Breakout sessions to inform, inspire,
Missions to connect with
Hundreds of fellow
The first Santa Barbara Mission Conference took place Saturday, January 18, 2003, when missionary statesman Harold Kurtz spoke to a group of about 80 people who gathered at First Presbyterian Church for a mission conference. That conference included presentations by nine mission groups, all of them validated by the Presbytery of Santa Barbara.
The conference’s goal, then and now, is
The conference has grown and expanded so that it now draws more than 400 people over a Friday evening through Saturday afternoon in late January. It has become a regional event, with people coming from beyond the tri-counties of California’s south and central coasts. It has expanded also in denominational terms. While it is officially a ministry of the Santa Barbara Presbytery, it is in partnership with local congregations of the Free Methodist, Covenant, and Lutheran churches, whose members are represented on the SBMC Council.
As it grows and expands, Santa Barbara Mission Conference is intentional about appealing to college students and young adults. It is often during those years that a person senses a call to serve God in an enduring way.