By Joshua Speight
Have you written the next best curriculum? Is your congregation innovative, authentic and doing excellent work in your community? How is your organization making an impact in the world? Do you have a courageous story to tell? If you can answer yes to any of these questions, then perhaps you should consider leading a workshop at the 2017 CBF General Assembly in Atlanta.
Over 60 workshop opportunities were offered at the 2016 General Assembly for those who traveled to North Carolina and a similar number of options are anticipated again for Atlanta. To plan for these workshops, volunteers work alongside the General Assembly planning team with CBF staff member Joshua Speight to coordinate workshops. Jeremy Colliver (Stone Mountain, Ga.) chairs the 2017 Workshop Planning Team. Serving alongside Jeremy are Erin Hall (Macon, Ga.) and Frank Granger (Athens, Ga.).
The Workshop Planning Team works in two ways. First, the team targets specific topics or speakers that may enhance the overall focus. This includes working with CBF partners, congregations, as well as ministries and missions within CBF. Second, the team receives submissions for workshops through an online form that is available on October 1st – November 30th on the CBF website (2017 Workshop Submission Form). The form asks for a brief description, the title of the workshop (if known) and possible categories for the workshop.
In December, the Workshop Planning Team considers all workshop submissions and invitations offered. The team then begins the work of placing them into a grid for General Assembly. Workshops are confirmed by February 15, 2017. Considerations for all workshops are based on the following criteria:
- Relevance to the local congregation
- Practicality of the workshop
- Interpretation of the General Assembly theme (if any)
- Past evaluations of the presenter
- The relationship of a proposed workshop to the priority areas of CBF
- Availability of space in the contracted hotel/conference center
The goal is to present a broad slate of workshops that reflects the diversity of CBF’s movement, relates directly to the work of the local congregations and seeks to inform and inspire about the work of God through the Fellowship.
For more information about presenting a workshop at General Assembly in 2017, contact Josh Speight at firstname.lastname@example.org.