Your Ministry Lifeline by Terry Daniels

This article was published in the March 2019 Inspire newsletter for pastors by one of our own network leaders.

Pastor Terry Daniels


I am not yet the grizzled veteran that I hope to become, but I have been around the block a few times. Forty-one years serving a single congregation gives me some practical insight into ministry. So let me tug on my suspenders and offer a couple lessons that I have learned along the way.
 
Lesson One: Your elders can be your ministry lifeline. When I arrived at my present church we had a dysfunctional Official Board system. The only thing good about it, was that it was so bad everyone knew we needed to find something better. We set out to design and then implement an Elder Board system. God was gracious…

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April Grace Leaders Network Gathering with New Hope in Canyon Lake

One of the hidden gems in our Network is a small but mighty church in southwest Riverside County called New Hope Community Church. Planted a couple of decades ago by Chris & Jan Suitt, it has a variety of unique outreaches and opportunities to spur us on as leaders. For our April Grace Leaders Network gathering we will have the chance to learn about two of these items:

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The Dedication of Urban Hope Los Angeles

Sunday January 27th was an exciting day for CE National and the Charis Fellowship. The open house and dedication for the new Urban Hope Training Center in Los Angeles took place at the Norwalk Grace Brethren Church, where the training center will find its home.  See pictures on the CE National Facebook page.

You can see a short video about Urban Hope here:

Over 150 individuals from the LA area, as well as staff members from CE National, were in attendance at the Dedication. The event also highlighted other ministries of CE National including Urban Hope Philadelphia, the SUM (Students in Urban Ministry) program, City Life and Operation Barnabas summer ministry teams.

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December Year End Email Update

Looking into the New Year, we are excited to share the plans for our first Grace Leaders Network Gathering of 2019! We will visit the revitalized Grace Church of Rancho Cucamonga and hear from Pastors Eric Durso and Michael Sciarra, Jr. about the latest!  

Our main topic of the day will be the Fearless Spreading of the Gospel presented by church planter, speaker and author Ed Waken.  Ed planted one of our network churches– Valley Life in Peoria, Arizona and international trainer in Evangelism.  We look forward to learning together.

Grace Leaders Network Gathering
Tuesday January 8
10 AM – Lunch 
Grace Rancho Cucamonga
5719 Beryl Street
Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91737

Don Hocking With The Lord

On Christmas Eve, Don Hocking longtime leader and missionary and founder of Grace Bible Mission in Cameroon came face-to-face with His Savior. We received the following info from his son, Pastor Tom Hocking (Bellflower Brethren):

“My Dad slipped into Jesus’ presence at 10:45 PM last night, shortly after I visited him and Mom after our Christmas Eve service. I’m not sure if he was aware that I was there but I prayed with him and encouraged him to stop struggling and rest in Christ. I returned to their room after he passed until his body was removed by Forest Lawn personnel around 2 AM. I went to Forest Lawn and made the following arrangements for his services:

Visitation: Room A/B @ Forest Lawn Long Beach [1500 E. San Antonio Drive, LB, 90807] from 2-5 PM on Sunday, January 6.

Graveside: Forest Lawn Long Beach [1500 E. San Antonio Drive, LB, 90807] at 9:30 AM on Monday, January 7.

Memorial: Worship Center @ Bellflower Brethren Church [9405 E. Flower St., Bellflower, 90706] at 11:00 AM on Monday, January 7.

Lunch Reception: Fellowship Hall @ Bellflower Brethren Church [9405 E. Flower St., Bellflower, 90706] at noon on Monday, January 7.

It’s the end of the year…you can make our network GO with your donation now…or anytime! We have an online way for you to give (hit this link and scroll toward bottom of the page) or you are welcome to send a check to “Grace Leaders Network,” Attn: Mike Jentes, E. 6565 Stearns St., Long Beach, CA 90815.

