During a luncheon hosted by University Baptist Church in Charlottesville, Va., CBF Executive Coordinator Suzii Paynter received a letter signed by pastor Michael Cheuk and deacon chair Rachel Nottingham Miller affirming the relationship of University Baptist with CBF.
“We affirm CBF’s mission that seeks to help and equip churches to discover and fulfill their God-given mission. We affirm CBF’s vision of being a movement of congregations bearing witness to the Gospel not just locally, but throughout our nation and the world,” the letter read.
“We affirm the values of CBF grounded in the freedom of biblical interpretation and congregational governance, the participation of women and men in all aspects of church leadership and Christian ministry, and religious liberty for all people.”
In the letter, University Baptist pledged to pray for CBF field personnel, promote and collect the CBF Offering for Global Missions, participate in CBF-sponsored ministries and attend CBF regional and national assemblies.
This letter comes following the 2012 Task Force Report which encouraged congregations to embrace their identity by writing a letter that details the church’s partnership with CBF. “I would encourage other CBF congregations to consider doing this to as we all get together and affirm our identity,” said Cheuk.
Read the letter in full below:
March 14, 2013
Cooperative Baptist Fellowship
2930 Flowers Road South, Suite 133
Atlanta, GA 30341
Dear Valued Partners at the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship,
On behalf of the members of University Baptist Church of Charlottesville, VA, we affirm our identity as a Cooperative Baptist Fellowship Church and we celebrate our partnership with the state and national bodies of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship.
University Baptist has been an active participant in the Fellowship since the beginning, and voted to solely align with the CBF in 1993. We affirm CBF’s mission that seeks to help and equip Christians and churches to discover and fulfill their God-given mission. We affirm CBF’s vision to being a movement of congregations bearing witness to the gospel not just locally, but throughout our nation and our world. We affirm the values of CBF grounded in the freedom in biblical interpretation and congregational governance, the participation of women and men in all aspects of church leadership and Christian ministry, and religious liberty for all people.
We pledge to live out our identity as a CBF church in these ways:
1. Praying for CBF field personnel and staff.
2. Promoting and collecting the CBF Offering for Global Missions.
3. Participating in CBF sponsored ministries and initiatives.
4. Attending CBF regional and national assemblies.
As the CBF begins its third decade, we look forward to journeying with our partners in being the presence of Christ in our communities and beyond.
Dr. Michael Cheuk
Dr. Rachel Nottingham Miller
Chair of Deacons
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