October 2020
Every month, EFCA President Kevin Kompelien highlights stories, vision and leadership from around the EFCA in his monthly e-newsletter, "Partners with the President." This month, Kevin issued a call to unity based on Paul's call to the church in Ephesus in Ephesians 4:1-6.
EFCA West District Conference

Our District Conference is still on the calendar. We're all in need of a time away from the Covid-19 routine to gather together as leaders and members of EFCA West churches to celebrate, collaborate, learn and look to the future together.

Please mark these dates on your calendar and let other leaders in your congregation know as well. 
Something To Talk About
Congregationalism - Friend or Foe?
The Evangelical Free Church defines itself (in part) as “an association and fellowship of autonomous but interdependent congregations of like faith and congregational government” that is focused on obeying the Great Commission to the glory of God. Yet, for some of us, the phrase “congregational government” brings bad thoughts and memories or tales of things gone horribly wrong. 

Is congregationalism friend or foe? This is something to talk about

Bob Osborne
Director of Church Health

Election Night Communion

Wondering what election night will be like? Is there an option to sitting on the couch and watching pundits guess and argue about who the next president and national and local elected officials will be?

During a recent EFCA West regional ministry gathering in Utah, Andrew Camp, spiritual growth pastor at Mountain Life Church in Park City, Utah, shared the following about their experience hosting election night communion:

In 2016, Mountain Life Church hosted an Election Night Communion Service (a grassroots movement across the US), in which we gathered as a church family to remember that what unites us together is of far greater substance than what divides us. As we are all too aware, politics have become even more divisive since 2016. As church leaders, this service provides an opportunity to disciple our people away from the divisiveness of American politics and towards the unity Christ prayed for in John 17. We structured the service around the reading of Scripture, corporate reading of the Lord’s Prayer, as well as guided prayer time, culminating in celebrating communion together. The service lasts no more than an hour.
 
If you would like more information, please contact Andrew Camp at Mountain Life Church: andrew@mountainlife.org.
How to Help the Emotionally Abused
Saturday, October 17
9:30am PDT - 12:00pm PDT
Evangelical Free Church of Diamond Bar and Domestic Kindness are inviting us to a free virtual workshop on How to Help the Emotionally Abused. This workshop brings awareness and understanding about the epidemic of emotional abuse and offers vital information to equip us to help.

To learn more about this workshop and to register please visit their website.
October 19 | 11am PDT
Join fellow EFCA worship leaders for a two-hour virtual gathering to encourage, edify and resource one another around the topic of leading God’s people in Christ-honoring, Holy Spirit-empowered worship.
Hosting a Virtual Global Fingerprints
Orphan Sunday Event - November 8, 2020
Looking for an opportunity for your church to pull together to make a difference in 2020? On Orphan Sunday, November 8, many EFCA churches are promoting child sponsorship through GlobalFingerprints, the child sponsorship program of the EFCA. With our virtual Orphan Sunday package it’s simple. Show a video, encourage your people to respond by text and we’ll tell you how many children you sponsored.
Doctor of Ministry Track:
Growing and Multiplying Churches

This track will give you the tools necessary to spark growth in your church and beyond.

  • Discover new insights to understand and reach people for Christ.
  • Wrestle with what it means to be the church in today’s context.
  • Develop ideas on how to turn around declining churches.
  • Learn how to grow and multiply healthy churches.
  • Explore ways to renew established churches.
  • Examine approaches for planting multi-ethnic churches.
Application deadline: November 1st - For more information click here.
Did you know that the EFCA offers a tool that connects churches to pastoral candidates? EFCA Pastor Search uses a powerful, personalized matching process to connect pastors with churches by comparing candidate profiles with open position throughout the EFCA. If you're seeking placement at an EFCA church or if you're a church seeking to fill ministry positions, this tool is for you. Contact us at efcawest@efca.org. To learn more about Pastor Search please follow this link: Pastor Search

Churches can also post their job opening for free on our EFCA website. To post a church job please follow this link: EFCA Employment
Children's Ministry Director - Solano Community Church, El Cerrito, CA

Pastor/Director of Children's Ministry - Beach Bible Church, Huntington Beach, CA

Director of Discipleship - Solano Community Church, El Cerrito, CA

Director of Finance - Fullerton Free, Fullerton, CA

Executive Pastor - Resonate Church, Fremont, CA

High School Director - Trinity Church, Redlands, CA

Senior Pastor - Church of the Canyons, Santa Clarita, CA

Shepherd of Music - Fullerton Free, Fullerton, CA

Technical Coordinator - Fullerton Free, Fullerton, CA

Various Openings - Southwest Church, Indian Wells, CA

Worship Leader/Social Media Director - Clovis Evangelical Free Church, Clovis, CA

Worship Pastor/Director - Community Bible Church, Folsom, CA
Thank you so much for your faithful giving during this pandemic.
To give online: Visit our website at EFCA West.
To give by check: Please make the check payable to EFCA West, 901 E. 78th St. Minneapolis, MN 55420
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