Small Church Initiative – California Southern Baptist Convention

Small Church Initiative

The Small Church Initiative Team’s mission is to resource the Small Church to experience Spiritual transformation in every person, every church, and in every neighborhood.

Pam Neighbour, the leader of our new Women’s Ministry Network led a conversation with three panelists serving in ministry; Rhonda Stoppe, Monique Brooks, and Jenni Price.

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June 11, 2021

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:

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June 10, 2021

One of the most important aspects of leading well is examining the reason why you lead. My journey with leadership started from in my teens, but I didn’t think of myself as a leader. It was just an unction within that always made me want to take responsibility for others. From being a confidante to…

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June 9, 2021

Core Initiatives


The Small Church Initiative is led by those who have been, or are, Small Church Pastors and wives. Knowing the struggles, challenges, and rewards of Small Church ministry allows us to immediately get to the core values and issues you face daily, as a Small Church Leader. To encourage you in your journey with Christ, as you shepherd those in your life.


We strive to provide the most specific and relevant content for you to utilize in your context and culture. The resources provided are all vetted through a process of appropriate content, specific to the Small Church, doctrinally sound and Biblically based. The content ranges from the practical, (How-To’s) to the intangibles, (Small Church metrics, Spiritual assessments, etc.).

Small Church Leadership Profile

The Small Church Initiative has developed the Small Church Leadership Profile (SCLP). This profile is a matrix of characteristics and attributes of leadership in the Small Church. The profile is a three-dimensional representation of the skills Small Church Pastors, wives and leaders require to adequately address the unique qualities of the smaller church environment.

Dynamic Spiritual Life Matrix

The Dynamic Spiritual Life Matrix (DSLM) is a visual representation of the “flow” of being Spiritually transformed. From prior knowing Jesus, salvation, and then sanctification, the DSLM simply assists the individual in being a disciple of Jesus, and also benefits the discipler in facilitating the journey.

The DSLM is Biblically based, placing value on both the theological and the practical. It is neither time restricted nor programmatic in its structure. It is simple in its concept and theory, but complex and intricate in its application.

Small Church Leadership Academy

The Small Church Leadership Academy is formed to study the primary characteristics and attributes of both the Small Church Leader, and the Small Church environment, which is directly associated with the formation and maturing of the leader.

This academy is designed to assist with profiles of courage and innovation in the field of Small Church Pastoring. These profiles are built upon real-world case studies, data collected from both survey and observed behavior and skills.

Training Triangle

To ensure that the DSLM is clearly understood in application, we have developed the Training Triangle. This easy to follow guide allows anyone to keep track of their Spiritual Growth and how they, in turn, can disciple others.

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