At General Assembly in Dallas, there will be an abundance of workshop opportunities to experience on Thursday and Friday. You will face a lot of choices with the wide array of workshop options available to you.
Most folks find there are more workshops they are interested in attending than there is time to attend workshops, so choose carefully and plan ahead. Or maybe coordinate with some friends to divide and conquer and then report back to each other over lunch or dinner.
With almost 80 workshops offered in two days, even the list is hard to digest, so this year, the workshops planning team has sorted them into learning tracks. Of course, you don’t have to follow a certain track – everyone is free to pick and choose. We are Baptist, after all.
The tracks that will be offered include:
- Congregational Leadership
- Global Missions
- Internationals and Refugees
- Religious Liberty
- Women in Ministry
- CBF Identity
- Chaplaincy and Pastoral Care
- and more!
Below you will see some highlights of this year’s workshop opportunities. Find more information about all the workshops offered here.
During General Assembly in Dallas this June, you don’t want to miss the opportunity to experience worship from CBF partners in Texas. There will be three opportunities to worship in three unique ways. During the first session on Thursday, June 18 at 1:30 p.m. come to Pegasus B where the Cowboy Church of Erath County will lead in a worship model. Join pastor Werth Mayes and leaders from this thriving church to experience why the cowboy church model has been the fastest-growing expression of church life in recent years in Texas.
Pastor Charlie Brown of The Crossing Baptist Church in Mesquite will lead the worship model at 2:45 p.m. on Thursday, June 18. The Crossing Baptist Church is an intentionally mutli-ethnic congregation. Worship with Pastor Charlie and representatives of this congregation and experience cross-cultural cooperation.
DaySpring Baptist Church of Waco will lead the third worship model on Friday, June 19 at 2:45PM. DaySpring invites you to share its contemplative approach to worship. Join Pastor Eric Howell and DaySpring for worship with a liturgy that invokes singing, silence, spoken word and prayer enabling us to rest in God’s presence.
Make plans to join one or all three of these worship models while at CBF’s General Assembly in Dallas June 15-19.
Experience The Saint John’s Bible
CBF Partner School Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond has the rare and exclusive privilege to host the Heritage Edition of the Saint John’s Bible during the 2014-15 academic year. Thanks to this partnership and Dr. Tracy Hartman, Professor of Homiletics and Practical Theology, the Bible will be part of CBF’s workshops during General Assembly in Dallas.
Dr. Hartman will lead “Igniting Spiritual Imagination: The Saint John’s Bible” on Thursday June 18th at 1:30 PM and 2:45 PM. At the workshop participants will experience the first hand-calligraphied, illuminated copy of Scripture produced in more than 500 years. Named one of the extraordinary undertakings of our time by Smithsonian magazine, the Saint John’s Bible brings the word of God alive for 21st century believers. Ignite your spiritual imagination as you hear the story behind this work and delve into a number of breath-taking illuminations.
Learn more at: http://www.btsr.edu/about/stjohnsbible/.
Payday Lending Tour (Off-site opportunity)
The payday and auto-title lending industries (often termed “predatory” by critics) have been the focus of advocacy efforts in a number of CBF churches. Congregations are coming together across cities, states and the country to voice their concern about the usurious practices of this industry and advocating for reform that protects our communities’ most vulnerable populations.
This work was part of the impetus for Wilshire Baptist Church, and sister church Friendship-West Baptist Church of Dallas, joining in covenant with one another as part of Jimmy Carter’s New Baptist Covenant in 2013. Wilshire has spent the past year and a half learning from Friendship-West, who have been involved in the work of advocacy for many years on this issue, and the churches are joining together to be a voice for reform.
One of the first things the congregations did together was a payday lending tour, which allowed them to see first hand how this industry has taken over neighborhoods and driven out businesses that provide rich resources for communities. This was an eye-opening experience for many in the Wilshire congregation as they saw abandoned storefronts where banks, coffee shops and nurseries once stood, driven out as payday and auto-title stores moved into the neighborhood.
Minister of Justice at Friendship-West, Danielle Ayers, and Katie Ferguson Murray, Christian advocacy specialist at Wishire Baptist Church will be recreating this tour on Thursday afternoon as one of the workshop options. Seeing this issue come to life will make you more aware of the needs of your own communities, and might even awaken your inner advocate.
There is limited space available on this tour, so be sure to reserve your spot online.
To find a full listing of workshop opportunities and a full schedule of events at General Assembly, visit the CBF website.