christ working in your life today?
Why are you a pastor?
How will you reach our community for Christ?
Is there anything more you would like to tell us?

For more information about Bridgeport:,_California
Bridgeport Christian Fellowship on Facebook
Bridgeport CA on Facebook

22 Wooden Pews Available
West Sacramento Baptist has approximately 22 wooden pews 14-16 feet long available for anyone who may want or need them. Contact 

Study Books Available
Our church has excess study books of the LifeWay Bible Studies for Life Small Groups series. We are interested in selling them at a much reduced price. We have 25 different titles with leader’s guide CD plus student books of each category. If anyone is interested, please contact me directly at 530-753-4315 or







Beyond Belief









Do Over



God Is…



Honest To God






Let Hope In



Like Glue



Like No Other



More Than Enough






Pressure Points












Resilient Faith



Stand Strong



Storm Shelter



The Dark Side






Unstoppable Gospel



Unvarnished Truth



When Relationships Collide




Large Shipping Container for Sale
Hillsdale Blvd. Baptist Church has a large shipping container for sale. If you are interested, please contact Sharlotte at 

Part-Time Student Youth Director
Local church is actively searching for a highly motivated individual that is passionate about Christ and Youth. This individual must be a committed Christian, with a strong desire to see students grade 7-12 come to know Christ and mature in their faith. Responsibilities include teaching Sunday Bible Study, and leading Wednesday night Youth Bible study, planning/overseeing youth activities and outings. Assist others to develop a strong Youth Outreach Program, work with Pastoral staff, and be a Team Player. The position is part-time with up to 12hours per week. If interested, and for further information, please contact Sam Ibarra @ 916-947-5069, or at

Bi-Vocational Worship Leader 
Madison Avenue Baptist Church is looking for a person to be our worship leader to lead congregational singing during the morning and evening worship services. The position is a bivocational position, we have a pianist and a key boardist, we have a congregation of about 25 on Sunday morning, and 10 on Sunday evening. We are offering a stipend of $100 a week. If interested call Ed Thompkins at 916-274-9708 or George David at 916-342-5741.

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.

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

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.

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.  

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 Jeff Helton at, 615-496-9860
Or read more here: Regional Ministry Director or Chief Financial Operating Officer

22-24    CSBC State Convention Annual Meeting
            Clovis Hill Community Church
            10590 N. Willow Avenue
            Clovis, CA 93619

27         A Race for Unity free Event
6:30 PM
             The Church on Cypress Education Building
             5708 Cypress Avenue, Carmichael

             Free Event
Building bridges, healing hearts
Race has divided our country and our churches. The Church must do all it can to forge a new understanding and dialogue. Culture tells us we must choose one of two “sides” – yours or mine, black or white, Asian or Hispanic. We invite you to join us in learning about The Third Option: honoring the priceless value of God’s image in everyone you meet.
Please RSVP by calling Melissa at 916-972-8200 or by email at
You are welcome to invite friends to join you, but please let us know how many people will be attending.

11         Winds of Faith Concert

16-18   Mission Fest 2018
            First Baptist Church, Fair Oaks
            for more information: Missions-First Baptist Church of Fair Oaks

MissionFest 2018 Open to All

First Baptist Church Fair Oaks is holding their first annual Missions Conference, November 16-18, 2018. Everyone is invited to attend this FREE event to get an up-close and personal look at opportunities available to serve, pray, give and go with ministry organizations including:

  • International Mission Board
  • North American Mission Board
  • Woman’s Missionary Union
  • Gateway Seminary
  • California Southern Baptist Convention
  • Southern Baptist Disaster Relief Ministries
  • Sacramento Region Baptist Network
  • Women of Fair Oaks Ministries
  • Operation Christmas Child
  • Alternatives Pregnancy Center
  • Awana

Come and meet missionaries and staff to hear how the gospel is being proclaimed in our communities, around the region, and around the world. This free event is for the entire family! Childcare is provided for kids 5 and under (call to reserve your spot). Saturday morning there is a special hands-on interactive program for school-age children where they will learn about missionaries in Peru. 

Friday 11/16

7 :00 - 8:30 pm


Worship Around the World



Saturday 11/17

8:30 am - 12:00 pm w/continental breakfast


Mission Workshops/Kids’ Interactive Event



Sunday 11/18

9:00 - 10:30 am w/coffee & snacks


Festival of Mission Displays


10:45 am - Noon


Special Mission Worship Service

We hope to see you there! Call if you have questions or need childcare.

First Baptist Church Fair Oaks
4401 San Juan Avenue
Fair Oaks CA 95628

29         Disaster Relief - Ham Radio Operators
California Southern Baptist Disaster Relief would like to use your passion and skills, whether you have your own Ham Radio equipment of not. If you are a licensed operator or a DR volunteer, and are willing to help in the event of a major disaster in California, you are invited to attend a free Disaster Relief training on Thursday, November 29, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Ministry Resource Center in Fresno. Lunch will be provided.

Register online or download the mail-in form.

27-29    Ignition Student Conference at the Ontario Convention Center
            Ignition is a high-energy conference for students in grades 7012, college age, leaders and parents
            A $20 deposit is due when registering

Indivisible in theaters October 26. Watch the trailer here.
I Still Believe in theaters October 30. This is the story of Russ Taff's life and testimony. Watch the trailer here.
Run the Race in theaters February 22. Watch the trailer here.

