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1250 223rd St, Suite 108 Carson Ca 90745
Paramount Campus 10:15am+12:30pm
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Long Beach Campus 11:30am
3650 Long Beach Blvd, Long Beach Ca 90807



--- Senior Pastor Brian Warth 


“Our heart & soul is to connect people with the fresh hope of the Gospel.”

Pastor Brian is the founder and lead pastor of Chapel of Change Christian Fellowship. He loves to help people experience God’s restorative power. His calling comes from his own brokenness. He was sucked into the gang violence of Greater Los Angeles in the early 1990’s. At 16 he was arrested and in the Compton Courthouse sentenced to life in prison.  After 16 years in prison, God lifted him from the pit of despair to be a voice of fresh hope to this generation.
Today Pastor Brian speaks at gatherings across the nation. Recently he was chosen to be a key-note speaker at the Free Methodist General Conference in 2019.  In 2016, Chapel of Change was recognized as one of the top 5 fastest churches in the nation within the Free Methodist Church, USA.
Pastor Brian Warth
Email: brianw@chapelofchange.org







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What I Teach Our Leaders

Last night we had our Leadership Summit.  This is a quarterly meeting with the main influencers in our church.  The ones putting in major work for the Lord week after week. 

I thought it would be good to allow you to be like a fly on the wall to check out some things I teach our leaders.

1.Effective leaders recruit and form teams.
    This is a key skill to an effective leader.  Jesus recruited a team. Apostle Paul recruited a team.  And so should you if you're going to be an effective leader. 
     Leaders don't do everything by themselves.  They enlist people to help them accomplish the mission.  I watch for people who are able to form teams.

2. Effective leaders are tour guides not travel agents.
     Like most good leadership nuggets, that nugget didn't orginate with me.  I learned it from John Maxwell.  Tour guides walk with people through their journey.  Travel agents send others to places they themselves have never been.  Effective leaders model what they want accomplished.

3. Effective leaders learn how to manage ministry anxiety.
     In a rapid growing church, you will have many opportunities to grapple with ministry anxiety.  People will tell you about all their "concerns" about the church and how things should be.  You will be tempted to rush into action, but don't.  Step back.  Breathe and pray.  Don't allow the anxiety to overcome you.

4. Who is following you?
    Someone once said, "He who calls himself a leader but has no one following him, is just taking a walk."  I challenge our leaders to have at least 5-10 disciples in the church.  I regularly ask them, "Who are you taking out for coffee?" "Who are you texting personal encouragement to?"  I empower them to form their own mini-church within the congreation.

BONUS – I challenge our leaders to use the 15 minutes after church to connect with new people or people who need to take next steps into the life of the church.  Those 15 minutes are an important time slot in the life of the church.  For a lot of people, it's the only time you will get to connect with them in a week. It's not the time for leaders to fellowship with each other or talk about the Lakers. 

Please forgive me for bragging, but our church has some amazing leaders.  Leaders who are sacrificng time, money and tears to build up God's kingdom.  Their faith excites me to keep giving my all to God's purposes in our generation.

P.s.- I learned most of these leadership principles during my time on staff at Light & Life Christian Fellowship North Long Beach.  Submiting to a healthy church before we launched was one of our best decisions in our church planting journey. 

P.s.s- If you know someone who wants to launch a church in the next couple years, send them our way.  We will train them, empower them and support them.

4 Points to a Church Planter

In the last 2 years of taking this journey as a church planter, I have learned several key points of what a church planter does.  I don't take credit for these points.  I have learned them along the way.  Most, if not all the points, I have learned from Pastor Larry Walkemeyer of Light & Life North Long Beach.

But I have worked them out in my church planting experience.  And I have experienced the importance of them in sustaining a fruitful work for the Lord.  

Chapel of Change has grown from a small home Bible study to a mid-size, multi-campus, thriving church.  I know ulitmately we have experienced this fruitfulness because of God's grace.  But I also believe God's grace taught me how to implement these points for the expansion of His Kingdom.

1. A church planter is a team builder.
This is huge.  If you cannot recruit and develop a team, you may not be a church planter.  You can be a pastor, but that doesn't mean you are a church planter.  When is the last time you built a team? Jesus built a team.  Apostle Paul built a team.  And you will need to know how to build  a team if you are going to successfully plant a church.

2. A church planter empowers leaders
I think one reason why the average church in America is like 80 people is because the pastor tries to do it all.  Effective church planters catch and release.  They build up leaders and then release them into the ministry to lead.  Imagine if you had 5 leaders who themselves had 10 people following them. Your church would already have 50 disciples.  I often ask our leaders, "Who do you have following you?"

3. A church planter casts vision
No one wants to follow someone who doesn't know where he or she is going.  What is your vision and mission?  Why does God want you to plant your church.  You will need to be able to effectively communicate what God is placing in your heart.  And not just one time either.  You will need to communicate vision all throughout the year.  Our church holds Leadership Summits quarterly.

4. A church planter raises funds
Yes, don't be afraid to ask for money.  It takes money to plant a church.  I know God will provide, but you need to ask.  What is your plan for raising funds?  How much will your church plant cost to get off the ground?  You will need to think through all this.  

BONUS POINT- A church planter knows how to take a licking and keep on ticking.
You're going to get hit – spiritually, emotionally, financially and relationally.  Your hits are going to come from all sides and from all people.  Don't take them personal.  Protect your heart.  Do like football players do when they get hit: spin and break the tackle.

Lord bless you on your journey.

P.s. – If you know someone who wants to plant a church in the next couple years, send them my way.  CoC wants to plant a church soon.

Special Gideon Offering

In Judges 7 God used a small army of 300 soldiers to defeat a large opposing army.   It was a great victory.  An underdog type of story.

Our church today has a giant obstacle in front of it.  It's a $100,000+ down payment for our church.  I believe, together, we can conquer it.  I believe, together, we can overcome it.  But it's going to take a special army.  It's going to take bravery and faith in a giant God.

I'm believing for 300 people to step forward and become our Special Gideon Army by contributing $100.00 each to help conquer the down payment for the church. You can be in the church or out of the church.  You can team up with someone or go solo.

Your investment will help impact millions of souls as we impact the world with the Gospel from that church property.  Every soul that's saved, every life that is touched will go towards your heavenly account.

You can give online through our website: https://www.chapelofchange.org/online-giving/index.html  

Thank you in advance for your kingdom advancement.