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.

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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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Charis Fellowship is the new name for the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches

The Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches (FGBC) unveiled a new name and logo on Tuesday November 7th in a live stream video event from Akron, Ohio. We were glad that SoCal’s own Mike Jentes could represent our region at the event.

Leaders present in Akron, Ohio for the unveiling of the new name Charis Fellowship.

Charis Fellowship is the new “doing business as” name for the network of evangelical congregations in North America. It comes after many months of brainstorming sessions, research, and professional input.

Charis means “grace” in Biblical Greek and is representative of the congregations and ministries that affiliated with the Grace Brethren movement. Most churches within the fellowship already use the word “Grace” in their title, but it also is found in the names of other congregations not partnered with the FGBC.

A word that means “grace” creates an identity for a fellowship that shares a common commitment to understanding the word of God (biblical truth), living as the people of God (relationship), and fulfilling the purposes of God (mission). Continue reading “Charis Fellowship is the new name for the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches”

Charis Celebration Sunday is Here!

We hope your church is joining with hundreds of others around the world to learn about how God brought Charis into existence and is using this vibrant alliance to bring the hope of Christ to the corners of the globe.

Grace Churches Network hopes you will take some special time on Sunday November 5 to celebrate our global movement and seek God’s blessing upon our common pursuit of biblical truth, biblical relationship and biblical mission.

Find out more about the Charis Alliance online in English, French & Spanish

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FGBC Hurricane Harvey Coalition

United in Vision: FGBC Harvey Coalition Introductory Meeting

(See the Sept 9th Update at the bottom of this post)

A coalition of local churches in the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Church (FGBC) is coming together to serve alongside multiple churches in the effected region. While details are still coming together, we want to invite more leaders and churches to be introduced to the current plans and to participate in demonstrating the Good News.    Continue reading “FGBC Hurricane Harvey Coalition”

Charis Celebration Sunday November 5th!

Sunday  //  November 5  //  2017

Your church is invited to join with hundreds of others around the world to learn about how God brought Charis into existence and is using this vibrant alliance to bring the hope of Christ to the corners of the globe.

Join churches around the world in celebrating our global movement and seeking God’s blessing upon our common pursuit of biblical truth, biblical relationship and biblical mission.

The following resources are designed to help you prepare your church for the event…

Social Concerns Committee Response to Charlottesville Incident

Our broader United States of America collection of churches-the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches-has a committee which articulates helpful positions regarding social concerns for our churches and leaders. Because of the decentralized nature of our Fellowship, these statements are typically proposed, revisited and approved as resolutions at the time of our annual national conference each July.

Because of the gravity of the Charlottesville incident, the committee felt that a response was needed. The following information and statement was circulated and we felt it important to be shared also with the network:

Subject: FGBC SOCIAL CONCERNS: Social Concerns Committee Response to Charlottesville Incident

Date: August 21, 2017 at 1:25:12 PM PDT

To: Pastors and other Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches Leaders:

We are all heartbroken by the incident in Charlottesville.  Worse, subsequent events have deteriorated our nation’s fabric and our ability (willingness?) to communicate and seek reconciliation even more.

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Announcing the Leadership for the Coming Year

We are glad to announce the following list of leaders and their roles in the network for the coming year:

2017-2018 Officers (Serving annually June 1-May 31)

Grace Churches Network

Moderator: Terry Daniels, 920 Fremont Ave. South Pasadena, CA 91030 (626) 799-6081

Vice Moderator: Mike Jentes, 6565 E. Stearns St. Long Beach, CA 90815 (562) 596-3358

Secretary: Tom Hocking 9405 E Flower St Bellflower, CA 90706 (562)925-6561

Treasurer: Dale Workman 5885 Downey Ave. Long Beach CA 90805 (562) 634-1056

Members-at-Large: Glen Sykes, Ed Waken, & Brian Zuniga
*added later by the Council- Manuel Espinosa & Vet Gonzalez



Chair: Terry Daniels

Secretary: Philip Teran

Additional Members: Roy Halberg, Tom Hocking, Cecil O’Dell, Glen Sykes, Richard Todd, Steve Williams, Dale Workman



Mike Jentes, Matt Simms, Dale Workman



Coordinator: Mike Jentes

Equipping Advocate: Mike Sciarra

Missional Advocate: Ed Waken

Shepherding Advocate: Richard Todd

Treasurer: Dale Workman



Exec. Director Neil Cole; Dezi Baker, Phil Helfer, Chris Suitt, Ed Waken

Downloadable 2017-18 Grace Churches Network Officers Sheet (PDF) 

Annual Dues coming Due!

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 2017-2018 annual dues are due on May 1, 2017, we have an online way for you to do so via credit card  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 Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches (FGBC) dues are based on another figure.)

*Please Enclose a copy of the 2017 FGBC Statistical Form along with the District Dues for your church. Dues Deadline for 2017-2018 is May 15, 2017.

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