in 2013, our Executive Director Bartley Sawatsky recommended we begin a process to rebrand our movement. A rebranding team was formed by the Fellowship Council and they began a long, prayerful process. Hundreds of leaders from our church shared ideas and perspectives during Focus Retreats in 2016. And the team was able to seek the advice of some young professional marketers who also happen to love our fellowship. This past summer (2017), the Fellowship Council approved the name "Charis Fellowship". For more information go here.
Why Charis? Why Fellowship?
We observed that we already have a nickname for ourselves... "the fellowship"! Young leaders are more globally minded than pastor generations and we already use the word "Charis" in the name of our global movement "Charis Alliance". Since Charis means Grace, it made sense you take advantage of these realities to express our grace commitment in a fresh way. Watch this...
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New churches · New resources for planting even more churches · New tools for local churches to training leaders · Better tools to mentor and qualify pastors · Access2018 where leaders access leaders · More cohorts of leaders · Churches who are committed to helping other churches · Expansion of larger churches through campusing · A new Crisis Coalition · All these are in-the-works. Stay tuned!
Charis Fellowship is a network of churches, campuses and ministries in the USA and Canada who are passionate about Jesus, His truth, His Relationship, and His Mission. And that mission is to start new churches, train leaders and do good for the sake of the gospel.
Charis Fellowship is a proud member of the global Charis Alliance with 3000+ churches in more than 25 countries.
Charis Fellowship churches plant churches, train leaders and do good for the sake of the gospel.
We affirm that the church is God's plan for this age and commit to mobilize our churches, members and resources to plant new churches.
We affirm that God has created human beings with physical, emotional and spiritual needs and that the Church expresses the compassion of Christ in proclaiming the Gospel while caring for various needs of mankind.
The Central Focus retreat is October 15-16 in Ocean City, Maryland. We are expecting more than 50 in attendance we relax and talk about how we can help one another move forward to start more churches, train more leaders and do good for the sake of the Gospel in our communities.
The Central Focus retreat is October 1-3. We are expecting more than 50 in attendance we relax and talk about how we can help one another move forward to start more churches, train more leaders and do good for the sake of the Gospel in our communities.
Delegates at Access2018 elected Phil Sparling to be the Executive Director of the Charis Fellowship, starting August 2019 for a three-year term. Phil is Pastor of Auburn Grace Community in California. Read Phil's Bio !