Personal Update From Tim.

Update from Katie Dudgeon

San Francisco is one of the least religious cities in the United States, with tragically few believers. We are sending missionaries into the city--the workplace, the industries that run the city, and some of the darkest corners--in order to bring Christ to those far from church. Our vision is to strengthen local churches and church planting efforts through new forms of evangelism, so the gospel can transform lives in a difficult, post-Christian city like San Francisco!

We are actively looking for individual and church partners. Watch Katie's update. You can email Katie at

Unbalanced Yet Stable

In this month's article, Bob Osborne, EFCA West's director of church health, addresses the topic or work/life balance. Or imbalance? Whether balanced or not, you will enjoy having a conversation about it because it is Something to Talk About.

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EFCA West News...

After eight years at Grace Church in Desert Hot Springs, CA, Pastor Alberto accepted a Sr. Pastor position at a church in Denmark. We are praying for him and his family as they move and begin this new chapter in ministry.

Pastor Robert Umana has taken the lead pastor position for both English and Spanish congregations at Grace Church, Desert Hot Springs.

We welcome him to the EFCA West family.

TLI (Training Leaders International) training in Mexicali, BC MX. Leaders from three churches gathered to do a study

on the Gospel of Mark.

Pastoral installation for David Vargas,

Refugio de Gracia church in Riverside CA.

Leadership training on Constitution/By-Laws & church membership at Refugio de Gracia church in Riverside CA.

Twenty Hispanic pastors from EFCA met in Bozeman MT for a three-day training with TLI. Eight of our EFCA West District pastors attended this training.

TLI workshop on the book of Revelation for ten pastors and leaders in Chandler, AZ.

The EFCA West team spent 3-days of planning earlier this month at Resonate. Pastor Ryan Kwon and the staff graciously opened their church and hosted us. Thank you Resonate Church for your hospitality.

If you'd like to host one of our meetings please let us know at

Church Planter and Wife Retreat

June 17-20 | Minneapolis, MN

Church planters and their wives are among the most committed, motivated and tireless workers in God's Kingdom. This retreat is intended to be a valuable time for couples to get away to connect with Jesus, each other and fellow church planting couples. 

Learn more.

Building Bridges with English

July 6 -August 4 | Online

Join this FREE, four-week online course for ReachGlobal staff and EFCA church members, and learn effective strategies for teaching English as a second language. Register today.

2024 North Coast

Leadership Conference

Oct 16-17 | Vista, CA

North Coast Leadership Conference provides you with incredible content for pastors and church leaders to help you create a healthy thriving ministry. See the special invite from Pastor Chris to learn more about content. Use discount code EFCA to receive a discount to EFCA churches.

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Worship Leader Network Gathering

Oct 21-22 | Door Creek, WI

Join other worship leaders, and special guest Aaron Keyes, to be equipped to lead your congregation with vibrant, heartfelt and biblically-grounded worship. Register today.


Nov. 8-11 | Clearwater, FL

EFCA student ministry leaders: Reconnect with God, your spouse and your calling at this four-day retreat designed to give you a break from everyday life and ministry. Limited space. Register today.

New California Administrative Law for Churches Effective July 1, 2024


California has another administrative law that goes into effect July 1st that require churches to have a workplace violence prevention and training plan. Bob Osborne has put together some steps to help us. Read More.

Women in Ministry Support & Connection

Sometimes a little bit of support goes a long way! EFCA West is aiming to help the women of our district make lasting connections find support. We are launching a group for women serving on staff at their church in ministry leadership.

If you would be interested in joining a regular zoom call to network with and share experiences with other women leaders, please let us know. Fill out this form and someone from our team will get in touch with you with more details about this online gathering. 

Pastor Tim Higgins: Learning to Unlock the Whole Counsel of God


When Tim began to sense a call to ministry, he was attending a congregation that was a part of the Evangelical Free Church of America (EFCA). When he discovered Trinity Evangelical Divinity School’s (TEDS) connection to the denomination, his interest was piqued, but he still had questions. Read More.

Regional Gatherings are a great way to get connected! All Regional Gatherings are open to senior pastors, associate staff, lay leaders and elders.

Arizona (Central & Northern)

Contact: Bob Fox

Arizona (Southern)

Next Meeting: July 11 at 9AM

Contact: Dave Collins

Central Coast

Contact: Robert Campbell

Central Coast español

Contact: Alex Rivero

Central Valley

Next Meeting: Sept 17 at 11AM

Contact: Tim Johnson

East Bay (Western District)

Contact: Matt Moore

Inland Empire

Next Meeting: July 24 10:30AM

Contact: Willie Behrends

Los Angeles

Next Meeting: Sept 25 at 10AM

Contact: Jackie Austel

New Mexico (Albuquerque)

Contact: Tim Jacobs

Orange County

Next Meeting: Sept 10 at 11:30AM

Contact: Mike McKay

Riverside/San Bernardino español

Contact: Joel Orozco

Santa Clarita

Contact: Steve Jackson


Contact: Bob Osborne


Next Meeting: Sept 17 10:30AM

Contact: Scott McKinney

May 21st - Utah Regional Gathering at CenterPoint Church. Pastor Eldon Peterson receives the EFCA West coin for his years of faithful service as lead pastor at Cache Valley Bible Fellowship. Pastor Scott McKinney shared some words with 27 EFCA West pastors and leaders.

Thank you for your support

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EFCA West Partnership Fund

901 E. 78th Street

Minneapolis, MN 55420



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Part-Time Lead Pastor Ministry Opportunity

Community Church of Henderson (non-EFCA) is a tiny congregation of about 55 worship service attendees in search of a part-time lead pastor. You can learn more by following the link below.

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