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By Scott Barkley FRESNO, Calif. (BP) – As the Hispanic population continues to grow nationwide and in the Southern Baptist Convention, its impact will be observed not only culturally but in strengthening the SBC’s efforts to fulfill the Great Commission, said a California denominational leader. Pete Ramirez, associate executive director for the California Southern Baptist…

By Grace Thornton When God called Rob Bline into full-time ministry, he left a 16-year career in the rental equipment industry.  “I remember telling my wife that I felt like I wasted all that time … that I had all this experience with nothing to do with it,” Bline, former associate pastor at Glory Bound…

By David Roach QUINCY—As pastor Daniel Hanna ministered to Northern California residents displaced by the Dixie Fire, he learned about a senior adult whose dentures had been lost in the blaze—which has burned nearly 700 homes. She hadn’t eaten solid food in days, so Hanna asked if he could help. One call to a local…

ANAHEIM (BP) – In terms of national influence and Gospel impact, the importance of Southern Baptist work in California cannot be overstated, agreed SBC leaders and pastors from the state gathered at the Anaheim Convention Center Aug. 17. “Southern Baptists are made up of a lot of different people and this room personifies that,” said…

By Anthony Beaird The three-week-old Dixie Fire engulfed the town of Greenville along with Greenville Southern Baptist Church’s fellowship hall and youth building on Aug. 5. The church had a small apartment in which a father and three daughters were living. All four were evacuated safely, but now face the loss of their home.  The…

By Timothy Cockes LOS ANGELES (BP) — Despite not meeting in person for over 15 months due to the COVID-19 pandemic, First Chinese Baptist Church in Los Angeles has seen more than 100 professions of faith through a new group evangelism strategy. Benny Wong, senior pastor of the congregation, located in Chinatown, explained the church…

After two court rulings over the weekend, Grace Community Church again met indoors for worship Sunday (Aug. 16), continuing its defiance of a government order banning large indoor meetings and singing during meetings.

Two San Jose churches have filed a federal lawsuit claiming a coronavirus-related ban of indoor worship violates their First Amendment rights.

A volunteer at a Los Angeles church’s drive-thru food bank died April 17 after being struck by a ministry client’s vehicle.

While California Southern Baptist pastors say they are grateful for technology which enabled them to be online for church March 22, they also report challenges in using technology effectively.