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Count the Cost is Alive!

This past week over 50 pastors, leaders, and their wives from across California gathered at the Hyatt Regency in La Jolla for a Count the Cost Summit. The purpose of the meeting was to reconnect … more

Summer Blast at Shadow Mountain Community Church

After a year of not having kids on site for Summer Blast, Shadow Mountain Community Church (SMCC) in El Cajon was excited to once again host their summer program on July 12 through July 16. Summer … more

Southern Baptist border ministries continue, prepare for possible migrant influx

El PASO, Texas (BP) – On July 7 the El Paso Baptist Association officially launched its migrant center at Scottsdale Baptist Church, the latest step in a history of migrant ministry in this … more

What a week at New Song Community Church!

We hosted our 20th annual Kids Camp July 12-16, 2021.  We enjoyed a record number of in attendance and salvations with 327 and 86, respectively.  God is good! We offered 10 … more

Senior pastor of First Baptist Church of Clairemont

My name is Adam Christman and I am a California native. I grew up in Bakersfield, and the Lord saved me in my home there when my mother led me to the Lord. I married Rachel just over 15 years ago, … more

California pastor named to search committee for ERLC leader

SAN DIEGO—A California Southern Baptist pastor from the San Diego area has been tapped to serve on the search committee to find the next president of the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious … more

San Diego Association holds its first meeting in 15 months

The San Diego Southern Baptist Association held its first in-person meeting in 15 months due to Covid-19 restrictions. Over 140 pastors, church planters, and ministry leaders gathered at Bethel … more

Pastors and Leaders Coaching Network

Join us Tuesday, June 8th from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm for our first live, in-person, masks-optional Pastors and Leaders Coaching Network and FREE Fellowship Lunch in over a year! It will be great to see … more

Press Release for San Diego Today

Congratulations to newly ordained minister Christopher Groves by two Bay Park churches, See World Church, a Korean Church, and Sonlight Church, both of which meet in the same building on … more

Supreme Court strikes down California’s ban on indoor worship

Late Friday night, Feb. 5, the Supreme Court responded to California’s ban on all indoor religious gatherings by granting injunctive relief to the churches challenging the … more

Supreme Court Slaps Down US Governor Restrictions on Churches

Two weeks ago, the US Supreme Court handed churches and synagogues in New York a stunning victory over their governor’s discriminatory COVID-19 restrictions on indoor services. The 5-4 majority … more

A Halloween Quest to Share the Light of Jesus

In a year where COVID-19 has generated a laundry list of thou-shall-nots, Quest Church in El Cajon hit the pause button long enough to host a four-hour Halloween event designed to create sweet … more

2020 Virtual Annual Meeting

Because of the Covid-19 pandemic and regulations by the State of California governing large, in-person meetings, the 2020 California Southern Baptist Convention Annual Meeting was … more

MacArthur Dodges Legal Action From Government for a Fourth Time

On Monday August 24, 2020, Los Angeles County returned to the courts for a fourth time in an attempt to shut down Grace Community Church’s indoor worship services. The county’s … more

California Disaster Relief stymied during fires as COVID-19 impacts response protocol

SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA, Calif. (BP) — As monster fires displace tens of thousands of Californians, Southern Baptist disaster relief volunteers are stymied by changes in response protocols … more

Public Health Order Banning Indoor Services

Sacramento, CA – At the behest of Governor Gavin Newsom, late yesterday the Director of the California Department of Public Health issued an order banning indoor church services for 30 … more

FIRST-PERSON: Big decisions

EL CAJON, Calif. (BP) -- When we are faced with uncertain times, we can find ourselves stuck in a holding pattern because we can't decide what to do. Margaret Thatcher said this about … more

Update

Most pastors are struggling with the regathering process because we are clearly in a time where strategic wisdom is required. First of all, I personally believe the enemy of the church is trying to … more

With a worsening pandemic, California bans singing in places of worship

(CNN)While you can still attend in-person church services in California, you can't sing. The state, to curb a rapidly worsening pandemic, has temporarily banned singing and chanting in … more

50th Anniversary of Lifeway Baptist Church, Vista

Sunday, June 21, 2020 will mark the 50th anniversary of the founding of Lifeway Baptist Church in Vista.  Plans for special services and events to commemorate Lifeway Church’s historic … more
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