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Who is Watching You?

Who is Watching You?

One of my best friends is planting a new church in the San Fernando Valley. Like all church leaders during this pandemic, he is confronted with many challenges. At the beginning of the outbreak, he felt lost. He had just started a new worshiping community with only a...

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Training Christian Leaders

Training Christian Leaders

Rev. Dr. Johnson Kinyua is a minister of Word and Sacrament, serving Church of Amazing Grace International (CAGI) a New Worshipping Community of Los Ranchos. In 2014, Johnson met with one of the leaders at Milele college in Nakuru, Kenya with whom he shared his vision...

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It’s Okay to Grieve

It’s Okay to Grieve

I was struck by Ray Jones’ devotion on Wednesday as forty or so leaders gathered from across the PC(USA) to talk about evangelism in the age of pandemic. He named what many of us have been feeling. As he got behind the wheel to travel to Marietta, Georgia, to rejoin...

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Vital Congregations: Tackling the “New Normal”

Vital Congregations: Tackling the “New Normal”

At February’s Presbytery Gathering, which seems like a lifetime ago, I celebrated our acceptance as a Second-Wave Presbytery of the Vital Congregations Initiative. Since then, we’ve all been in hyper drive adapting to the new realities presented by the COVID-19...

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Planting Churches in Times of Crisis

Planting Churches in Times of Crisis

By Martin Garcia, Director of Cyclical Los Ranchos Over the weekend, I was reading an article written by a doctoral student, Oscar Zapata. He writes, “...among the believers of God, religiosity increased following disasters…[and]...attendance at religious services...

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Building Lifelong Faith through Youth Ministry

Building Lifelong Faith through Youth Ministry

Three congregations from the  Presbytery of Los Ranchos are participating in the Fuller Youth Institute (FYI) program Living a Better Story (LABS) Cohort. “The Fuller Youth Institute turns academic research into practical resources to help make the church the best...

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