I am a veteran of – count ’em – 22 CBF General Assembly meetings. (That does not include the 1990 “consultation” that led to the formation of CBF at which I was also present.)
So, I guess my longevity – if nothing else – allows me to make what I like to think is an astute observation about how things have changed over these years.
That change which stands out to me is hair color! That’s right. In the early years of post- General Assemblies, in reviewing the video longshots of the “crowd” in plenary sessions, I was struck by all the blue and gray hair that was prevalent among attendees. (Now, granted, today I would be among those were it not for Preference haircolor. Thank you, Loreal!)
But I rejoice that, in recent years, those video shots of the crowd show more and more attendees far too young to be sporting gray hair. (I have even seen the rare blue and pink tresses.) I see this as a huge plus.
In no way would I disparage those supporters who have the gray hair – both present company and those in our past. After all, it is those strong and faithful shoulders on which the movement we call the Fellowship stands today. As I think back over all the years of CBF’s existence, I remember fondly some of those early forebears who are no longer with us. I am truly grateful for their courage and influence.
But how wonderful to see the widening influence and leadership being demonstrated among the next generation CBFers! It bodes well for the future of CBF. But far more importantly, it bodes well for God’s kingdom. May their tribe continue to increase!