September Grace Leaders Network Gathering

Tomorrow is the First Grace Leaders Network Gathering!

Our first gathering for the year is on September 13th @ 10am
At Bellflower Brethren Church
9405 Flower St
Bellflower, CA  90706
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We will have leaders coming from great distances to be with us:  From as far as Grover Beach (Pismo) to San Diego to even Winona Lake, Indiana! Leaders are seeing value in our network…and making the time to be present. Your presence is requested too!


For this gathering, our Grace Brethren national coordinator Tom Avey will be with us from the midwest sharing updates from around the Fellowship.

In addition, we will have some guests from Grover Beach, CA (Pismo area) driving down to visit with our network. They are from a church plant called New Horizons Family Fellowship and they are looking to get to know who we are in the Grace Churches Network.

Below is a picture of some of the leaders meeting Mindi and Mike Jentes back in July (fortunately we didn’t scare them away!) They just want to hang out with us too, but we’ll create some time for them to share their story as well!

Also, we just received info that a Grace Brethren leader named Trevor Deck who has landed in the San Diego area working with Wycliffe and refugees will be coming north to connect with our network!

I’ve been working with Wycliffe Bible Translators for the past 10 years. We have worked in Bangladesh, done recruiting for awhile,  and most recently we were in Bulgaria with the Roma (Gypsy people). We have a new assignment now, right here in Southern California! Last month I took a new role to identify minority languages here in San Diego that still have a definite need for Bible translation. As I find that there is a need for Scripture, I will help to begin setting up translation projects. The ideal groups for Scripture projects will be those communities whose country of origin might be too dangerous or difficult to access by traditional methods, and there is still a strong connection back to their home country, where Scripture can reach a larger audience.  Our Facebook Page-The Traveling Decks 


In our gathering, everyone will get to share about the good things going on in their ministry over the past few months…so you don’t want to miss this great start to our year!

We will start our gathering at 10am and go through Lunch (12:45pm-ish). For lunch, we will be ordering Subway, so please bring $7 cash to chip in for lunch.  Put it on your calendar, and tell your leaders to come with you too!  This gathering is for all the ministry leaders in our churches!

Go ahead and put the second Tuesday of every month on your calendar at 10am to be with the Grace Leaders Network (and see below for the October details!)

 

Check out all the details for our California FALL Women’s Retreat and make sure you share it with the ladies in your churches!!!


A helpful challenge toward Equipping from the Fellowship of Grace Brethren ChurchesEquipping Network “I recently asked for feedback about how well our church develops leaders. These types of questions open the door for criticism, both insightful and unhelpful comments. Face it: Everyone in your church has an opinion about the effectiveness of your ministry, be it preaching, assimilating, mentoring, or local outreach. Leaders who fail to invite feedback miss opportunities for personal improvement and corporate growth. I want to seize opportunities, so I asked the question….” read the rest here >> 
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October District Round Table in Orange

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In keeping with the successful regional Round Tables we had last year in April 2016and November 2015, we will be pulling out all the stops for…

Tuesday OCTOBER 11th
10am -1pm (with a FANTASTIC Lunch included)

at Grace Church of Orange.
2201 E. Fairhaven Ave.
Orange, CA 92869
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We want our Round Table to be an important time where EVERY leader in our district 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!)!

We will have some give-a-ways of books and coffee…so you could go home with even more than an energizing time learning and conversing with fellow leaders and being GLAD about what God is doing in our region!

Book give-a-ways will include:

Neil Cole’s brand new book One Thing: A Revolution to Change the World with Love, as well as his first book Cultivating a Life for God.

Chris Suitt‘s A Personal Walk in the Presence of Your God: Principles for Listening to and Following Jesus

A host of Biblical Tools & resources from BMH BOOKS / GraceConnect

And MORE!