SASBC is the regional expression of the Southern Baptist Denomination and has a 50 year history of starting new work, providing training and support, and acting as the hub of a network of relationships between pastors and churches.
The Sacramento Association of Southern Baptist Churches (SASBC) is a California religious non-profit corporation. We are nearly 98 congregations in the Greater Sacramento Valley. Sacramento is the state capital of California and is located midway between San Francisco and Reno, Nevada.
We are the regional body of the Southern Baptist Convention (national) and the California Southern Baptist Convention (state). SASBC was founded in 1945 by people who migrated from Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Missouri to California. Originally it was called the Sacramento Valley Missionary Baptist Association.
The first annual meeting took place on October 2, 1945, in Stockton, California, and was made up of messengers from churches in seven cities: Sacramento, the Northgate area of Sacramento, Gridley, Linda, Olivehurst, Oroville, and Stockton.
The association currently has a very diverse membership of ninety-eight congregations, including African American, predominantly white, Chinese, Vietnamese, , Russian speaking, Romanian, Ukrainian, Korean, Hispanic, and Filippino.
What Does an Association of Churches Do?
An association of churches does what your local church does with one huge difference. It does it with churches, not with individuals. An association of churches trains churches; encourages churches; visits churches when they are sick; helps churches have babies (start new churches); helps bury old churches when they die; counsels churches when they are confused or wayward; and celebrates special occasions with churches.
An association of churches is the formal expression of love and concern to a church from all the other churches. It harnesses the synergy that exists when churches team together in a common endeavor. It magnifies the Christian influence and sense of Christian presence in a community.
What type of relationship holds an association of churches together? It’s called a covenant relationship. This is a sacred covenant between churches to help one another and to love one another.
Why does an association need an office and a full-time staff? The same reason a church does: to coordinate, guide and aid the work of the ministry.
In other words, Sacramento Association does the following for your church:
Although not an exhaustive list, this gets to the heart of what SASBC provides for your local mission dollar.