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You can find all the details on the latest stuff going on at theeffect right here. For a month-at-a-glance look at all gatherings and events, see our Calendar.


friday | april 28 | 7:00 PM [email protected]

Ask: Conversation with Pastor Dave Brisbin

At a time when traditional Christianity is being intensely questioned or abandoned altogether, when religious strife in the world is on the rise, and issues surrounding the Bible, church practice, and social issues we face in our society are in some cases tearing us apart, how should we proceed as followers of Jesus? First century followers of Jesus had to define themselves and their practice of faith in light of the world around them, and each generation since has had to do the same.

It’s essential for each of us to ask the central questions about our faith, life, relationship, church in order to be better followers of a timeless message applied to our particular time and space. Pastor Dave’s personal journey and study of Jesus’ message from a Hebrew point of view has shaped the practice of faith at theeffect, but is also part of a growing mainstream of Christian thought.

Come join us Friday evening, April 28th starting at 7PM for a conversation, an interactive interview, a chance to ask the hard questions and hear concepts and points of view that may not give all the answers, but can point in new directions and toward better questions.


friday | may 12 | 7:00 PM [email protected]

Soak: worship gathering

It’s Soak time again at theeffect! Soak, our brand of an extended worship gathering–Soaking in God’s presence–is a time to really stretch out and experience the full extent of a worship experience. Taking the time we rarely take in our densely distracted lives to let go and let down and let in all the right things in just the right balance is a journey in itself.

Come join us Friday evening, May 12th starting at 7PM with a potluck dinner to have time to make new friends and reconnect with old ones, then up to two hours of continuous music, prayer, communion, and worship. Bring a dish or dessert or just yourselves; dress comfortably, bring a beach chair, if you like, and join us and theeffect band for a great time.

10 Years Old…

sunday | may 21 | 10:00 AM [email protected]

10 Years Old: theeffect’s tenth anniversary celebration

theeffect gathered for its first Sunday morning on May 21, 2007…that’s nearly ten years ago. To celebrate, we’ll have a special time during our regular Sunday gathering, but be watching here for more updates on what shape that celebration will take as we plan.

But save the date to make sure you’re with us May 21st to mark a significant passage of time and ministry.

book study: western songlines

wednesdays | 7:30PM [email protected]

book study: western songlines

Come join us starting Wednesday night, February 1st @ 7:30PM to read through and discuss the book Western Songlines: Following an Eastern Jesus in a Western World by David Brisbin.

By the group’s choice, this is the first time we’ve focused our study on a book written by Pastor Dave. Western Songlines is the companion book to Pastor Dave’s book, The Fifth Way, and is an application of Jesus’ message understood from a first century point of view to twelve big issues that we face every day in modern life. From the back cover:

The creation stories of Australia’s Aborigines set to music and chant are the songlines that have guided them through inner and outer landscapes for 60,000 years. What guides us today in the West? Those of us who say we follow Jesus of Nazareth point to Scripture as our guide, but what we believe about Scripture and life itself changes everything. We need permission to question our beliefs about our belief to see if the map our songs are singing is taking us anywhere we really want to go. We live at the level of life—sweaty, bloody, beautiful life. If our spirituality can’t withstand the intensity of that life, if it can’t endure and thrive there, then what good is it? It’s not truth, and it’s not saving or liberating either.

Copies of the book will be available at the study, but you can click the image for more details on the book or to order a copy.

Women’s Bible Study

mondays | 8:30 AM | @theeffect

Song of Songs: Spiritual Intimacy

Ladies, please mark your calendars and join us Monday morning for a study and discussion on the Song of Songs. The study will run from 8:30AM until 10AM in our main room, Suite 904.

We are very excited to have you with us! No need to buy the book. The outline is online, and study questions were written by Donna Heinrich, who will be leading the study with Marian Brisbin. We will pass out everything you need each week. Just come as you are! It’s a beautiful study on growing in intimacy with God… To take a look at the study outline: http://mikebickle.org/resources/series/song-of-songs (study notes PDF)

For more information, email Marian at [email protected] or call 949-291-2553.

workshop: Families in Recovery

mondays | 6:30PM | @theeffect

workshop: families in recovery

Join us each Monday evening for a series of workshops for families with loved ones suffering from addiction. Workshops will be headed by Nina Dreyer, LCSW, Clinical Director of Encompass Recovery, an addiction outpatient treatment center, and will bring panels, speakers, and actual therapy sessions to families in need of recovery.

Families of addicts are thrust into a world they often didn’t even know existed, let alone are able to navigate–especially in times of emotional trauma. Come meet people who have been through such trials and who are treating those who are. Come find the tools, resources, and support you’ll need to heal your family and your addict.

Call 949-584-0000 for more information or meet us in our group room in Suite 801 at 6:30PM every Monday night.

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Everyone is recovering from something… Admitting this is the first step in spiritual life, because any unfinished business in our lives–trauma, unforgiveness, fear-based perceptions–fosters compulsive behavior and keeps us from connecting spiritually and emotionally.

Since we’re all recovering, we accept everyone right as they are—no expiration dates or deadlines. We don’t tell anyone what to believe or do. We present points of view that we hope will engage seekers in their own journey; help them unlearn limiting perceptions, beliefs, and compulsions; give opportunities to get involved in community, building the trust we all need to find real identity, meaning, and purpose. In other words, to engage the transforming Way of living life that Jesus called Kingdom…non-religiously understood from a first century Hebrew point of view.



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Embedded in the fun and laughter of each of our gatherings and events is the connection and accountability as well as the structure, discipline, and opportunity for service that authentic community is all about. We help create programs for physical support, emotional recovery, and spiritual formation that can meet any person’s needs. Such programs work at two levels: first to address a person’s physical and emotional stability—clinical, financial, relational,professional—anything that distracts from working on the second level: true spiritual formation centered around the contemplative way of life defined by an original Hebrew understanding of the message of Jesus.

Rather than telling people what to believe or think, we model and encourage engagement in a personal and communal spiritual journey that allows people to experience their own worthiness of connection and acceptance, to find the freedom from underlying fears that brings real meaning and purpose into focus.


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Seeing ourselves as a learning and recovery community that worships together, the focus isn’t on Sunday morning alone, but on every day of the week as we gather for worship, healing and support workshops, studies, 12 step meetings, counseling and mentoring sessions, referral services, and social events. We maintain a food pantry for those needing more support, a recovery worship gathering, and child care for those with little ones.

Our Sunday gathering starts at 10AM and our Recovery gathering on Tuesdays at 7PM. Both gatherings include worship with one of the best worship bands in the area. See our monthly calendar and our Facebook page to stay in touch with what is happening each week. You can also sign up on our elist for email enews updates.


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