We are a church committed to a vision of social justice and care for the poor.


Community Opportunities

Want to know of other ways you can be light in the community? Check out the vacancies on these different local committees and agencies:


  • Alcoholics Anonymous
  • Assistance League
  • AYSO soccer
  • Bible Study Fellowship (BSF)
  • Bookends Int.
  • Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts
  • Boys and Girls Club
  • Caring for pregnant and new families
  • Celebrate Recovery
  • Center for Successful Aging
  • Chapel ARIEL
  • Christian Business Men’s Connection
  • Cliff Drive Care Center (CDCC)
  • Common Ground
  • Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA)
  • Disaster Communications
  • Elderly community - private homes and group homes
  • Emergency Communications
  • Flamenco Santa Barbara
  • Foodbank
  • Gaviota Coast Conservancy
  • Glimmer of Hope
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Hospice
  • Housing 1st
  • Immigrant Hope
  • Independent Living Resource Center
  • Inner Light Community Gospel Choir
  • Jail ministry
  • JDRF and William Sansum Diabetes Center
  • Laundry Love - Isla Vista
  • League of Women Voters
  • Lights On
  • Loads of Love
  • Meals on Wheels                                           
  • MLK Committee
  • Providence, A Santa Barbara Christian School
  • PTA
  • Recovery program
  • Recovery Ranch
  • Rescue Mission
  • Santa Barbara Response Network
  • Sara House
  • SB Christian Lawyers Association
  • SB City Advisory Committee on Transportation
  • SB Public Schools
  • SB Women's Bible Study
  • Set Free Movement
  • St. Mark Preschool
  • Sunday school
  • Transition House
  • Turn the Page Uganda
  • Tutoring
  • UCSB
  • Uffizi Order
  • United Way
  • Unity Shoppe
  • Valle Verde
  • Veteran Riders
  • Veteran's Outpatient Clinic
  • Vietnam Veterans
  • Washington Elementary Classroom Volunteer
  • Westmont College
  • Westside Collaborative
  • Westside Garden Club
  • World Dance for Humanity
  • Young Life of Santa Barbara
  • Youth and Family Services (YFS)

We want to truly serve our neighbor and, as God commands the Israelites, seek the good of the city we inhabit (Jeremiah 29:7). We do that as individuals in our congregation and as a church body. A recent survey measured our congregational giving over 500 hours per week in service to our community.  Here is a glimpse into just a part of how we engage our local community:

For more information and other opportunities contact Pastor Doug at 965-1338 x224 or doug@fmcsb.org.

Although we serve in places all over Santa Barbara, our church is situated, specifically, on the Mesa of Santa Barbara. Our ministry, Cliff Drive Care Center, is especially designed to serve the most pressing needs of our nearest neighbors: the individuals, children, and families who are closest to us. Here is a short video describing the Mesa here.


As we discussed in worship, here is a link to the paper written by Bishop David Roller a few years ago, which he affirmed when all the pastors were together recently. This is not new for us, as we have equality at our core, but in light of recent events, we want to say again that the Free Methodist church, grounded in Biblical theology, will continue to come alongside all of those who are on the outside.  We believe the people of God are commanded from the beginning to treat foreigners and sojourners with compassion.  The church is a place of belonging for everyone, no matter where we are from or what sin we have committed.  Where the church and state are in tension, the people of God, in this case the Free Methodists, have decided to welcome and care for all.  This includes refugees and immigrants. In addition, we continue to pray for God's wisdom for our President, for our Congress, for our Courts and for all those who lead.


JOLT (Justice/Outreach Leadership Team)

Our Role:

1) Faithful participation at the meetings for the Leadership Team and acting to fulfill the purpose.

2) Be a “point person” for a local justice/outreach ministry. This will include:

  • praying regularly for yourself, the “missionary” you represent and the ministry.
  • keeping the congregation informed on ministry activity and needs.
  • bringing special needs to the attention of the Justice/Outreach Leadership Team.

3) Follow-through on outside tasks as needed.

    Our purpose: To promote justice/outreach (local missions) opportunities to the people of our congregation through presentation, giving, caring for “missionaries/projects” and serving.

    Our present missionaries/projects:

      For more information and to get involved contact Pastor Doug at 965-1338 x224 or doug@fmcsb.org.