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!
A team from Los Altos Grace Brethren Church is leading worship.
Charis Fellowship ministry leaders from throughout the southwestern United States are gathered at Lake Hughes, Calif., for the Southwest Focus Retreat. Beginning Monday evening, January 29, the 48 hours away is allowing the leaders to take a look at “Developing an Apprentice Culture.” The sessions are led by Clancy Cruise, executive director of the Charis Fellowship/Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches and pastor of Marysville Grace, a Charis Fellowship congregation in Marysville, Ohio.
Worship is being led by Jason Dunn, worship leader at Los Altos Grace Brethren Church, Long Beach, Calif., along with Bob Mabry, family pastor, and Phil Helfer, pastor at the Los Altos church.
Grace College and Seminary invites you to join us for an evening of food and fellowship. Grace’s president, Dr. Bill Katip, is traveling to Southern California for two events at the end of this month. The first gathering is at Los Altos Grace Brethren Church on Saturday, January 27. The other is at the Grace Brethren Church of Simi Valley on Sunday, January 28.
Come hear Dr. Katip share about Grace’s Aspire campaign and other exciting campus updates. Both events are from 6-8 p.m. and dinner is provided. If you would like to attend, please RSVP by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 574-372-5100 ext. 6127. Be sure to specify which event you plan to attend.
Our own Pastor Manuel Espinosa has invited us to join him at his church facility in East Lakewood (think North of Hawaiian Gardens). [We are so glad that Manuel is part of our Grace Churches Network Council this year!]
Our agenda for the day will feature some sharing and emphasis on ethnic initiatives here in our regional efforts. We are praying for a handful of languages and ethnicities to make disciples, and see churches form! Please invite all who have that heart to come with you to this special time!
In addition, if you show up, there is one guarantee–you will be PRAYED FOR!
After we are done with our Gathering, Pastor Manuel’s wife Raquel and others in the church family are making tamales and planning an outstanding Mexican lunch! We invite you to stick around and enjoy lunch together!
Welcome Iglesia Cristiana Anclados a Cristo (Anchored to Christ Christian Church) as the newest member church of the Grace Churches Network. The sponsoring church, Grace Church of Orange, officially endorsed and journeyed with the leadership and ministries of Anclados a Cristo who applied to be part of the Network.
The Council of the Grace Churches Network on December 6, 2017 approved this new church and recommended to all member churches they approve acceptance. By December 11, 2017 the member churches approved their acceptance into the Grace Churches Network! Praise the Lord!