FAR WEST REGION

ARTICLES AND UPDATES

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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FAR WEST FOLLOWS JESUS AND PAUL TO EARLY CHURCH SITES

Judea…Samaria…and to the ends of the earth! OCTOBER 10-24 The Executive Team of the Far West Region is sponsoring a trip to Israel and Turkey.  We thought it would be a meaningful trip for many of those in the region that have wanted to go but would like to go with a...

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APOSTOLIC MINISTRY FOR TODAY?

A number of years ago I was at a retreat for pastors, and one of my mentors started using the language of “Apostolic ministry” and “Prophetic ministry” and “5-Fold ministry”.  He was making a compelling argument that in terms of ministry, that much of the Church is...

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INNOVATIVE MULTIPLICATION

The following is a story of Church Planting/Multiplication in the California Central Valley. We hope this story of growth and innovation encourages and inspires you.  To my laborers in Christ in the RCA: I wanted to take a few lines to just share our Pipeline Church...

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FREE CHURCH FINANCE RESOURCE

Friends, The RCA has received a grant from the Lilly Endowment for financial challenges facing pastoral leaders.  Ken Eriks is the project director and Irene Assink provides administrative support.   As part of that grant, the RCA has benefited from partnerships with...

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A MULTICULTURAL STORY

There is a lot of buzz in church circles these days about how important it is for local congregations to look like their community and to become more diverse, both culturally and racially.  Some congregations are modeling this value, and others are moving in this...

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SPEED OF THE LEADER, SPEED OF THE TEAM

One mentor used to tell me, “Speed of the leader, speed of the team.” As I reflect on my leadership over the years, that has proven true in both positive and negative ways. On one hand, when a leader develops, grows and matures, members of the team are inspired and...

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PERSONAL REFLECTIONS 2017

My Friends, co-Laborers, and Fellow Citizens of the Kingdom… It is again that time of the year for me where reflection and self-examination come more to the forefront of my thoughts.  Entering Thanksgiving requires patient listening to my soul and spirit to what is...

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