General CBF

A Call for Workshops: 2018 General Assembly

Workshops are a vital part of CBF General Assembly.

It is in these rooms, spread throughout the host hotel each summer, where engaging ideas are shared, the passionate mission and ministries of CBF are highlighted and the incredible work of our congregations is reflected back to us, reminding us that God is always active in the world.

An average of 550 people attend workshops during each session to learn from and with one another about topics related to healthy churches, global missions and young Baptists.

For the 2018 General Assembly in Dallas, the Workshops Selection Team is working hard to prepare for another fine selection of workshops from which to choose.

We have listened to the concerns regarding time between sessions and the amount of workshops offered each year. In 2018, there will a new schedule for workshops on Thursday, allowing more time to gather among states and regions and breathing room around partner dinners.

There will also be fewer workshops so that attendees do not feel pulled in too many directions, and allow for larger groups to have engaging conversations around featured speakers and topics.

The Workshop Selection Team will be working with CBF staff, field personnel, partners, clergy and laity to consider creative ways to offer workshops in non-traditional settings.


CBF staff, field personnel, partners, clergy, laity, and others are invited and welcome to submit their ideas for workshops for General Assembly 2018.* Workshops for CBF General Assembly will be held during the following times (subject to change):

Thursday, June 14, 2018
Session 1        8:30 – 9:30 AM
Session 2        1:30 – 2:30 PM

Friday, June 15, 2018
Session 3        1:30 – 2:30 PM
Session 4        3:00 – 4:00 PM

An online form is available here to submit your workshop proposal. All submissions are due by December 15, 2017.

All submissions will be reviewed and considered by this team for inclusion in the slate of workshops offered for General Assembly 2018. Criteria for selection of workshops will include (but are not limited to) the following priorities:

  • Ideas that highlight the connection between the global Church and the local church
  • Ideas that support any of CBF’s core values and/or CBF’s attributes
  • Ideas that tell the story about the relationship between CBF and the congregation or CBF and mission & ministries partnerships
  • Ideas that are unique resources for clergy and/or laity and are easily utilized in a variety of congregational contexts
  • Ideas that connect CBF’s Mission Distinctives: Global Poverty, Global Migration, Global Church
  • Ideas that connect to CBF’s Offering for Global Missions theme “Cultivating Beloved Community”

Selection for all workshops will be based on it’s pertinence to the Fellowship’s core focus on ministries and missions, available space in the conference hotel and overall balance of the entire offering of workshops. Submissions that are only self-promoting or that do not meet any of the above listed criteria will not be considered for CBF’s 2018 General Assembly.

2018 Workshop Selection Team

Mary Alice Birdwhistell, Chair (Waco, Texas)
Josh Speight, CBF (Atlanta, Georgia)

*CBF does not provide an remuneration for workshop leaders during General Assembly.

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