November 2018
Volume 18, Issue 11
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Church Planter Spotlight: Byron and Christine Jung
Byron and Christine Jung are stepping out in faith to become the latest church planting residents at  Nova Community Church in Torrance, CA. Married for 17 years with two school-age children, Samantha and Asher, the Jungs are ready to take the gospel to people in the South Bay who haven't heard. Byron is a graduate of both Talbot School of Theology and UCLA, and after spending several decades in youth ministry and other pastoral roles, he and Christine want to see a movement of new churches in an area they've grown to love. It's exciting to see Nova invest in future leaders and think outside of their four walls . If you know someone who is interested in church planting, let us know. Email Tim Jacobs at tim.jacobs@efca.org and check out our site www.reachwest.net .
Xochitl Cachon: Administrative Assistant for EFCA West
Meet EFCA West’s new administrative assistant Xochitl (pronounced “Sochee”) Cachon. She is located at the EFCA national office in Minneapolis. You can reach her at Xochitl.Cachon@efca.org, 952.853.1755 (office) or 763.923.1970 (mobile). Xochitl is married to Pablo, pastor of Latino Ministries at New Hope Church in New Hope, MN ( newhopechurchmn.org/latinos). They have three sons, Joshua (19), Aaron (16) and Michael (16). Xochitl was born in Mexico and raised in Southern California. Pablo and Xochitl have served in the EFCA since 2002 and have lived in Maple Grove, MN, since 2013.

Conozca al nuevo asistente administrativo de EFCA West , Xochitl Cachon. Ella está ubicada en la oficina nacional de EFCA en Minneapolis. Puede comunicarse con ella en Xochitl.cachon@efca.org , 952.853.1755 (oficina) o 763.923.1970 (móvil). Xochitl está casada con Pablo, pastor del Ministerio Latino en la Iglesia New Hope en New Hope, MN ( newhopechurchmn.org/latinos ). Tienen tres hijos, Joshua (19), Aaron (16) y Michael (16). Ella nació en México y se creó en el sur de California. Pablo y Xochitl han servido en la EFCA desde 2002 y han vivido en Maple Grove, MN, desde 2013.
Something to Talk About: Collateral Damage
"Throughout my career in policing, I had to be concerned about collateral damage.  Collateral damage is harm done to someone or something because of action taken to accomplish something else . It is often unintentional, but oftentimes predictable." In this month's Something to Talk About , Bob Osborne highlights the often unintentional, but oftentimes predictable, collateral damage that happens to ministry families.
Small
Eric Geiger, now the senior Pastor at Mariner's Church in Southern California, volunteered recently in the children's ministry on a Sunday he was not preaching. From that experience Eric shares four reasons why pastoral staff should periodically volunteer to help in the children's ministry. " I am so thankful for those who serve in kid’s ministry each week. They make a massive impact on children and their families, and I wanted to be a part of their great work. If the Lord did not have me preaching in 'big church' most weekends, I would be serving in kids ministry or student ministry."
Slowing Down "to Be"
"Most of us are chronically overextended , doing more activity for God than our relationship with God can sustain. The notion of a slowed-down spirituality — ​or slowed-down leadership — ​in which our doing for Jesus flows out of our being with Jesus  is more of a dream than a lived experience." Pete Scazzero 's podcast examines the importance of our "doing for Jesus" being a result of our "being with Jesus."
Thoughts About Unknown Heroes
Chuck Lawless addressed Ten Thoughts About Some Unknown Heroes , i.e. pastors of churches of 100 or less, which, by the way, is the average size in North America. Some of the thoughts include: " They often pastor not only their church, but also their community," and "Some are trying to balance church, family, a job, their education and their community."
Single-Minded: How to Love Your Single Friends
"The story that I am living is very different than the one I would have penned. I can honestly say that the story God wanted to write for me has exceeded every expectation I could have for my life. However, living as a 'prolonged single adult' in a Christian world that often idolizes marriage and family can sometimes be a lonely place ." In her blog entry on Intersect , Sara Beth Fentress writes as a single to her married brothers and sisters in the church about some very practical ways they can show love to those who are single.
Forgiveness
Let Your Church Hear You Sing
In an article on Southern Equip , Matt Merker writes, ..." if we’re not careful, the individualistic tendencies in our hearts can lead to a 'me and God' approach to worship through song. We close our eyes, meditate on the words, and sing along softly with the band — all the while missing out on one of the hallmarks of congregational singing: the ministry of the family of God to one another... Do you love the members of your church enough to minister to them through song? " Matt offers four suggestions to help ministry staff model and apply the injunctions regarding worship.
Hymns
 You Don’t Just Need Community; You Need Friends
In a recent blog, Chris Surratt writes, "If the church is going to intentionally disciple men who will be world changers, we have to understand and tap into this concept of doing life with friends . Our Sunday morning service is not going to get it done on its own. This is a community that is most likely shifting and changing... Our small groups are not going to get it done on their own either. While that larger community of 12-16 people is important, it doesn’t have the ability to reach beyond the surface to the heart of what we need as men. What’s going to do it is a movement of friends ."
Huddle
Something to Think About
"In his memoir, The Pastor , Eugene Peterson recounts his realization that his ministry was infected with 'the messianic virus.' He had become host to the diseased idea that he was to be the savior of his people by attending to every single one of their needs rather than helping them to be attentive to what God was doing in their lives." -- David Gibson in Living Life Backward: How Ecclesiastes Teaches Us to Live in Light of the End
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