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NASHVILLE—Three California Southern Baptists were appointed by the International Mission Board, several were elected to serve on SBC boards and committees in the future and three were nominated, but defeated, to serve as elected officials for the Southern Baptist Convention and Pastors’ Conference during the 2021 SBC Annual Meeting June 15-16. Appointed to serve as…

Reporting by Tyler Sanders, Director of Communications, for Gateway Seminary NASHVILLE—Gateway Seminary’s mission is exemplified in biblical diversity and by a significant graduation milestone, President Jeff Iorg told messengers during his report at the Southern Baptist Convention June 16. “Gateway is your daily demonstration of the power of the gospel to unify people from a…

Re-engaging for the first time in 15 months, more than 140 San Diego Southern Baptist Association pastors, church planters, and ministry leaders gathered at Bethel Baptist Church in Escondido on June 8. Mike Carlisle, director of missions for the association, introduced a new plan to divide the 4,200 square mile county into six regions to…

Except in rare cases, California churches are free of restrictions relative to COVID-19 due to a mid-May decision by the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California. Issuing a permanent injunction, the court permanently enjoined California Governor Gavin Newsom from imposing COVID restrictions of any kind on churches unless specific criteria have been…

FRESNO—Changing the 2021 annual meeting venue from Sacramento to Clovis and electing a new communications director for California Southern Baptist Convention topped the May agenda of the CSBC Executive Board. CSBC Annual Meeting, October 26-27 Not knowing what COVID-19 might look like in October and to provide a larger venue for the CSBC annual meeting,…

In 2017 Bill Agee, California Southern Baptist Convention executive director, presented a four-team strategy to empower the vision of CSBC churches. Since then, the four initiatives teams – Church Planting, Church Revitalization, Small Church, and Evangelism & Missions – have developed and implemented strategies to accomplish their goals. “The fruit from the churches which have…

Here is the California Southern Baptist Convention mission giving reports for January-December 2020. In 2020, unaudited CP gifts from churches totaled $6,014,539, or 93.7 percent of the $6,435,000 CP objective for the year. “This is excellent considering a global pandemic coupled with the loss of Jenness Park,” said Bill Agee, CSBC executive director. CSBC finished…

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:…

Every year, churches need to approve housing allowances for eligible ministers as well as accountable reimbursement plans for their pastors and other employees. Many churches are still doing things incorrectly by giving their pastors undocumented auto allowances and improper reimbursements for personal health insurance. Income tax-free reimbursements for individual health insurance premiums were prohibited beginning…

Here is the California Southern Baptist Convention mission giving report for January-September 2020. The report includes all CSBC churches listed in alphabetical order by Association, city and church. The report lists gifts to the Cooperative Program, California Mission Offering and other designated gifts – Annie Armstrong Easter Offering, Lottie Moon Christmas Offering and world hunger….