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A Q & A with CSBC Executive Director Pete Ramirez Q: Pete, why did you change the name of the “Church Revitalization Initiatives Team” to the “Church Matters Initiatives Team?“ A: Five years ago, Dr. Agee brought Ralph Neighbour to oversee the Church Revitalization Initiatives Team. Over the past five years, Dr. Neighbour has expanded…

2022 is nearly over, which means the American New Year is almost here! This can be a time of great hope for a bright and successful new year, but it also can be a time of great pessimism, telling yourself that 2023 is just going to be the same as any other year (cue The…

52 Sundays is a downloadable resource to help your church better understand missions and stewardship. Each Sunday’s materials include graphical slides of the missionary in the story and PDF versions of the missionary stories. These resources can be used in many ways: Share with the congregation during the worship service. Distribute them to the Prayer…

It is a joy to be able to serve as your CSBC president for a second term.  I am grateful to God for all the support and prayers I have received, as well as the support extended to those serving on the sexual abuse task force and the executive board.  We had a great meeting…

It was the middle of the American Civil War in 1863 when Henry Wadsworth Longfellow wrote the poem that would become the Christmas carol “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day.” 1863 had seen the bloodiest battle of the war at Gettysburg, and Longfellow’s son enlisted in the Union Army without his father’s consent and…

The Christmas season finds the word “Joy” popping up on greeting cards, decorations, advertisements, and songs. If an archeologist were to excavate the 21st century and, in the layers of excavation, he stumbled onto what we call “Christmas time,” the artifacts would indicate that we were clearly a joyous people. What the archeologist may not…

As we head into this Christmas season, you will hear quite a bit about people showing love through the giving of gifts and the spending of time together. But is that truly love? Is that the kind of love that God calls us to in the Bible? Tony Evans defines biblical love as “…the decision…

My family has a book of our family’s history, a genealogical record that begins in 1115 BC in China. It is a story of 122 generations of the Chung family now dispersed to many parts of the world. For 119 generations, my family was lost without the gospel. But God directed a missionary to a…

Hey ladies!  Although this time of year can be pretty crazy, and thinking about next year may be far from our thoughts, we wanted to encourage you to go ahead and calendar some dates for 2023.  We have several opportunities coming up starting as soon as January 14, 2023! This list includes events for women…

In 2012 my wife, daughter, and I were sent out by our church in Los Angeles to serve as missionaries with the International Mission Board (IMB). We served as Church Planting Strategists in East Asia. This simply means we started churches and partnered with existing churches to start churches where there were no churches.   For…