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Although local Associations are autonomous and independent from the California Southern Baptist Convention and the Southern Baptist Convention, we work closely with both to achieve the goal set before us, "Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you." Matthew 28:19-20
The North American Mission Board, A Southern Baptist Convention entity supported by the Cooperative Program and the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering®, assists Southern Baptists in their task of fulfilling the Great Commission (Matt 28:19-20) in the United States, Canada and their territories through a national strategy for sharing Christ, starting churches and sending missionaries, in cooperation with Acts 1:8 Partners.
On October 19-20, 1949, seven Baptist churches from northern California met for the First Annual Meeting of Sierra Butte Baptist Association. The churches were from Chico, Crescent City, Gridley, Live Oak, Olivehurst, Oroville, Susanville and Yuba City. They had begun relationships to help churches reach people for Christ, establish churches, and provide ministries that would help the churches work together to do things they could not have done alone.
Today, the Association has become an association of 34 churches in the seven counties of Butte, Colusa, Glenn, Nevada, Sutter, Tehama and Yuba. The area is smaller and the number of churches larger, but the mission remains. We are an association of Southern Baptist Churches who cooperate together with the California Southern Baptist Convention and the Southern Baptist Convention to reach the world with the Gospel of Christ, strengthening local churches, starting new churches and working together in carrying out the Great Commission and the Great Commandments of our Lord through the Cooperative Program of World Missions.