Better Together

Join the CSBC Family

At the California Southern Baptist Convention, we realize that we are better together. Our member churches have an increased giving impact, a connection to a local network of churches, and ministry support within their community. We would love to have you partner with us in our efforts to reach the 30 million people in California that need to hear the life-changing message of Jesus.
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Who Should Fill Out This Application?

  • Affiliated missions or church plants that have become autonomous churches and desire full CSBC/SBC membership.
  • Unaffiliated churches seeking membership in the CSBC and local association.

Two Paths to Affiliate with CSBC:


Mission or Church Plant Affiliation
Missions or church plants do not require a CSBC membership application. These new congregations are sponsored (financially and otherwise) by a CSBC or SBC church in good standing and are accepted under the watch care of the sponsor church. Missions and church plants cannot elect messengers to either the CSBC or SBC annual meeting. However, members can be messengers if elected by the sponsor church.

Once a mission or church plant becomes autonomous and is no longer sponsored by a church, the mission or church plant must seek CSBC membership as a church.

Church Affiliation
Autonomous churches not affiliated with CSBC must go through the membership process by completing an application and providing other required documentation. Churches seeking membership must be approved by the Convention Membership Committee of the CSBC Executive Board. A dual application is a possibility for those churches seeking membership of select associations and CSBC. However, the Executive Board must approve all churches as stipulated in the CSBC Bylaws (Article III, Section 5 –Throughout the year the Executive Board shall confer to make decisions regarding membership status of churches wishing to affiliate with the Convention, reporting its actions to the Convention annually).

If a mission or church plant becomes an autonomous congregation, CSBC cannot change its status to a church without going through the membership process outlined in the “Church Affiliation” section above. Once an application and supporting documentation have been submitted and approved, the church is eligible to send messengers to CSBC (and SBC) annual meetings, based on messenger requirements for the state and national entities.

What it Means to be Part of our Family of Churches

  • Connection to a Local Network of Churches
  • Increased Giving Impact
  • Premier Seminary Education at Reduced Rates
  • Ministry Support in Your Community
  • National Representation in SBC Decision-Making
  • North America's Largest Church Planting Network
  • Global Missions Opportunities
  • A Voice for Truth in our Culture

There are more than 30 million people in California still waiting to hear the good news of Jesus Christ. Partner with us to reach California and reach the world.

Pete Ramirez
Executive Director, CSBC
Pete Ramirez