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California leads SBC in church starting efforts in 2014

California Southern Baptist Convention accounted for more than 10 percent of Southern Baptists’ new church starts and affiliates in 2014, according to a report from the North American Mission Board. In mid-March, NAMB reported 1,193 new congregations were added to the Southern Baptist Convention in 2014. During that same time CSBC reported 122 new starts and affiliated congregations, for 10.2 percent of the NAMB total.

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ONOR: Evangelistic Ideas Worth Sharing

California Southern Baptists gathered for “One Night One Reason” at four sites throughout the state the last week of February..Randy McWhorter, leader of the California Southern Baptist Convention healthy church group introduced each night by explaining that One Night One Reason would feature “Evangelistic Ideas Worth Sharing,” theme of the evenings.

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Coalinga pastor develops unexpected ministry at local mental hospital

“It’s a dark, dark place that’s hated by most people, even Christians,” Glover said. “People there are pedophiles and rapists. They’re considered worse than murderers.” Many of the facility’s residents previously served time in prison before being transferred to the mental hospital. All the residents have been convicted of sexual criminal acts and have a history of sexually deviant behavior.

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New witnessing materials available to churches

“I believe every person in North America can hear the gospel, but every believer must take personally the responsibility of sharing,” Randy McWhorter, group leader of CSBC healthy church group said. In 2016 CSBC congregations are encouraged to train their members to effectively share their faith.

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Human trafficking a nationwide epidemic

Kay Bennett, director of Baptist Friendship House in New Orleans, cautioned those interested in helping minister to victims of human trafficking to "think of it as one (person) at a time - because it is overwhelming" to take in the full magnitude of the issue.

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Los Angeles is focus of church starting strategy

By nearly every demographic metric imaginable, metro L.A. is a behemoth - large, diverse and nearly overwhelming as a church planting destination. Only 8.3 percent of the population claims affiliation with an evangelical church with only one Southern Baptist church for every 18,794 people.

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Ignition teaches students that "It Matters"

Speakers, leaders and musicians all pointed to the conference theme, "It Matters," when making a decision to follow Christ; exercising the disciplines it takes to become more like Jesus; and dealing with persecution, sacrifice and pain that comes from being a Christian.

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