March 2, 2016
By Aaron Weaver
DECATUR, Ga. — Two Cooperative Baptists were honored Feb. 22 at Churchworks, CBF’s annual conference for Christian educators, held at First Baptist Church in Asheville, N.C.
Cynthia Insko, minister to children and spiritual formation at First Baptist Church in Frankfort, Ky., was honored with the 2016 Jack Naish Distinguished Educator Award. Lawrence Powers, minister to college students at Oakmont Baptist Church in Greenville, N.C. and a member of the 2014-16 CBF Fellows cohort, was honored with the 2016 Young Baptist Leadership Award.
The Naish Award is named after the long-time minister of education at Wieuca Road Baptist Church in Atlanta and awarded to one minister in the Fellowship each year for outstanding leadership and achievement in Christian education.
“It is with great joy we have received the news about Cynthia Insko receiving the 2016 Jack Naish Distinguished Christian Educator Award,” Browning said. “She certainly deserves this recognition as an educator who demonstrates excellence in teaching, sharing and learning. Cynthia has made it possible for First Baptist to be the thinking, nurturing church described in our core values. Throughout our education program and in a variety of ways, Cynthia encourages our members to explore the mysteries of life and faith in safe and stimulating places.
“As much as we appreciate what Cynthia does for us at First Baptist, we are even more grateful for who she is. Cynthia inspires and motivates us by being the finest role model for all she teaches. She makes hope visible very day through random acts of kindness. We are truly blessed to have her on our staff and call her colleague and friend.”
The CBF Young Baptist Leadership Award is presented annually to a clergy or congregational leader who represents a growing interaction with and support of the Fellowship and has demonstrated ministry to peers and colleagues of every generation.
Wanda Kidd, who serves as CBF’s collegiate ministries specialist and as collegiate engagement coordinator with CBF of North Carolina, offered praise for Powers, who also serves as CBFNC’s Baptist campus minister at East Carolina University.
“Lawrence Powers is an amazing minister,” Kidd said. “He has a passion for walking with college students as they find their adult voice as Christians. He knows how to challenge and, at the same time, affirm. He leads from behind and beside so that those with whom he serves know that he will be there when they look around and need to be assured that they are not alone.
“Lawrence epitomizes the heart and soul of a free and faithful Baptist. He is steadfast in his belief as a Christ-follower, but wants to make sure that others have the space to claim their own relationship with Christ. It is fundamental to his ministry that others have a holy, personal and rooted bond with the Creator, one that will survive the turmoil of life, beyond his actual presence on their journey.”
CBF is a Christian Network that helps people put their faith to practice through ministry efforts, global missions and a broad community of support.The Fellowship’s mission is to serve Christians and churches as they discover and fulfill their God-given mission.