DOWNLOAD PDFApproved by GCA Administrative Council on Nov. 19, 2016
The Ministry Networks (M-Nets) are part of the vision of GCASBC to empower local pastors and churches to work together to impact their target communities with great effectiveness in their region and language.
PURPOSE: M-Nets seek to address the challenges of encouraging and resourcing a very diverse group of churches. The M-Nets are designed to promote fellowship, spiritual encouragement and leadership development for pastors and churches to better fulfill the Great Commission in every GCA language group.
M-NET MAKEUP: The number of GCA M-Nets will be determined by GCA’s Administrative Council. M-Nets will be grouped by language preference or regional preference or both with at least 4 churches in each M-Net. GCA churches have the freedom to participate in the M-Net of their choosing. Any request to change or to register to a new M-Net must be submitted in writing to the assigned Regional Director by October 31. These changes will determine the assigning of their church giving to a particular M-Net for the following year. Final adjustments of any policies and M-Net groups will be made at the Administrative Council meeting in November each year.
M-NET FUND CREDIT: GCA will provide every approved M-Net with its own account within GCA’s financial records. GCA will credit 15% of the total contributions, or up to $12,000, of the previous year’s giving total from the churches within each M-Net to the appropriate account. These accounts will be for the use of the M-Net for events and training as determined by the group.
- For example, if the Korean – M-Net churches gave a total of $60,000 to GCA for the year 2016, then the total of $9000 (15% of $60,000) will be credited to their account for the year 2017.
- To encourage the smaller M-Nets that has fewer churches or less than $13,000 of total giving to the associational mission, GCA will grant additional $300 for every Champion Church within the M-Net to total up to $2000 credit for that M-Net.
- Unused credit will be reallocated to the GCA’s Church and Pastoral Ministries (CPM) general ministry purposes at the end of the year.
M-NET CALENDAR YEAR: The M-Net Calendar Year will begin at January 1 and end on December 31 of each year. The newly elected officers’ term and the Ministry Plans of each M-Net should reflect the M-Net calendar year.
REGIONAL DIRECTORS: Each M-Net will be assigned a Regional Director, who will work closely with the officers as an ex-officio member to help plan, administer, coordinate and bring guidance to the M- Net. They will also bring association-wide focus, promotions, and announcements.
QUALIFICATIONS: Each M-Net will need to elect at least two officers to authorize expenditures and to formulate processes and plans. These officers would typically be Chairman and Vice-Chairman. The officers need to be from a ‘GCA Champion Church or a Cooperating Church’1, and from a church that has been an active participant in the associational ministries by attending at least 1⁄2 of the scheduled M- Net meetings and the GCA meetings (i.e., Annual Meetings & Special Events).
ELECTION: Each M-Net needs to have a pre-scheduled annual meeting (before September 15) attended by up to 2 representatives from each church in the Network to elect the new officers for the following year. At least 1/3 of the M-Net churches must be present. The M-Net officers may serve up to 3 consecutive 1 year terms if elected. They cannot be re-elected for at least one year if they have served 3 consecutive terms. M-Net, which does not elect formal officers, will not have access to the M- Net funds.
DUTIES: The Chairman will preside at meetings, lead discussions, plan program with vice-Chairman and communicate with GCA Regional Directors as needed. Vice Chairman will promote meeting dates, inform network of ministry emphases, and lead meetings in the absence of the Chairman. In the absence (or vacancy) of the Chairman, the Vice Chairman will assume the role and responsibility of the Chairman until a new chairman is elected. Each M-Net may have more officers or team members, as deemed necessary.
TRAINING: Regional Directors will train the new officers with the overview and the purpose of the M- Net. The new officers will be encouraged to attend the “Executive Board & Leadership Retreat” in January to learn and to be a part of the Association-wide ministry.
M-NET PLANNING FOCUS: The planning should focus on the following items: 1) church based ministries within the M-Net region, or 2) events for the benefit of GCA member church or churches, or 3) trainings to enrich the GCA pastors or leadership, or 4) other pre-approved events by the Regional Director.
