Dr. Bryan F. Hurlbutt’s e-book, “Cohort”, introduces the disciple-making strategy of using cohorts that are “intensive, structured and gender based.” Dr. Hurlbutt defines the cohort approach (biblically and practically), by explaining the character of the groups, the “four buckets” of curriculum that are drawn from, and what cohort leadership entails.


"Good Intentions Checklists for Church Boards"

by Bob Osborne

In this month's article, Bob Osborne suggests that there are some strategies employed by the airline industry that could help church leaders more effectively accomplish the things they intend to do but might otherwise forget. Whether in routine operations or when things are going terribly wrong, there are some tools that can help us pull through.

Something to Talk About

Learn more about All People Initiative programs through these webinars that deliver a useful resource for your church. From helping immigrants to community development to special needs, these webinars will teach you what the All People Initiative offers and how your church can take the next step.


Church-based Community Development Cohort

July 11, August 8, September 12

While aspirations are often high for reaching our communities, developing pathways to do so can be quite challenging. This cohort is made available to all aspirants to collaborate next steps and best practices. Hosted by Ruth Evans and Glen Schrieber, three zoom gatherings at 2 pm central

July 11 Zoom Link


A friend of EFCA West has made a wonderful offer to 100 of our pastors. This friend is offering free sets of the series of manuals entitled “For Churches in Transition” by Dr. Dennis Baker, Dr. David C. Fisher and Dr. John Vawter. Dennis formerly served EFCA West as Director of Placement and Pastoral Care. David and John have their MDiv degrees from TEDS and both served as EFCA pastors.

Manual 1: “Church Board Training Manual” discusses and explains “The Ten Core Essentials of Board Life.” 

Manual 2: “Unhealthy Church Boards” discusses and explains “Twelve Unhealthy Board Scenarios And The Strategy to Change Them.” 

Manual 3: “Transforming Church Boards” discusses and explains “The Ten Steps to Mature A Church Board.”

To receive a copy of these manuals please follow this link: IPM Manuals


Pastor Bob Kandels is the new Sr. Pastor at Groveland Evangelical Free Church. He and his wife Kelly moved to Groveland CA from Minneapolis, MN where he served as Senior Pastor. Please send him a quick "hello" via email: Bob Kandels

Pray for Challenge

July 3-7, 2022

Challenge, the EFCA's biennial student ministry conference, will host over three thousand students on July 3-7 in Kansas City, Missouri. Please pray that the conference inspires students to live on mission with Jesus every day, everywhere and with everyone. Pray that staff and volunteers would faithfully pursue this mission as they serve students. Follow the conference on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter with #CHALLENGE.

Receive practical tools for you to build healthy, thriving ministries.

A conference for pastors and church leaders. With keynotes and breakout sessions, your team will gain inspiration and practical tools to help take your ministry to the next level. Bring your entire team to North Coast Church, located in the greater San Diego area, for foundational leadership content and essential team building opportunities. EFCA churches receive a 20% registration discount! Discount Code: EFCA

Conference Website


New Doctor of Ministry Cohort begins January 2023. The Goal: To see churches thrive and reproduce. This track will give you the tools necessary to spark growth in your church and beyond. To apply or for more information please follow the link below. 

A great opportunity for pastors and leaders to enjoy a time of
fellowship and encouragement
Arizona (Central & Northern)

Arizona (Southern)

Central Coast

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Central Valley

Inland Empire
Los Angeles

Orange County

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Santa Clarita


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Children's Pastor

Chinese EFC of LA, Monterey Park, CA

Children's Ministry Director

Hope Church, Albuquerque, NM

Cantonese Ministry Pastor

Arise Church, Fremont, CA

Director of Students and Music

Felton Bible Church, Felton, CA

Executive Pastor

Grace Church of Sahuarita, Sahuarita, AZ

Lead Pastor

Hope Church, Albuquerque, NM

Media Coordinator

Hill Country Community Church, Lakeside, CA


Sonoita Hills Community Church, Elgin, AZ

Senior Pastor

Chinese EFC of LA, Monterey Park, CA

Youth Pastor

Journey Evangelical Church, Westminster, CA

Youth & Family Pastor

Chapel City Church, Camarillo, CA

Worship Director

Oceanside Christian Fellowship, El Segundo, CA

Worship Director/Pastor

Shoreline Community Church, Santa Barbara, CA

Worship Pastor

Faith Church, Rio Rancho, NM

Worship Pastor

Hillside Church, San Jose, CA

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