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A Conference for Northern California Churches
March 4-6, 2021
Hosted at Redwood Chapel
19300 Redwood Rd.
Castro Valley, CA

BASS Convention Presenter: Marilyn B. Bennett

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Marilyn B. Bennett
Marilyn B. Bennett

Associate Pastor
Community Church of Hayward
Hayward, CA
(510) 676-9727

I have a B.A. from Westmont, Masters of Divinity from ABSW, and recently acquired a Doctorate in Transformational Leadership for Small Congregations. I have been an Associate Pastor at Community Church of Hayward for 8 years. I am the mother of three, grandmother of seven. I taught children with Learning Disabilities for 13 years and taught children and adults for an additional 17 years. I wrote and edited a reading program for Beacon Publishing Company. I wrote several books for teachers. I was a Reading Specialist and Consultant for schools in Santa Clara, Monterey, San Benito and Santa Cruz counties. I did workshops for ACSI, SPECS and CCAEYC. I was a Mentor Teacher and a Master Teacher for 8 years. I worked for the State of California in the Program Quality Review, the California Writing Project, and the Monterey County Science Implementation Program. I led the Language Arts Adoption Program coordinating over 400 teachers with 12 publishing companies and led the site Student Success Team. I served on the Executive Board for the School Council, a delegate for the NEA convention, a member of the Monterey County Schools Insurance Group Budget Committee and the Salinas City School District Budget Committee. I have written curriculum and teacher training manuals. I also taught in Christian schools and did workshops for ACSI for 25 years. God has given me a passion for small churches. For the last 10 years, I visited and prayed for our churches. I also interviewed pastors and members of congregations. As a result, I designed several studies to help churches become better communicators of God's love and grace.

2012 Workshops

Adult Small Groups: WHO, not WHY


The focus of self-help programs has been to raise self-esteem. Yet, this focus has created a self centered society. Come discover how to align with what God intends for His precious creation.

Adult Small Groups: The Awesome Power of LOVE


Do we attract people to a place, program, purpose, or to the person of Jesus Christ? While attracting people TO church, have people IN church lost an understanding of LOVE? In this presentation, we will take a fresh new look at the specifics of LOVE and model an effective interactive method to increase responsiveness by members of your congregation. (I Corinthians 13). Attendees will receive a new SIX week study entitled “The Awesome Power of Love.”

Adult Small Groups: The Awesome Power of GRACE


For the last two decades, the church world has chosen to honor churches of enormous size and financial success. Pastors complain that while trying to attract people TO church, the people IN church have lost an ability to rightly relate to God and each other. In this presentation, we will take a fresh new look at the specifics of GRACE and model an effective interactive method that will increase response (Acts 2). Attendees will receive a new SIX week study entitled “The Awesome Power of Grace.”