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Graduation Parties
It seems like there are graduations every week this time of year.  Our family has had our share of them this spring.  My grandson Jackson graduated (yes, that is what they called it) from kindergarten last week.  They even had a ceremony.  Two other graduations occurred that honored two more men in our extended family with their graduations from seminary.  Quite the accomplishments. Andy, my son, graduated from Westminster Seminary and Eric Durso, my son-in-law graduated from Masters Seminary, both with Masters of Divinity. I am proud of all my graduates, and look forward to what God has for them in the future.  Of course we had a party for them. Recognition is good to do when you have the opportunity. Paul wrote " For they refreshed  my spirit and yours also. Such men deserve recognition.' (1 Cor. 16:18 NIV) There is a time for us to honor and recognize others and their accomplishments. The Message says it well from Luke 15:10 "Count on it-that's the kind of party God's angels throw every time one lost soul turns to God."  There is a time to party, so celebrate those accomplishments that bring glory to God.

Celebrate well

Jim Smith
Pacific Church Network 
Israel Trip Filling Up

Pacific Church Network's trip to the Holy Land is quickly filling up. Go to our website and sign up to guarantee a spot. This will be a trip of a lifetime.  Full payment is due by August 3, but only a $500 deposit is due upon registration. Find out more
New Pastor in Goleta

Pacific Church Network has several as the search team for Goleta Valley.  After PCN presented the candidate to the Elders, they interviewed him and then presented him to the members of their church on Mother's Day. Bobby Grossi was voted in unanimously as the new pastor of Goleta Valley Church!!   He and his wife Trina, along with their 4 kids, will be selling their house in the Reno, NV area and will start looking for a place to live near Goleta.  He will start preaching on July 3. Bobby has served at a Living Stones Church plant in Reno and most recently served as the interim lead preaching Pastor at Mountain Side Church in Reno, NV. He has a heart for evangelism and has been trained in apologetics, leading hundreds to Jesus in one on one conversations at universities throughout the Western US. 
Exciting Changes at Burbank Church

Our church replant in Burbank, under Pastor Mike Brown's leadership, recently changed their name to Redeemer Burbank. With that change, they also changed the look of their church building with new exterior paint and a new design in the foyer. The most exciting news is that lives are being changed. Recently they baptized seven new believers!!  The church is growing and lives are being changed for Christ.  
Valuable PCN Summer Seminar in August

Pacific Church Network is again offering a great seminar just before the fall schedule starts. GROWING HEALTHY CONGREGATIONS. Join other church leaders as they hear Paul Borden share from his year of experience a s an international consultant, judicatory leader, former large church pastor, and professor of homiletics, He knows both what is required to transform congregations and how to do it. He is in demand nationally as a church consultant and speaker.  His books, including Hit the Bullseye,  have been used by over 50 denominations in leading change.
Join us on Tuesday, August 23 in Upland.  More information. 
Church Plant Growing in San Diego

Response Church was planted by Pacific Church Network last year, and recently their Pastor, Joel Webbon wrote that they " just had 15 more people become members of the church. Three of them were conversions and will be baptized soon. We also had 103 people at our service this past  Sunday , which is really great considering that our students are already gone for the summer. Things are going really well."  Keep praying for our church plants and thanks for your support!! 15 church plants since 2012.
Sean, Brian Dane, Scott
Working Together in Oahu

Pacific Church Network has three churches on the island of Oahu.  International Baptist Church as been on the island for years, and now has two church plants, Daybreak Church in Kailua and Victory Church in Aiea, working to bring the gospel to those living there.  Brian Howard was speaking at a Gospel Coalition Conference and had a chance to spend some quality time with Pastor Sean Palmer from Daybreak, Scott Custer from International and Dane Tokushige from Victory. All three churches seeing people changed by the gospel of Christ!
Free PCN Spanish Language Seminar

Pastor George Wilson, who has a network of over 100 churches in Cuba, will be speaking on the subject of "Doing Ministry in the Midst of Opposition."  He has been involved in ministry in Cuba for 55 years and has a wealth of experience, tools and stories to share. You will be glad to came to hear him. This one day Pacific Church Network seminar will be held at Norwalk Missionary Baptist Church on Saturday, July 9th, from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm, lunch is included.  Call Pastor Yasmany Portillo at 562.292.5435 to reserve your lunch.
Fall Retreats are Coming

