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September  2016
Vol 16, Issue 9

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STORYLINE:  Twain Harte Bible Church Making the Move
As a result of approximately five years of steadily increasing attendance, Twain Harte Bible Church has outgrown its current facility. After several years of work and planning, the church has made the big move. Members and church leaders worked all summer to prep the new church building, the previous Black Oak School campus in Twain Harte, CA.   Sunday, August 14th, was the final service at the former location . Many guests were in attendance, including three former pastors, one of whom was the founding pastor. It was a great celebration of God's faithfulness over many years.  Just one week later the first service was held at the new site with over 300 in attendance.  For more background on this story of growth, click here.
EFCA West Youth Pastors Gathering
Jared Burke of Christ Community Church in Laguna Hills, CA, is coordinating another gathering for those who work with youth.  The gathering will be Monday, September 12, from 11:30 am to 1 pm at First Evangelical Free Church in Fullerton, 2801 Brea Blvd. Lunch is provided. RSVP PastorJared@ccclh.org.
EFCA History, Theology and Polity Seminar
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Once again Greg Strand, EFCA  Director of Biblical Theology and Credentialing, will be teaching the EFCA History, Theology and Polity Seminar at Talbot Seminary  in La Mirada, CA . The seminar begins on Friday, October 28, at 7:30 pm and concludes on Saturday, October 29, at 5 pm.  This seminar is helpful for those who want to understand EFCA better and is required for those pursuing credentialing with EFCA.  Click here for all the details.  The seminar is FREE.  The registration deadline is Monday, October 17.
Mosaix Multi-Ethnic Church Conference
This year's Mosaix Multi-Ethnic Church Conference in Dallas, TX, will include a pre-conference on November 1, hosted by the EFCA All People Initiative and President Kevin Kompelien. The pre-conference will be from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. The conference begins November 1 at 6:45 pm with a Kick-off Worship Service and concludes November 3. Click here for more information and to register for the conference.
Shepherding and Rocket Science
" There is much debate these days about the definitions and metrics of making disciples. What is a disciple of Jesus? How do we make more of them? How do we make more of them which make more of them? When does addition of disciples break through to the multiplication of disciples? How intentional and strategic do we have to be? Do we use curricula and programs or simply wing it and live life together? I find myself in the thick of concern about this topic, and will continue to wrestle with these questions. But in the meantime..."  To read Steve Highfill's entire article, click here .
EFCA Podcast:  Dr. Graham Cole on "Think Biblically, Preach Systematically"
On this episode of the podcast, we share a conference message by Dr. Graham Cole entitled, " Think Biblically, Preach Systematically." In this message, Dr. Cole helps us understand our preaching and teaching in light of the relationship between Biblical Theology, which focuses on understanding the meaning of the text,  and Systematic Theology, which helps us understand (in organized categories) what we should believe and how we should live.  The EFCA Theology Podcast is hosted by Brian Farone, EFCA West Director of Biblical Theology and Credentialing. You can  subscribe by email here.
Something to Talk About:  Never Leave Baby Unattended
"'Never Leave Baby Unattended.' The tag is intended to minimize liability on the part of clothing, toy, and furniture manufacturers..., but there is an element of truth to the warning. Really bad things can happen to our baby if we do not pay attention. And that got me to wondering: Are there some things in our churches that we leaders should never leave unattended?"  Read the rest of Bob's musings by clicking here.
Missions Strategy Development
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"Doing good is imperative.  Doing everything is impossible."--Dr. J. Grant Howard.  In light of this truth, one of the things churches, mission committees and missions pastors struggle through is how to allocate resources of money, time and energy.   Craig McClun Missions Network Director with EFCA ReachGlobal,  will be in California from January to early February in 2017. He would love to serve your church in its missions/outreach ministry. Contact craig.mcclun@efca.org for a visit and details. Check out "Crafting Your Missions Strategy" for an overview. 
Your Phone Is Changing You
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Recently Tony Reinke wrote an article for Desiring God entitled Six Ways Your Phone Is Changing You.  Tony interviewed  Dr. Douglas Groothuis, Professor of Philosophy at Denver Seminary, who pointed to six areas of concern for Christians and for the culture in general.  The article is a healthy challenge to an unexamined, unreflective use of technology.
Four Unhealthy Commandments of Church Leadership
Pete Scazzero has highlighted four unspoken, unhealthy beliefs that are common in the world of church leadership.  Most of these are assumed and those who hold them would deny them if they were confronted on them. Read Four Unhealthy Commandments of Church Leadership and discuss it with someone you trust to tell you the truth.
Reasons Some Churches Struggle to Empower Younger Leaders
In his article " Three Reasons Some Churches Struggle to Empower Younger Leaders," Eric Geiger highlights the common reasons why churches who "i ntuitively...know that their churches must empower younger leaders... struggle to hand significant responsibility to younger leaders, to empower younger leaders to launch new initiatives, and to joyfully allow themselves to be led by a new generation."
Some Reasons to Consider NOT Requiring Office Hours for Ministerial Staff
Local church ministry has changed since the 1950's when pastors and staff were often found in the church office.  Sam Rainier suggests  Seven Reasons to Consider Not Requiring Office Hours for Ministerial Staff.  These include such things as creating a culture of going, having fewer walk-ins, and the danger of staff isolating themselves from the world.
In a recent article in Harvard Business Review, William Treseder pointed to two things that kill focus ( constant distraction from connected devices and meetings as the default form of interaction with co-workers) and suggests five daily practices to address these two distractions.   The Two Things Killing Your Ability to Focus is helpful for all leaders to identify things that can be changed in their work/ministry situation.
Discount at La Quinta for EFCA 
La Quinta Inns and Suites are offering a 12% discount for those who are connected with EFCA.  There are several ways to access this discount:
  • If you prefer to call the hotel directly, just mention you are with EFCA.
  • If you call La Quinta Central Reservations at 800-531-5900, mention you are with EFCA.
  • Visit www.lq.com and put GIVEFCA7 in the promotional/corporate rate code and click FIND.  Under the column labeled Standard Rates From, click on the link that says "CHECK GIVEFCA7 RATES NOW."  You will see your discounted rates under EFCA.  This code is recognized online only.
Something to Think About
"Leaders don't inflict pain, they share pain." --Max Depree
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