FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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 – Monthly Coaching Network
    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.
  • Church Revitalization Cohort
    This group meets monthly for peer to peer support, coaching, and training.
  • Church Outreach Marketing
  • Church Growth Strategies and Execution
  • Church Legal Services
  • New Church Planting 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.
  • Community Impact and Regional 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 are available through Guidestone Financial Resources
  • Executive Board
    SDSBA is led by a 15-member Executive Board.  The Executive Board is a three-year term.
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.
  • Party Trailers
    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.
  • Portable Baptistery
    Available without cost.
  • 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

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 shared cooperative program of missions. (Baptist Faith and Message)

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.

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.

Just 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.

WHAT IS EXPECTED FROM MEMBER CHURCHES OF THE ASSOCIATION?

Participating churches share in the overall finance support of missions locally, nationally and globally. Each church must decide what level of support they are able to give.  Churches also give a percentage to the global missions cooperative program. 

HOW DOES A CHURCH BECOME A MEMBER OF THE ASSOCIATION?

An application form is completed and submitted to the SDSBA office. This begins a process which includes meeting with the SDSBA Admin Council or Director of Missions. When membership is approved it includes membership in the State and National registry as a participating Southern Baptist Church. An SBC-ID number is assigned which allows for, a number of, benefits for group purchase discounts, church literature discounts from Lifeway Christian Resources, and much more.

Each year new churches are introduce in the fall Annual Meeting and Celebration event.

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 approves Association plans and budget and presents their report at the Annual meeting.

ARE THERE REGULAR MEETINGS?

The ministers’ lunch meeting usually meets on the third Tuesday of the month.

WHAT DOES THE DIRECTOR OF MISSIONS (DOM) DO?

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 goals. The Association is a hub or basecamp for churches to work together in San Diego.

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 to serve the spiritual and societal needs of the San Diego region.

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 an example of how Acts 1:8 guides our shared work.

WHAT IS THE SBC?

In Brief…
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)