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Volume 11 Issue 5
May 2009
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Dear Friends in Christ

Recently there has been some very interesting statistical information come out about the economy, the churched, and the unchurched in America. I have put together some links and info from LifeWay for you. Some of this is especially interesting about how the economy is effecting us both good and bad, especially in sharing the love of Jesus with others. I hope you take the time to read some of this and find it helpful in your ministry.

Love in Christ Jesus, Jack

LifeWay Research conducted this study for the North American Mission Board to determine Americans' receptivity to different communication methods from churches. This survey of over 15,000 Americans reveals their willingness to receive information about a local congregation and how effective they believe each approach to inviting them to church would be.

Read the Article for an overview of the findings

LifeWay Research: Americans open to outreach from churches

LifeWay Research surveyed 1,000 Protestant pastors asking how the economy is impacting their churches and what changes have taken place in their churches as a result.

Read the Article for an overview of the findings.

LifeWay Research: Bad Economy Challenges Churches but Provides Opportunities

Ed Stetzer, director of LifeWay Research, partnered with Richie Stanley, director of research at the North American Mission Board's Center for Missional Research, and Jason Hayes, young adult ministry specialist at LifeWay Christian Resources where he serves as the leading voice for Threads, to co-author the new book Lost and Found: The Younger Unchurched and Churches That Reach Them. This book is designed to not only help church leaders understand the young adults they are trying to reach, but also see some practical examples of how to effectively minister to young adults today.

LifeWay Research finds unchurched 20-somethings more open than older unchurched

This article shares findings from the research for Lost and Found that shows that young adults who don't attend church hold some more historically Christian views than older adults.

Centri-Kid (2009)
June 15-19, 2009

Centri-Kid offers a quality Christian camp experience for children who have completed grades 3-6, combining quality worship with age-appropriate activities designed to reach children with the message of Jesus Christ. Centri-Kid is an ideal time for children to grow in their knowledge of the Word and to put their faith into practice. Centri-Kid is a camp geared toward sharing the gospel with children while providing a fun, nurturing environment to do so.

Jenness Park Christian Camp

29005 Highway 108

Cold Springs, CA 95335

STRAM Camps (2009)
June through Aungust 2009

Mountain STRAM is a tent camp for youth in grades 7- 12. Along with missionary moments and evening worship, campers enjoy white-water rafting, climbing/repelling, adventure recreation, canoeing, map and compass activities, as well as other events.

Marine STRAM is a tent camp for children in grades 3- 6. The camps allow the campers a day at the beach, a day at San DiegoWildAnimalPark, a day at Sea World and other events. Each day campers hear from a camp pastor and camp missionary.

For more info or to register please use the link below.

Centrifuge (2009)
July & August 2009

Centrifuge is designed specifically for students in grades 7-12, but has complete youth ministry in mind. The program includes Bible study, guided quiet times, recreation, worship, personal tracks and fellowships for everyone and offers additional training for youth leaders. Centrifuge will impact your youth ministry, creating bonds and relationships that will carry on beyond this week-long experience.

Jenness Park Christian Camp

29005 Highway 108

Cold Springs, CA 95335

For more info or to register please use the link below.

Children's Camp 2009
Cazadero Children's Camp

Sponsored by: Golden Hills Baptist Association.

July 6-10


Camp Cazadero

For more info or to register please use the link below:

Church Leadership Training (2009)
September 12, 2009

Church Leadership Training is a one day equipping event with speciality conferences and workshops for church leaders and potential leaders serving in various positions in the local church. One of the conferences featured is a FasTrak seminar.


Living Word Christian Fellowship

1494 California Circle

Milpitas, CA 95035

More info to come.

Summer Missionaries 2009
Doris Bynum & Melanie Hays

Please join us in praying for our Summer missionaries as they prepare to come to CA to minister with our churches, and while they are here working with us.

Here is a schedule of where they will be while they are here:

June 5-13, Bethel Island

June 13- July 4, Bethel Baptist

July 4 - July 11, First Southern Baptist

July 11- 18, Trinity Baptist

July 18- 25, Parkhaven

July 25- August 1, Living Vine

August 1- 8, Calvary Baptist, Concord


Pastor's Networking
First Thursday of every month


The Art & Science of Interpreting the Bible & Relating It to a Modern Audience

Sharpen the Skills Needed to Interpret God's Word!

Upcoming Dates:

Thursday June 4th

Thursday July 2nd

Thursday August 6th

Thursday September 3rd

Thursday October 1st, Followed by the Executive Board @ 11:30 AM.

Thursday November 5th

Taught monthly By Pastor Jim Meek of Trinity Baptist Church


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Phone: 925-429-5314

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