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Intro Letter – Pastors and Youth Directors

November 7th, 2010


We desire to communicate as often as possible, and the following two messages were the letters that we sent to 60 area pastors and youth directors.  If you have any questions or desire to learn more, please let us know!

Dear Pastor and Youth Director,

With all that crosses your desk, I sincerely appreciate your time and consideration as we announce and invite your group to our first annual Preaching Rally.  More correspondence, graphics, and information will follow, but I wanted to make you aware that on Saturday, February 26, 2011, Calvary Baptist Church of Temecula, CA, will host area churches for a time of fellowship, food, and especially preaching.  The cost will be $5 per attendee, and the rally will go from 11am to 3pm.  The latest information can be found by visiting www.cbctemecula.org/pr, calling Ryan Rench at (951) 676-8700, or emailing me at ryan.rench@cbctemecula.com.

CONTENT

The model set by The Men’s Advance, an annual men’s meeting hosted by Bible Baptist Church in Stillwater, OK, is that “Content drives everything.”  We desire to host teens from around Southern California with a content-driven message ofSurrender: The Motivation, The Strongholds, The Victory from Romans 12:1-2.  In what we are calling a “Preaching Rally,” teens will hear three sessions that are designed to drive home one central idea: surrender.

The preaching, the skits, and the decorations will combine to show that because God has been so merciful to us, we ought to surrender our own way and allow God to shape us in His will (the motivation, the strongholds, the victory).  These sessions will be preached by evangelist Bryan Samms, professor and representative of West Coast Baptist College, and me.

While the guest preacher can often times be a determining factor in your attendance, we hope that the strength of the overall content is also a large contributor to your decision-making year after year (althought that is not to say our guest preacher is “sub-par” at all!)  We are very pleased to have Bro. Samms with us this year, and if you have never heard him preach, I would recommend listening to any of his sermons through the website: www. preaching.lancasterbaptist.org/guest-speakers.  Bro. Samms has preached to thousands of teenagers over the years, and his dynamic style helps convey God’s message clearly.  You will appreciate that he does not preach from God’s Word; he preaches God’s Word.

Leading up to this rally, our church will make every effort to do our part in creating an environment in which God can speak to teen’s hearts.  While we would never pretend to manipulate the Lord’s moving, we certainly want to remove any potential distractions, and will be working very hard to ensure that this rally is not a wasted Saturday for you and your teens.

VISION

To be transparent, I have all kinds of fears and worries about how well the teens will like it, how the schedule will go, who will attend, how smoothly the correspondence will take place, and so on; but at the same time I see this whole meeting as a potentially life-changing day for some.  In my mind, the benefits far outweigh the tasks.  A general need for teens today is more preaching, and a specific need is their complete surrender to the Lord.

Further, as teens make friends at camp and other activities, sometimes they never see them again until the following year.  A side benefit to a February meeting is that it provides teens another opportunity to strengthen those bonds.

IMPROVEMENTS

With your help, I can see a rally like this not only increasing in benefit but also in number.   Starting even now, may I request that you: 1) pray for the meeting, and 2) note every little detail and think through possible improvements that we can make for next time?  If you have any questions or comments throughout this whole process, please let me know.  We will certainly not be able to think through every scenario, and I cannot emphasize enough that I desire your help in improvements in graphics, registration, communications, parking, schedules, decorations, food, skits, music, media, and so on.

REQUEST

As this is our first time in a long time to conduct a meeting like this, we do not know exactly what to expect.  In our financial considerations we explored several ideas, but rather than take an offering at the rally or charge more per teen, may we request that $25 be donated from each church represented?  This will defray speaker costs, and can certainly be negotiated per church.

THANK YOU

Finally, thank you very much for your consideration and involvement!  We will communicate with you as we get closer and closer to the deadline, and we are already very excited to see what great things God will do!  Once again, if you have anyquestions, please feel free to contact me any time.  I will do my best to get back with you before the end of each day.

God bless as we work toward more surrendered teens!

In faith,

Ryan Rench

November 3, 2010

Dear Pastor,

Thank you for your investment in lives.  I know that if you are reading this letter, you most likely have a heart to see people challenged, hearts changed, and lives that are growing in Jesus Christ every day.  Few souls in the church that you pastor are more receptive to training and challenge than your teens, and we are praying that God uses them in your church.

I want to personally invite your group to join us as we host our first annual Preaching Rally.  Teens all over America are regularly bombarded with the world, and very few activities will be more beneficial to their spiritual lives than being under the preaching of God’s Word.  Other activities such as ball games, amusement parks, and bonfires are held for specific reasons, and they accomplish great purposes; but activities centered on preaching will help make an important statement to them when they attend.

Teams of workers are already being assembled to prepare for your teens as they come, and we pray that you will sincerely consider attending.  We are doing all that we can to make it a profitable day, and we want nothing more than to create an orderly environment in which God can speak through His Word to your teens.  Evangelist Bryan Samms will be preaching two of the three messages, and each detail of the Preaching Rally is designed to drive home the main point: surrender.

I certainly understand that you are constantly stretched to make decisions and monitor the balance between church involvement and family time for those in your church, and I simply ask your sincere consideration on the matter.  We will do our part and allow God to work through it.

If you have any questions, please feel free to call us at (951) 676-8700 or email us at info@cbctemecula.com.  Thank you for your service and your time.

Because of Him,

Pastor Wm. Rench




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