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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…

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…

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…

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…

“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…

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…

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…

Jason Blankenship, Director of Missions for Mid-Valley Southern Baptist Association since 2016, was elected evangelism team leader for California Southern Baptists. Blankenship, a long-time California Southern Baptist has ministered in the state since 2000 and has 15 years of experience serving CSBC churches in ministry roles such as senior pastor and youth pastor. Blankenship has…