Put the Big Rock in the Jar



We have 11 lead pastors & our district superintendent Tim Jacobs running the RAGNAR Relay! They've started to meet online and train for this event. However, we need more than just runners - we need church vans, drivers and volunteers to help out with all aspects of the race, which will be an adventure in itself! Interested? Contact Xochitl for more details.

EFCA West District Conference

April 25-26, 2024- Save the date!

Details are being worked out for our next EFCA West District Conference. Don't come alone, bring your leadership team with you. We look forward to seeing you there! More information coming soon.


On the Giving of Thanks

In this month's article, EFCA West's director of church health Bob Osborne reflects on how church leaders might reflect upon Scripture's call for us to "Give thanks in all circumstances" as well a ideas for our leadership teams to reflect on the things we ought to be thankful for.

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A Prayer for the Conflict in the Middle East

A cry for divine intervention following the terrorist attacks in Israel on October 7 and subsequent conflict escalation in the region. Pray

ReachGlobal Crisis Response is mobilizing support for those suffering in the midst of the conflict in the Middle East. Your financial gifts will help sustain Crisis Response as they respond to this crisis. Give

Children's and Family Ministry Leader Network Gathering November 13-14

The annual EFCA Children’s and Family Ministry Leader Gathering is a time for attendees to ask questions and learn from the experience of other children’s and family ministry leaders who have navigated those same issues.

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Child Protection in California: AB506

November 15 | 10am-12pm

Church HR Network and ECAP (Evangelical Council For Abuse Prevention) are partnering together in order to equip child-youth serving organizations in California to be aware of this legislation and to help establish systems and processes that help meet compliance. This introductory level workshop is designed to teach participants the basics of child protection and AB506. Following the workshop, you will be connected to additional resources and support for developing an effective and compliant child protection plan.

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Prepared is a gospel-centered, affordable, accessible and systematic two-year equipping program for women in ministry leadership or preparing to serve in ministry leadership, locally or globally.

Applications for the January 2024 cohort are now open. Applications will be due no later than November 28, 2023.

Use this bundle of digital resources to promote Prepared in your church or at your upcoming event. Prepared Bundle.

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In Case You Missed The News on APEX

Apex exists to serve you, as the local church, to mobilize the next generation of Gospel influencers. One of the ways they accomplish this is by connecting you with strong EFCA ReachGlobal Missionaries while taking out the pain of planning and preparing for your summer missions.

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You’re Invited: Missions Leaders Gathering in January!

This annual event is for pastors, church staff or volunteers who provide leadership to missions in their church. Connect with others navigating the same decisions you face with missions strategy, funding, promotion, church involvement and volunteer management. The presentations spark great conversation and the interaction with other leaders will sharpen the missions leadership you bring to your EFCA church. Feel free to bring key team members or volunteer leaders along with you! Meals throughout the event are covered by the EFCA while travel and lodging are the responsibility of each participant.


Starts January 8 at 11:30AM and runs through noon on January 10.

Live Oaks Church in Oxford, Florida.


Reach out to Katie.Dudgeon@efca.org with questions or register directly online at: Missions Leaders Network Gathering

2024 EFCA Theology Conference - Feb 7-9, 2024

The EFCA Theology Conference exists to intentionally encourage and equip EFCA pastors and leaders in their personal lives and in their ministries in the local church through biblical and theological education for the sake of the gospel. This year, the theology conference’s theme is “Marriage: God’s Divine Design,” and will feature trusted speakers across several academic disciplines. Registration opens soon. 

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Disability and Special Needs Ministry Webinar

November 9 | 1pm-2:30pm CST

Join the Disability and Special Needs Ministry on November 9 at 1 p.m. CT to learn how to address disability through preaching and teaching. The webinar is free and everyone is welcome to attend.

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EFCA and Training Leaders International

The partnership between EFCA West and Training Leaders International provided a great way to train around 200 pastors and leaders within our Hispanic area congregations from Los Angeles and Phoenix (including Mexicali, Baja California).

TLI Training in Chandler AZ

Six pastors/facilitators from our own churches have been doing three training on Hermeneutics and Preaching for the last two years giving the necessary tools to prepare and preach faithfully from the Scriptures.

TLI Training in Mexicali, BC Mexico

TLI Training in Redlands, CA

Immigrant Hope Santa Barbara - Fundraiser - Nov. 3


It was a great evening of celebrating what is God doing in the immigrant population on the California central coast. 100 people from all different churches and organizations attended. Sarah Douglas (Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist) brought awareness of the increasing number of victims of domestic violence especially in the immigrant community. Also, one of their clients gave her testimony on being a victim of many violent situations in her life and how IHSB brought not only legal solutions but eternal life in Jesus. Visit Immigrant Hope SB to learn more.

Regional Gatherings are a great way to get connected! As you start this fall season of ministry, why not start attending one of our regional gatherings with other leaders who get your world? Get ideas, resources or just come to connect with others facing the same challenges. Find the regional gathering in your area this fall and bring your staff team with you! All Regional Gatherings are open to senior pastors, associate staff, lay leaders and elders.

Arizona (Central & Northern)

Contact: Bob Fox

Arizona (Southern)

Next Meeting: Nov 9 at 9AM

Contact: Dave Collins

Central Coast

Contact: Robert Campbell

Central Coast español

Contact: Alex Rivero

Central Valley

Next Meeting: Nov 14 at 11AM

Contact: Tim Johnson

East Bay (Western District)

Next Meeting:

RSVP to Matt Moore

Inland Empire

Next Meeting: Nov 29 at 10AM

RSVP to Willie Behrends

Los Angeles

Next Meeting: Nov 29 at 10AM

Contact: Jackie Austel

New Mexico (Albuquerque)

Next Meeting: Nov. 15 at 11AM

Contact: Tim Jacobs

Orange County

Next Meeting: Nov 14 at 11:30AM

RSVP to Mike McKay

Riverside/San Bernardino español

Contact: Joel Orozco

Santa Clarita

Next Meeting: Nov. 1 at 10AM

Contact: Steve Jackson


Contact: Bob Osborne


Contact: Scott McKinney


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EFCA Credentials Issued

Andrew Lane - Green Valley Church, San Diego CA


Thank you for giving to EFCA West


To give online: Visit our website at EFCA West.

To give by check please make the check payable to:

EFCA West Partnership Fund , 901 E. 78th St. Minneapolis, MN 55420

*All donations from EFCA West churches will be deposited to the EFCA West Partnership Fund where 1/3 will be allocated to the EFCA National office and 2/3 EFCA West District Ministries.

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