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PCBA logoThe Pacific Coast Baptist Association embraces a vision for our congregations that is faithful to our American Baptist heritage and principles, by celebrating our diversity through fellowship with one another, by sharing our resources for our common ministries, and by participating in the wider mission of the American Baptist Churches, USA.

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PCBA Ministerial Standards

The Ministerial Standards Committee of PCBA serves as the committee that relates to Ordinations among member churches, on behalf of the Evergreen Association of American Baptist Churches.

We have recently completed a revision of our Guidelines for Ordination.  You will find them here, along with the Application forms used by Evergreen for Ordination and Recognition.

We hope you will find them useful should the occasion arise in your church.

Our committee meets again on September 6 and November 1 later this year.

Many thanks to all,

Paul Hardwick, Chair
Ministerial Standards Committee

Baptists Lunching Together: Spring 2017

Wednesdays at Noon ($10)
Grand Lake Gardens, 401 Santa Clara Ave., Oakland

April 19, 2017: Robert Walter

President & Executive Director of the Joseph Campbell Foundation

Spaceship Earth Ascending: Mythologies for the 21st Century & Beyond

Joseph Campbell frequently noted that every mythology is “another person’s religion.” In this talk, we will consider his thoughts about today’s mythologies and those of the future.

The “future”? Since time immemorial prophets have authoritatively declaimed it, artists have conjured utopias and dystopias, and beguiling shysters have tantalized the gullible with promises. But when tomorrow arrives it is often not what we had envisioned. Why is that?

How do our mythologies, the stories and belief systems that inform our lives, all-too-often defeat us by pitting each-against-the-other? Why must our embedded mythologies be reimagined for the 21st century and beyond? How do we do that?

In our time together, we will seek to answer these questions.

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PCBA NOTES 7.1 (Winter 2017)

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Ministers and Students in the Philippines Helped by Book Project

More than 10,000 books are now on the library shelves of Central Philippine University or in the personal possession of Baptist ministers in the Philippines thanks to PCBA’s Philippine Book Project.  The books on theology, biblical studies, church history, ministry, and general reference were once in the libraries of ministers, teachers, and others mostly in Northern California.

Following a semester in which Dale and Alice Edmondson taught as volunteer faculty members at the American-Baptist-related university, the project was begun as a response to the extremely high cost of books in that country.  Thinking of the number of books basic to ministerial preparation which belonged to retired clergy and others in the Bay Area, they discovered people here were happy to make many of these books available.  The books were welcomed by the University to fill gaps in the library’s collection which had resulted from their limited budget.  Books not needed in the library were made available to seminary students and pastors for whom many such books were beyond reach.

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Baptists Lunching Together Winter 2017

Wednesdays at Noon ($10)
Grand Lake Gardens, 401 Santa Clara Ave., Oakland

  • February 15 – Laura Landgraf
    “From Victim to Victor:  Empowering Women and Men Surviving Childhood Trauma”
  • March 15 – Will McGarvey
    “Envisioning a World of Interfaith Peace”
    Executive, Interfaith Council of Costa Contra County

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PCBA NOTES 6.3 (Fall 2016)

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Youthquake Sends 42 Youth & Adult Missionaries to New Orleans
PCBA-sponsored Program Joins Home Mission Society Project

Continuing the work of rebuilding in New Orleans’ Lower Ninth Ward ravished in 2005 by Hurricane Katrina, forty-two Bay Area American Baptist young people and adults journeyed there to participate in a project of the denomination’s Home Mission Society.

Important projects undertaken by the mission team included working on the home of a woman who had paid a contractor unsuccessfully to repair her home, helping ready a charter school serving kindergarten through 8th grade students, painting picnic tables and picking up trash at a small local store serving an overlooked neighborhood, and working to transform an abandoned building into an Internet café for youth near a new high school. Continue reading

Seafarer’s Mission celebration

Seafarers MissionThe Seafarers Mission of the Golden Gate announces a service celebrating the work of men and women serving on international container ships. It will be held on Sunday, July 10 at 4:00 PM at the Port of Oakland’s Maritime Center, 4001 7th Street (the end of 7th Street). The service will be followed by an ice cream social at 5:00. SMGG’s new chaplain, Jamieson Prevoznah will lead the service. The seafarers are those served by SMGG’s historic Baptist ministry.