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Amber Brings Shepherds Grove Outreach to Africa

We are proud to announce the return of our telecommunication staff member, Amber, from her enlightening mission experience in Kenya, Africa. This January, Amber answered God’s calling to spread his word in Africa for 3 weeks. We had the chance to sit down with Amber upon her return so that we could extract the ingrained memories of her cultural and spiritual life-changing experience.

Amber’s Calling

When she was merely 14 years old, Amber recalls God placing Africa within her heart. With this awareness, she continuously told herself “I am going to Africa,” manifesting her own reality that was put into action by the pieces that were laid out for her. At 19 years old, Amber regularly attended a life group on Sundays at Shepherd’s Grove, where she told the pastor that she had a heart for Africa. Her plans were put into place when the pastor told Amber that he met a girl whose parents are pastors who own an orphanage and widow center in Kenya. By placing the girls into communication with one another, Amber was offered the opportunity to visit this amazing family. It didn’t take long for Amber to agree to this transformational mission that she had been manifesting for 3 years. 6 months later, with the unwavering support of everyone at Shepherd’s Grove, she made her first step into the embodiment of her mission.

The Arrival

After a lengthy flight to Nairobi, Kenya, and a 7-hour bus ride to Migori, Amber arrived and was greeted by an immense amount of love. From there, she was welcomed into the home of 2 pastors with warm, open hearts, who were elated to share their space. Amber spent most of her time in Migori working with the orphans and widows, offering them love, laughter, and the word of God. “They watch the Hour of Power every Sunday, in their little home on a tiny TV” Amber says in shock, repeatedly. “They were so thankful that they had a visitor, but they were even more thankful that this visitor came from Hour of Power.”


The Lifestyle

What surprised Amber the most about the atmosphere was that, despite their poor quality of life, for people who have nothing, they want to give you everything. Upon entering each house, Amber was showered with kindness and food offerings, to a nearly overwhelming point. “They love you and they don’t even know you,” she reminisces. “They don’t look at your appearance. All they know is that this person is sent by God.”

The Culture

The most spectacular element of the Migori culture that Amber wishes she could share with us is the way that they worship. She describes the way that they sing and dance to show their love and gratitude as incredibly free. “I wish people could see that! It would give us a fire. They don’t care what people think about them.” She was fascinated to know the impact that Hour of Power has on their daily lives, and how grateful they are to be alive in God’s love.

Amber’s Perspective

Having known that Africa had been placed in her heart at an early age, Amber’s perspective strengthened even more after returning from her journey. “God can use anyone” Amber reassures us, beaming with honesty and nostalgia. “It doesn’t matter what nation you’re from, what language you speak, where you’re at—everyone needs God’s love.”

As the impact of the love and hospitality Amber experienced throughout her journey  weighs freshly on her heart and mind, it is evident that this will not be her last trip to Africa. We are confident that she will continue to spread the word of God and Hour of Power’s mission of love and dignity all over the world, wherever her heart takes her. God loves you Amber, and so do we.

Talented Performers Set For “Lasting Legacy” Event

On April 20, 2017 at 5:30 PM, we will be honoring the legendary director Don Neuen, with a evening of warm memories, stunning performances, and best of wishes for his next adventure, as he steps away from directorship after decades of service.

Many of Don’s favorite performers will be in attendance, honoring the man with their amazing musical gifts! Here are a couple of the performers you can expect to see if you attend:

Tom Tipton

A longtime soloist with a legacy going back decades with the Hour of Power, Tom is a living heritage of musical expression. Famous for his blending of gospel, jazz, R&B and hymns, Tom has performed all around the country, from small gatherings to the White House. He is known to share his gifts at anywhere freedom and liberty are celebrated!

Dorothy Benham

The winner of the prestigious title of Miss America in 1977, Dorothy remains lovely both inside and out. A classically trained lyric-coloratura soprano, she has brought her exceptional talent and soaring high-notes to the Hour of Power many times to the delight of our audiences.

Daniel Rodriguez

Known as the “Singing Policeman,” Daniel’s powerful tenor voice lifted spirits and inspired hope following the tragic attack on September 11, 2001. As an officer in New York City’s finest, he was only two blocks away from the towers of the World Trade Center when they were attacked. Now, Daniel continues to bring hope and inspiration as he performs around the country. His close work and friendship with Don and our ministry will be on full display!



There are limited seats still available for this in-person-only event. To purchase your tickets, please visit our online store by clicking HERE.



Top 4 Reasons to Attend at 8:00 am

Here at Shepherd’s Grove, we are big fans of Sunday. It is the beginning of our week, and the perfect time to realign and motivate ourselves for the days to come.

