The California Mission Offering has a rich history dating back to the early days of California Southern Baptist Convention. The first state mission offering for the young Southern Baptist General Convention of California was set for October 25, 1942.
The four-fold purpose of the California Mission Offering is to:
- Educate California Southern Baptists about mission and ministry projects funded through their gifts to this special offering and to create an awareness of the urgent need to reach California for Christ. About 87 percent, or 35 million, of the almost 40 million residents of the Golden State are considered unchurched.
- Encourage California Southern Baptists to pray for California missions and missionaries.
- Encourage California Southern Baptists to go and share their faith daily and through short- and long-term mission projects.
- Encourage California Southern Baptist churches to participate in giving to missions through the California Mission Offering.
Additional information about the offering includes:
- A sketch about S.G. Posey who inspired the offering,
- A brief history, and
- Suggestions for churches taking only one special mission offering.