California, Here We Come

After more than two months of having wonderful conversations with several different churches, Emily and I are thrilled to announce that I have accepted the position of Senior Minister for the North County Church of Christ in Escondido, California. Some of you (especially my fellow Texans) may not know where Escondido is. It's a suburb of San Diego.

The North County Church is a progressive, wonderfully diverse congregation of 700 that is poised to reach people for Christ in a big way. In addition to having one of the largest Spanish-speaking ministries among Churches of Christ in the United States, NCCC is one of the truly outreach-oriented churches I've encountered, remaining committed to reaching people for Christ in the 16-39 year-old age group. There is a healthy spiritual intensity to NCCC that, when  coupled with strong leadership and strategic wisdom, can lead NCCC to reach people…and lots of them…for years to come. Keep your eye on NCCC…God's going to do some great stuff.

California is the most populated and most influential state in the union, and yet, one of the most underresourced in the church world today. Some of the nation's best churches, ministers, and most talented Christian people reside in California, but it remains underresourced–not unlike Asia in the global missions arena. It's a great honor for me to return to my homeland, Southern California, to offer whatever I can for God's glory.

Not only is NCCC a terrific church, Escondido is a wonderful community. In fact, The North County San Diego area is a beautiful place and a terrific place to raise kids. It is perennially listed among Money magazines 100 best places to live. Anna, our oldest will start kindergarten in Escondido a week from this morning. We move this week.

My first day in the office will be September 2. My first Sunday in the pulpit will be September 14. 

To answer some of the questions I've been getting from some of you on and off-line, the blog will most definitely continue. Sermons should be online at NCCC soon…as soon as the web site gets a facelift (underway). Give it a few days to get set up, but after that, you can reach me at Those of you who come to the National Pastor's Convention each year, look us up. If you have friends in the area that are looking for or need a church home, send them our way. And, thanks to all of you who have provided the Spiveys with such amazing love and encouragement through an extremely difficult time. God is great, and his people are good.

Now, the work begins. Good work. Holy work. Exciting work. What a blessing!

San diego

Dr. Tim Spivey is Lead Planter of New Vintage Church in San Diego, California. He is the author of numerous articles and one book, "Jesus: The Powerful Servant." A sought after speaker for events, Tim also serves as Adjunct Professor of Religion at Pepperdine University. Tim serves as a church consultant, and his writings are featured on, Church Executive magazine, Faith Village, Sermon Central, and Giving Rocket.

Please note: I reserve the right to delete comments that are offensive or off-topic.

Share Your Thoughts

22 thoughts on “California, Here We Come

  1. Wow a LOT has happened since I was last at your blog! I was hoping you would do something like this and I am glad that God presented the opportunity brother! My brothers and sisters there will be blessed and I am glad to hear that you will be posting sermons on the site (hope it doesn’t crash from the traffic). You are such an encouragement to me and my family Tim! We truly have missed hearing God through you the past few months. I will pray that God continues to do mighty things through you and your family!

  2. Tim and Emily, We are so happy for you, and know the Lord will use you in wonderful ways. I’m happy you are in San Diego, and can begin to get settled in with the girls. Love you all much!

  3. It was so great to see you the other day! Many blessings to you as you begin your new work in the kingdom. I know God will do amazing things there through you! Can’t wait for your sermons to be back online! I miss getting to hear you! Blessings to you and Emily!

  4. Most excellent. Imagine that said calmly with my west Texas drawl, not some Bill and Ted thing.
    Just remember that in California, those fellas in cowboyhats are a whole different type of person.

  5. Great news Tim! God bless you and your family as y’all move and transition to this new ministry. God bless it! Looking forward to reading more. I am confident you will be an awesome influence on the church there to reach more people for Christ. God Bless. Grace and Peace.

  6. I knew The Lord had the right plan in mind for you!! The Church in California will be greatly blessed by you and your family!! You are a very dynamic preacher and will touch so many more lives!! Dallas will miss you though. I wish you God’s blessings and safe travel!!
    Melissa Jenkins

  7. Congratulations! I am so excited that God found a place for you to do His work! Good luck in the future…and I will be anxiously waiting for the new website to be up and running so I can hear your voice again!

  8. We’ll give you a month or so to get settled, then we’ll come down for a weekend and visit. Glad you’re back in So Cal.

  9. Tim,
    Great news! Going to my old stomping grounds. Holly and I will be praying for you in your transition. We’ll look forward to visiting you in San Diego in the near future. I’m so excited for you.

  10. Many God blessings on your family! You will be missed here in Dallas, but will gain many new friends in southern Cal. May God continue to place you right where he wants you!

  11. I’m so glad you have a wonderful new place to do God’s will. Blessing on you and your family as you move to this new chapter of your lives. If we ever get to San Diego, I’ll be there for service. Wouldn’t miss a chance to hear you again.

  12. Wait! You can’t move this week! I’m still being a sluggo-writer in Santa Fe! Hmmmm….guess I’ll just have to make a SC trip to…you know…keep on providing the mentoring (translate: advise-giving) you’ve been so accustomed to. Or, at the very least, I will follow with great interest, and keep covered with prayer, your ministry at NC. Godspeed and best blessings.