Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Leadership Conference Held At Cypress Church

Pastors and church leaders from southwestern states held a conference at Cypress Church on Saturday, January 30th. The meeting was sponsored by the western division of the Evangelical Free Churches of America (EFCA). Pastor Mike McKay and the staff of Cypress Church hosted the workshop.

Steve Highfill, the Director of EFCA West, opened the meeting with an overview of his organization’s history and purpose. The EFCA is an association of about 1,300 churches. The individual churches are autonomous but they are united by a mutual commitment to serve the Lord Jesus Christ with the guidance of the Holy Spirit in obedience to the Word of God.

Highfill was the founding pastor of Cypress Church in 1978. Cypress Church started as a home Bible study and later moved to its current location at 6143 Ball Road just east of Valley View. Along with other EFCA churches, Cypress Church is committed to living out the Christian faith with care for others, compassion toward the poor and justice for the oppressed. EFCA churches believe that Jesus Christ shed His blood on the cross as the sacrifice for the sins of all who will have faith in Him. The atoning death and victorious resurrection of Jesus (celebrated during Easter week) are the only grounds for salvation and entrance into Heaven.

The leadership conference was attended by pastors, staff and lay leaders from many area churches. Presenters came from as far away as Colorado. The theme for the conference was *We’re Better Together.* The all day event included many workshop sessions for participants. Lunch was prepared and served by Dave Austin and his team, *The Knights of the Holy Grill.* Workshop sessions included topics on ministry success, conflict resolution, children’s ministries, legal issues, church health, assimilation of new attendees and theology.

Cypress Church is committed to serving all of northern Orange County and the surrounding area. There are Bible studies, worship services and programs for all age groups. Sunday worship is at 8:45 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. The current message series is focused on the topic of prayer. Information about Cypress Church is available at (714) 952-3001 or Google *Cypress Church Connections* for the online versions of their monthly *Connections* magazine.

Photo Caption: Steve Highfill, the founding Pastor of Cypress Church and Director of EFCA West, spoke at a church leadership conference held in Cypress on Saturday, January 30th.

Cypress Church - 6143 Ball Rd. - Cypress, CA 90630 - Phone: (714) 952-3001

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