4 Reasons Why You Should Attend Financial Planning Ministry’s Estate Planning Seminar

On Sunday, April 30th, from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm, in the activity center, we are grateful to be hosting the Financial Planning Ministry (FPM) here at Shepherd’s Grove! They are are a trustworthy non-profit organization dedicated to helping you protect your assets for the people and ministries you care about with proven success!

Here are the top 4 reasons why you won’t want to miss this seminar:

  1. Learn about what wills, trusts, and estates mean from a biblical perspective turn your earthly treasures into Kingdom ones!
  2. Receive free assistance in setting up a will, living trust, or estate or update your existing one!  
  3. Set up an additional one-on-one meeting with FPM, (again, at no charge), to further establish and secure your will and estate.
  4. If nothing else has peaked your interest, there will be light refreshments to enjoy!


Sign up sheets will be at the CONNECT table Sundays on the plaza. Or call Shepherd’s Grove at (714) 971-4000 for more information.

Click the image above to visit the FPM site

5 Reasons You Should Go to “O Holy Night”


Shepherd’s Grove is preparing for the Christmas season!

Christmas is just about to get in to full-swing, and we here at Shepherd’s Grove want to help you get the season going with a truly dazzling show! On December 3, our sanctuary will be filled with the sounds of Christmas as we present our “O Holy Night” Concert. This is shaping up to be a wonderfully special evening, and we want you to be a part of it. Here’s 5 quick reasons you won’t want to miss this show.

1. Amazing artists

We are overjoyed to have some exceptionally gifted artists performing on our stage, from powerhouse performers well-known to “The Voice” fans, to skilled entertainers of operatic and theatrical renown.

2. Watch it before the rest of the world

It’s no secret that the Hour of Power with Bobby Schuller has a global reach, and this concert will be no exception. A recording of this performance will be shared with our friends around the world, in places like the Netherlands, Hong Kong and Germany to name a few. Come take in the joy of the season, and know the performances you’re watching live will soon be enjoyed by people all around the globe!

3. Take a moment to breathe

Let’s face it; this time of year can get a bit hectic. By attending our performance, you are setting aside time to simply take in the wonder and enchantment around this time of year. As Bobby often says, even Jesus set aside time to rest, and so should you.

4. A white Christmas… in SoCal?!

Most of us here in Southern California enjoy the warm weather year-round, and are more than happy to avoid the harshness other areas of the world face in the winter months. Still, there’s something magical about a light snowfall that can warm you in ways a California climate cannot. We want to make sure you get to experience such an iconic Christmas moment, so make sure you’re prepared for a flurry or two while attending!

5. The gift of an experience

The truth is, you’re going to be putting your money towards many physical things this December, which are sure to bring joy, but nothing can beat a shared experience among friends and family. Those memories will last much longer, and are far more priceless.

Moreover, by attending our concert, you will be supporting a community ministry with a global reach, sharing the message of Love and Dignity year-round.



We truly hope to have you with us on December 3, but know that seating is limited. If you would like to attend, you can purchase your tickets HERE, or by calling 866-GET-HOPE(438-4673).


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The Ministry of Memory

The Grove Student Ministries - Shepherd's GroveMemories are formative. One may remember the first week of their child’s life, and it forms the foundation of the parenting. Another may remember their first day in school, and the friends they made that helped them along the way. And still another may remember their first love, and the way it formed how they considered love for the rest of their lives.

Now, when I think of youth ministry, I consider it mainly a ministry of memory.

For instance, I can recall quite vividly my youth leaders showing up to almost all of my high school football games. I can remember like it was yesterday the time I was taken rock climbing in Joshua Tree. I can remember the times going out for tacos with my youth pastor and talking about a future in pastoral ministry.

Of all my memories throughout youth ministry, I can remember most waking early one morning up on top of a houseboat floating on the Sacramento River Delta. The air was still cool, as the sun had not yet broken the horizon. I leaned up out of my sleeping bag and searched for the handful of others with whom I had made the decision to jump in the water at the break of dawn to wake ourselves and begin the day. I saw some heads slowly rise from their sleeping daze, and we all rose like zombies and made our way to the boat’s edge. We stripped to our swimsuits and grabbed each other’s hands; hands that trembled with anticipation of the cold water that awaited our arrival. We laughed, and counted down from 3 … 2 … 1 …

The water’s temperature that morning was staggeringly frigid, and no sooner were we out of the water than when we first jumped in to grab our towels, our sweatpants, and sweatshirts and huddle up to get warm.

This memory from nearly fifteen years ago is a special one for me as I think about our upcoming trip to the same camp at the same river delta. From a youth pastor’s perspective, I feel bogged down by administrative and planning tasks as we inch closer and closer to our departure on July 5th. But, in the midst of all of these tasks, I have an increasing joy in my own heart as I consider the memories that will be made by the students attending this year.

Perhaps they too will look back fifteen years from now and recall their first trip to the Shepherd’s Grove Student Ministry annual houseboat trip. Perhaps they will reminisce upon the water skiing, and how proud they might have felt when they finally succeeded in standing up for the first time on a wakeboard. Perhaps they will remember the stars in the sky as they drifted on to sleep under the clear Delta sky. Perhaps they will remember the nightly worship on top of the houseboat, silhouetted against the unmatched sunsets of the Sacramento River Delta. And, perhaps, they too will remember the time they jumped off the houseboat at 6:00 in the morning  … the chill of the water and the howl of joy that echoes even to today.

Jon Frey is youth pastor for Shepherd’s Grove for students between 6th and 12th grades. The Grove Student Ministries meets Sundays, 9:30 & 11:15 am and also on Thursdays, 6:30-8:30 pm. If you would like more information on The Grove Student Ministries, please visit their webpage.



