Insight - December 2019

By Bill Agee, executive director, California Southern Baptist Convention on December 01, 2019

I am going to share with you why I am extremely thankful today, and it may give you a bit of an insight into my life.

Personally, I am very thankful. Pam and I love living in California and serving such a diverse area. We have our health, and are thankful for your prayers for me during the heart surgery a couple of years ago. I am doing fine now and appreciate your ongoing prayers for us.

I am thankful for my kids and their service to the Lord. My son continues to tour with the Newsboys and serve as the lead singer for Audio Adrenaline. My daughter is the lead curator for the Museum of the Bible in Washington DC. We are proud of them and thankful they are serving the Lord.

Our three grandkids are the best. Of course they are!

Professionally, I am very thankful. I am pleased with where California Southern Baptist Convention is today. God has shone His favor on us in many ways. In evangelism (increase in baptisms) and new church starts (70), the California Convention leads the entire SBC.

The revitalization team has just over 100 churches involved with an ongoing process and a consultant walking along with them in their journey.

Small churches are getting the opportunity to share their needs and concerns, knowing their voice is heard and they matter.

Financially, I am thankful the Convention has reduced annual expenses by more than $1 million, making it possible to begin to address the vast lostness in California. Our churches are located in the largest mission field in America.

Hard decisions were made this year at the Convention annual meeting regarding mission gifts to national entities, that I believe will be restored and returned in full by next year’s gathering in Clovis. That is what I am praying and working diligently to do.

Please pray that I will have God’s wisdom as I lead the Convention into the new decade — I am also thankful for your patience and trust as necessary decisions are made.

I am praying that you will have an opportunity to spend some time reflecting on the goodness, mercy and generosity of God this Christmas season. In our busy lives it is good to pause and thank Him for all He has done, for sending His only Son to die for our sins and redeem us to eternity with Him.

See archives of Dr. Agee's previous Insights.

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