to May 3

The Bonfire - Chicago

Come and join those who have journeyed together in first four rounds, as well as others who have been on this missional/formational journey, as we gather for two days to encourage one another, tell stories, and learn more about who God is and how He is at work in the world.

At these events we will be taught by key authors and practitioners, as well as working together to create an excitement around what god is doing in our conference.

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to May 3

BLUE OCEAN - Gathering 3 Living as a Faithful Presence

Chicago, IL

In this event, we visit with David Fitch as his church near Chicago.  David will help us learn what it means for us, as God's people, to reflect the image and presence of Christ in the context of our current culture.  There is an emphasis on participating in spiritual practices as a community, where we learn to identify the presence of God in the midst of our neighborhoods.

("The Bonfire" follows in Chicago, May 1-3, 2019)

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to Feb 27

BLUE OCEAN - Gathering 2 of 3

The Formation of God's People - Sacramento, February 25-27, 2019

This second week will be at a retreat center as we focus on being shaped into the image of Christ.  We will pay attention to the process of how Christ is formed in us, both as individuals and as a community of faith.  Being at the retreat center allows us to have times of silence and solitude, as well as to be taught and led by others who have walked this journey ahead of us.

(Third gathering will be in Chicago, April 30-May 1, 2019)

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11:00 AM11:00

Student Leader Connection Lunch


TOPIC: Student Anxiety - identifying and applying appropriate coping skills

  • Description: We all have anxiety because we all have fears.  Your students will be stronger when they know how to identify the fear and apply appropriate coping skills - the main one being our faith.

  • Alison McGregor will be leading this conversation. 

RSVP by 11/6/18

More info…click here

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to Nov 13


If you are planning on attending please contact Rick for registration code and more information about hotel accommodations (Holiday Inn Express ^ Suites - Santa Clara).

Excel Leadership Network's EXCELLERATE two-day event is set for November 12-13th in San Jose, California. The event starts on Mondy, November 12th at 12 pm, and continues to Tuesday, November 13th at noon. You will experience some great training and practical help for your ministry. Our top leaders and coaches will be there for one-on-one and small group coaching sessions. You will also be encouraged as you share with and pray for one another. Plus, we'll be attending the San Francisco 49ers/New York Giants game at Levi's Stadium! Great speakers are lined up, it should be an excellent time! We hope to see you there! 

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to Oct 17

BLUE OCEAN - Gathering 1 of 3

Fourth round of Blue Ocean will meet for three events:


Gathering 1 - Missional Theology and Ecclesiology - Vancouver, Canada

This first week aims at understanding God's missionary nature.  Throughout scripture, God sends His word and His people as He seeks to redeem all things.  There are many implications for the way in which we, as a sent people, live together to bear witness to God.  In this week, we will focus on creating a sense of team and common journey together, as well as encountering a couple of churches who are developing local and international missionaries.

Gathering 2 - The Formation of God's People - Sacramento, February 25-27, 2019

Gathering 3 - Living as a Faithful Presence - Chicago, April 30-May 2, 2019


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NorCal Annual Celebration 2018 (starts with breakfast)
9:00 AM09:00

NorCal Annual Celebration 2018 (starts with breakfast)

Presenter: Greg Henson

TOPIC: Leadership Development Across Generations

Description: According to a study conducted by Deloitte, Millennials will make up 75% of the global workforce by 2025. In short, Millennials are already a dominant force in society. That sparks at least few questions: How is the church responding? What do we need to learn in order to embrace rather than push against this tide? The question that most resonates with me is, What does leadership development look like given this reality? To address these and any other questions that may arise, we must first listen to and celebrate the generations within a local church. Let's begin that task together. In our time together, we will consider some of the things churches may need to be aware of as they design a leadership development process, think critically about how we can structure opportunities to listen to and learn from one another, and consider some practical steps forward for your local church. The future of leadership development will no doubt be different, but it must remain rooted in the unshakeable truth of God's Word. Greg Henson, President of Sioux Falls Seminary will be leading this conversation.  Join us!

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10:30 AM10:30

Worship Connection

Caring for the soul of the worship leader.  Manuel Luz will be leading the conversation.  

Coffee Bar will be open.  Barista will be ready prepare your specialized coffee order at 10:30AM
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to Sep 12

ETHOS 2018 Retreat

Retreats are held at Christ the King Passionist Retreat Center, 6520 Van Maren Ln, Citrus Heights, CA 95621

2018 Cohort dates:   Oct 16 and Nov 13 (SanFran and Sac)

For more info contact

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11:00 AM11:00

Mental Health and the Church

Over the past several months there has been a new awareness regarding mental health.  This is not a surprise to health care professionals, pastors and lay counselors.  We are constantly helping people within our circle of ministry who are wrestling with mental health, suicide, and a variety of related struggles.  Statistics show pastors and leaders themselves deal with depression and anxiety more than they often admit.  In every context there are resources and key people you utilize to help those who are struggling. 

Dealing with mental illness, like other chronic conditions, can feel overwhelming.  Patients often feel as if their diagnosis defines their life, while counselors and even pastors can forget that people with mental illness still have a spiritual life.  As a result, churches sometimes miss the chance to minister to those with mental illness.  "Because of the way we have ignored mental illness, we are huting people," says Ed Stetzer, executive director of LifeWay Research.  "We've created a stigma."

We thought it would be good to connect over a lunch event to discuss the challenges in today's ministry context.  Horizon Community Church in Galt will host us.  Kevin Brown, Horizon Executive Pastor and Therapist will facilitate our conversation.  We want to encourage you to participate and/or send key people who work in your congregation to address mental health issues.  We want to hear how you are addressing the issues and what resources are most helpful.  As we gather there will be shared learning and peer-to-peer resourcing that will benefit us. 

We want to face the challenge, encourage one another and address the stigma of mental illness.

Rick Weber , NorCal Regional Minister
and Kevin Brown, Horizon Executive Pastor/Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist

Lunch provided.  Please RSVP to by July 25th.

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to Jul 29

NAB Triennial

The 2018 Triennial will be held in Edmonton, Alberta, on July 26–29, 2018. The main session will be held at the Shaw Centre in downtown Edmonton.
The 2018 Triennial will include dynamic times of worship, instruction, and fellowship. Business sessions will cover important reports and decisions for NAB governance and oversight.

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to Apr 11

ETHOS 2018 Retreat

FYI Upcoming 2018 Retreats:   

April 10
Retreats are held at Christ the King Passionist Retreat Center, 6520 Van Maren Ln, Citrus Heights, CA 95621

2018 Cohort dates:   May 8, June 12, Oct 16 and Nov 13 (SanFran and Sac)

For more info contact

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