Announcing Your Hour of Power with Bobby Schuller

Announcing Your Hour of Power with Bobby Schuller


I have some very exciting news to share with you:  The Hour of Power is set to expand!   The ministry leadership has invested the past several months visiting with other religious broadcasting ministries, and benchmarking their best practices.  It quickly became evident that very few 60 minute ministry shows exist because they are quite expensive to film, edit and broadcast as paid programming.  Clearly, 30 minute shows are the norm today – and the wave of the future.


In response to this marketplace reality, The Hour of Power will be launching a new 30 minute program entitled Your Hour of Power with Bobby Schuller.  Think of it as an “express” version of The Hour of Power.  The format of this new show will showcase the sermon from the traditional worship service, with other elements added from time to time, such as an excerpt from the in service interview.

Your Hour of Power with Bobby Schuller will be debuting on KCAL-9 in Los Angeles starting on June 14, 2015 at the following times (all Pacific Standard Time):  6:30 a.m., 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 p.m.  All programs will air following our friend and colleague in ministry, Joel Osteen.  The half hour format will be expanded to other markets shortly, with San Francisco and Tampa Bay on the immediate horizon.


There is some sad news to report as well.   The ministry has decided to end its relationship with KTLA in order to free up funds for the KCAL-9 air time. Many of you know that Sunday at 10:00 a.m. on KTLA was Dr. Schuller’s long time spot, but this slot simply did not generate enough viewership to justify the significant cost.  The Hour of Power will air on KTLA for the last time on June 28, 2015.


What about viewers who do not care for the half hour format?  No problem!  The 60 minute televised church service that viewers have come to know and love will continue to air on TBN and the Pop Network.  You do not have to pick one or the other.  Your Hour of Power with Bobby Schuller is available in addition to the current 60 minute Hour of Power.  Please rest assured that this is not the beginning of the end for the 60 minute program.  In other words, this is not the top of a slippery slope.   The Hour of Power will continue to be America’s Television Church, with the finest choir, orchestral music, inspirational interviews, and spoken word.


The Scriptures remind us that we cannot pour new wine into old wineskins and expect them to hold (Mark 2:22).   Doing so would destroy both the wine and the wineskins.  In launching the 30 minute show, the ministry has intentionally decided to pursue new opportunities and markets that would be financially prohibitive for a 60 minute show.  The Shepherd’s Grove Consistory has unanimously voted to endorse this half hour program as a cost effective way to reach the lost and least around the globe, while also retaining the full hour televised church service that is beloved by so many around the world.  The ministry is so grateful for the thousands of generous donors who make this ministry possible.  We remain committed to producing the very best in religious broadcasting, and delivering a world class worship experience directly to your home or mobile device.  Our past has been glorious, but the best is yet to come!

Pastor Russ Jacobson

–Russ Jacobson is the Chief Operating Officer for Crystal Cathedral Ministries, and also serves as the worship pastor for the traditional service.  Russ is a graduate of UCLA, and Fuller Theological Seminary.  He has been married to Deanna for 20 years, and they have three children:  Teyo (13), Lani (11) and Lea (9.5).



Ordination and Installation of Bobby Schuller, Chad Blake and Russ Jacobson

Ordination and Installation of Bobby Schuller, Chad Blake and Russ Jacobson

Blog by Pastor Glenn DeMaster

In Christian theology, all believers are called to be leaders and disciples. We all possess gifts, graces and talents that we have been blessed with to build God’s kingdom. Even so, certain individuals are called to be set apart as leaders of a congregation as ordained ministers. In the Reformed tradition, we refer to this office as Minister of Word and Sacrament. Those who are ordained to this office are called to a tremendous responsibility as leaders and shepherds. It is both a privilege and commitment, not to be entered into lightly.

Our church has always valued education, training and ordination for its pastors. I am pleased to report that this tradition remains alive and well. Our church has been blessed with three individuals who have demonstrated a commitment to this local church and the body of Christ: Bobby Schuller, Chad Blake and Russ Jacobson. They have now completed the requirements for ordination in the Reformed Church in America (RCA). All are graduates of Fuller Theological Seminary and the RCA’s Ministerial Formation program. All three have successfully completed their classes, papers, and presentations. They also passed their oral exams with the Classis of California and are approved to move forward with ordination. They even completed a summer program in Holland, Michigan at Western Theological Seminary. This is not a process for the faint of heart!

On Sunday, June 28, 2015 at 3:00 pm, this season of preparation will culminate in a service of Ordination and Installation as follows: Bobby as the Lead Pastor, Chad as the Executive Pastor a Shepherd’s Grove and Russ as the Executive Pastor — Hour of Power. Dr. Chuck Van Engen, a professor at Fuller Seminary, will be giving the message. Please mark your calendars for this historic event in the Shepherd’s Grove sanctuary. You will not want to miss this opportunity to celebrate the culmination of a very important and lengthy process.

I have made serving this church the last chapter of my life’s work. I want you to know that I am personally excited about the future and direction of Shepherd’s Grove and The Hour of Power. I am grateful for these three young men, very capable and highly trained, who are being called to be our next generation of leaders. In addition they are friends, colleagues and brothers in Christ. Please join me in congratulating them and wishing them (and us) the Very best.

Pastor Glenn DeMaster

Pastor Glenn DeMasterRev. Glenn DeMaster is a Minister of Word and Sacrament in the RCA. He did his theological studies at Talbot Seminary and Fuller Seminary. From 1994 to 2006, Glenn was the Executive Pastor at the Crystal Cathedral for Dr. Robert H. Schuller. Since 1997, he has been part of the Care Ministry team at the Crystal Cathedral and now at Shepherd’s Grove. Glenn and his wife Marilyn have been happily married for 55 years. They have two children and five grandchildren. Their two children are also serving in RCA churches in Southern California.