2016 Annual meeting to feature breakout sessions

Published Aug 29, 2016

FRESNO — Workshops to help pastors, church staff and lay leaders sharpen their skills will be featured during the California Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting in West Sacramento Oct. 25-26.

“There was such a good response to the workshops in 2015 that members of the committee on convention operations wanted to make them available at our upcoming meeting,” according to Mike McCullough, CSBC associate executive director and liaison with the committee that plans the annual event.

McCullough said workshops are scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 26 from 7:30-8:45 a.m. at Russian Baptist Church in West Sacramento. Two of the sessions were offered last year, he noted, but the afternoon workshops didn’t garner the attendance of those prior to the final sessions.

Workshops will include “Emerging Issues,” “Outdated Organizing Documents: Is Your Church on the Fast Track to Trouble?” “Keeping High School Students and Grads Involved in Church,” “Why Do Men Hate Going to Church?” and “Reaching the Next Generation Through Social Media.”

The workshops are just one element of the two-day event with the theme, “Generations Reaching Generations.”

In addition to worship and messages, messengers will consider several items of business including a 2017 budget that would allocate 34.5 percent to the Southern Baptist Convention for world missions; 59.5 percent to CSBC for California missions; 5 percent to California Baptist University; and 1 percent to California Baptist Foundation. (The full budget will be printed in the October issue.)

Other business includes electing members, trustees and directors to serve on the CSBC Executive Board, California Baptist University and California Baptist Foundation, respectively. The three entities also will present reports during the meeting. Additionally, messengers will elect Convention committee members.

The annual sermon will be delivered by Adam Groza, vice president for enrollment and student services at Gateway Seminary. Also addressing the body will be Rob Zinn, pastor of Immanuel Baptist Church in Highland, and Randy Bennett, CSBC president and director of missions for Kern County Baptist Association.

The Tuesday evening session will feature generations reaching generations, and a celebration of the ministry of CSBC Executive Director Fermín A. Whittaker, who will retire in February after 22 years as leader.

Messengers will elect officers including president, vice president and music director. Bennett, who has served two, one-year terms is ineligible for re-election.

Preceding the annual meeting are the Pastors’ Conference, On Mission Celebration, California Women’s Meeting, Fellowship of Church Musicians and various ethnic gatherings.

See more information about the CSBC annual meeting and related events.