Pacific Church Network Newsletter
March 2014
   As I write this, two storms are approaching with the potential to bring the biggest rains to Southern California since March of 2011. The first storm could bring 1 inch of rain and the second one a few days later could bring up to 2.5 inches or more in the foothills. That is 3.5 inches of rain. Sand bags line some streets, evacuation centers are prepared. For those reading this in other parts of the country, like where I used to live, you can't wait for the 67 inches of snow (Chicago) or 78 inches (Detroit) to melt. You're wondering, what's the big deal? Well, we just don't get this moisture very often. LA only had 3.6 inches of rain during last year's season running from July 1 to June 30. We need the rain, we want the rain, but we just are not always prepared for the rain. Traffic always seems the worst as well, people driving the same speed in the rain. Slow down. In some ways, churches are similar. We want guests to attend, we need guests to visit and enjoy their time at our church, but sometimes, we just are not always prepared. Is your signage adequate? Bathrooms clean? Friendly greeters at the door? And for those regular drivers through the church, with new people, you will have to expect a few delays due to increased people traffic. 
Looking forward to the rain.
Jim Smith
Executive Director
Pacific Church Network 


 Glen Martin Retires from Journey 
For over 23 years, Glen Martin has been lead pastor at Journey of Faith in Manhattan Beach. Glen had a serious fall in October and took November and December off to recover. After prayerful consideration, Glen decided it would be best to retire at this time. On Sunday, February 9, Dr. Glen announced it would be his last sermon at Journey of Faith. A farewell service was held on February 23. Glen will be on medical leave until May 31 and then will retire from Journey of Faith. Glen's ministry has been influential and wide-reaching. He has written numerous books for pastors and leaders and several have been translated into Indonesian, Chinese and Korean. Glen has served as a speaker and seminar leader for Promise Keepers, INJOY and Man in the Mirror. He also taught at numerous seminaries across the U.S. and around the world. Journey has been a strong supporter of Pacific Church Network's efforts with $16,000 in financial support in 2013. Journey has a preaching team that has led the church during Glen's previous study breaks, speaking engagements and vacations. The team will continue to preach in Glen's absence. Executive Pastor Bill Ingram will continue to manage the daily responsibilities of Journey. We appreciate all that Glen and Nancy have done over their years of ministry and pray for Glen's continued recovery and direction for the next phase of ministry. 
Preaching Training Draws Many
Over 50 pastors and leaders came to hear Harvey Turner and Chad Vegas at Cornerstone Church in West LA on Tuesday, February 25. Preach shorter messages, have one point, preach Christ, focus on Jesus, preach to Christians but also to those unbelievers in your midst as the apostle Paul did, were just a few of the suggestions that were made throughout the 4-hour event. Members of Pacific Church Network and Acts 29 churches were in attendance. Thanks to Cornerstone Church for hosting this event. 
Women's Spring Retreat
In a little over a month, Pacific Church Network's Women's Ministries Retreat at the Murrieta Hot Springs Conference Center will be here: April 11-14. Come enjoy the Hot Springs and a time of spiritual training from Noe'l Robbins. Limited space available. Sign up here.
K-Club Discussing Next Generation
Twice a year, Pacific Church Network provides a lunch for pastors from churches that have over 1,000 in attendance. This past month, we hosted a K-Club meeting with Harvey Turner, who is lead pastor of Living Stones Church in Reno--attendance of about 3,000, with 4 campuses. The average age of Living Stones attenders is 27. How do they reach the younger generation? The group had a chance to ask this qustion and a number of others. Harvey gave several examples and suggestions on what they did, such as hire a young staff who is seen up front  and preach Jesus. He explained that he has found the younger generation doesn't know Jesus, but they respond to hearing about him and his teachings. Always bring it back to Jesus.
Olympic Gold Alternative Lifestyle? 
In a headline that is almost surreal, reported that 
"David Wise's alternative lifestyle leads to Olympic gold." What radical circumstances in the Olympian's life led to this distinction? Wise is 23, married, with a two-year old daughter. "At such a young age, Wise has the lifestyle of an adult," the article goes on to say. "He also attends church regularly and says he could see himself becoming a pastor a little later down the road." "David is one of those rare people with intellect, ability and personality,"  said John McKendricks, the Wises' pastor at Valley View Christian Fellowship in South Reno. "David likes to be an example. He's a nurturer." But David still has fun leading his church's youth group of 30 young people with his wife Lexi." How astonishing that the type of loving family that built this country would suddenly be dubbed an "alternative lifestyle!"
Successful Spanish Training
On Saturday, February 22, over 20 church leaders from our Spanish-speaking congregations came to hear Pastor Gerardo Zavala speak on improving communication skills when sharing the Word of God. The training was greatly appreciated, and one pastor said it made him think differently in a positive way. Very helpful. This was a free event provided by Pacific Church Network and held at San Antonio Heights Community Church in Upland, CA. The church not only hosted this event, but is the location of our Pacific Church Network offices.
Creative Lessons on Love
Cornerstone West LA hosted a Valentine's Banquet. The event started with a fun "Newlywed Games." Then, following dinner and before dessert, they had a few couples discuss how they handle topics like conflict, business, sexual issues and more. The couples and questions were handpicked before the banquet, and the couples were given four minutes each to share their answers. Over 150 people came to the event. Cornerstone is following up this banquet with their "Understanding Sex Conference" on March 1. 
New Pregnancy Center Director