Grace Brethren CIF State Champions

Our congrats to our own Grace Brethren Lancers who won their first CIF Football State Championship on Dec. 14!  Grace Brethren High School is a ministry of Grace Church, a Charis Fellowship congregation in Simi Valley (Jordan Bakker, Senior Pastor). Congrats to Coach Josh Henderson and all of the Lancers! Read article on the game from Los Angeles Daily News.

Upcoming Women’s Leadership Classes

The Center for Women’s Leadership Studies at Grace Theological Seminary in partnership with Women of Grace USA presents two class in SoCal– in Spanish and English. 
Visit our webpage for more details

Focus Retreat Registration Details and Input Needed

New location for 2019! Camp Lawrence Daley at Mt. Crags  26801 Dorothy Dr. Calabasas, CA 91302 (Malibu State Park)This year’s Focus Retreat theme will be “Forward!”  The retreats will be about moving our churches forward. A new name is not enough. We need to take the conversation and action forward in each of our churches. Focus retreats with not be heavy seminars but interactives between ministry leaders like you. 

What you like to talk about? We will be contacting leaders like you from your region and asking them to speak into the types of topics and issues relevant to our churches. This feedback will guide the focus sessions. This is your chance to set the agenda.

Do you want to “feedback” now – Use this link: https://goo.gl/forms/0zgd0LtYpgD9LWxJ3

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Two Classes from the Center for Women’s Leadership Studies – Spanish & English!

The Center for Women’s Leadership Studies at Grace Theological Seminary in partnership with Women of Grace USA presents two class in SoCal !

Soul Care (Spanish)
January 25-26
Bellflower, CA

Esta clase examina el proceso de cuidar nuestras almas en medio de dudas y dolor. Estudiaremos cómo Dios usa el sufrimiento en nuestras vidas, y buscaremos entender lo que Él está haciendo en nuestras vidas en medio de las dificultades de la vida. También investigaremos cómo mantener perspectiva para ayudar a otros que están sufriendo.

El costo de la clase incluye el almuerzo el sábado.
Fecha: 25 de enero, 2019 de 6 a 9 p.m.
26 de enero, 2019 de 9 a.m. a 5 p.m.

Localidad:
Bellflower Brethren Church
9405 E Flower Street
Bellflower, California 90706

Details in this Brochure PDF:  El Cuidado del Alma—registración  or  online (including registration) here

 

Spiritual Formation (English)
February 1-2, 2019
Long Beach, CA

Spiritual formation is a journey of growing as a Christian into the likeness of Christ, so that we can abide in Him as He abides in us. Our hearts were designed for intimacy. This course will help you to counteract performance based models of spirituality and learn to embrace a biblical and relational Christianity. While the focus for this course will be on the individual, it will help equip you if you are mentoring or giving spiritual leadership in the lives of others.

February 1-2, 2019 (Friday 6-9pm, Saturday 9am-5pm)

Instructors: Jennifer Avey & Lois Shirk

Hosted at Community Grace Brethren Church
5885 Downey Ave
Long Beach, CA 90805

Cost of the class is $90 (includes Friday dinner, Saturday lunch & one CEU credit). Save $10 by registering three weeks in advance.

Brochure to download/print PDF 

For more information or to register: http://wgusa.org/leadership-studies/upcoming-classes

CHRISTmas Fellowship for our Network!


For our December network gathering, we are going to have a special time to relax and enjoy one another and a little bowling or ping-pong or billiards and more! The destination for our gathering will be at Round 1 Bowling & Amusement at the Lakewood Mall in Lakewood, California. 

For those who want to bowl, it’s $3.50 for shoe rental and $5.50 per game. Ping-pong and Billiards are $8 per hour, if you don’t want to bowl. You can hang out and get some food and enjoy the time. Everything will be dutch treat, so please be prepared.

Make the time to be with us for this great time with leaders and from around the region!

