News & Information
2018 Men’s Retreat
Join us February 22-24, 2018 for our annual Men's Retreat. We are moving to NEW venue this year, Sugar Pine Christian Camp, near Oakhurst. The facilities are phenomenal and I know our men will appreciate the improved amenities Sugar Pine provides, including more electrical outlets in each room! And, depending on the weather, Sugar Pine offers a ropes challenge course and paintball (at an additional expense).
We are pleased to announce that Jason Taylor, Lead Pastor at The Vertical Church in Yuma, AZ, will be the speaker for this retreat. Jason is a husband, a father and a writer ("Risking Crazy" and "Walking in Power").
The cost for each man starts at $145 per man, for basic cabins, or $155 / $163 per man for upgraded cabins/rooms (more details to come). We will share more information in the coming months as we work with our new venue and as we try to grow this event for the glory of God and the benefit of the men who follow Him.
Click HERE to go to the registration website.
2017 Men’s Retreat
Join us February 23-25, 2017 at Silver Spur Christian Camp for our annual Men's Retreat, featuring Jim McComas, the Director of Church Revitalization for Free Will Baptist North American Ministries. The Men's Retreat is always a special event as men from around the state gather together to worship God, hear from His Word, fellowship with His people, and return home changed by the experience.
The cost is $140 per man. Please click on the link below to register online. All attendees must register online. You can also pay online, if you choose. You can also send a check to: CAFWB Men's Retreat PO Box 8577 Fresno, CA 93747-8577. We look forward to seeing you at the end of February!
2016 Spring Women’s Conference
Click HERE to view the 2016 Spring Women's Conference Flyer. There will be more info in the coming weeks.
Merry Christmas & Happy New Year from FWB Family Ministries
November 9, 2015 - We want to thank you for all you have done to help us in 2015. We are thankful for the number of children who have accepted Christ this year. Many will experience the true joy of Christmas for the first time because now the “reason for the season” is their Lord and Savior!
Our new on-campus and state-licensed school facility, Stokes Academy, has truly been a godsend. We would ask that you consider a year-end Christmas gift to help us offset some of the costs involved in providing a quality Christian education to our students. Operational costs are around $244,000 per year -- $669.22 per day -- $7,400 per child for a year. Gifts may be earmarked “Stokes Academy.”
The Hope Center recently had a two-story brick building adjacent to the center made available to us for use as a maternity home. What an answer to prayer! Remodeling will begin in 2016. If you would like to help with this project, please earmark your gift to “Hope Center Maternity Home.” The Hope Center is currently serving 477 families, and 66 babies have been born to our clients through October of this year. What a ministry!
The Maggie House in Charleston, Arkansas, will be opening its doors to care for hurting children this December. It will be home to up to 33 children in a 7-county region of the state.
Great things are happening at Family Ministries, and we are humbled God has opened these additional doors of opportunity for us to fulfill our mission of service to the lost and hurting. Now, more than ever, we need you to stand with us in your prayers and financial support. Gift cards (Walmart, etc.) are a convenient way you can help us ensure a great Christmas for our young people. Many of them experience a very challenging time being away from their families during the holidays.
If sending checks, please note if they are for a special project. Credit card gifts may be made through PayPal at www.fwbfm.com.
God bless all of you, and, again, have a very blessed Christmas and a happy New Year from all of our family here at Family Ministries.
May 10, 2015 – The Annual Meeting of our State Association was especially sweet this year. Sunday night was specially designed to be a worship service, pure and simple. Our state leaders desired to bring churches together for the purpose of worshipping the Lord as one body. And what a great time it was. Hands and voices were raised from a packed sanctuary, an experience that blesses the heart.
There are many things to get excited about. The church mission in Greenfield, Heritage FWB Church, reported another great year of growth and God-sized stories of men and women reached with the Gospel. And while a huge problem exists in Greenfield, it is a great problem to have. Heritage has run out of room. But we serve a God who is capable of providing new, bigger facilities or He could send a donor that would allow for renovations and expansions at their existing location. Pray for Greenfield. Pray that God would move in mighty ways.
We also heard from Sweetwater Christian Camp. God has managed to provide the funds and labor to make years of progress in just a few months. The Amphitheater is nearing completion, a task expected to take two years. Many more tent decks have been constructed. And most importantly, children and youth are being saved through this ministry. God is good and He has richly blessed this camp.
“Have you heard?” California Christian College is moving. Years of struggling with debt and facilities in need of constant repair may soon be a fond, but distant memory. CCC has put their current property up for sale and is moving forward with a plan to relocate to the campus of Harmony FWB Church in Fresno. The move will free up revenues, place the school on a more firm foundation and position the school to have more modern facilities in a few short years. Pray that the Lord will send a buyer quickly and that OUR college will continue to prepare men and women of our state for ministry work.
