Initiatives – California Southern Baptist Convention

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By Margaret Colson It’s not about basketball. It’s not about the baby doll. As New Vision Church in San Diego gives away thousands of toys to children each Christmas, it’s “not about the toys,” insists Sean Beaudoin, outreach, life groups and connections pastor at the church. “That’s not the gift. The gift is the hope…

By Anthony Beaird As the Creek Fire burned nearly 400,000 acres and destroyed 856 structures in the Sierra National Forest just north of Fresno in 2020, California Southern Baptists found avenues to provide hope for evacuees amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. “The reports we were getting was that the fire was moving closer to Oakhurst. That…

By David Roach BAKERSFIELD—The wrestling coach at a local high school was a member at Crossover Church of Rosedale and wanted to determine how he could serve. So he and pastor Kyle Hogg came up with an idea: a wrestling ministry. The coach, a sought-after wrestling instructor, teaches boys to wrestle, and Hogg shares the…

Legal & Risk Management Guidance for Ministry Leaders on Navigating Religious Exemptions in Their Congregation, August 25, 2021. Have you had a congregant ask you for a signature to help them get a religious exemption for vaccines? If so, you’re not alone. While the topic is a touchy one, it is important that we address…

By Roger Byrd We do many things as Christians to help our walk with Jesus be a daily life of worship. We witness and minister many times during the day through our regular expressions of living. Where we work, where we shop, the next-door neighbors, the friends across the street, and schoolmates are all part…

By David Roach LOS ANGELES—Pastor Michael Hibbert was at a party when he met a young man named Denzel. They began talking, and Hibbert invited him to church. Denzel called a couple of months later and said he wanted to attend. Before long, he committed his life to Christ and Hibbert learned the depth of…

52 Sundays is a downloadable resource to help your church better understand missions and stewardship. Each Sunday’s materials include: One-page story of a missionary supported through the Cooperative Program (PDF) PowerPoint slide of the missionary in the story October 2021 Downloads These resources can be used in many ways: Share with the congregation during the…

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,…