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Frequently Asked Questions

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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  1. WHAT IS THE SAN DIEGO SOUTHERN BAPTIST ASSOCIATION (SDSBA)? 

SDSBA is a group of like-minded churches in San Diego that willingly cooperate in unity both in faith and practice to gain the privilege of sharing the Gospel of Jesus. This is done by serving physical and societal needs in order to transform San Diego County, Tijuana, and beyond through a cooperative program of missions. (Baptist Faith and Message)
 

  1. WHAT DOES THE ASSOCIATION DO?
    The SDSBA works with local churches to implement Jesus’ call to witness to the world with a primary focus on the needs of San Diego County (Our Jerusalem), Acts 1:8. The SDSBA also develops leaders, strengthens and revitalizes churches, plants new churches, and provides church leaders with resources and training for effective ministry.
     
  2. HOW DOES THE ASSOCIATION FUND THE WORK?
    The work of the SDSBA is funded primarily through the support of participating churches.  Occasionally support comes through wills, trusts, or donations of assets. Like local churches, the SDSBA operates with a unified budget where funds are used to support the unified work of the Association as opposed to designated projects.
     
  3. WHAT IS EXPECTED FROM MEMBER CHURCHES OF THE ASSOCIATION?
    Generally, as a starting point, churches seek to give three percent from their church budget to support the work of the Association. Churches also decide what percentage of giving goes to the cooperative program, often the total of Association giving and Cooperative Program giving average about ten percent of the churches gross undesignated income.

Member Churches are the heart, soul, and hands of the Association. Together, in our churches, we have men and women with skills and competency to make a difference in San Diego County.

 

  1. HOW DOES A CHURCH BECOME A MEMBER OF THE ASSOCIATION?
    New Churches
    sponsored by member churches are granted membership status under the sponsoring member church. When the new church is ready to become an autonomous self-supported church it makes a request to the SDSBA credentials committee.

Existing Churches that desires membership in the SDSBA can petition the credentials committee for membership. Contact the SDSBA office for contact information.

 

  1. WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF BELONGING TO THE ASSOCIATION?
    Churches are called to live in unity for a cause larger than themselves, John 17:23, Romans 15:5, Eph. 4:3,13, Col 3:14. We are called to reach out to others and impact the region in which we live and serve, Luke 13:34, John 11:52, Acts 2:44, 46, 1 Cor. 1:2, Eph. 3:6. This means we can do more together than we can by ourselves. Here are some of the benefits of being a member church of the SDSBA…

PASTORS AND STAFF

  • Pastoral Support
    Pastoral support and counsel, when needed, is available through the Director of Missions. Association lunch meetings are available monthly for training, support, inspiration and fellowship with SDSBA ministers and staff.
  • New Church Support
    Member churches giving to the SDSBA allow us to plant new churches and have a united presence and unified strategy in all of San Diego County. New Church funding, resources, assessment, and more are also available through our SBC partnerships.
  • Representation

The Association represents our SBC churches, and creates a presence – an atmosphere of good will – creating regional relationships with government agencies, schools, nonprofits, and more

  • Retirement and Insurance
    Pension plans for pastoral and church staff available through Guidestone Financial Resources
  • Executive Board
    Each member church is part of the Executive Board that approves the work of the budget, plans, and work of the Association

RESOURCES

  • Literature, books, and training resources.

The SDSBA acts as a liaison for materials, programs, and resources that are available through Lifeway Christian Resources, North American Mission Board, and the International Mission Board.

  • Volunteer Assistance
    Volunteers come from other regions/states to help San Diego churches when ministry needs arise.  SDSBA maintains relationships with partnering churches and organizations. Requests can also be made through SEND North America.
  • Mobile Evangelism Trailers (MET).
    These trailers are a block party on wheels and are available to all member churches to use for outreach in their community. Contact the SDSBA office for details.
  • Disaster Relief
    Engagement in Disaster Relief efforts, when extreme weather conditions threaten the region – California Southern Baptists have an army of trained disaster relief workers that bring mobile kitchens, showers, and more, when needed, as well as members of VOAD – Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster

CHURCH LEADERS AND MEMBERS

  • Ministry Training

Ministry skill training is scheduled throughout the year. Training events will be listed on the Association website