Recently, we have had the joyous problem of an overflowing Traditional service at 9:25 am, and have launched an 8:00 am service to accommodate the blessing of growing attendance. This is a fantastic opportunity for both church members and newcomers alike, as our new timeslot has a few unique advantages. So, as our invitation to join us for the earlier time of worship, here are a few great reasons to consider the move!

  1. Beat the Crowd

First and foremost, this service is to alleviate the overcrowding caused by having only one Traditional service. If you’ve been with us on any recent Sunday, you know how difficult it can be to secure a seat in the pews. Again, this is an absolutely wonderful difficulty to have, as it means our message of love and dignity is touching people in our community, and compelling them to join us. We rejoice in God’s power to impact lives through our work!

Join us for the same, quality worship you've come to love!

Join us for the same, quality worship you’ve come to love!

By coming to our 8:00 am service, you will have the advantage of a more unhurried selection of seats. We want our congregation to feel comfortable in our church, as we attempt to be hospitable in God’s home.

  1. Enjoy your Sunday

As Bobby has often said, having a day to relax and enjoy is essential for spiritual health. SO often, our hurried lives can lead to stress and anxiety about what is happening and what is to come. Your Sunday should be a chance to decompress, and to experience life as God has called us to.

Consider our 8:00 am a chance to get a head start on your Sunday. Come, be filled with and inspired by the sermon, music, and church life, and go out with more time left in your day for that which brings you happiness!

Of course, church is not just something to be “gotten over with” every week, but rather to be the staring point to a Christ-centered life. The Christian week may begin with church, but it does not end with the doxology. Go out, and be rejuvenated with more Sunday to enjoy.

  1. Welcome Newcomers

One of the greatest joys in our faith is welcoming new attendees to our church, and helping them to become a part of our family. Our church is wonderful at

All your favorites, including the world-renowned Hour of Power Choir, will be there!

All your favorites, including the world-renowned Hour of Power Choir, will be there!

bringing in new people, as evidenced by our growing numbers!

Many things go in to whether a church feels welcoming to a new person or family, and we want to make every effort to put our new friends at ease. Numerous church analysts report that a key negative in a welcoming church environment is if a church service feels either too empty, or too full.

When a service reaches over 80% capacity, it can be unwelcoming to first-timers, making it feel like there isn’t a place left for them. When sparsely attended, a service can feel undesirable. Our goal as a church family should be to make these new friends feel as welcomed and loved as possible, no matter when they choose to attend.

So, we are asking those able to make the switch to our 8:00 am service to do so, as we continue to celebrate our growth, and not give reason for it to stop. This is our church home, and like any good hosts, we want to accommodate our guests to the best of our ability. By coming earlier, you are helping to show your love to our new attendees at that hour with a richer environment, and opening up space for others at 9:25 am.

  1. Support the Team

In order to bring the same level of quality performance and fellowship to our 8:00 am service, all of us – from the choir and orchestra, to the staff and volunteers – have committed to getting up even earlier (many arriving at 6 am or before!) to serve our congregation with the best of our ability. We are dedicated to

Our staff and volunteers will be there, and we'd love to have you as well!

Our staff and volunteers will be there, and we’d love to have you as well!

making the very best church opportunities for our congregants and community, and have worked diligently to make this 8:00 am service a reality.

At our earlier time, you’ll get the same caliber of excellence in worship you’ve come to expect from us, with all the heart and support we can give. We love our church, and we are willing to do what we can to help that love grow. We invite you to join us in this effort.


We are so blessed to have a ministry that reaches so many, from our growing number of folks in person here at Shepherd’s Grove, to our burgeoning audiences around the world through the Hour of Power with Bobby Schuller program. Our foundation of support lies in you, our wonderful congregation. You carry the message of love and dignity out with you from our services every Sunday, and we are grateful for the light you share with us all.

“O Holy Night” Christmas Concert to Delight Audience on December 3, 2016

The Christmas season is quickly approaching, and we are excited to invite you to our spectacular “O Holy Night” Concert on December 3, 2016 at 7 pm. This one-night-only engagement will feature the immense talent of the world-renowned Hour of Power Choir and Orchestra, as well as a bevy of talented guests.

This evening of holiday cheer and enchantment is sure to delight the entire family, with familiar and powerful anthems sharing the true meaning of the season! Get to know a few of our featured artists:

o-holy-night-headshots-caityCaity Peters is a vocalist out of Long Beach, CA. She has traveled to several nations, teaching music to children around the world. An alumni of The Young Americans (the first show choir in America), Caity recently performed on “The Voice”, and had all four judges competing fiercely to get her on their team.

o-holy-night-headshots-toddTodd Strange is a brilliant tenor, and is a member of the Los Angeles Master Chorale and the Los Angeles Opera. He has been featured in shows around the country, and is a sought-after performer for his youthful but powerful performances onstage.

o-holy-night-headshotsmaiyaMaiya Sykes is a soloist from Southern California. She has spent several years touring as a backup vocalist for Macy Gray, and in 2014 was a contestant on “The Voice”. She has been featured on many viral Postmodern Jukebox videos with her unique takes on classic hits.

o-holy-night-headshots-kevinKevin Rose was a prominent member of the Hour of Power Choir, and has had several stellar performances on our stage over the years. He is currently contributing his talents to the lively bluegrass band, Who’s Clayton.

o-holy-night-headshots-dorothyDorothy Benham is a lyric-coloratura soprano. She has appeared on Broadway and been a guest artist with Symphony Orchestras throughout the country. In 1977, Dorothy was crowned Miss America and today she continues to be a part of the Miss America organization.


