Annual meeting features “Empowering Church Vision”

By Holly Smith & Terry Barone on October 29, 2018

CLOVIS — Messengers to the 2018 California Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting elected a new Convention president and approved a 2019 budget during their 78th session that highlighted “Empowering Church Vision.”

Held at Clovis Hills Community Church Oct. 23-24, annual meeting sessions focused on the Convention’s new structure, put in place by Bill Agee who was elected executive director in May 2017. The four “initiatives teams,” which made presentations during each session, are church planting, church revitalization, evangelism and missions, and small church.

Agee presented a “state of the Convention” message, informing messengers and guests that, for the first time in some years, Cooperative Program gifts from California churches are showing an “uptick,” and “we are hoping for record receipts from the California Mission Offering.”

He emphasized the ministry of the four initiatives teams and their interest and availability in helping and partnering with churches.

Election of officers

Shawn Beaty, pastor of the host church, was elected CSBC president, succeeding AB Vines, pastor of New Seasons Church in Spring Valley, who served the maximum two, one-year terms. Vines was elected in June as first vice president of the Southern Baptist Convention.

During his President’s Sermon Vines urged messengers and guests to focus not only on evangelism, but discipleship as well in winning California to Christ.

“My challenge to you, Southern Baptists in California, is that we have 33 million lost people in our state. We have a job, we have a passion, we have a need” to share Christ and disciple new believers.

“I am committed to our state,” Vines declared.

Josh Sanchez, youth minister at First Southern Baptist Church in Anaheim, was elected CSBC vice president.

The committee on convention operations recommended Laura Craig, minister of music at Stonebrooke Church in Vista, as music director for the 2019 annual meeting.

All were elected by acclamation.

Budget

Messengers approved without discussion a 2019 budget of $10.9 million, which includes a Cooperative Program objective of $6.6 million, down from $6.7 million for 2018. It is a balanced budget.

If the $6.6 million is realized, Southern Baptist Convention causes will receive $2,310,000 or 35 percent, unchanged from 2018.

The California portion of CP receipts is nearly $4.1 million or 62 percent, an increase of 3 percent over the 2018 allocation. The Baptist Foundation of California will continue to receive 1 percent, while California Baptist University will receive 2 percent, a decrease of 3 percent from the previous year. In September, CBU trustees voted to approve the percentage reduction.

Other business

Messengers approved five new congregations for Convention affiliation: Eden Church, Campbell; Comunidad Cristiana Emanuel, Menifee; Grace Bible Fellowship of Silicon Valley, Sunnyvale; Quest Church, Lake Elsinore; Yedam Community Church, San Ramon.

Messengers also approved a resolution expressing gratitude to the City of Clovis, Mid-Valley Southern Baptist Association and Clovis Hills.

Joseph Rangel, worship leader for the host church, led worship for the meeting.

A total of 335 messengers registered, along with 124 guests.

Next year’s annual meeting will be held Oct. 22-23 at Shadow Mountain Community Church in El Cajon.

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