November 17-18, 2016
Two venues: San Mateo and San Carlos
217 N Grant Street
San Mateo, CA 94402
787 Walnut Street
San Carlos, CA 94070
Brethren, the kids have already been in school for several weeks, fall officially began a few days ago, and before you know it the Northern Fundamental Baptist Fellowship will be gathering for two days of encouragement, instruction and fellowship. The dates are November 17 & 18. Will you be there? If so, please know that we are doing all we can to make our gathering a worthwhile investment of your time and energy. You’ll receive more details shortly, but this letter simply serves as a brief introduction as to what to expect. Hopefully, it will spark your interest and motivate you to mark your calendar.
The theme: “Timothy, my son…”–Mentoring the Next Generation
There is a special place in the heart of the pastor for children and young people, who are God-focused and Christ loving. But–and this is not news to you– those kind of young disciples usually have a very involved adult mentor of some kind. Whether a pastor, teacher, youth director or other spiritual example, our youth and young adults continue to need people in their lives who care, who pray, and who invest time. The goal of this year’s Northern CA FBF meeting is to provide General Sessions as well as several different workshops that not only encourage and educate regarding mentoring, but which also give us practical ideas regarding how to implement specific strategies in the local church. New this year: we are inviting young people who have surrendered to full-time Christian service to come as our V.I.P. guests. There will be special gifts, focused prayer, and a workshop just for them.
Main speaker: Dr. Mike Sproul. Pastor Sproul shepherds the Tri-City Baptist Church in Chandler, AZ. Tri-City is also the home of International Baptist College and Seminary–the theme of which is “Mentoring God-Fearing Leaders”. A former evangelist and chaplain, he also serves as the Air National Guard Assistant to the Command Chaplain United States Forces Europe and Air Forces Africa.
Workshop speaker: Nathan Mestler. Mestler not only teaches Theology and Biblical Languages at the International Baptist College and Seminary, but he is also the College Pastor, staying very involved in the day-to-day mentoring of students. Formerly a youth director in a small ministry, his workshop will focus on how to minister creatively and effectively to teens in a small church setting, where it is not feasible to have a youth pastor.
Workshop speaker: Pastor Rick Armstrong. Armstrong is a missionary to the Hispanic community in California. Since 1989, he has pastored the Iglesia Biblica Bautista de Antioquia in Antioch, CA. Rick surveyed scores of missionaries to find out what God used in their church and family to influence them to be missionaries. The results show about 9 special influences that God uses to motivate young people to be missionaries today.
Workshop speaker: Pastor Ron Perry. Perry has pastored the Faith Baptist Church in Folsom for seven years. Before coming to N. California, he was on the staff of Ironwood Christian Camp in Newberry Springs. His workshop topic: How to Understand and Mentor Millennials in the Local Church.
Workshop speakers: Seth and Allison Armstrong. This young ministry couple teach at Heritage Baptist Academy in Antioch and lead the youth ministry at Iglesia Biblica Bautista de Antioquia. They will lead a unique workshop specifically designed to encourage those young people in our churches, who have surrendered to full-time Christian service.