When he came and saw the grace of God, [Barnabas] rejoiced, and he exhorted them all to remain faithful to the Lord with steadfast devotion…. Then Barnabas went to Tarsus to look for Saul, and when he had found him, he brought him to Antioch. So it was that for an entire year they associated with the church and taught a great many people, and it was in Antioch that the disciples were first called “Christians.”
Acts 11: 23-26
Welcome to the diverse array of ministries by which the Episcopal Diocese of California supports spiritual growth for all ages. From the first century in Antioch — where the first disciples were called Christians — to the 21st century in the San Francisco Bay Area, Christian faith has always been both “caught” and “taught.” That is, passed from person to person by the witness of lives rich in faith and service, and by patient and creative teaching of our tradition. It happens in homes, classrooms, camps, in the everyday commerce of lives and relationships, and in church. Diocesan discipleship ministries for children and families, youth, young adults, and adults complement and enhance the teaching ministries of our congregations, offering resources and opportunities to grow stronger in faith together.