CMO Theme Interpretation

California Southern Baptist Convention suggests the month of September to pray for and receive the California Mission Offering. However, a church can celebrate California missions any time during the year.

Because the entire month is designated for California missions, a prayer guide and videos have been designed for use during the month. Several other resources are available on this website to help churches promote the offering.

"Step Up!" based on 1 Corinthians 15:58 (CSB) - Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, be steadfast, immovable, always excelling in the Lord’s work, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.

God calls California Southern Baptists to “Step Up!” in reaching our state for Christ. The verse calls everyone (brothers/sisters) to be involved in this work. He also calls California Southern Baptist to be strong in this work (steadfast/immovable) and to own our territory (California).

He calls Christians to “step up” by “always excelling” in the Lord’s work. He expects our best. The verse concludes with the truth that our labor (our stepping up to meet the challenges of winning people to Jesus) will not be in vain. There will be rewards for those who “step up” – encouragement (well done good and faithful servant), crown (of glory), Heaven (an eternal home) and many more.

California’s population is nearing 40 million and it is estimated that 35 million of those don’t have a personal relationship with Christ. That makes California one of the most lost states in America and one of the largest pockets of lostness in the world.

  • One of every 8 people in the United States lives in California.
  • It would take 70,000 churches each winning 500 people to reach California’s unchurched population.
  • California Baptists reported 12,000 baptisms in 2018. At that rate it would take Southern Baptists more than 2,900 years to reach the unsaved population in California today.
  • We can reach our goal of $500,000 for the California Mission Offering, but doing so raises only 1.4 cents per lost person here.

We must do more to reach our diverse state!

The goal for the 2019 California Mission Offering is $500,000. Gifts to CMO will support the allocations listed below.

In looking at setting your church’s CMO goal, consider the following:

  • Increase this year’s goal by 10 percent over the amount given last year.
  • Increase this year’s goal by 10 percent over last year’s goal.
  • Increase this year’s goal by 5 percent over last year’s goal.


Allocation Percent Amount
Church Planting 40% $200,000
Evangelism/Missions/Disaster Relief 28% $140,000
Associations 10% $ 50,000
Revitalization 9% $ 45,000
Small Church 7% $ 35,000
Promotion 6% $ 30,000

The largest allocation, $200,000, or 40 percent, is for planting new churches to help California’s almost 40 million residents with the Good News of Jesus.

$140,000 has been earmarked for evangelism, missions and disaster relief efforts throughout the Golden State.

Ministering through associational partnerships is one way local congregations benefit directly from the California Mission Offering. This year $50,000 has been designated for these partnership efforts.

With as many as 80 percent of CSBC churches either plateaued or in decline, 9 percent, or $45,000, will be used to help revitalize congregations so they can be effective in reaching their communities for Christ.

Small churches are the backbone of the denomination with the majority of churches being smaller membership congregations. $35,000 has been earmarked to minister to CSBC small churches.

Mission support projects will receive 6 percent of this year's offering to help with the Season of Prayer and promotion for the Offering.

Pray about what your church and your family will give to reach the more than 35 million Californians who don’t know Jesus as their Savior.

This Convention serves our culturally diverse congregations as we fulfill the Great Commandment and the Great Commission.