Pacifica Baptist Church 2070 Francisco Blvd, Pacifica, CA94044 Pacifica Baptist Church, founded in 1950, offers services and focused Bible study sessions throughout the week,…More including a discipleship group on Thursday and Sunday School for young adults and children. Worship services feature a praise team, which Pastor Stephen Cosgrove said is different than a choir in that "a choir stands up with robes, a praise team stands up with guitars." Cosgrove, who is the 13th pastor of the church, said that it is his and the congregation's intention to reach all people of all sectors of society with the word of Jesus Christ, even though the church's denomination is Baptist. "We don't push that," he said. As part of the Southern Baptist Convention--a sect within the larger Baptist method of Christianity--which was formed in 1845 in Georgia, Pacifica Baptist Church gives 20 percent of its income toward missionary programs, half of which target U.S. communities; the other half target communities across the world. More locally, the church sponsors little league teams, participates in Walk for Life West Coast, an annual anti-abortion demonstration held in San Francisco, and sets up a booth at Pacifica's annual Fogfest where congregation members hand out free Bibles.
The Pacifica Youth Service Bureau provides individual, family and group therapy with a focus on youth development. In…More that vein, it offers intervention through peer support groups targeting issues like bullying, violence, anger management, self-harm, school challenges and gangs.
The Youth Service Bureau, part of the YMCA, also has a presence on many school campuses so students need not travel far to seek assistance. The Service Bureau also runs a "Building Futures" program that pairs at-risk youth with adult volunteers for one-year mentorship relationships. Youth in the criminal justice system also meet with Pacifica Youth Service Bureau staff for mental health counseling and intervention programs.