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CBF partners with Orlando ministry to provide crisis response training to faith leaders


June 16, 2016

By Aaron Weaver

DECATUR, Ga. — The Cooperative Baptist Fellowship is partnering with Orlando-based Christian Service Center to offer a special breakfast and program for local ministry leaders on how to provide rapid crisis response in the aftermath of the June 12 mass shooting at Pulse nightclub in Orlando.

The event, called “Sidewalk Recovery — Psychological First Aid,” will be led by Dwight Bain, a nationally-recognized crisis response expert from Orlando. This ministry event will take place Friday from 7:45 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at Church on the Drive, a CBF partner congregation located at 1914 Edgewater Dr. in Orlando. A complimentary breakfast will be served starting at 7:45 a.m. and the program for local pastors and faith leaders will begin at 8:15 a.m. Due to limited space, event organizers are allowing a maximum of two per church/ministry to attend, and request that participants register online.

“Orlando is facing a major crisis. Orlando, our community and our entire nation have been dealt a challenging blow. Many of our neighbors are trying to understand what has happened and react in a way that will help us as we heal,” said CSC Executive Director Robert F. Stuart, who is a member of Church on the Drive and serves as a commissioner on the Orlando City Council, in an e-mail invitation to faith leaders.

“But, there are others who need time to process and grieve for the families and for everyone involved. With the help of a national crisis expert, we want to provide you tools on how to handle the questions and challenges that will face us this week and into our future.

“This is a wonderful opportunity to listen firsthand to one of our nation’s experts and gain valuable knowledge on how we can create a greater community out of this terrible tragedy.”

CBF Executive Coordinator Suzii Paynter will attend the Friday event and bring greetings on behalf of the Fellowship. Ministry leaders interested in attending are encouraged to register immediately as registration will close Thursday, June 16 at 7 p.m.

The Christian Service Center was founded in Orlando in 1971 to help neighbors in need. CSC features three core programs which provide homeless prevention and hunger relief services by offering immediate emergency assistance to those faced with unexpected financial crises, assistance to families struggling with food insecurity by providing an emergency food supply directly through the public schools at 65 locations, and kitchens serving nourishing noontime meals to anyone in need in the downtown and West Orange County communities. To learn more about CSC, visit


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.

2 thoughts on “CBF partners with Orlando ministry to provide crisis response training to faith leaders

  1. It truly is compassionate but stands in stark contrast to the CBF’s clear policy against hiring practicing homosexuals or funding organizations that condone homosexual behavior. Suzii Paynter, could we finally have some substantive discussion and action in regards to dismantling the CBF’s homophobia? The time is always right to do what is right as Dr. King said.

    • I completely agree with Reverend Blanchard. I also agree with Reverend Queen of Immanuel Baptist in Frankfort, Kentucky in a post of his from 2 years ago. With its homophobic stances, CBF is on the wrong side of history. In the SBC, Baptists already have a denomination that readily admits to being homophobic and misogynistic, with persistent strains of racism thrown in.
      It is beyond time for CBF to embrace, love, value, protect, provide sanctuary to, and yes, even hire members of the LGBT COMMUNITY.
      More importantly than being on the wrong side of history, I believe CBF is on the wrong side of Jesus. The Jesus that I believe in came to break down ALL barriers and to give equality to all.

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