Meet City Church
Our Guiding Partner, City Church San Francisco, was one of the churches that helped create and shape our movement when they publicly embraced inclusion for the LGBTQ+ community over ten years ago. City Church Long Beach is a church they planted eight years ago and now CCLB is ready to launch an inclusive community for Orange County.
How We Partner With Them
We met CCLB’s Co-pastor Bill White when he and Co-Pastor Brenna Rubio were preparing to hire their pastoral intern Donna Bukland as a church planting resident. They were looking for some guidance on how to support her through the journey. After joining our Support Calls for a few months, we all became excited about partnering and learning together. Donna began her church planting residency with CCLB in June 2021. We coached her as she developed a leadership team, identified a co-pastor, and began her fundraising/budgeting process. Safe Harbor Orange County officially launched for bi-monthly services in November 2022.
How They Partner With Us
This partnership allowed us to develop an 18-month residency model for those in the pre-launch phase of developing an inclusive community in their area. Bill White and Brenna Rubio invested generously in SHOC and Launchpad through the process. They also became incredible content partners who now host shared leadership trainings and develop resources under their nonprofit Small Church, Big Table. We’re proud to call SCBT an organizational partner and offer discounts on their coaching and content to all of our Launching Partners.