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CSBC’s church planting initiative, led by team leader, Ross Shepherd has announced 29 new church starts in California from January to July. Church plants have proven to be a significant growth strategy in the expansion of the kingdom, and those efforts are not led by the convention, but by other churches. “Conventions don’t start churches….

MARIPOSA—With more than 19,000 acres having burned in the oak Fire since July 22, California Southern Baptist Convention Disaster Relief volunteers in early August ministered to more than 100 homeowners affected by wildfire. DR volunteers helped with one of the most vital resources they can provide, personal property recovery (PPR). But the thing that leaves…

FRESNO—It started with a Facebook Messenger note from pastor Tito Villegas’ former college professor. He found a rare Lottie Moon doll among his father’s belongings and wanted to know if Villegas would like to have it—since Villegas was a vocal supporter of Southern Baptist missions. Villegas said yes. Now he’s using the doll to help…

MADERA – This summer marks the return of the Feeding Those Who Feed Us (FTWFU) Ministry outreach events at migrant centers throughout the state in nearly two years due to Covid. With 26 centers throughout the state, The Madera Center was the sixth to celebrate the return of this ministry on August 13th. Outreach events…

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…