February 20, 2018
DECATUR, Ga.— Cooperative Baptist Fellowship Executive Coordinator Suzii Paynter released the following statement after today’s vote of the Baptist General Convention of Texas Executive Board to stop facilitating financial support of CBF from Texas Baptist churches.
“CBF will continue beautiful collaboration with Baptists in Texas, including with 18 missionaries with Texas ties serving on three continents, as well as starting new Texas churches, providing scholarships for Texas students, combatting rural poverty along the Texas-Mexico border and in many other ministry areas. While this decision by the BGCT Executive Board is deeply disappointing for how it changes the cooperative method by which Texas Baptist churches support CBF, it will not change our prayerful expectation that churches will support CBF directly as a mission-sending organization to more than 30 countries around the world.”
“Much has been said from across the spectrum related to the implementation of CBF’s new Christ-centered hiring policy, but one thing is for sure — what unites us is nothing other than our mission to advance the cause of Christ.”
“I hope rather than making immediate decisions related to funding to the detriment of CBF missionaries serving all over the world, Texas Baptist pastors and lay leaders would give to CBF directly and would enter into conversation with us.”
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.