Initiatives – California Southern Baptist Convention

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By Ralph Neighbour After 18 months of Zoom-only meetings, more than 50 pastors and leaders from across California gathered in La Jolla, July 12-13 for a “Count the Cost” Summit to cast a vision for the future of the church revitalization process.   Count the Cost is a metric system that helps church staff develop…

Feeding Those Who Feed Us, for eight weeks in the summer (July and August), draws California Southern Baptists together to minister to the physical and spiritual needs of migrant workers and residents of impoverished California communities, primarily in the San Joaquin Valley. Ministries to more than 20 California Migrant Centers and low-income communities include: distribution…

By Roger Byrd Nearly every church needs revitalization in some area. An active and growing church may be healthy in many areas, and yet have need to revitalize a few vital systems. It may be like going to the doctor for an annual checkup. Your body may be generally healthy and in overall good condition,…

By Ralph Neighbour The CSBC Church Revitalization Team is hosting Count the Cost “Huddles” around the state with almost 250 churches that have completed a Count the Cost Assessment.  Listening sessions reveal the biggest challenge churches face is making weekly contacts with potential attendees.  A ‘potential attendee’ is a person who occasionally attends your church,…

by Roger Byrd, Church Revitalization Team, CSBC Usually, depending upon how “part-time” the position is, the focus of the music leader’s ministry can be on a “segment” of the music ministry. If a music leader is hired to spend 10 hours weekly in that ministry, then worship planning, working with the choir, praise team, soloists or…

Did you know your church can save thousands of dollars with the Employee Retention Credit? And it’s not too late. In 2021, your church can receive up to $14,000 per qualified employee. The Employee Retention Credit (ERC) is a fully refundable tax credit for employers equal to 50% (2020) or 70% (2021) of the first…

Mike Proud, our Orange County Director of Missions chats with Pastor Bogdan Kipko of Forward Church and Chris Abbott of Church Growth Agency about Facebook Ads. Pastor Bogdan has seen people connect with his church and come to Christ after finding them through an ad he set up on Facebook. Listen now and try it…

by Jerry McCullah I want to encourage pastors, and at the same time, plead with church members to be aware of your pastor and go beyond to see into your pastor’s heart. Check your pastor’s spiritual condition and his physical well-being often, and also that of his family. This past year and a half have been…

Ralph Neighbour, our Church Revitalization Team leader hosted Charlie Cutler, President of ChurchWest Insurance Services on June 10, 2021 to discuss the updated legal issues churches need to know. Watch the replay below! Reference the presentation slide deck:

Looking for risk management or legal assistance?  The California Southern Baptist Convention, through ChurchWest Insurance Services, is offering complimentary legal assistance on issues that you face in ministry. Need your employee handbook reviewed? Upload it here and have it reviewed. Launching a new ministry? Tell us what you are doing and have an attorney provide you…