Submit your ideas to CBF Development Director Martha Perusek at firstname.lastname@example.org no later than Dec. 31, 2016. Learn more below:
The Cooperative Baptist Fellowship Missions Council is seeking suggestions from Cooperative Baptists for naming the CBF Offering for Global Missions. At its Sept. 23 meeting, the council approved a process for gathering ideas and making a recommendation for a new name for the offering in 2017.
“For 25 years, we have supported CBF Global Missions through a generically named offering,” said Mark Wingfield, chair of the Missions Council’s Sustainability Team and associate pastor of Wilshire Baptist Church in Dallas. “We have heard from many people who love CBF that this 25th anniversary year would be an ideal time to name the offering and give it a more storied identity.
“With adoption of our new funding and sending plan for global missions, we now face the challenge of raising at least $4.5 million annually to meet our ambitious commitments of cultivating beloved community, bearing witness to Jesus Christ and seeking transformational development. Giving the offering a new name and a fuller story will help us strengthen understanding and awareness.”
Steven Porter, CBF’s coordinator of Global Missions, emphasized the important role of testimonies in inspiring mission engagement and urged suggestions for a powerful name for the offering that reflects the “world-changing work it empowers.”
“Many of us remember a day when the currency of Baptist witness was not tracts, trips, religious t-shirts or voter’s guides but one’s personal testimony of a life-changing encounter with Jesus Christ,” Porter said. “We believed the report from Acts 17 that the disciples of Jesus ‘turned the world upside down,’ because we too had been changed by Christ, and we wanted to change the world for Christ.
“Testimonies inspired our engagement in God’s mission. They still do today. We need to recover the venerable Baptist tradition of testimony and tie a story to the Offering for Global Missions that matches the world-changing work it empowers.”
CBF Global Missions and the Missions Council welcome and will evaluate all ideas for naming the offering. Suggestions might include naming the offering for a historic Baptist figure, for an important missions pioneer or to express an ideal or concept that embodies the spirit of CBF.
These ideas should be sent to CBF Development Director Martha Perusek at email@example.com no later than Dec. 31, 2016. After that time, the Missions Council and CBF Global Missions staff will begin evaluating all ideas with a hope of finalizing the process sometime in 2017.
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.