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By Terry Barone FRESNO—A proposed budget of $6.7 million and hiring three staff members to serve the churches of California Southern Baptist Convention topped the agenda of the Executive Board when it met, Sept. 15-17. The budget, $6,717,620 includes a Cooperative Program objective of $6 million which is based on 2020 CP receipts, the last…

By Terry Barone FRESNO—After a 24-month hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, California Southern Baptist Convention is scheduled to meet October 26-27 at Clovis Hills Community Church in Clovis for fellowship, inspiration, and business. More information at csbc.com/annualmeeting. Stephen Jones, chairman of the Committee on Convention Operations and associate pastor of Immanuel Baptist Church in…

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…

Revitalization is the action of giving something new life and vitality. It is renewal, rebirth, and revival. Revitalization is important for churches and their continued effectiveness in impacting their communities with the gospel. It requires three crucial changes: A mindset change: there must be a change in the way the church thinks. A structural change:…

CSBC Compassion Ministries For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me…  -Matthew 25:35  With a global pandemic and record-breaking wildfires throughout our state, 2020 has been a year unlike any other. While much of the hardship is covered…

To all church planters, “Therefore my brothers, you whom I love and long for, my joy and my crown.” Philippians 4:1 I hope you are well and that you are willfully encouraging yourself and your people in the Lord. This is a unique time in history, but we are eased in knowing our God is…

Whether you are a sending, sponsor, or partner church, there are three ways you can successfully come alongside a new church plant. Pray – Take your active role by growing the spiritual success of CA church planting. Pray for a pipeline of church planters Adopt an unreached people group Raise up church planters in every…

by Micaiah Irmler | Lead Pastor, Southridge Church We often hear people say that planting a church is “not for the faint of heart. It’s the front lines of ministry. Make sure you’re strong.” Words like this, although well-meant, have left me feeling frustrated and doubtful of my calling, and have made me want to…

The Process Count the Cost was developed by California Southern Baptist Convention Executive Director Bill Agee to assist healthy churches, churches needing revitalization, and new church plants. The process is based on Luke 14:28: “For which of you, intending to build a tower, does not sit down first and count the cost, whether he has…