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FRESNO—The California Southern Baptist Convention (CSBC) led one of the Golden State’s largest evangelistic campaigns last year. But the convention’s evangelism team didn’t realize it until they started adding up the numbers from a grant program to help churches share the Gospel. As they counted the 1,200 professions of faith in Christ through the program…

Fresno – The temperatures in California weren’t the only thing piping hot as the CSBC Staff met for their July all-staff meeting. This was the first staff meeting for Jason Robertson and Kendrick Neal, two newly elected leaders of the CSBC Leadership team. Marc Tempesta, CFO and Business Services Team Leader started the meeting with…

VICTORVILLE—Brant Jones serves in vocational ministry in Alabama. But he might not be there if a church in Southern California hadn’t used Vacation Bible School (VBS) to help launch him into Christian service. Jones was a teenager at The Gate Church in Victorville, 80 miles northeast of Los Angeles when leaders tapped him to serve…

Fresno—A change of pace and programming occurred during CSBC’s April staff week gathering. The meeting began with worship, led by CFO and Business Services Team Leader Marc Tempesta. Ralph Neighbour III, Church Matters Initiative Team Leader, who had announced his plans for retirement a few months prior, gave an unconventional word for his final time…

FRESNO – March 28-29 marked the monthly CSBC Staff Week for leaders and staff members. The meeting began much like a homecoming for former CSBC staffer Pastor Greg Sumii. Sumii, who was first introduced to the CSBC ministry 35 years prior, preached at Chapel for the CSBC ministry teams. During his message, he recollected his…

ALAMEDA – CSBC’s Ignition (NorCal) Student Conference was a resounding success, with rave reviews coming in from 5 students and one leader. The conference, hosted by Gracepoint Church in Alameda, was organized by RJ McCauley, in partnership with SLU’s Lift Tour, and featured a number of dynamic speakers and workshops. The students who attended the…

FRESNO – CSBC ministry leaders and staff gathered for the first “staff week” meetings of 2023. The office welcomed Dave Peugh, pastor of The Avenue Church in Fresno, to deliver the message at chapel. Focusing on Matthew chapter 11, Peugh gave a special word he said God placed on his heart, including insights gleaned from…

NEWMAN—When Tim Weimer heard about a new network of California youth pastors, he jumped at the opportunity to join. It was worth the effort. In more than a year of involvement in the Youth Pastor Collective (YPC), Weimer, student pastor at a small church in the Central Valley, has attended almost every webinar offered and…

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…