We are glad for the Unanimous vote for the new Executive Board for the Grace Leaders Network for 2018-2019. Our Executive Board is unique in that it highlights unique aspects of our network through its five roles:
A day of GLADness with our Network on April 10, 2018. Thanks to 40+ leaders from 13 of our regional Grace Churches for the time and the encouragement!
We worshiped, prayed, talked, listened, watched videos, gave away books & coffee and ate steak together with glad and sincere hearts! It was awesome to hear about what God is doing in His Church and through His people all over our region!
The following churches were present and shared a celebration & prayer update:
We will have greetings from the Charis Fellowship office, Charis Alliance Global, updates from around our region and connecting with your ministry friends and colleagues! We will also have some special gifts/raffle prizes as well! Then make sure you stick around for a FREE Tri-Tip Steak Lunch!
BRING YOUR STAFF, ELDERS, LEADERS, & VOLUNTEERS (both men & women are welcome)! We can’t wait to see you there!
It’s that time of year…to renew your membership to our networks– as leaders and as churches!
Membership to the Grace Leaders Network
is open to all church and ministry leaders in harmony with the Grace Churches Network. For only $25 annually you can support our network to bless you and other regional leaders.
We request that each church which is a member of the Grace Churches Network contribute annually a fair dues amount. Annual dues is $1 per Church Member. (Note: The National Charis Fellowship (formerly FGBC) dues are based on another figure.)
Why? Because it’s going to be a time of conversations, celebrations and challenges from one another and leaders around the globe!
Our Regional Roundtable is an important time where we want EVERY leader in our network churches and ministries to attempt to be there. Please set aside the time in your schedule NOW! And BRING YOUR STAFF, ELDERS, LEADERS, & VOLUNTEERS (both men & women are welcome!)!
To thank you for your labor for our Lord, we are providing a nice steak lunch for all who come! Also, we will have some give-a-ways of books and coffee…so you could go home with even more than an energizing conversations with fellow leaders. We want you to be glad about what God is doing in our region!
Did you put this appointment in your calendar yet? If so, see you there! If not, would you… please! 🙂
The influence Buddhism is having in the USA is undeniable, and we thought it would be great to take an opportunity to encounter one of the largest temples in the Western Hemisphere and to engage with some of the monks and even someone who has become a Christ follower after having grown up in this worldview.
The title of this post in the Revitalization series is “How We’re Doing It,” but it is by no means a step-by-step process of some great strategic masterplan. The way God has worked so far, it may look like we had such a plan because it’s coming together so nicely. But we didn’t. Rather, here are some of the convictions that we’ve had in approaching this new adventure.
1. I don’t want to leave, I want to be sent. I think the difference between the two is monumental. Leaving is something the Durso family does. Sending is something the entire church does to me. Christ’s call to the church is for everyone to step up for the mission. In the church, there are no dispensable people, everyone is needed. It’s healthy, then, for everyone to be a part of this process because, as John Piper likes to say, “In missions there are only three options: go, send, or be disobedient.” My hope from the beginning has been that the whole church affirms this, the whole church counts the cost (it is a great cost), the whole church feels the weight of it, and the whole church embraces it as their own calling and work. We’re going not because we want to leave. We’re going because we’re being sent by our church to a strategic opportunity for gospel advancement.
2. The Dursos aren’t revitalizing a church, Grace Church of Simi is revitalizing a church. On the other side of the equation, it needs to be emphasized that though the Dursos are among the number of families being sent, the Dursos will not be revitalizing the church in Rancho. Grace Simi, as a church, is revitalizing the church in Rancho. Some of us here at Grace will need to go. Many will need to stay. All will need to ratchet up the focus and intensity of our prayers. Many of us ought to consider increasing our giving (let’s be frank, we’ll need it. And what better way to invest?) Where there are voids, people will need to rise up and serve in greater capacities. For this to work, everyone must pitch in. Isn’t this whole process a fantastic reminder of why we’re still here? Isn’t this an opportunity to remember that whatever we’re doing, wherever we are, we need to be living on a mission?
Stay tuned for the third part of this post in our blog series on church revitalization. Please continue to pray for this project at Grace Rancho. And if we haven’t already, we hope we’ll see you out there on a Sunday soon! Let us know if you’d like more information on how to help and be a part of this!