On January 27, the Fallbrook Pregnancy Resource Center welcomed a new executive director, Carolyn Koole. Carolyn and her husband recently moved to Temecula from Grand Rapids, Michigan where she held the position of executive director of the Alpha Women's Center for seven years. She is married to Dr. Richard Koole, the new senior pastor at Fallbrook First Baptist Church, and the couple has five children and six grandchildren. The center's mission is to provide help for those in pregnancy related crises and life-affirming care for the unborn. Carolyn Koole was formally introduced to the community at the Fallbrook Pregnancy Resource Center's annual fundraising banquet on February 22 at Zion Lutheran Church.

Pacific Church Numbers Grow
We are now financially supporting six church plants: Mission 316, Seed, Tradewind Communities, CityLights, Soma and Uptown Whittier. At least 22 people have been baptized recently through our church plants. We pray for more. This takes a financial commitment from all of our network churches to continue to support our ever-growing new churches. In 2014, Pacific Church Network is asking all those churches who have been with CB Southern California to recommit to the new network. We are asking for three commitments: agree to our statement of faith, agree to financially support our network with a significant monthly gift, and agree to actively attempt to participate in the network.  Check out those who have already signed their new covenant. We're excited about our future. Please sign the covenant and send it to the Pacific Church Network office. 
High Desert Sunrise Church Growth
In October 2012, Sunrise High Desert was planted in Victorville, CA. They now have about 350 people regularly attending the church. Recently, campus pastor Art Lucero underwent surgery and was out for 5 weeks. But he has recovered and is doing well. The church has services in Spanish and English, and they are looking forward to continued growth. 
Young People Getting Saved
In December, Derek Greenhalgh became the new pastor of First Baptist Church in Sun City. Soon afterward, he had the opportunity to organized and attend a winter retreat up at Thousand Pines Camp. Not only did a strong number of teens attend, but 5 students acknowledged Jesus as their Lord and Savior during the retreat. The youth and church ministry is growing. 
WorldVenture Hosts Luncheon

jeff world ventureCome get a free lunch! WorldVenture's President, Jeff Denlinger, will be in town on March 12 and would like to get some time interacting with pastors from around the LA/OC area. JJ Harling, the SW Regional Mission Director, and Jeff will be hosting a lunch at Calvary Baptist Huntington Beach on the 12th at noon. Jeff will share a bit about how a deep embrace of the power of the Gospel will ultimately result in a radical shift in what "missions" looks like, and in who can get engaged in it. Come to lunch to hear more and get to know Jeff!


RSVP and further details at the following link: or contact JJ Harling directly at



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Jim Smith
Pacific Church Network / CB Southern California

Compassion Sunday is a special, annual event that draws the attention of the Church to the needs of the world's poorest children.

This is your opportunity to share your heart for the poor with those who could help change their lives forever.

We anticipate that 15,000 children will find hope and begin a new life on this very special day.

The official date for this year's Compassion Sunday is May 4, 2014 (but you can choose any date that best suits your church).

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Told with the scope and scale of an action epic, the film features powerful performances, exotic locales, dazzling visual effects and a rich orchestral score from Oscar-winner Hans Zimmer.  


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