April 2012 Newsletter



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April 2012
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May 4-6, 2012 

Location: Jenness Park

"The theme is CRASH! On the plains of Africa a group of rhinoceros are known as a CRASH. When this group of rhinos begins to move, everything on the savanna gets out of their way. Picture a group of fathers and sons who have given themselves fully to the calling of God; a group of young men and dads who, in the wilderness of this world, are heading in the direction God has for them."

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Contra Costa County 

The CostaMeda Baptist Association, east of the San Francisco Bay includes part of Contra Costa, and part of Alameda County, as does the East Bay Baptist Association. However, while the East Bay Association is a strip of land close to the Bay (think Richmond, Berkeley, Oakland, San Leandro, Fremont etc.), and the CostaMeda Association is just to the east covering cities like Concord, Walnut Creek, Brentwood, Antioch, Dublin, Pleasanton and Livermore. Some of the most beautiful suburbs in the Bay Area are here, as well as some of the fastest growing communities. Both local Associations are connected to other Bay Area cities via BART (Bay Area Rapid Transport), and it is quite common for people to live in the East Bay and take BART to San Francisco or Oakland, and vice versa.

The CostaMeda Association, (Jack Roberts, director of Missions) has planted more churches than any other Bay Area Association in the last ten years. Many of these have been language churches, or churches aimed at evangelizing specific ethnic groups. Many new and second-generation immigrants have moved from the cities to the suburbs in the past decade, and new churches have followed that pattern too. In addition, many urban African Americans in the Bay Area have moved to the suburbs too, and have started some wonderful new churches.

It has been much more difficult to start English speaking churches in predominantly Caucasian East Bay communities. Most of these cities are expensive places to live. They do not hold the intrigue of cites like San Francisco, the Silicon Valley, or even Oakland, (recently named the fifth most desirable travel destination in the world by the New York Times). Why would anyone choose to plant an expensive suburb to plant a church when they can choose an affordable somewhere else? Marketers would say that the area suffers from a branding problem.

Yet, we are praying for dozens of new churches that can reach all kinds of people in the CostaMeda Association's suburbs. These cities are very, very lost without Christ. I believe that some of our strongest sending base churches can be started in these places. I also believe that intentionally reproducing churches here is vital to the overall spiritual health of the Bay Area. If we miss the opportunity to plan in some of the high growth areas of Contra Costa and Alameda Counties now, we will miss a strategic opportunity for evangelization.

I urge you to pray Luke 10:2 with us- that the Lord of the Harvest will send laborers to these fields. Is God calling you as a church planter? Make your decision based on a kingdom calling and not on finances. God can take care of funding. Are you called to give? If you give, it would help us to offer hope to potential planters and their spouses. Is your church called to partner with the CostaMeda Association to plant a church? Please let us know how we can facilitate that partnership. God bless you all for caring!

Linda Bergquist, Church Planting Strategist


May 4-5, 2012 

Trinity Southern Baptist Church, Livermore

Healthy Church Multiplier Training is built around the five purposes of the church - worship, evangelism, ministry, discipleship, and fellowship. Our goal is to equip multipliers (leaders) to provide responses to healthy church consultations and training needs at the state and association level. Multipliers (leaders) will be equipped to assist churches with training needs for Sunday school, worship/music, discipleship, prayer, and age-group ministries including familiarization with LifeWay and NAMB resources used to support these ministries. The Healthy Church Consultation track will equip multipliers (leaders) to assist with consultations. Trained and qualified multipliers (leaders) will be a valuable resource to our churches. The Healthy Church Group, as well as associations, are providing customized solutions to specific church needs. Multiplier training strategically positions leaders (multipliers) to pioneer effective ways to meet the needs of today's churches.

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Next Lunch 4/17 


Tuesday April 17th


11:30 AM


Mimi's in Concord


1631 Willow Pass Road

Please RSVP by Friday April 13th.


Subject: Hot Topics 

1st Thursday of every month.

Time: 10:00 AM


First Baptist Pacheco

333 Center Ave, Pacheco

Taught By Pastor Jim Meek of Trinity Baptist Church.


April 13-14, 2012 

Tiburon Baptist Church

Restore! Renew! Rejoice! is a two-day event for women who want to impact the world for Christ. You will be able to learn how to share your passion for Christ, how to grow in your daily walk with God and learn how to reach out to your neighbors, community and the world. We will have exciting worship, hands-on ministry opportunities, and informative workshops.

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May 18-20, 2012 

Come be a part of the 2012 Ministers' Wives Retreat. This retreat, at beautiful Jenness Park in the Sierra Nevada mountains, is a highlight weekend for ministers' wives from throughout California. Women come to seek friendships with other ministers' wives, find support through prayer partners, share ideas for ministry and be pampered by the Jenness Park staff. You will leave encouraged and ready for the joys and challenges of ministry. Whether you come with a group or not knowing anyone, be assured that you will be welcomed and encouraged.

The retreat is open to any woman whose husband is in vocational ministry (senior pastor or pastoral staff; full-time, part-time or retired). This year's speaker is Kim McManus. Kim is the wife of Erwin McManus, lead pastor for Mosaic LA, and she serves as Executive Director for Awaken Humanity, Mosaic's global focus for touching the world with the gift of Christ.

Location: Jenness Park

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