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Once again, on Dec. 22, 2016 a sea of families (literally thousands) received Christmas gifts via the California Highway Patrol – which is an event hosted on the campus of Valley Baptist Church, Bakersfield.

This is a bit of challenge to a position that virtually all of society’s ills are caused,  jointly, by these two entities (law enforcement and the *gasp* organized church). Might want to rethink this : )




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Hey Bakersfield/Kern County people:

There is still time to get registered for the Gary Thomas event at Valley Baptist Church, Bakersfield, Ca. There are 392 TOTAL registrants so far  (294 for marriage / 98 for “search” as of 12 noon Wed)  and names are still coming in. This is a “last call” reminder! It’s not often any church can have a nationally known speaker and prolific author come and speak in person. Thomas’ current speaking schedule even includes London. A number of people are purchasing tickets for their married kids, and singles. Final reminder – see you there 🙂 –Pastor Eric

Register here

(or call Tracey 387-6328)

Seven Ways to Hurt Your Pastor – (by Thom Rainer)

Posted: June 16, 2014 by pastorericrhann in Church
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I’m re-posting this interesting article which appeared originally on Thom Rainer’s excellent blog (at Thom Being that I’m not currently in a position of being a Senior Pastor (which I think this applies mostly too), I mean this as an encouragement for our Senior Co-Pastors here at Valley Baptist – who are… awesome -Eric

The original article can be found right here


Seven Ways to Hurt Your Pastor
If you really want to hurt your pastor, then this blogpost is for you.
This past week alone, I had conversations with dozens of pastors. These pastors love their churches and the members. They are really committed to their callings. But they are real people who can really be hurt. The pastors I spoke with this past week shared with me seven common themes of the things that hurt them the most. So, if you really want to hurt your pastor, follow these guidelines carefully.
1. Criticize the pastor’s family: Few things are as painful to pastors as criticizing their families, especially if the criticisms are related to issues in the church.
2. Tell the pastor he is overpaid: Very few pastors really make much money. But there are a number of church members who would like to make the pastor feel badly about his pay.
3. Don’t defend the pastor: Critics can be hurtful. But even more hurtful are those who remain silent while their pastor is verbally attacked. Silence is not golden in this case.
4. Tell your pastor what an easy job he has: It can really sting when someone suggests that the pastor really only works about ten hours a week. Some actually believe that pastors have several days a week off.
5. Be a constant naysayer: Pastors can usually handle the occasional critic. But the truly painful relationships are with church members who are constantly negative. How do you know you’ve succeeded in this regard? The pastor runs the other way when he sees you.
6. Make comments about the pastor’s expenditures: I heard it from a pastor this past week. A church member asked, “How can you afford to go to Disney World?” Wow.
7. Compare your pastor’s preaching and ministry unfavorably to that of another pastor: Many times the member wants you to know how much he or she likes that pastor on the podcast compared to you. If you really want to hurt your pastor, you can make certain he knows how inferior he is.
So, if your life’s goal is to hurt your pastor, one or more of these approaches will work just fine.
But, if you are like most good church members, you want the best for your pastor. So just do the opposite of these seven.
And if you are worried that your pastor will not remain humble unless someone puts him in his place, don’t worry. There will always be plenty of those other church members around.
Do you identify with these seven items? What would you add?
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Improving Your Serve – A Successful Event

Posted: November 2, 2012 by pastorericrhann in Church
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A healt-felt “thanks” to all those involved in the “Improving Your Serve” Sunday School Training event here at Valley Baptist. A thanks to Pastor Andrew for his vision for this. I consider it a great privilege to have been a part of it. God, Himself, only knows the abundant fruit which will result in the future – according to His soveriegn plan and timing (Isaiah 40:25-31; John 15:7-8).

Your Fellow Servant in Christ,

Pastor Eric