God has blessed my life with a beautiful family, and of course, my wife is my greatest treasure. After years of studying with Tozer Seminar, my beloved wife and three other Hispanic women from the Central Pacific District have obtained their CPD license. Now Teresa Barrera, Lilia Ramirez, Cathy Sanchez and Nubia Castro are accredited to work in the Christian and Missionary Alliance Women and Children Ministries.
I want to personally invite you to this year’s PREACHERS, School of Story, Voice & Culture. In my own preaching journey, I’ve realized how helpful and healthy it’s been to surround myself with other preachers. Preaching can be lonely and the truth is, we are much stronger together. So we decided to host a gathering to bring strength, friendship and courage to a family of PREACHERS. We’ve invited some of our friends and world class communicators to help us make this happen. If you’re ready to grow your preaching gift and strengthen your preaching voice, join us this November! Thirty students, three days, on purpose.
A Prayer for our time together at Encounter 2019
"Hope is Rising"
As Encounter 2019 approaches, we are praying this prayer for our time together- Join us!
Join us in praying and join us in person on February 25-27 in Chico for our Central Pacific District Conference.
Father, there is no one like you. And we ask that as we gather together for Encounter 2019, we would dream the dreams that are on your heart. That as a family, we would ask what would it look like to represent our Father to a world in the midst of tragedy. That we would see that we are not alone but that there are brothers and sisters around us who also long to see you known in this world. And that we would be able to declare together that hope is rising.
Here's our DexCom leaders answering the question, "Why are you excited about Encounter?"
Encounter is one of my favorite times of the year, as I get to step out of church and ministry context to connect with friends over times of worship, hearing from amazing speakers, but most importantly, having meaningful conversations that feed my heart and my soul.
It’s time for the church to reclaim her voice in the world. –Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Hey pastors and friends!
I want to personally invite you to our upcoming Preachers School in Redding, CA, this coming November. Twenty five students. Three days. One purpose. To strengthen our preaching voice, to refine our theology, to fuel our creativity, and together, to tell and retell the story of God in the most redemptive ways possible.
At the heart of this course is the conviction that preaching still matters. In an age of opinions, confusion and skepticism, perhaps preaching has never mattered more. God is raising up voices on the earth, each one unique and vital to the church and the world. They will preach the gospel, stir the hearts, equip the body, and help the church transition from old failing paradigms to engage God’s future kingdom. The redemptive story of God is unfolding on the earth like never before, and if we get a group of us in the same room to listen, dream and explore, who knows what will happen.
Beyond the experience, our desire is to cultivate a family of preachers. Too often, we as leaders become isolated in our own ministry worlds, limiting our influence by our own choice. Yet, Preachers is an opportunity to lock arms with others, gaining access to a family of voices in today’s church and culture. We are always stronger together.
For those called to lead and preach, consider joining us this coming November 5th-8th. We are offering Half Off Scholarships worth $375 for all pastors, church planters, or emerging leaders within the CPD. For more information, see below or visit our event page.
Next Generation Leadership
Wayne Hoag was the pastor of Truckee, CA for about 26 years until he handed over the reigns to his associate Jesse Richardson. He continues to serve the church he has loved and lead for years. He is also an author - one of his books, "The One Another Project " is on my shelf. He writes an excellent tribute to Billy Graham that you will not want to miss.
I always appreciate what Keith Webb has to say - especially since such a large part of the culture of our district has been encouraged by him and his training - that area of coaching. And while I like to keep up on what he writes, there are those times when he is especially pertinent - and this is one of those times as he talks about this issue of vulnerability.
Regardless if you have staff or not, you have volunteers and leaders that you work with. How you treat them and manage them goes a long ways to answering the question, “What is the difference between a good pastor boss and a bad pastor boss?”
One would think a large church with multiple Staff Pastors would be a great place to find Pastors who are willing to lead in another church. Last year I read an article that proved this statement to be incorrect.
Rick Warren does a good job of pointing out that while there are a lot of risks we need to take as pastors and church workers, one of the risks we need to take most is the risk to be vulnerable. None of us are perfect, and when we risk being vulnerable with others, we give them permission not to be perfect either. I believe a culture of humility is one of the more important cultures we cultivate in our own communities. I was recently part of a board (not mine), where it was acknowledged that there was a serious lack of trust between levels in the organization. Maybe this attribute has something to do with that.