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...
Wow! That's a huge question but we are so glad you asked!
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!
Phil Sparling: Nominee for Executive Director of the Charis Fellowship
Phil is Senior Pastor at Grace Community Church, Auburn Calif. This church was launched by three families (one of which was Phil's parents) and now welcome 700 people to worship each Sunday. Phil and Ruth have four young-adult children.
If confirmed, Phil will start as Executive Director after the 2019 annual conference of the Charis Fellowship. Phil served on the fellowship council from 2007 - 2010 and has provided vital leadership in the Northern California district. For more bio information visit the church website.