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Making Disciples in a Smaller Church

While we often read and hear stories of the big companies and larger churches in our communities, statistics reflect that the significant majority of businesses (99 percent in fact) and churches are small. Blessing of being Small Perhaps there is something to be said...

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Creating a Culture That Heals

I was recently invited to a country club for lunch. When I arrived, I couldn’t help but notice the placard prominently placed on the front door: ​“Dress code strictly enforced.”​ Good thing I was dressed for the occasion! This reminded me of story my friend shared....

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Multivocational Ministry in a Changing World

Jim gets up every morning, grabs his cup of coffee and heads off to his job at Proctor and Gamble. He’s been working on the production line for years and makes just enough money to get by. But when Jim gets home from a long day at Proctor and Gamble his work is not...

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News & Announcements // 9-2018

GOSPEL ALLIANCE GATHERING Join the Gospel Alliance for its second conference-style gathering on Tuesday, October 9, 2018 and Wednesday, October 10 2018 at Faith Church in Dyer, Indiana. This collaborative gathering will include chalk talks, prayer, scripture...

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CENTRAL CA CLASSIS APOSTOLIC REGIONAL MISSIONARY

A huge advantage to being connected with other Classes is having the opportunity to learn from one another. In this post, we would like to feature the work of Martin Mora as the new Central California Classis Apostolic Regional Missionary (ARM), who has been given the...

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FACING THE STORM

By Eric Carpenter The storm is not coming. It is here! Compare the RCA to a fleet of ships, the various classes. The current LGBTQ issues toss us in a great sea-roiling tempest. The eye of the storm has pulled us in.  The fleet slowly circles−crippled. Some already...

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When Helping Hurts

By Brian Fikkert and Steve Corbett Missional Markers: Transforming Communities with Ministries of Compassion, Mercy, and Justice Global Perspective and Engagement, Fruitful Organizational Structures, Culture of Godly Leadership, and Sacrificial and Generous Living and...

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ARE ALL THE GIFTS AND PROPHETIC MINISTRY FOR TODAY?

By Eric Carpenter It was a bright and sunny day. A middle-aged woman had wandered into our Sunday worship. As I was greeting people after the service, she came up and introduced herself. “Hi! I’m Joy and I have an important question for you.” She began haltingly. “A...

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DISPUTABLE MATTERS?

Note: The following article gives some background to City Classis’ recently approved Framework of Life Together (Link to Framework).  Bill White (City Classis) is a planting pastor of City Church Long Beach.  Here is one discussion on “Disputable Matters”.  City...

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THE COUNCIL OF SYNOD EXECUTIVES

COSE (Council of Synod Executives) met at a cozy Beach House in San Juan Capistrano (Jan 29-Feb 1).  We invited Trisha Taylor and Jim Herrington as facilitators who have worked extensively with the RCA’s Ridder initiative and Faith Walking.  They provided a path and...

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