  • Education
    Formal education opportunities abound through six graduate level seminaries and 42 SBC colleges and universities in North America with tuition discounts
  • Decision Making
    Member churches elect messengers to have a voice and a vote on the issues and decisions for the annual Southern Baptist Convention, held in a different city each year.
  • Communication Network
    Member churches are connected to a communication network through the SDSBA website, Facebook, SDSBA Newsletters, and email updates

 

 

MISSIONS

  • Participate in missions nationally and globally

Together we support worldwide missions through the Cooperative Program of giving. Member churches have opportunities to connect with missions in North America and 156 countries of the world where Southern Baptists have established a presence. Short Term Mission opportunities for the entire family, in America and abroad, through the North American Mission Board and the International Mission Board

  • Border Ministry Outreach

Planned outreach opportunities to our Hispanic neighbors in Mexico are coordinated through our Border Ministry team

 

 

7.    HOW IS THE ASSOCIATION ORGANIZED?

The Association is organized to minimize meetings working through staff, committees, and teams to accomplish its goals. The Executive Board, comprised of participating church pastors and up to one additional person, provides guidance, counsel, and approval of Association plans and budget. Following is a list of committees, teams, and staff roles.

 

  • (Works together with the DOM in goal setting for each area)
    • Finance:  Budget planning and financial policies
    • Personnel: Personnel management and policies
    • Credentials: Guides new churches in the process of joining the SDSBA
    • Ministers Meeting Committee: Selects time, place, and program for the monthly ministers’ lunch meeting

 

  1. (Works together with the DOM in goal setting for each area)
  • Leadership: Provides best practice training for church leaders
  • Church Strengthening: Assists in healthy church training
  • Church Planting: Assists in planting new churches
  • Border Ministry: Assists with church planting and ministry in Mexico
  • Community Development or Transformation Team (consider adding)

 

        8.    ARE THERE REGULAR MEETINGS?

Each team and committee plans their own time and place for meetings. To reduce multiple meetings, teams are encouraged to meet before or after the monthly ministers’ lunch meeting. The ministers’ lunch meeting usually meets on the first Tuesday of the month at a time and place scheduled by the Ministers Lunch Meeting Committee.
 

9.    WHAT DOES THE DIRECTOR OF MISSIONS (DOM) DO? 
In partnership with state and national agencies, the DOM serves churches in San Diego County and connects them to a shared vision to spiritually transform the San Diego region. In short, the DOM…

  • Convenes -- leaders and churches to serve together
  • Connects  -- leaders and churches for specific initiatives
  • Communicates – through the website, email updates, and newsletters
  • Coaches – when invited
  • Celebrates-- the work of local pastors and churches.

The DOM is the Executive Administrator of the staff and Vision – administering the budget and supporting each Team and Committee to help them achieve their goals. The Association is a hub or basecamp for churches to work together in San Diego.
 

10. DOES THE ASSOCIATION WORK WITH OTHER DENOMINATIONS?
Yes, all those who serve the San Diego region are friends of the SDSBA, Mark 9:40. Without compromising its Biblical convictions and traditions, the SDSBA gladly serves alongside others with the same heart and intention.

 

11. HOW DOES THE ASSOCIATION FIT WITHIN THE STRUCTURE OF THE WORK OF SOUTHERN BAPTISTS?
Here again the Acts 1:8 commandment of Christ comes into play. Every church is called to reach the entire world. Is reaching the entire world an impossible task? Not when churches work together. Our shared vision and shared resources make it possible to fulfill Christ’s vision to transform the world with the Gospel.

Here is the way we do it.

12. WHAT IS THE SBC?

Since its organization in 1845 in Augusta, Georgia, the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) has grown to over 16 million members who worship in more than 45,000 churches in the United States. Southern Baptists sponsor about 5,000 missionaries serving the United States and its territories, Canada, and the Caribbean, as well as sponsoring more than 5,000 foreign missionaries in 153 nations of the world.

The term "Southern Baptist Convention" refers to both the convention and its annual meeting. Working through 1,175 local associations and 42 state conventions, Southern Baptists share a common bond of basic Biblical beliefs and a commitment to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the entire world.

One becomes a Southern Baptist by uniting with a Southern Baptist church; one in friendly cooperation with the Southern Baptist enterprise of reaching the world for Christ. Typically church membership is a matter of receiving Jesus as your Savior and Lord and experiencing believer's baptism by immersion. (Source: http://www.sbc.net/aboutus/default.asp - Official website of the Southern Baptist Convention)

                                                                                                                                                        

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