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