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.

A California Court of Appeal decision in September 2021 makes it increasingly difficult for employers, including churches, to conduct criminal background checks of prospective employees, contractors, and volunteers. The result is that most, if not all, courts in California must immediately stop allowing electronic searches of their databases using the known date of birth and/or…

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September 14, 2021

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…

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August 30, 2021

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…

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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