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TOMORROW March 12th:
A Worship Conversation 

Jesus said "a time has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.” 

So we will have this be our main topic of the March Gathering-  a worship conversation with two of our very own accomplished worship leaders: 

Justin leads worship at each of the three Sunday morning services at Grace Community Church in Seal Beach

She is on staff of Grace Long Beach after serving as the Worship Director for about 14 years before stepping into an Executive role a few years ago. 

In preparation for this conversation, Justin and Beth know there are many issues that arise in the pastor/worship/worship leader relationship. In order to speak more specifically to the realities faced by ministry leaders on a daily basis, we'd love to hear about the things that you struggle with, or have questions about, or topics you'd like to see addressed at our upcoming gathering: please fill out this anonymous feedback form

Grace Leaders Network Gathering
Tuesday March 12
10 AM - Lunch 
@ Grace Long Beach 
3601 Linden Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90807

Get involved now! 

Our Network wants to get behind providing opportunities for our regional leaders to connect with other leaders in their sphere of ministry. Our Fellowship has been doing this type of thing with its annual Access Conferences the last couple of years. Some that we have outlined are:
·     Spanish-speaking leaders  
·     Children’s ministry leaders - infants through elementary
·     Youth ministry leaders - middle school & high school ministry
·     Worship leaders 
·     Administration leaders - office managers & administrative leaders
·     Christian School leaders - (administrators, teachers)
·     Women’s Ministry leaders 
If you are interested in connecting with a cohort of leaders in your ministry sphere, please contact Shepherding Advocate Bob Wriedt about your interest!  

April Leaders Gathering  

One of the hidden gems in our Network is a small but mighty church in southwest Riverside County called New Hope Community Church. Planted a couple of decades ago by Chris & Jan Suitt, it has a variety of unique outreaches and opportunities to spur us on as leaders. For our April 9th Grace Leaders Network gathering we will have the chance to learn about two of these items:

Hope Learning Academy1) The Hope Learning Academy - an "at-risk" private school. More than just a private school, and definitely not just "a program", it is a holistic approach to real change for teens and their families. Whether the issue is teen pregnancy, apathy, drug use, anger, or any other at-risk behavior...there is hope! Paul Krueger founded this school and will share with us about the ministry.

2) Insights from Israel - In addition to leadership at New Hope Church, Chris Suitt leads tours with Hope For Israel and this month (March 2019) will be in Israel again. We've asked Chris to share with us some insights that will help us as shepherds to our ministries here in SoCal.

May Gathering on Pornography 

Tuesday May 14, we will have our Grace Leaders Network gathering on the topic of pornography.  Most people struggle with this issue, and we need to talk about it together. We have 2 special guest who will be helping us wrestle through this together. We hope you'll put this on your calendar now: 10am on 5/14 at Grace Community Church in Seal Beach, CA.



Access2019 is July 23-25, 2019 in Auburn, California. 

Phil and Ruth Sparling and Auburn Grace Community Church invite you and your church staff to ACCESS others doing ministry like you PLUS an amazing family vacation opportunity!

Auburn is near Lake Tahoe, San Francisco and not far from Yosemite National Park. Plan to come!
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Grace Churches Network Taking Applications! 

Our Grace Churches Network is ready for new churches to join our network!  You can find our application and details on our website at

Grace Leaders Network Dates for the coming year:

Tues. March 12
Grace Leaders Network Gathering
A Worship Conversation with Justin Fox & Beth Balmer
10 AM - Lunch 
@ Grace Long Beach

Tues. April 9
Grace Leaders Network Gathering
Israel Insight & At Risk School
10 AM - Lunch 
@ New Hope Canyon Lake

Tues. May 14
Grace Leaders Network Gathering
10 AM - Lunch 
@ Grace Community Seal Beach

Membership to the Grace Leaders Network is open to all church and ministry leaders in harmony with the Grace Churches Network. For only $25 annually you can support our network to bless you and other regional leaders. 

Your 2019-2020 annual dues are due on May 1, 2019, we have an online way for you to do so via credit card or you are welcome to send a check to “Grace Leaders Network,” Attn: Mike Jentes, E. 6565 Stearns St., Long Beach, CA 90815.

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