MINISTRY PLAN: Each M-Net’s officers must submit a ministry plan with budget for approval to its assigned Regional Director no later than December 15. The Ministry Plan must include the regularly scheduled M-Net meetings, special events, and GCA major events (i.e., Trainings, Banquet & Missions Conference, etc.). Each M-Net will be funded based on the approved plan and budget, which cannot exceed the actual amount available to the network. The ministry plan and budget must be signed by the two officers of the M-Net.
MINISTRY REPORTING: Each M-Net will be required to submit all receipts and a written report of the event/project with pictures on a quarterly basis. Failure to provide this reporting requirement will delay or deny subsequent funding.
- M-Net Calendar Year ~ January 1–December 31
- M-Net Annual Meeting/Election ~ by September 15
- Last date to register/change M-Net ~ October 31
- All M-Net changes finalized by AC ~ Nov. AC Meeting
- Ministry Plan with Budget due ~ December 15
- New Officers Training/Retreat ~ 4th Fri-Sat, January
- Quarter Reports Due ~ 3/31, 6/31, 9/31, 12/31
- GCA Spring Training ~ April (3rd Saturday)
- GCA Pastors & Wives Banquet ~ Oct. (2nd Friday)
- GCA Missions Conference ~ Oct. (2nd Saturday)
2017 GCA Ministry Networks:
11 M-Networks for 118 total ministries
||San Jose North – English (17)
||Santa Barbara – English (9)
||San Jose South – English (16)
||Santa Barbara – Hispanic (5)
|Salinas – English (13)
||San Jose – Hispanic (8)
|Salinas – Hispanic (12)
||San Luis Obispo – English (6)
Network Officers & Regional Directors for 2016
|Network||Chairman||V. Chairman||Regional Director|
|1||Chinese||Samson Wong||Andrew Wu||Se J. Won|
|2||Korean||Stephen Oh||Yong Joo Lee/Brian Baik||Se J. Won|
|3||Salinas – English||Mike Solorio||Ken Reese||Mike Cook|
|4||Salinas – Hispanic||Humberto Alvarez||Frank Ciprian|
|5||San Jose North – English||Michael Denton||Se J. Won|
|6||San Jose South – English||Bobby Wagner||Se J. Won|
|7||San Jose – Hispanic||Tony Valencia||Gabriel Martinez||Frank Ciprian|
|8||San Louis Obispo – English||Tom Williams||Jeremy Ventresca||Mike Cook|
|9||Santa Barbara – English||Darin Wilt||Hugo Otaola||Mike Cook|
|10||Santa Barbara – Hispanic||Tito Campos||Sugel Calles Leon||Frank Ciprian|
|11||Vietnamese||Van Nguyen||Hue Kieu||Se J. Won|
Membership Categories in GCASBC
|Membership Category||Benefits||Details||Bylaws Ref(s)|
Church annually gives 3% or more of their general offering receipt to GCA missions.
|1. All benefits extended to Cooperating Church
2. Greater GCA mission work
3. Shared sacrifice
4. Special recognition
5. Special events
6. Extended support for church planting or renewal programs.
|1. Requires attendance at GCA Annual Missions Conference
2. Churches use honor system to self-report that they qualify for this designation
|Ex. Board approved recognition program in 2005.
Church annually gives at least 1% of their general offering receipt to GCA missions.
|1. All benefits extended to Contributing Church
2. Voting privileges
3. Eligible to serve on GCA boards
4. Eligible to serve as GCA officer
5. Eligible to serve as network officer
6. More GCA mission work
7. Shared giving
8. Reduced costs for GCA events or services
9. Reduced support for Church planting or renewal programs
|1. Executive Board may waive this requirement for churches under “special circumstances”
2. Only churches that equitably share the fiscal responsibility for GCA missions are authorized to make the critical decisions about future GCA efforts.
For other (non- financial) membership requirements, see 4.06, 5.03
Church annually gives any amount less than 1% of their general offering receipt to GCA missions.
|1. May attend GCA events
2. May request GCA services
3. Some GCA mission work
4. Limited support for church planting or renewal programs
|1. Any amount given during the year qualifies the church to remain a GCA member church
2. No voting or leadership privileges
Church has not given to GCA missions for one year.
|1. No GCA mission work||1. If no response within 12 months, AC will recommend EB to dismiss church from membership.
2. Special circumstances can be considered.
3. No participation at EB or annual meeting(s).