Youth Ministry RoundTable Feb 2 with CE National

The Youth Ministry Round Table is an informal, regional sharing/teaching event to bring youth workers together to share ideas with each other and hear stories of how God is working in youth ministries. The event is Thursday, February 2 at Norwalk Grace Brethren Church, 11005 Foster Rd, Norwalk, CA. It begins at 6:30 pm and will conclude by about 9 pm.

This time is for YOU. It is for youth workers—paid, volunteer, interns, full-time and part-time…. Continue reading “Youth Ministry RoundTable Feb 2 with CE National”

A Busy Couple of Weeks…

We just sent out an email with this info to our mailing list, but wanted to post details here on the website as well:

A Busy Couple of Weeks…

Our Grace Leaders Network met this past Tuesday, January 10th, at the church campus of Pastor Manuel Espinosa at Iglesia Cristiana de la Comunidad. We had time of prayer and sharing during the morning (un gran día) then enjoyed an amazing lunch prepared by his wife, Raquel & faithful member Christina!
Thanks to Manuel and Raquel for blessing us!

As you can see below, there are many opportunities to connect coming up through the end of January!  We hope you’ll look at the Upcoming Events and make the most of these opportunities!

Because of the Focus Retreat (don’t forget to register…and see the scholarships too!), we won’t have a February Grace Leaders Network Gathering.

Women’s Leadership Studies: Principles of Effective Bible Study by Women of Grace USA
Fri Jan 20 – Sat Jan 21
@ Grace Church of Orange
Details & Registration

La Mujer y Las Escrituras (Women and Scripture in Spanish)
Fri Jan 27 – Sat Jan 28

@ Bellflower Brethren
Details and Registration

Connect & Equip Regional Mission Conference by Encompass
Sat. Jan 28th
Details and Registration

CE National Celebration  
Sat. Jan 29th
@ Community Grace Brethren Church, Whittier

SouthWest FOCUS Retreat: The Pastor & His Family 
Mon. Jan 30 – Wed. Feb 1
@ The Oaks in Lake Hughes, CA
Details and Registration

Grace Leaders Network
Tues. March 14th 

10:30am- 1pm with Lunch!
@ Simi Valley Grace

Grace Leaders Network – Regional RoundTable
Tues. April 11th 

@ Community Grace Brethren Church Long Beach

Grace Leaders Network
Tues. May 9th 

10am-Noon (Dutch Lunch on Main St.)
@ Grace Community Church – Seal Beach

Un Gran Día … A Great Day with our Spanish Church

A special time for the Grace Leaders Network to gather on January 10th at our Spanish church in Lakewood – connecting, praying, sharing and eating! We were blessed by our hosts Pastor Manuel & Raquel Espinosa. Great hospitality and great food!  Thanks for hosting us!

Upcoming Locations for our Grace Leaders Network gatherings:

We are off for February because of the FOCUS RETREAT

March 14, 2017 at Simi Valley Grace Brethren – (10:30am start)

April 11, 2017 – REGIONAL ROUNDTABLE at Community Grace Brethren Church Long Beach

May 9, 2017 at Grace Community Church in Seal Beach

January 10th Grace Leaders Network Gathering

New Year Network Gathering

Tuesday, January 10th
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).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!

Resource from Discussion with Tom Hocking

In a heartfelt, truthful and grace-filled dialogue, Dr. Tom Hocking shared about his journey and lessons he is still learning in ministry with Gender & Sexual Minorities.

As a helpful tool for everyone to take home, he shared a Resource List of links, books, videos, articles, etc.  The Resource list is broken down in topics of: Foundational Resources, Testimonials, Youth & Family, & Counseling Resources.

Download the Word Document (with active hyperlinks)

Download the PDF Document


Also worth noting, all of the resources from this year’s Grace Leaders Network Gatherings are available on our Resources page


What Does God Offer Women? Ladies Luncheon with Viki Rife

God’s Unique Design for Woman

January 14, 2017
10 am – 3 pm
Free Event bur RSVP Required!

Norwalk Grace Brethren Church
11005 Foster Road, Norwalk, CA

Viki Rife is National Director of Women’s Ministries for the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches USA.  God’s purpose for women often gets lost in the clamor of the world’s competing voices. Viki will lead an interactive time in God’s Word, teaching about God’s place in the life of women, and how women can take advantage of all God has for them. Come enjoy a few hours of encouragement and fellowship at this special ladies luncheon. There is no cost for this event. Please call the Norwalk Grace Brethren Church office to RSVP if you would like to attend 562-863-7322.

Ladies Luncheon Invitation to Download/Print [PDF]

FOCUS Retreat – Registration & Funding For Leaders

“Let’s talk about our families in a very open and honest way so we can gain strength and insight from God’s Word and one another”

Southwest FOCUS Retreat: Jan 30 – Feb 01, 2017

Regional FOCUS Retreats provide opportunities for leaders in the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches to refresh, reflect and retool.
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Women’s Leadership Studies – Classes in January!

The partnership between Grace Theological Seminary and Women of Grace USA is glad to be bringing two classes from the Center for Women’s Leadership Studies to Southern California in January of 2017!

Women’s Leadership Studies: Principles of Effective Bible Study by Women of Grace USA

Fri Jan 20 – Sat Jan 21
@ Grace Church of Orange
Details & Registration

La Mujer y Las Escrituras (Women and Scripture in Spanish)

Fri Jan 27 – Sat Jan 28
@ Bellflower Brethren
Details and Registration


We hope you will let the women in your churches know about these classes!  To find out more about the Center for Women’s Leadership Studies check out their webpage!


Captain Jonas Winbolt receives Army Chaplain Assignment

Lt. Jonas Winbolt is no longer a chaplain candidate!!

Jonas received word yesterday that he has been approved as a chaplain in the United States Army.  He was one of five selected out of a pool of 40-60 candidates.

Congratulations to Jonas and Lisa.  This has been more than a 5 year process and it is exciting to be a part of it.

Jonas has been given a report date of 1/23/17 but as of yet does not know where the army will post him.

This placement as a chaplain includes a promotion to the rank of Captain as well.  So congratulations are in order!  

Received from Dr. Roy Halberg-
Grace Fellowship Church in Rancho Cucamonga

Ministering to Sexual and Gender Minorities in December

December Network Gathering on Ministering to Sexual and Gender Minorities
Tuesday, December 13th
10am – Noon
at Community Grace Brethren Church
8109 Greenleaf Ave.
Whittier, CA 90602  Map

Our own Dr. Tom Hocking (Pastor at Bellflower Brethren) will be facilitating our time of sharpening one another on a tough topic. From Tom’s experience and shepherd’s heart he has the following objectives:

1)  Communicate the distinction between sexual identity, orientation, and behavior
2)  Humanize the struggles of Gender & Sexuality Minorities {GSM]
3)  Identify the nearly inevitable conflicts, which church leaders can expect (no matter HOW they deal with GSM)
4)  Provide guidelines for dealing with GSM within the church.

After we are done, we will have a Mexican Lunch at the restaurant right next door (Dutch Treat)!

See the Resource Dr. Tom Hocking Shared