February 26, 2018
By Jeff Huett and Aaron Weaver
DECATUR, Ga. — Churches in Virginia wanting to financially support a 21st Century denomi-network with more than 100 partnerships worldwide will have to do so directly after the Executive Board of the Baptist General Association of Virginia voted to stop facilitating cooperative giving to CBF from its churches.
The BGAV Executive Board voted today to require that CBF-contributing churches “send their gifts directly to the CBF Executive Office as soon as is feasible.” Previously, BGAV had a giving plan that permitted churches to choose to send a percentage of their BGAV contribution to CBF in support of Fellowship missions and ministries.
CBF Executive Coordinator Suzii Paynter said that while she was disappointed in the decision of BGAV leadership to make this change, this action continues a trend that CBF has already noticed and provides an opportunity for congregations to give directly to CBF to ensure that 100 percent of their missions support goes to the mission field and is not caught up in the BGAV’s offices in Richmond or anywhere else for that matter.
“More and more, churches have been giving directly to CBF rather than giving through Baptist state conventions like Texas and Virginia,” Paynter said. “We are grateful for our partner congregations in Virginia that support CBF missionaries bearing witness to Jesus Christ in 30 countries and our ministries that form healthy churches and nurture young Baptists. We now encourage all churches to give to CBF directly.”
To give directly to CBF, contact Martha Perusek at firstname.lastname@example.org or 770-220-1600 or simply mail your checks to us at Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, P.O. Box 102972, Atlanta, GA 30368-2972.
CBF honors Virginia pastors
While the BGAV Executive Board was voting in Richmond, CBF was honoring two Virginia pastors for their outstanding leadership during the opening day of Churchworks, the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship’s annual conference for Christian educators meeting in San Antonio, Texas.
Rachel Sciretti, associate pastor for children and youth discipleship at Hampton Baptist Church in Hampton, Va., was honored with the 2018 Jack Naish Distinguished Educator Award. This award is awarded to one CBF minister for outstanding leadership in Christian education.
Meg Lacy, associate pastor at Tabernacle Baptist Church in Richmond, Va., was honored with the 2018 CBF Young Baptist Leadership Award. This award is presented annually to a minister or congregational leader who represents a growing interaction with and support of CBF and has demonstrated ministry to peers and colleagues of every generation.
The Commonwealth of Virginia hosts CBF field personnel Jessica Hearne and her husband, Joshua, in Danville, Va., who serve with and through Grace and Main Fellowship, an intentional, ecumenical Christianity community. Greg and Sue Smith serve the first-generation Latino immigrant community in Fredericksburg, Va. These two couples are prime examples of CBF’s ministry partnerships in the state and CBF’s focus on long-term presence in communities.
Among other ministry in the state, CBF supports theological education in Virginia through its partnership with the Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond, new churches through its church-starting initiative, Peer Learning Groups for pastors and provides missions and church ministry internship programs that avail Virginians of opportunities to gain experience alongside CBF field personnel and in CBF partner churches.
“CBF is proud of the collaboration we have with Cooperative Baptists in Virginia,” Paynter said. “Our partnerships in the state will continue and only deepen in the future because of faithful churches and innovative ministry.”
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.