Post-District Assembly Update

This June 5th-6th, we participated in the Southern California District's annual gathering of delegates, elders, celebrities, paparazzi press, and Bresee look-alikes - NazCon as I like to call it. We had our fair share of die-hards, goofballs, and rabble-rousers (that's you, Ric Martinez - 2 minutes means 2 minutes!), but all in all, it was a successful convention in which the work of God was celebrated and the people of God were challenged.

Three district licensed ministers (Melissa Tucker [S.D. First], Devin Anderson [Brawley], and Bonita Burgess [Highland]) were granted their ordination while three others (Steve Babbitt [Spring Valley], Alex Iniguez [San Jacinto], and Ryan Tarbox [Colton]) were granted their first district license. We join with God's church in praising Him for how the Spirit continues to call and equip His people for service.

In preparation for next summer, delegates elected 2 ordained elders and 3 lay delegates who would serve as district representatives to the 2017 General Assembly in Indianapolis. While write-ins "Batman" and R&b group "Destiny's Child" made a late push, the assembly ultimately elected Rev.'s Derek Taylor and Steve Rodeheaver as ministerial delegates and Vonda Rodeheaver, Pam Altice, and Dennis Butler as lay delegates.

The assembly also elected Rev. Tom Taylor to a 4 year term as district superintendent, highlighting the anticipation of the work God will continue doing through our Nazarene churches in Southern California. We look forward to seeing God work in new and creative ways as He guides His church through 2016 and beyond.

More information regarding elections and district positions will posted shortly on the district website.

Your district administration


Summer Shorts

This summer we're starting a video series on what God is doing around the district. This first video celebrates the new bi-lingual ministry at San Bernardino First. Feel free to use it in any church events or services in which you find it applicable (If you click HERE you can find the file for download on the district website).


Español incluido

Attached to the newsletter is our first Spanish translation of the newsletter (translated by Joel Guerra, district Spanish ministries coordinator). We are excited about what God is doing in our Spanish-speaking ministries across the district and are working to further integrate their participation and perspective.


2016 Haiti Work & Witness Trips

If you are interested in participating in our November Haiti Work and Witness teams, please contact Rob Altice( indicating your desire. 20 tickets are reserved for each team. (Teachers and Medical personal have 1st priority for Team 2.) For more information, the adjacent flier is attached to this email.


NYI - Save the Date

August 20th 10am-1pm @ Murrieta Gateway - we want EVERYONE who works with youth (in any capacity) on our district to come to this special end-of-summer NYI celebration!

January 2017 - SoCal NYI Campference - It’s a conference + camp specifically crafted for youth workers. More details to be announced soon.


PK Retreat

This year's Pastor's Kids Retreat, July 6 - 9, will be held at PLNU and is open to all pastor's kids, 7th - 12th grade. Use this link ( to register.


Church Plant NEED

Living Water Church of the Nazarene, church plant of Southeast Church of the Nazarene in San Diego, is in need of several items as they work to build their church from the ground up. If your church has an excess of any of these items or knows someone who would be willing to donate to Living Water, please contact Pastor Chris Nafis. Thank you.

  • Tithing Plates/Box
  • Tables (portable tables for meals)
  • Large Rug for our children’s area (as large as we can get!)
  • XLR Cords (3-4 25 feet, 2 shorter ones )
  • Direct Box


Senior-High Camp

Handcrafted, our SoCal Senior High Camp, will be  June 27 - July 1 at Cedar Falls Camp. Early registration has begun and will extend to June 6th (price of $280 if postmarked by June 6). All entrants after will be considered late (Postmarked after June 6 will be $290). Check out our promotional video and our District Senior-High camp webpage for registration forms and further info.


Mid-High Camp

Illuminate, this year's Mid-high camp, will be July 25-29 at Idyllwild Pines Christian Camp. All campers, counsellors, and parents, please check our District Mid-High Camp webpage for registration forms and promotional materials. If you haven’t received your camp packet (sent mid March) to resource you for this year, contact Jeremy Schultheiss. We've started announcing camp outside of this e-blast and some groups are already approaching their capacity. Get registered to save your spot!


NCM Compassion Conference

NCM's Compassion Conference, July 14-16, is a three-day global gathering at Olivet Nazarene University, sponsored by Nazarene Compassionate Ministries. The event will inspire you to imagine how the church can live out God’s call to compassion and equip you for holistic, transformational ministry.

Learn together how to connect, collaborate, and create in order to change the world for those living in the margins of your community. Register now and spread the word.


A Word from your SDMI Chair

What are some of the secrets to a new year of strong ministry? First, Look at your strengths - understand what ministries are excelling and why, then build on them. When NASA sends a space shuttle into space, most of the energy is spent on getting it off the ground. Once a ministry is off the ground you can make corrections more easily and often with fewer expenses compared to the start-up costs of a new program. You will be able to watch what is called the winning effect of ministries that are exceeding. They generate excitement and often enlist more people, especially when you enhance the form and function of the ministries. Summer is a great time to look at the DNA of your ministry and plan for this type strategy to take full force in the fall.


Monthly Reporting

Pastors, please continue - or start - recording your monthly church stats here. For those who aren't recording regularly, please remember the old adage:

Every time a bell rings an angel gets its wings, but every time you don't submit your numbers an angel develops scurvy and has to take a week of unpaid sick-leave.

Help angels everywhere stay gainfully employed and healthy - start recording your numbers on time.


Church Financial Stats

We have had people on the district clamoring for monthly church financial reports. If you know someone who can tell us what these are, please send 'em our way. We're very curious.

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