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FRESNO, Ca – Leaders from across the California Southern Baptist Convention are reacting to the news of a mass shooting that occurred Saturday evening, January 21, at a Lunar New Year Festival in Monterey Park, a suburb of Los Angeles. Every leader from across California’s diverse landscape is grief-stricken and setting eyes toward Christ as…

FRESNO—Prayers for a search team to find a new pastor, for church growth, for new leaders, and for children’s ministries were a few of the requests California Southern Baptist Convention staff received from churches for prayer during December. However, the CSBC staff wants to hear from more churches about their prayer requests and needs in…

SANTA CLARITA—She had attended Valley Lights Church previously, but a challenging work schedule made it difficult to connect with others in the congregation on a deep level. A women’s holiday wreath event changed that for one occasional church attendee. The woman “said this was one of the very first events where she felt like she…

FRESNO – Ministry Leaders of the CSBC presented preliminary numbers for 2022, many of which exceeded several goals set at the onset of the year.  Reports of ministry progress were given related to church matters, evangelism, missions, and church planting. Marc Tempesta, CSBC’s chief financial officer, said giving data through October signals that CSBC “will…

MADERA—Outreach events don’t always go as planned. But they’re still a success when they help a church learn to do better next time. That’s what happened when Thrive Church in Madera held a one-year anniversary celebration this fall. Attendance was low. Pastor Josh Dolarian felt like he was “pounding [his] head against the table” and…

FRESNO—Ross Shepherd, who began planting churches in Montana while in college, retired in September after having served California Southern Baptist Convention as a member of one of the most prolific church planting teams in the Southern Baptist Convention. Even though that chapter ended in mid-September, Shepherd anticipates the next journey God has in store for…

SAN DIEGO—Some pastors lament the lack of lasting fruit from their churches’ outreach events. Sean Beaudoin isn’t one of them. At New Vision Church in San Diego, where Beaudoin pastors, outreach festivals are more than fleeting opportunities for family fun. Thanks to effective follow-up, they’re a surefire way to reach people for Christ and assimilate…

At the end of September, I had the opportunity to attend the 21st meeting of the Chinese Baptist Fellowship of the United States and Canada (CBF) at Crosspoint Church of Silicon Valley. The conference occurs biennially meaning this fellowship group has been gathering regularly for well over 40 years! Now, I have been in Southern…

ROWLAND HEIGHTS—The Los Angeles-area community of Rowland Heights is “hard ground” to plough with the Gospel, pastor Mitchell Perez says. But thanks to a Halloween outreach, it’s gotten a little softer for The Home Church. The event left one single mother in tears of joy. When she and her child arrived at the church’s Fall…

FRESNO—The announcement that California Southern Baptist Convention has become Send Network California with the North American Mission Board was announced to the CSBC Executive Board at the fall meeting Sept. 16.  Board members also approved a 2023 proposed budget of $6.3 million which includes a Cooperative Program objective of $6 million, unchanged from the 2022…