MONTEREY, Calif.—The California Association of Regular Baptist Churches held its annual Christian Workers’ Retreat Jan. 18–20. First-time attender Danielle Munoz says “it was eye-opening to see the unity of the CARBC workers and the common desire to trust God’s Word in an ever-darkening world.”
Danielle recently married Isaias Munoz, associate pastor of youth and music at Faith Baptist Church, Visalia, California. Since she and Isaias are new to ministry, she says the testimonies that pastors shared were particularly inspiring. “In the midst of opportunities for relaxation and fellowship, these messages reminded us to serve the flocks with the highest integrity and sincerity.”
Each year, the retreat offers fellowship, encouragement, and exhortation to couples in ministry. Speakers this year at the Hilton Garden Inn addressed the theme “The Life-changing Impact of Coming to Faith,” each one touching on how coming to faith has changed a facet of his life.
Bruce McLain, CARBC state representative, relayed how the church can impact every life stage. Pastor Ken Doan (Orchard Baptist, Vacaville) guided attendees through various viewpoints of nonbelievers. Pastor Ray Smith (Clearlake Baptist, Lakeport) expounded upon how faith centers his worldview on the Great Commandment and Commission. And Pastor Chris Pagniello (Highland Baptist, Hayward) discussed the need for ministers to treasure their marriage while ministering. To close, Pete Mothershead, an evangelist and author of Showing and Sharing My Faith (Regular Baptist Press), taught about effectively sharing one’s faith without fear.
“Overall,” Danielle says, “my husband and I left thankful for the privilege to hear the wisdom and reflections of those who have gone before us and who are still faithfully shepherding, excited for the Lord’s work in the new year.”