The Council of Directors has been working hard plans for a bright future together. Some hints have been dropped at recent Minister's Gatherings, but coming later this week these recommendations will be put on a ballot to our churches (to be sent via email directly to each Senior Pastor).
FYI, here is your Council of Directors 2015-2016:
Moderator: Mike Jentes Vice Moderator: Terry Daniels
Secretary: Tom Hocking Treasurer: Dale Workman
Members-at-Large: Jeff Patton, Glen Sykes, Ed Waken, and Brian Zuniga
The bulk of work has been in a reconfiguration of what we have known as Ministerium. We are recommending this become a broader and more balanced group called theGrace Leaders Network.
The purpose of this organization shall be to facilitate a relational learning and collaborating network of leaders for the holistic development of churches in harmony with the Grace Brethren Conference of Southern California-Arizona.
It maintains some of the things we have known-- monthly relational gatherings of leaders and dues of only $25 per year, but pushes into a broader and more balanced membership of all church leaders and the leadership of the network has advocates for Equipping, Shepherding, Missional work. We encourage you to check out the Grace Leaders Network Charterfor the details.
Beyond that, the Council of Directors would like to encourage the use of a new streamlined name for our conference of churches -- the Grace Churches Network. This will need to be approved via the vote so we can legally use it as our "Doing Business As" (DBA) name.
Q & A with Council of Directors:
The Council believes in these steps forward, yet wants to help get your questions answered about these recommendations. To that end, we want to provide three forums to answer questions or concerns that you may have:
We are all individually delighted to receive your email or phone calls to interact with you personally!
We are delighted to offer a conference call/online Q & A about Grace Leaders Network Recommendation where representatives of the Council will be present: Tue, May 3, 2016 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM PDT
Please join my meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone. https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/211461653
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We will also designate 15 minutes of the May 10th Ministers Gathering in Boyle Heights to talk about this matter.
Summary of Recommendations
Briefly here are the 4 recommendations from the Council of Directors which will be on our May 2016 Ballot:
1) The approval & use of a Doing Business As (DBA) name for the Grace Brethren Conference of Southern California - Arizona, Inc. as the Grace Churches Network.
2) The removal of the defunct Traditional Church Planting Board Charter from our by-laws.
3) The inclusion of the Grace Leaders Network Charter 2016 as an addition to our by-laws and approve the Grace Leaders Network as a Cooperating Organization in Article V. (d). The Grace Leaders Network would replace The Southern California - Arizona District Ministerium.
4) If #3 is affirmed (the approval of the Grace Leaders Network), then the initial slate of officers would be selected by the Council of Directors of The Conference for the 2016-2017 Grace Leaders Network roles.
SPECIAL NOTE: this ballot is for our CHURCHES, and will go to each Senior Pastor of each of our churches.
If you have special interest in this vote, please make sure you contact your Senior Pastor.