A Teaching Church


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We are a “teaching church,” that not only communicates the timeless message of grace, but teaches leaders of all ages to do the same. Much like there are hospitals and “teaching hospitals” that not only heal but also teach people to be healers, there are churches and “teaching churches” who not only communicate grace, but also teach people to communicate it.

We’ve hosted dozens of college interns, “Gap year” learners, seminary (graduate school) interns, and church planting (post grad school) residents. We have hosted college and seminary courses and leadership seminars on subjects like iconic worship, preaching, inter-faith dialogue, justice, church planting, contemplative prayer, and thriving marriages.

We welcome people open to expanding their understanding of God’s grace, of missional ministry in a variety of contexts, and who want to stretch their faith.

Former interns have gone on to be college chaplains, seminary students, music directors and church planters. Each has been a gift to us, and many are lifelong friends who visit regularly.

We welcome people open to expanding their understanding of God’s grace, of missional ministry in a variety of contexts, and who want to stretch their faith.

Sierra Leadership Network

A time tested way to equip emerging church leaders is to “grow them up” in a local church. The Sierra Leadership Network (SLN) is a mentor-driven, church based training program designed to help the local church equip its next generation of leaders.

Granite Springs Church played a leading role in starting the SLN and continues to host quarterly training events and seminars. To find out more about the SLN, call Granite Springs Church at (916) 645-9620, visit the Sierra Leadership Network Homepage.

Pastor Kevin’s Role with Newbigin House of Studies

Newbigin House of Studies, named for missionary-theologian Lesslie Newbigin (1909-1998), seeks the peace of the city (Jeremiah 29:7) by developing leaders through theological education. It provides stellar resources for spiritual growth through a year-long Fellows program for lay people, through public conversations, and through seminary training that focuses on urban church planting.

Its namesake, the great missionary, pastor and theologian Lesslie Newbigin taught, “the church is mission” and that spiritual renewal happens when “local congregations renounce an introverted concern for their own life, and recognize that they exist for the sake of those who are not members, as sign, instrument and foretaste of God’s redeeming grace for the whole life of society.”

Newbigin House seeks to redevelop a vision for mission within churches by training and mentoring a new generation of missional leaders, in partnership with the local congregation and the seminary.

Kevin serves as the Director of Formation, mentoring students and pastors, and teaching courses on Worship, Preaching, Church Planting and Spiritual Formation.

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