Ticket sales are open now, and are available for purchase by clicking HERE, calling 866-GET-HOPE (866-438-4673) or by visiting our Bookstore on the Plaza on Sunday mornings. Cost is $25 General ($20 Children, ages 3-12), with a small number of $50 VIP tickets available (VIP option includes premium seating options, as well as a special gift!). Seating is highly limited, so get your tickets today!

“Wish of a Lifetime” Fulfills Dream of Visiting Shepherd’s Grove


Photo courtesy of Danielle Penn Photography

Here at Shepherd’s Grove, we are so blessed to share in a community not only here in Southern California, but across the world through Hour of of Power with Bobby Schuller. For many, our music, worship and messages play an important role in their spiritual walk, and it is an honor and a privilege to hear how this ministry has touched them. That’s why we were so excited to meet Ruth.



Photo courtesy of Danielle Penn Photography

Ruth Birman and her husband of 56 years have been avid viewers of our weekly program for decades, watching Bobby and his grandfather from Longwood, Florida. They had always planned to come and visit us, but Ruth’s husband passed away earlier this year before that dream could become a reality. Still wanting to make the trip herself, Ruth made her way to California.



Photo courtesy of Danielle Penn Photography

When Wish of a Lifetime, a wish-granting organization, and Brookdale Senior Living heard Ruth’s story, they arranged for Ruth and her daughter, Sarah, to travel across the country and share in a service with us. On October 23, we were incredibly honored to meet Ruth in person!

The two stopped by our green room before service, where they met with Bobby and Hannah. The spry and jubilant 86-year-old had both of the Schullers in fits of laughter, and they were touched to hear about the role their church has played in her and her late husband’s lives. After a quick tour “behind the scenes” of the program, Ruth was escorted to her reserved seat in the front of the sanctuary, where she received a standing ovation from our congregation, honoring her and her husband as dedicated members of our church family.

God loves you Ruth, and so do we.


Photo courtesy of Danielle Penn Photography

A Simple Guide to Walking on Water

By Pastor Bobby Schuller

Do you trust God? I mean, do you really trust God? If you’re like me, learning to trust and rely on God in a deep way is a constant process. This July, I invite you to join us as we explore what it looks like to truly walk in faith with our new series, “A Simple Guide to Walking on Water.”

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Together, we will learn how to trust God in a deeper and more assured way as we step out in faith into the world around us. I hope you’ll join!

Here are some highlights of what we’ll be covering each week:

July 3: Trust not Clarity
(Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-12, 17-19)

God doesn’t give us clarity. He gives us faith (trust). The weirdest thing about walking by faith is we don’t know where we are walking.

July 10: God is for You
(Luke 13:10-17)

Religious people may be against us, but God is for us. John 10:10b says, “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”

July 17: Risk
(Matthew 14:25-32)

We can do everything God has called us to do. We should dream to do bigger things so that God gets the glory. We, the disciples, are supposed to do everything the rabbi does, and he has called us because he believes we are good enough.

July 24: Endurance
(James 1:2-4, Philippians 1:6)

Faith is about patience. Don’t quit because God will finish what he’s started in us. This sermon will focus on the story of Hagar, and how Abraham and Sarah tried to rush the process with God.

July 31: Words of Faith
(James 2-4, 9-12)

If we want succeed in life, we must succeed first in our words. Our world has made words cheap, so the less we speak the more people will listen to us. The more we listen, the more people will be willing to take our advice.

August 7: Vulnerability
(2 Corinthians 12:7b-10)

Being vulnerable is an act of faith that makes God strong in our weakness.

August 14: From Pride to Humility
Pastor Chad will preach the seventh message in this series about faith, trust, pride, and humility.

Voices of Hope Children’s Choir: Free Summer Camps!

By Sarah Grandpré, Director of Voices of Hope Children’s Choir

PrintDoes your child love to sing? Have an interest in music? Enjoy performing with friends? Or, are you simply looking for something positive in a safe and fun environment for your child to participate in this summer?

If you answered “yes” to any of the questions, you may want to consider our summer program for your child. We’re hosting two week-long summer camps featuring popular music and many activities. We’ll meet Monday through Friday, 9:30 am to 12:30 pm, with a performance for families and friends at the end of each week on Friday at 6 pm.


