Network News - October 5, 2018
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Network News - October 5, 2018

Annual Church Profiles (ACP) 2018
2018 ACP packets were mailed to all CSBC congregations on Sept 25-27.

We’re encouraging churches to complete their ACP by Oct 31 - although surveys are gladly accepted on-line or by mail through March 2019, and will still be included by LifeWay in the SBC national statistics.

Here’s what we mailed to each church: 

  1. 2018 ACP instructions
  2. Statistical and Leadership surveys (Sacramento.pdf) *
  3. Return envelope addressed to CSBC, Fresno

* This file contains personalized ACP Statistical and Leadership surveys for all churches in our association. It includes your SBCworkspace login username and password

You can find Generic 2018 ACP Forms and other helpful information at

Jenness Park is excited to host #1 hit song writer and worship leader Travis Ryan will be leading the worship at their annual Winter Youth Retreat. The dates are February 16-18 and 22-24, 2019. Availability is limited so please reserve your spots today! Go to to register today or email or call 1-800-258-7554 ext. 101. 

Tomorrow! Join us for a great time of celebration, worship, and fellowship!

CSBC Annual Meeting and Other Statewide Meetings

The California Southern Baptist Convention is composed of more than 2,300 culturally diverse congregations that will celebrate ministry in the Golden State during the annual meeting, set for Oct. 22-24 at Clovis Hills Community Church, Clovis. The CSBC meeting is held each October to celebrate achievements during the previous year and conduct business.

Each year the gathering features music and messages from a number of leading Southern Baptists.

Several items of business will be presented for action during the event:

Messengers and guests also will hear reports from:

The annual meeting is preceded by several auxiliary meetings including the NexGen Leadership Network, Pastors’ Conference, Evangelism and Missions party, CA Women’s Meeting, Fellowship of Church Musicians and several language fellowships.

CSBC Annual Meeting Schedule

First Session - Tuesday, October 23, 2018 -- "Empowering Church Vision - Revitalization"
1:15 p.m. Musical Celebration Joseph Rangel
1:30 Call to Order/Prayer A.B. Vines
  Committee on Resolutions, Credentials and Membership  
  Motion to Seat Messengers  
  Committee on Convention Operations David Macer
  Recommendation -- Program  
  Recommendation -- Time and Place  
  Appointment of Tellers A.B. Vines
  Election of Recording Secretaries Bill Agee
  Election of Boards and Committees  
  Committee on Board Nominations Report Andy Broese Van Groenou
  Committee on Committees Report Craig Hunnel
  Appointment of Committee on Committees A.B. Vines
1:45 Empowering Church Vision – Church Revitalization  
2:15 Election -- President  
  Recommendation -- Music Director David Macer
2:30 California Baptist University video  
2:35 Music  
2:45 Cooperative Program Video  
2:50 CSBC Executive Board, Business and Reports Don Fugate
3:05 Election of Vice President A.B. Vines
3:10 Miscellaneous Business A.B. Vines
3:20 Heritage Awards  
3:30 Gateway Seminary Report Jeff Iorg
3:35 The Baptist Foundation of California Video  
3:40 Music Joseph Rangel
4:05 President's Message A.B. Vines
4:30 Benediction A.B. Vines
Second Session - Tuesday, October 23, 2018 -- "Empowering the Vision - Church Planting"
6:30 p.m. Music  
  Music Joseph Rangel
  Closing Remarks and Benediction  
  Church Planting in California featuring new CSBC churches  
  Closing Remarks and Benediction  
  God's Word through proclamation Miles McPherson
Third Session - Wednesday, October 24, 2018 -- "Empowering Church Vision - Small Churches and Evangelism and Missions"
9:00 a.m. Worship Joseph Rangel
9:20 Prayer J. Larry McCain
  Empowering Church Vision - Small Churches  
9:35 California Family Council Jonathan Keller
9:40 The Baptist Foundation of California Philip W. Kell
9:55 Miscellaneous Business  
10:10 Music  
10:25 California Baptist University Ronald L. Ellis
10:40 Empowering Church Vision - Evangelism and Missions  
11:10 Music Joseph Rangel
11:20 Executive Director Sermon Bill Agee
  Benediction Mike Carlisle

Auxiliary Meetings of the CSBC Annual Meeting

Along with the 2018 CSBC Annual Meeting, several auxiliary meetings are scheduled including:

October 22 NexGen Leader Network
October 22 Forum for Wives of Church Planters and New Pastors
October 22 Evangelism and Missions Party
October 22-23 Fellowship of Church Musicians' Conference
October 22-23 Pastors' Conference
October 23 California Women's Gathering
October 23 Ministry Wives Luncheon

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

6           SRBN Annual Celebration
            4-5:30 pm at El Camino Baptist Church
            2805 El Camino Avenue, Sacramento

6-7        Reformation Fair
             7401 Maripose Avenue, Citrus Heights
             Tickets at the door are $10 for individuals, $20 for families
             More info: 

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.

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

Michael Jr.'s More Than Funny: Everyone Has a Punchline in three theaters on October 18. Tickets only available through this link.
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.