7 Ways to Navigate Our Highly Charged Political Culture by Alan Pastian for Outreach Magazine
As the next generation and those of us leading the next generation, one of the hardest emotions we have to manage is our passion for justice. More than ever we are a generation that desires to right wrongs that are happening in the world around us. And that’s a good thing. However, there are times when our passion for justice overrides our command to honor those in charge.
Jesus chose to honor first before bringing justice to the world and we should do the same. As wrong as it was for him to be shamed by those in charge, discredited by authorities and falsely accused, Jesus chose not retaliate but to honor those in charge and leave the justice up to God through the cross.
But I’m fully aware that it’s not always easy. So, how do we honor those God has put over us when we don’t agree with them? Here some suggestions:
1. Stop Labeling Each Other, and Start Learning From Each Other.
Christians can fall into the trap of dishonoring others whose political beliefs or ideas are different. Left-leaning Christians engage in rhetoric that labels our right-leaning authorities as anti-poor, anti-woman, anti-immigrant and so on. Right-leaning Christians can label our democratic friends on the left as anti-capitalist, anti-white, anti-baby, anti-cop, etc.
What if we labeled each other as human beings? What if we saw each other as creations of God? Those labels give us a starting point to engage with others that isn’t political but personal to God. They give us permission to accept each other despite our political positions so we can listen to each other rather than scream at each other.
Pursue the right perspective of one another before you push back against each other. Presenting your perspective of who you are is the best starting point to engage others where they are at.
2. Disagreeing Doesn’t Excuse Being Dishonorable.
When you disagree with leadership, you have a choice to make.
Finish reading the article here.

The 10 Commandments of Church Web Design by Katie Allredd for Church Communications
When a visitor walks through the front door of your church, everyone there likely understands the importance of making a good first impression. That’s why you assign your friendliest door greeters to the front door, have the most delicious coffee placed where visitors are sure to find it, and have clear, unmistakable signs that lead everywhere a visitor may want to go.
However, by the time a visitor has actually worked up the nerve to walk in the front door of the building, it’s likely they know more about your church than you realize. That’s because, in today’s internet-saturated culture, the front door of your church isn’t, in fact, the front door of the building. Instead, the front door of your church is the online presence that is maintained by your church. To ensure that front door is welcoming, then, it’s vital to utilize best practices by following “the 10 Commandments of church web design.” Here they are.
1. Thou Shall Utilize Pleasing Graphic Design
There’s nothing that dates a church website faster, or any website for that matter, than having outdated clip-art images on the website. Modern graphic design should be clean, simple, and useful. Graphics and backgrounds should not be used merely to fill space on a page. Instead, they should be utilized to emphasize the other content that’s on the page, helping to drive home important points and make specific content more memorable. Even if you have access to someone who’s a whiz at graphic design, the other part of this commandment is that it should be used sparingly, as going overboard can have the same effect as having none at all.


2. Thou Shall Have a Navigable Website
Even if you succeed at pleasing graphic design, you can still have a lackluster website if the design of the site itself is lacking. Everything on the website should be easy and intuitive to use, from the menus, to the media content, to the contact form. Have multiple people navigate through your site to help discover any potential sticking points that need to be cleaned up.
Another common issue is having menu options on your website that end up going unused. For most visitors, heavily outdated content will quickly turn them off, as it implies that there’s nothing exciting happening at your church. If you can’t fill a page with fresh content on a regular basis, it probably doesn’t need to exist within your website.
3. Thou Shall Be Reachable
In most cases, if a potential visitor likes what they see on your website, they’ll be inclined to take the next step. However, for some people, that next step may not be actually visiting your church. Instead, that next step may be to contact your church to find out more information. If that’s the next step someone wants to take, you want to make absolutely certain they’re able to take it with ease.
Read the full article here.

Avoid These 9 Mistakes When Designing Your Church Website! by Darrel Girardier for Church Communications
In the digital age, not having a website can make you look lethargic and noncompetitive! And having a bad one… Well, it can cause a lot of damage too!
It is crucial to ensure that your website not only meets the standard requirements, such as providing a great user experience, relevant information, quality content, etc. but also exceeds expectations and impresses anyone looking you up online. Simply said, your website is the first impression of your church, and you know by experience, that first impressions have a lasting impact!
For a growing church, having a great website can be an incredible communication tool. It can help bring more people to the church, and also act as an extension of your worship services. Not that different from a company website, eh?
To ensure you’ve got the perfect church website, avoid web-design mistakes like hellfire!
9 Mistakes to Avoid When Designing Your Church Website!
Beware of making these cardinal sins while designing your website!
1. Not Having The Church Name On Every Page!
Not all incoming links are going to lead a visitor to your website’s homepage. Having your church’s name on all pages is crucial if you don’t want your visitors to get lost!
2. Important Information Is Difficult To Find!
A church’s basic information, like the location, service times and special events should be visible front and center. Additionally, make navigation easier for the first time visitor. Be sure to include all details related to the children’s ministry for potential visitors.
3. ‘Letting It Slide’ May Not Be A Great Idea!
Slider images are big and can take a lot of time to load. Having a big slider across the homepage inhibits your primary purpose of giving your visitors the information they need. It takes up unnecessary space and hurts the user experience.
Besides, a website slider is a substantial piece of code. Unlike a text box with an image, a slider is a fancy section that can replace its own content with an animated transition. That transition consumes time to load, and your browser has to do it.
Read the rest of the article here.


Sunday School/Small Group Leader Training


Northern California Sunday School/Small Group Leader Training
August 24, 2019 (pre-session training on August 23 for Associational leaders)
Tentatively in Vacaville
For all teachers, leaders, and small group facilitators

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