Tuesday, Dec. 11th 
10am-Noon-ish
@ Round 1 Bowling
in Lakewood Mall, Second Floor next to Costco
401 Lakewood Center Mall
Lakewood, CA 90712   Map

November Gathering Topic is Grandparenting!

Grandparenting on Purpose! 

Our November network gathering, we are excited to highlight the legacy and equipping of grandparents for the sake of the future generations!

We will gather at Grace Fellowship in Cherry Valley with Pastor Brian Zuniga and enjoy their hospitality and lunch!

Pastor Steve
Dr. Steve Williams

Fowler
Larry Fowler

We will have the pleasure of having Larry Fowler, founder of the Legacy Coalition and our own Dr. Steve Williams, from Grace Community Seal Beach who is now serving as Pastor of Seniors share with us. Together they will challenge us and share some tools to help equip the grandparents in our congregation to make the investment in the next generations and yield great returns!

Make the time to be with us for this great time with leaders and from around the region!

Tuesday, November 13th 
10am-Noon
with a FREE Lunch to follow
@ Grace Fellowship
10257 Beaumont Ave, Cherry Valley, CA 92223
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Celebrando Nuestra Unidad – Celebrating Our Unity (Spanish Speaking Churches Conference)

Las Iglesias de los Hermanos le invita a la Confraternidad
Celebrando Nuestra Unidad
Sábado, 20 de Octubre, 2018
4:00 – 6:00 PM
Grace Church of Orange
2201 E. Fairhaven Ave, Orange, CA 92869

Facebook Event

Confraternidad PowerPoint Invita

Confraternidad 10-20-18 volante

The Spanish-speaking Churches in our Network invite you to a Conference: Celebrating Our Unity
Saturday, October 20, 2018
4:00 – 6:00 PM
Grace Church of Orange
2201 E. Fairhaven Ave, Orange, CA 92869

Facebook Event

PowerPoint Slide Invite

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20 Days until First Grace Leaders Network Gathering!

20 Days until First Grace Leaders Network Gathering! 

Here comes the fall with school and all the rhythms of the ministry year…where did the summer go?!?!

We are starting back up with our monthly network gatherings and are excited that our Fellowship Coordinator, Tom Avey will be with us!    

Tuesday, September 11th 
10am-Noon
with a FREE Lunch to follow
Grace Church of Orange
2201 E. Fairhaven Ave. Orange, CA 92869

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Operation Barnabas Impact 

Over this summer, CE National’s Operation Barnabas summer ministry teams with 61 students from around the USA took on California! These teams were all over SoCal (and even off to NorCal) and made a big impact on our churches, leaders, students and communities!  Check out the website for pictures and reports.   THANK YOU to CE National and Operation Barnabas for your Impact!

Also, if your church was impacted, your students can apply to be part of next year’s team! Operation Barnabas is a three week high school summer ministry training program equipping students to live on mission through evangelism training, character development, and servant-leadership. More details for 2019 here

Women’s Fall Retreat with Dr. Christy Hill

November 9-11, 2018

Murrieta Hot Springs Christian Conference Center

Join us this year for fun, food, and fellowship!
English Speaker: Dr. Christy Hill, Grace Theological Seminary
Theme:   God’s Fixer-Upper 

Spanish Speaker: Iris Regalado                                         
Special Speaker: Kenna Lourdes Gonzales
Theme:  “Aprendiendo a Descernir la Voz de Dios”

Missions: Josh and Rachel Flaningan, Cameroon with Encompass World Partners

For all the details and registration information check out the webpage

access 2018

July 24-26 in Fremont, Ohio was the annual conference of the Charis Fellowship Family! It was a grand time for the leaders and churches to gather.

One of the helpful resources produced were videos about the core areas of our Fellowship- Biblical Truth, Biblical Relationships, Biblical Mission, Doing Good, and more…

Find the videos about Charis Fellowship online!

You can see the list of all videos online at:
https://vimeo.com/channels/charisfellowship

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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).