2018-2019 Executive Board for the Grace Leaders Network Announced

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:

Coordinator: Mike Jentes

Equipping Advocate: Mike Sciarra

Missional Advocate: Ed Waken

Shepherding Advocate:  Bob Wriedt

Treasurer: Dale Workman

We have built in advocates for our leaders to encourage them in Equipping, Shepherding and being Missional!

For more info and organization of the network you can see our Grace Leaders Network Charter [PDF] 

Tuesday May 8 is Grace Leaders Network Gathering at Norwalk

May Grace Leaders Network Gathering 

Join us on Tuesday May 8th for our last Grace Leaders Network Gathering of this year!

We will gather at our Norwalk Grace Church where we will have some exciting news from CE National about a new Urban Hope Training Center here in SoCal plus updates on the Boyle Heights Ministry, and more!  We start at 10am and are done by noon.
Afterwards we are going to go to lunch at Frantone’s Pizza & Spaghetti Villa
10808 Alondra Blvd, Cerritos, CA 90703
 (dutch treat).


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:

Beaumont (Cherry Valley), CA – Grace Fellowship Church

Bellflower, CA – Bellflower Brethren Church

Lakewood, CA – Iglesia Christiana de La Communidad

Lancaster, CA – Ministerio Amor y Restauracion

Long Beach, CA – Community Grace Brethren Church

Long Beach, CA – Long Beach Grace Brethren Church

Long Beach, CA – Los Altos Grace Brethren Church

Norwalk, CA – Grace Brethren Church

Orange, CA – Grace Church of Orange

Orange, CA – Daily Bread Church Plant

Seal Beach, CA – Grace Community Church

South Pasadena, CA – Grace Brethren Church

Whittier, CA – Community Grace Brethren Church

The following verse was the theme for our day:

“The humble will see their God at work and be glad.
Let all who seek God’s help be encouraged.”

Psalm 69:32 NLT

Our network certainly “saw our God at work” through our churches and truly had a day of “being glad!”

Here was a video greeting for our day from Dave Guiles regarding the Charis Alliance and Encompass World Partners:

One Week until our Regional Roundtable

Our Regional Roundtable is an important time where we want EVERY leader in our network churches and ministries to attempt to be there!

Tuesday, April 10
10am – Lunch 
(done by 1pm)
at Bellflower Brethren Church
9405 E. Flower St. Bellflower, CA 90706

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!


Support our Network by Contributing your Dues!

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.

Your 2018-2019 annual dues are due on May 1, 2018, we have an online way for you to do so via credit card (scroll toward bottom)  or you are welcome to send a check to “Grace Leaders Network,” Attn: Mike Jentes, E. 6565 Stearns St., Long Beach, CA 90815.


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.)

*Please Enclose a copy of the 2018 Charis Fellowship Statistical Form along with the District Dues for your church. Dues Deadline for 2018-2019 is May 15, 2018.

CHECK WRITTEN TO: Grace Churches Network
MAIL TO: Dale Workman, Community Grace Brethren Church, 5885 Downey Ave, Long Beach, CA 90805

Regional Women’s Retreat Save The Date

Grace Churches Women’s Retreat
November 9-11, 2018

@ Murrieta Hot Springs Christian Conference Center

Join us this year for fun, food, and fellowship and new activities with Dr. Christy Hill and Iris Regalado!

For more details about this year’s retreat, contact Robin Workman

Download a Save The Date graphic:

 > 2018 Womens Retreat-Save the Date-PDF  

> 2018-WomensRetreat-Save the Date-WORD Doc

Save the Date for our Regional Roundtable April 10

Put this date and time on your calendar right now  — Tuesday, April 10 from 10am – 1pm — meeting at Bellflower Brethren Church.

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! 🙂

Regional Men’s Retreat

Color Outside the Lines!  2018 High Impact Men’s Retreat

When:   April 27-29

Where:  Pine Summit Christian Camp

Cost:   $130 [includes food, lodging, high ropes adventure, paint ball, recreation, etc.]

What:    A “Guys Getaway” for men and their older sons led by Pastors Tom Hocking & Rich Todd. Get away, connect with God and each other, and re-ignite a passion for radical Christian living.

There will be opportunities on Friday before the retreat as well as Saturday afternoon for some off-roading adventures.

Contact Clinton Brown [(562) 861-9528] to register and for payment details.
Download —  High Impact 2018 Flyer (Word Document)

Thanks to the Bellflower & Whittier Churches for taking the lead on this!

Encounter Buddhism Day with the Grace Leaders Network

At the suggestion of many, our March Grace Leaders Network gathering will take a field trip to the Hsi Lai Buddhist Temple in Hacienda Heights, CA

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.

Tuesday March 13 from 10am – 2pm
at the Hsi Lai Buddhist Temple
in Hacienda Heights, CA  

Ed Trenner

We will have a group tour to interact, learn and grow together as leaders. The day will be facilitated by our own Ed Trenner.

Schedule & Details

Continue reading “Encounter Buddhism Day with the Grace Leaders Network”

Latest on the Revitalization of Grace Rancho Cucamonga

Revitalization of Grace Rancho: How We’re Doing It (Part 2)

By Eric Durso on 

The following post is part of a series on our blog inspired by the opportunity for church revitalization God has opened to us in Rancho Cucamonga. Catch up on the earlier posts in the series here:

  1. “Revitalization: Our Moment”
  2. “Why Revitalization?”
  3. “Revitalization: How We’re Doing It (Part 1)

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!


Original post at http://gracesimi.com/our-blog/revitalization-how-were-doing-it-part-2/