DISNEY MUSIC: July 18 – 22
POP & FUN FAVORITES: August 1- 5

Our goal is to introduce young people to the sheer joy of singing, to encourage them to perform, and to create a great experience they will share with new friends!

The program is entirely tuition-free because we feel very strongly that music should be available to every child. Yes, you heard that correctly! There is no cost involved – we just want you!

HOP2417-Children’s Choir-14Children entering 3rd – 9th grades (as of fall 2016) are eligible to attend. Each camper brings a daily snack and is encouraged to wear comfortable clothes. We provide additional snacks, water, pencils, music materials, T-shirts, and crafts.

Space is limited, so early sign up is encouraged. Please email me at, or leave a message at 714-971-4001.

We look forward to seeing you there!

About Voices of Hope Children’s Choir

Voices of Hope Children’s Choir is available to children throughout Orange County. Our vision is to awaken a love of music in our youngest generations, and to share the message of hope with our local, national, and international communities through the Hour of Power with Bobby Schuller television program and various concert venues. We seek to educate young people in the art of collaborative singing and performing, and to teach them to embrace their unique God-given abilities. We aim to enrich children’s lives through artistic excellence, and to develop their self-confidence and musical experience in a safe and supportive environment. If you would like more information about the choir, please email me at, or leave a message at 714-971-4001.

Imagine the Volunteer Difference

By Shawn Smith, Director of Congregational Life

Doing good and leading others towards love is a part of our call as Christian believers (Hebrews 10:24). Our direct actions can make a huge impact on the world. When we commit to serving, we can lead people towards Christ, change a community, as well as inspire and encourage others to do the same.

People like Martin Luther King, Jr., Mother Teresa, and the eleven disciples were all people with a common focus and a common goal who impacted our world through serving others. Each example used here didn’t just do so alone but did it in community.

VolHandsImagine the difference we can make when we are salt and light in the world. Imagine the difference we can make when we volunteer on our church teams. Think of the first person coming on to our campus who needs to feel loved or the longtime attender who is going through a difficult time; it is up to us to encourage and help change the worlds of those around us.

The Bible says that we are to devote ourselves to good deeds and that they are profitable and excellent for everyone. Sometimes good deeds aren’t so clear to us, so what does it mean to engage in “good deeds” (Titus 3:8)? I cannot answer what the Lord may be saying to you and your family, however, I can provide some solutions that we have here at Shepherd’s Grove.

We want to create a place that you feel safe and comfortable to serve, to keep the common goal, and change the world of those around you. When we demonstrate God’s goodness, it becomes contagious and people will desire to do the same.

So, I challenge you to get involved with one of our service teams. Volunteer for the greeters, ushers, coffee, or set-up team. And if it’s not here, do it somewhere. Begin to serve others and share the love of Christ. Imagine the volunteer difference; imagine the impact we can have on our church community when we commit to the power of volunteering.

If you would like to get involved with our church and our volunteer teams, please email me at or stop by one of the volunteer sign up tables on the Plaza.

Shepherd’s Grove Comes to Hillsong Channel June 1


At Shepherd’s Grove, we are a community of happy and whole students of Jesus who seek to bring God’s love and dignity to the entire world, and we do this through the weekly-televised Hour of Power with Bobby Schuller. So, we’re incredibly excited to share that beginning June 1, our services now will be televised every day on Hillsong Channel! Formerly The Church Channel, this new network will feature:
  • On Saturdays and Sundays, an abbreviated half-hour version of Hour of Power with Bobby Schuller with music, interview guest, and a shorter message.
  • On Mondays through Fridays, a half-hour Bobby Schuller, featuring continuous full series of our pastor’s messages.
For times and locations to view these and all other programs with Bobby Schuller, call 866-GET-HOPE (438-4673).​ Watch full episodes of Hour of Power with Bobby Schuller here.

He is Risen Indeed! Good Friday and Easter Sunday Services

Easter is such a meaningful and important time for us as Christians. It speaks to God’s enduring love, and the redemptive sacrifice made for us. It is a time of celebration, and we would love for you to join us as we do!

March 25 is Good Friday, and we will be having a Traditional service at 12 pm, with a Contemporary service beginning at 7 pm.

On March 26 we will be having an Easter celebration with an egg hunt, games and food. The event will run from 9:30-noon, so bring your little ones! Please email if you have any questions, or would like more information.

Sunday, March 27 is Easter. We will have Traditional services at 8 am and 9:25 am, with a Contemporary service at 11: 15. We are offering a Baptism Ceremony at all three. If you, or someone you know is interested in taking part, please email with the subject, “Easter Sunday Baptism”.

We at Shepherd’s Grove can’t wait to come together with you in this time of worship and celebration. He is Risen indeed!