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

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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!


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Southwest Focus Retreat Report

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.

Keep on reading!

Invitation to Grace College & Seminary SoCal Dinners

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 or calling 574-372-5100 ext. 6127. Be sure to specify which event you plan to attend.

CE National Celebration Jan 28

CE National Celebration  
Sunday Jan 28th
@ Grace Brethren Church of Norwalk – 11005 Foster Rd.  Norwalk, CA 90650

  • Plan to come, bring a friend, and enjoy a Sunday evening celebration with Ed Lewis and TK (Timothy Kurtaneck)
  • Hear updates about the Urban Hope Training Center, Operation Barnabas, and Momentum.
  • Refreshments will follow the celebration time.
  • A love offering will be taken

Find out more about CE National online 


January Grace Leaders Network Gathering with a Mexican Flair

Tuesday, January 9th
10am – Lunch
at Iglesia Cristiana de la Comunidad 
11859 209th St
Lakewood, California  Map

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!

Focus Retreat Scholarships Available

The Charis Fellowship Focus Retreat this year has a theme of Creating a Culture of Apprenticeship for Leadership Development 
Registration is available online now 

We are delighted to announce that our network is providing some registration funding to help our SoCal/AZ leaders who are: 

1) young leaders (35 yrs. old and younger) or

2) non-Anglo leaders (of all ethnicities/languages)

For those who qualify (as either 35yrs or younger or non-Anglo):

Full-time staff members of a church/ministry we will pay for half of the registration,

for those who are Part-time or lay staff of a church/ministry…we are paying the FULL registration amount so you can go FREE! 

The Focus Retreat website has those discounts already online.   Please use them when you register your young leaders or your non-Anglo leaders!

If you are a leader who wants to get to Focus, but the finances are an issue, please contact our Treasurer Dale Workman because we want you there!

For all the Details, Schedule and to Register please go to the Southwest FOCUS Retreat webpage

Welcome Iglesia Cristiana Anclados a Cristo (Anchored to Christ Christian Church)

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!

We put together the following new church profile that you can download or read more online!  Iglesia Cristiana Anclados a Cristo-Welcome [PDF]

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