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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…

CLEARLAKE—After months of outreach to city employees by First Baptist Church in Clearlake, a city hall worker named Crystal brought her daughter to the church’s Backyard Bounce House Party. She told a church leader, “I came to this event because you have handed out several things at city hall from your church… I decided to…

WESTLAKE VILLAGE–California Southern Baptist leaders from across the state gathered July 17-20 for what most understood to be a traditional Count the Cost training. It proved to be much more. Count the Cost is a church assessment initiative introduced by former CSBC Executive Director, Dr. Bill Agee to help churches measure church health and battle…

“Oh wow!” That’s what a woman in her 80s said time and again as she wandered from booth to booth at the Shasta Baptist Association’s Mission Fair, learning about the work of Southern Baptist ministries at the associational, state and national levels. The woman’s sister also attended the Mission Fair. As a result, she told…

DALY CITY—Amid a community service blitz in Daly City, pastor Bob Eusebio encountered a local resident involved in the abortion and LGBT rights movements. “He was full of anger,” Eusebio said. “He felt that there were some contradictions with the church.” Eusebio, pastor emeritus of Living Stone Ministries, explained that Christians love people but don’t…

FRESNO—A California Southern Baptist church started in the 1950s with a small group of believers and it grew steadily until the 1980s when it began to decline. By 2020 there were only a handful of members left and before they knew what had happened, the church no longer retained its affiliation with California Southern Baptist…

YUBA CITY—On Easter Sunday a man in his late 50s slipped into the back row at Citywalk Church in Yuba City, his grandson in tow. He had never attended the church before, but when Pastor Chris Finchum asked people to indicate if they wanted to be saved, the man raised his hand. “He said he…

After a year break due to COVID restrictions, California Southern Baptist Youth assembled for “Ignition,” CSBC’s annual State Youth Conference at Magnolia Church in Riverside on January 21 – 22. This year CSBC joined forced with Student Leadership University to bring the Lift Tour to the west coast. RJ McCauley, youth pastor at Magnolia Church…

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…