Finally, it is very exciting to look forward to the new church plant coming to Irvine. Stephen Kimbrell, with his family, and several others are currently raising money for the project. Lift them up in prayer. Commit to support them financially, if you are able. And look forward to the Lord doing great things in Irvine in the near future.
It is an exciting time to be a California Free Will Baptist. We have great things going on. I have already mentioned several. But did you know, that the Lord’s work is happening in each and every church in our state? Antioch, Bakersfield, Stockton, Concord and Orange Cove are just a few of the places where our brothers and sisters are serving the Lord and reaching people with the Gospel message.
Our state is diverse and the people that call Free Will Baptist churches their home are diverse as well. We have many different backgrounds, occupations and preferences. But we are united under the Gospel banner. “Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.” (Ephesians 4:3-6)
Finally, I am so humbled that so many have seen fit to allow me to follow the Lord’s guidance and become the Executive Secretary for the California State Association. I am truly excited to be able to travel up and down our state to meet and worship with my brothers and sisters, to share in the work of our state and to share with you the great things that our Lord is doing in our churches. Join me in praying that we continue to support the works of our state, that we would continue in a Spirit of fellowship and that we would each remember to humble ourselves before the Lord, and one another, and serve as we are called by our Creator.
CAFWB 75th Annual Meeting
In 2018, the California Association of Free Will Baptists will celebrate 75 years of service for the The Lord. Make plans to join us May 6-8, 2018 in Turlock, at LifeGate FWB Church, where the State Association held it's very first meeting.
More details to come!
California Youth in Ministry Scholarship
Deadline for summer applications – March 1, 2017
Each summer many high schoolers from our Free Will Baptist Churches will be involved in some type of ministry—whether it be the Truth and Peace Leadership Conference sponsored by the National Youth Conference; E-Team which is short term mission trips sponsored by Free Will Baptist International Missions; or local church sponsored mission trips. There also may be mission projects sponsored by other Ministry groups that would qualify. The potential for Christian growth and blessings is great, but so is the cost. This is the reason California Women Active for Christ (CWAC) started the California Youth in Ministries Scholarship fund in 2005 with $500—monies raised as part of that year’s state project. We continued to add to this fund until gifts totaled $2,000 and we awarded the first scholarship in 2007 and every year since then, women have given scholarships to many of our Free Will Baptist young people involved in ministry projects.
The scholarship is exclusively for high school students from California Free Will Baptist Churches who must meet certain requirements and complete an application that includes writing 2-3 paragraphs explaining why they want to be involved in this particular missionary project, explain their personal goals as well as their salvation experience. They also must include a letter of recommendation from their pastor or a church leader. There is a deadline and each application is reviewed by the Scholarship Committee which presently is made up of the Executive Board of the CWAC. Scholarships will be announced and awarded in April, 2017.
Click HERE for application.
CAFWB Annual Meeting May 7-9
May 7 - 5:00pm Worship Service @ Harmony FWB Church
featuring Ruben Sanchez
(Pastor, Pinos Del Libano FWB Church, South Gate, CA)
May 8 - 7:00pm Worship Service @ Harmony FWB Church
featuring Kurt Lindgren
(Pastor, Harvest FWB Church, Bakersfield, CA)
May 9 - 9:00am General Business Session @ Harmony FWB Church
Pastor Shelby Farmer
Shelby Joe Farmer was born on December 21, 1935 to Eddie and Wilma Farmer. He graduated from this life on June 1, 2016. Pastor Farmer was preceded in death by his father Eddie Farmer, his sister Nota Nero, his wife Lourndia Farmer, and his grandson Joshua Farmer. He is survived by his mother Wilma Farmer, his brother Phillip Farmer, his children, Michael Farmer of Spokane, WA, David Farmer of Steptoe, WA, Gregory Farmer of El Monte, CA, and Diana Sanger of Baldwin Park, CA, as well as by 14 grand children, 12 great grand children, two great great grand children, and several nieces and nephews.
Pastor Farmer was ordained in 1966, serving for 50 years in the ministry. In his years of service, he pastored in Mountain View, CA, Pleasant Hill, CA, Newark, CA, Fremont, CA, Vancouver, WA, and in Baldwin Park, CA (for the past 27 years).
All are invited to a memorial service on Saturday, July 9 beginning at 1:00pm. A reception will follow.
Baldwin Park FWB Church
3941 Merced Ave
Baldwin Park, CA 91706
September 6, 2015 - Pastors and church leaders are encouraged to attend this free event, with seminars and preaching geared toward evaluating and improving church health and leadership, featuring North American Ministries' David Crowe, Jim McComas, Brad Ransom and Ken Akers.
This event will take place on Friday, January 15 and Saturday January 16, 2016 at Harmony FWB Church in Fresno, CA. It is open to any church leader, not just pastors.
Because we feel this is going to be such an important event, the CAFWB Mission Board has committed to providing hotel rooms to California pastors who are traveling to this event. But there is a limited number of rooms available, so please contact Mike Kilcrease (firstname.lastname@example.org) as soon as possible to save a room.