We have several critical board openings in our California SBC state convention. These include:
- Committee on Convention Operations (program committee). This committee wins the prize for coolest nickname — COCO.
- Committee on Board Nominations (nominates people to serve on the boards of California Baptist University, California Baptist Foundation, and the CSBC Executive Board)
- Committee on Resolutions, Credentials and Membership (which deals with resolutions and reviews church applications for membership)
While these committees may sound “bureaucratic” in nature, think of it as democracy at work.
Congregationalism (local church autonomy with some level of authority vested in the individual members) is a long-standing distinctive of Baptist life. But the only way congregational churches can partner together on mission is if the churches themselves send delegates to make decisions on behalf of the whole.
Functionally, our convention is divided into nine geographic areas (see map).
All nine of these regions must be represented on every committee. Just like our country’s electoral college, this ensures that both high and low population areas will have representation. But it creates a problem when we can’t find enough qualified individuals to serve, especially from our more rural areas.
The CSBC has immediate vacancies in regions 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, and 9. It won’t be long before the other regions have vacancies too.
If you are a member of a Southern Baptist Church in California, and have a heart to spread the gospel and establish more healthy churches in California, you should consider serving on a board.
Pastors fill many of these positions, but the committees are not made up exclusively of pastors. In fact, at least three members of each committee must be laypersons.
I’d be happy to get some of you started on the nomination process. Just email or Facebook me with the following info:
Your full name
Name of church
Your role/title at church
Why you want to serve
Skills and experience that would qualify you to serve
Please note, not everyone who is nominated will be asked to serve. That’s up to the Committee on Committees. But your nomination form will be held for at least three years for future consideration, and can always be submitted later.
Please let me know if I can be of any help.