Baptist Faith and Message Tracts
Please click on the following links for a downloadable copy in your language. Thank you!



There’s no question, Americans are—and have been for quite some time—becoming less and less religious.

In a study conducted by Pew Research, we can see this shift happening over the course of even the past few years. In 2007, 78.4 percent of the U.S. population would have called themselves a Christian; just seven years later in 2014, that number dropped by almost eight percent. In other words, this decline represents a one percent decrease in the number of Americans identifying as Christian per year—a small, yet staggering, data trend.

Particularly, though, this trend can me seen most profoundly in young adults—millennials as they are so infamously known. When asked, only about four in ten millennials would say that religion is important in their lives. Furthermore, looking at data from the American Religious Identification Survey, about one third of all college students identify themselves as secular and generally irreligious.

So, what does this data mean for our nation?


It seems clear that we are living in an increasingly skeptical and—in some ways—a post-Christian culture. That’s not to say that America has completely relinquished its Christian roots and begun the process of closing churches and or religious institutions. Thankfully, Christians living in the U.S. aren’t being actively persecuted for their faith as our brothers and sisters overseas experience on a daily basis.

Instead, what we’re seeing is the growth of an American populace that is largely disinterested in the faith of their forefathers. Many who maybe grew up in a church-on-Sundays kind of home and loosely practiced their faith are choosing to abandon their affiliation with the Christian church. This, in large part, is happening as more and more people are becoming convinced that the Christian faith is “out of step” with modern culture.

Many feel that Christianity (and perhaps religious teaching more broadly) stunt intellectual curiosity and serious thinking. David Silverman, renowned atheist activist and author argued this in his book, Fighting God: An Atheist Manifesto in a Theist World: “Atheists seek truth; theists ignore it.” Some agree with Silverman; faith and reason are so at odds with one another that any attempt to reconcile the two ultimately proves futile.

There’s no denying it—our age is one that is largely dominated by doubt, disbelief and skepticism of religious dogma and practice. Many believers find themselves unsure how to respond, what to say and whom to say it to. As Christians, how we choose to engage this skepticism matters; as Christ followers, we’re called to do so with thoughtfulness and conviction.


There are several things to remember when trying to engage a friend, family member or neighbor whose holding reservations about the Christian faith.
Read the full article here.

Disaster Planning and Recovery: Resources to help your organization recover from a disaster in partnership with Center for Disaster Philanthropy from TechSoup

The Resilient Organization, developed with the Center for Disaster Philanthropy, is a holistic guide to IT disaster planning and recovery. This e-book is intended for organizations that are preparing for a disaster, as well as those that need to rebuild and maintain operations after a disaster.

Topics Include

  • Files and Database
  • Lost Passwords
  • Communications
  • Websites
  • Hardware and Network Recovery
  • Mobile Internet Connectivity

Prepare for the Worst; Plan for the Best

Whether it's an earthquake, a wildfire, a massive storm, or a human-caused mishap, a disaster can seriously impact your organization's ability to carry out its mission.

You might not be able to prevent a disaster from happening, but with proper planning and a solid recovery strategy, your organization can bounce back from a disaster more quickly.

The Resilient Organization, our comprehensive guide to IT disaster planning and recovery, can help kick-start your IT disaster response plan — and help you execute it if calamity strikes.

Learn more and download the free ebook here.

12 Steps to Internet Safety for Nonprofits from TechSoup
12 Tips to Stay Safer Online, provides 12 practical things to consider when evaluating your organization's security, as well as tips for addressing those potential security issues.


The guide is divided into four sections: securing your technology at work, keeping it safe when you're away from the office, practicing safer social media practices, and protecting your data in the cloud. It's formatted as a PDF, so you can view it on just about any device.

October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, and all throughout the month, we'll publish and provide tips, information, and resources to help you improve your digital security. Visit our security resources for nonprofits page to learn more.

Christians at Work, a Three-Part Series from the Barna Group
Part 1: Erasing the Sacred/Secular Divide
Part 2: Balancing Career and Kids
Part 3: The Church's Role

How Do I Take a Prayer Retreat? by Kevin and Karen Miller for CTPastors
9 Key questions answered to help you meet with God.
You may be wondering if you should spend extended time focusing on God, and how exactly you’d do that. Here are answers to the frequently asked questions.

Why would I take a prayer retreat?

Shel Arensen, author of Come Away: How to Have a Personal Prayer Retreat, gives three reasons:

  1. Seeking God's face: You want time alone with God to get to know Him better (1 Chronicles 16:10-11).
  2. Asking for understanding and guidance: You have a big decision, and you need God's wisdom and counsel (Psalm 73:24).
  3. Bringing prayer burdens: Your heart is heavy, and you want to cry out to the Lord for help (Psalm 40:13).

We might add to this list: “4. Quieting your soul." Author Ruth Haley Barton tells of hitting a difficult time in her busy life. A wise person told her, “Ruth, you are like a jar of river water all shaken up. What you need is to sit still long enough that the sediment can settle and the water can become clear."
Read the rest of the article here.


SRBN Annual Celebration!

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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