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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…

FRESNO—Plans are underway for the California Mission Offering to be transformed from a “one-time” to a new “year-long” emphasis to better meet the needs of California Southern Baptist Convention churches. Pete Ramirez, CSBC executive director, said he has asked the Office of Communications to redesign and promote CMO differently in the future because “we know…

Bulletin from The Baptist Foundation of California The Baptist Foundation of California (BFCal) is proud to announce it has increased its fixed fund rates. Starting July 1, churches and ministry organizations can earn 3% per year with BFCal’s long-term fund and 1.65% with its mid-term fund. Existing clients will not have to do anything 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…

Released from Gateway Seminary By: Tyler Sanders ONTARIO, Calif. — Jeffrey Thomas Reed, professor of leadership formation at Gateway Seminary, died from complications due to kidney cancer the night of July 20, 2022. Reed, who went by J.T., also served Gateway as associate director of the doctor of ministry (D.Min.) program. He was diagnosed with…

FRESNO—California Southern Baptist staff reported progress toward annual goals of “empowering the vision of churches” to reach their communities for Christ during the first staff week gathering with recently elected Executive Director Pete Ramirez. Ramirez said people have been asking him about his vision for CSBC. “I want my vision to be a collective one…

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…

ANAHEIM—If Southern Baptists want to speak with a local church leader, an associational leader, a state convention leader and a Southern Baptist Convention leader, they only need to make one stop: the office of Victor Chayasirisobhon. SBC messengers in Anaheim elected him the convention’s first vice president June 15, adding that to his concurrent service…