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 
@ Round 1 Bowling
in Lakewood Mall, Second Floor next to Costco
401 Lakewood Center Mall
Lakewood, CA 90712   Map

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 
with a FREE Lunch to follow
Grace Church of Orange
2201 E. Fairhaven Ave. Orange, CA 92869


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:

Stay in the loop by joining our email list! 

One Week until our Regional Roundtable

Our Regional Roundtable is an important time where we want EVERY leader in our network churches and ministries to attempt to be there!

Tuesday, April 10
10am – Lunch 
(done by 1pm)
at Bellflower Brethren Church9405 E. Flower St. Bellflower, CA 90706

We will have greetings from the Charis Fellowship office, Charis Alliance Global, updates from around our region and connecting with your ministry friends and colleagues! We will also have some special gifts/raffle prizes as well!  Then make sure you stick around for a FREE Tri-Tip Steak Lunch!

BRING YOUR STAFF, ELDERS, LEADERS, & VOLUNTEERS (both men & women are welcome)!  We can’t wait to see you there!


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! 🙂

October Grace Leaders Gathering on 10/10 with Dr. Dave Guiles

We are excited that Dr. Dave Guiles, Executive Director of Encompass World Partners will be with us from Atlanta to share his heart and challenge for us. Dave has just authored two books in the last year in the “Path Series” which help churches and leaders in Discovering Global Missions and Mobilize their Church for Great Commission impact.

He will also be giving an update about the Charis Alliance and upcoming Celebration Sunday. You won’t want to miss this special time!

Tuesday, October 10th 
with a Lunch to follow on-site
Grace Community Church of Seal Beach
138 8th Street, Seal Beach, CA 90740


We will also have Nathan Bryant, Director of Assist Church Expansion to join us to say hello and be present to see if their organization can assist you and your church. 


One last question…WHO ARE YOU BRINGING from your church/ministry? This is an important time for ALL Church Leaders–especially those involved in missions and outreach!  Invite someone from your leadership circles to join you!!!  Sign up to be on the email invite list 

March 14th Grace Leaders Network Gathering

March Network Gathering in Simi Valley!

Our theme for the day will be “Legacy” and we will get to hear some encouraging stories about the legacy left by others to us…and prompt us to think about the legacy we are leaving for others.

We don’t get to see our friends up in Simi Valley very much because of the distance… we hope you will make the extra effort to join us! We are bumping back our start time 30 minutes and going to provide lunch to help with travel & fellowship!

Tuesday, March 14th
10:30am – Lunch
at Grace Brethren Church of Simi Valley
2900 Sycamore Dr.,
Simi Valley, CA US 93065 Map
Lunch provided!
We will spend some extra time getting to know the leaders of our Simi Valley Grace Church . We will have some special guests includingSpencer MacCuish, President of Eternity Bible College and the whole way from France Dr. Paul Klawitter, Director of theChurch Planting Network with Encompass World Partners!
Japan Night
on Sunday, April 30
Los Altos Grace Brethren Church


3D Gospel Event on May 13

Our world is filled with a diversity of cultures that need to hear the good news of the Gospel.

Our church culture tends to focus on forgiveness through the removal of guilt, but people in the Majority World tend to seek honor or spiritual power.  In today’s globalized world, Christians need to embrace a three-dimensional gospel that speaks to each of these realities.

Saturday May 13 from 5-9pm with Jayson Georges
in Simi Valley, California

Details on this Event and to Register >>  

Japanese Gospel Choir Concert May 13th 

We love our Cornerstone Black Gospel Choir with Ray Sidney and the crew.  Their spring concert is scheduled for:

Saturday May 13th at 6pm
at Los Altos Grace Brethren Church
6565 E Stearns St, Long Beach, CA 90815


Scholarships Available 

The Association of Grace Brethren Ministers offers an annual Leadership Development Scholarship. The Purpose is to encourage and equip those in ministry who are seeking to continue their education and to be better equipped for their calling to ministry.

Details on the AGBM webpage >>  

Immigration Thoughts, Mexico Border Churches & Upcoming Gatherings and

Thoughts on Immigration

The topic of immigration has certainly been at the forefront of cultural and political discussion. What do history, the Bible, and current thought have to say about this hot-button issue?

Also, Dave Guiles was just with churches from our movement along the Mexican Border. Click the image below to watch the video:


UPCOMING Network Gatherings

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

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!

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

November Grace Leaders Gathering

Photo Credit: Bob Hetzler Click to go to his Facebook page

A neat time of gathering for 30+ leaders from our network at Los Altos Grace Brethren Church in Long Beach on Tuesday, November 8th. We swapped impactful stories of where we have seen fruit borne in our ministries.

Our own Missional Advocate, Ed Waken challenged us to look into the Scriptures again about evangelism. Fortunately, he shared his notes with us!  Enjoy below:

Look at evangelism from a fresh perspective. One where every believer can be themselves – be who God created them to be – and be successful in evangelism. 100% successful, 100% of the time.

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