All will be at Pine Summit except Spanish Women Retreat, which will be at Murrieta Hot Springs.
Youth Retreat: Septmber 9-11 
Men's Retreat:: September 23-25
Women's English Retreat: September 30-October 2
Spanish Language Men's Retreat - October 14-15
Spanish Women's Retreat: September 16-18
Calvary Chapel Conference Center, Murrieta, CA 
Brighter, Less Expensive Lights

Recently pastor Paul Taylor told us that his church, Montebello Christian Fellowship, had all their lights replaced with LED lights by Southern California Edison for almost free, just pay the tax (which was about $1 per bulb).  San Antonio Heights Community Church called and Edison came out and replaced all 136 chandelier bulbs in their sanctuary and 75 other lights around the church.  It will reduce our electric bill and definitely give our rooms more light.  It worked for these two Pacific Church Network churches.  If you are interested,  call Armando Solorzano at Golden Gadgets, Energy Saving Solutions, at 562.879.7321 or email him at
Health and Improvements in Vista

Pastor Kevin Ibanez is excited about the growth and health they are experiencing at Valley Bible Church in Vista.  They just completed turning their sanctuary around to improve visual and seating capacity.  The whole church as gone through a major renovation and it is looking great.  Kevin has also been teaching at their Christian school, and several new families are now attending the church.  He also started attending Southern California Seminary for free, which is available to all pastors.
PCN Discounted Conference Offer

Rick Warren is teaching a Purpose Driven Conference, for the first time in years, at Saddleback Church on June 28-30. The conference is based on new material, new tools and new lessons.  If interested, you may register at Saddleback will subsidize this event, so it only costs $99.  Pacific Church Network is also able to offer you a promo code that will give you an additional $30 off the ticketed price.  Just use the code: PDmyChurch
Retirement Plan for Pastors
CBAmerica is excited to offer a unique retirement plan for church staff members through GuideStone Financial Resources. The plan is offered as part of CB Northwest's 50-year commitment to a secure retirement investment platform for churches, pastors, staff and missionaries, and is now available to all churches in the CBAmerica network.
GuideStone is one of the nation's largest providers of employee benefits and financial services, working with 36,000 churches and nearly 600 ministries to offer retirement plans customized to help employees reach their individual financial goals.
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Commerce Church Growing

Ken Wallace, missionary with Missions Door, has been working with First Baptist Church as the Interim pastor.  Through his ability to communicate to the leadership, the church family and neighborhood, God has blessed his work in recent months.  On Mother's Day they had 60 people in their worship service, which is a significant increase.  He has asked Felix Vadlamar to also come help start a Spanish speaking congregation at the church, which will start in June.  We are so excited about the positive things that are happening in Commerce. 
How Not to Fail in Leadership
Few of us enter our careers already skilled in the art of leadership. We spend our early career years learning (and often failing) to become great leaders. Many never become great leaders, often because they fail to invest the time and discipline to grow in this area. But it doesn't have to be this way. It took me ten years to learn the following leadership keys. If you study and practice, you can learn these three keys for not failing in leadership starting now.
If you are a leader of any kind in an organization, these three keys are essential to excellent leadership. Ignore any one of these components and enjoy your ride as a mediocre (at best) leader. Commit and live by these three keys and watch your leadership thrive.

Keeping Your Church Safe
Learn how to protect your place of worship against a senseless act of violence by attending Securing the Sanctuary 2016. This is a day of security training presented by Church West Insurance. They will help you learn how to assess the level of security you need, how to look at your current policies to determine where the risk is, how to run training scenarios and rehearse how your team would respond to an emergency, and more. . Five dates and locations are available near you! Only $15!  Learn more

Spanish Language Marriage Seminar
On Saturday, July 16, there will be a one-day marriage seminar featuring a couple from Mexico who have great insights in marriage. This will be held in San Clemente at our PCN church called El Camino  from 2:00 pm -6:00 pm.  If interested call Walter or Mali Reguerin at 949.940.2606. Enjoy the seminar and then go out for a great dinner on your own.
Nothing Better
I always look forward to the beginning of June BECAUSE it is Jim's and my anniversary and we have always celebrated it (for 38 years now!)  For some reason every year our anniversary comes at a time when we both need a break!    It is great to take some scheduled time to relax and regroup and focus on the important , rather than the urgent !!   There is nothing better than to spend time together, rest together and experience new adventures together every June. read more