June 11-15, 2018
Hyatt Regency, Dallas, Texas
We live in an era of a Global Church, where mission is from everywhere to everyone. Join us as we celebrate the Church, both around the world and down the street, at the 2018 CBF General Assembly.
Through engaging workshops, nightly worship, partner events and a specially redesigned exhibit hall with live podcasts and entertainment, you’ll deepen friendships and partnerships, locally and globally.
Wednesday: You will be welcomed to the 2018 CBF General Assembly with music and testimonies, gathering us together from our local churches and communities to bring us into the larger Global Church.
Thursday: We will recognize God’s call to minister in our local communities while ministering around the world. Hear field personnel and local church pastors challenge and inspire us through their experiences of faith.
Friday: Celebrate the moving service of commissioning of field personnel, church starters, chaplains and pastoral counselors, and come to the table of communion as a global family. The Rev. Dr. Jerusha Neal, Assistant Professor of Homiletics at Duke Divinity School, will be the keynote speaker.
THE FELLOWSHIP AT WORK (Morning Business Sessions)
The Fellowship at Work gives glimpses into the ministry and mission work of the Fellowship. Meet the new Vestal Scholars and Fellows, applaud award recipients, hear about the work of the Governing Board, Ministries Council and Missions Council. Learn how the Ministries Council grants could impact your church and so much more.
NEW EDUCATIONAL TRACKS
- Leadership Institute with the Rev. Dr. Jerusha Neal
Any who are called to preach are encouraged to attend the Leadership Institute for a presentation and dialogue with the Rev. Dr. Jerusha Neal, Assistant Professor of Homiletics at Duke Divinity School, where her emphasis is “Preaching and the Global Church.” Dr. Neal’s scholarly work examines the action of the Spirit on the performative borders of body and culture.
- Calling All Executive Pastors, Church Administrators and Finance Committee Members!
CBF is hosting professionals from CapinCrouse and HighGround Advisors for a day-long series of workshops. Come network, learn about issues such as taxation and investment strategies and solutions while earning Continuing Professional Education credits.
- Pastors Combo
Attend the morning session with executive pastors and administrators for current information on taxes and finances applicable to your local church and then move to the Leadership Institute for an afternoon of homiletics.
- Reimagining Evangelism with Dr. Steven Porter
What if we could replace the outdated images associated with evangelism and help our congregations make the Good News, actually good news? Join Dr. Steven Porter, CBF Coordinator of Global Missions, in this imaginative workshop on how we understand the Gospel and how every congregation can engage its neighbors in the more authentic way of Jesus.
- Pastor Search Committee Boot Camp with Craig Janney
This training program is designed to equip search committees with best practices throughout the process of search and call. Using the innovative “Searching for the Called” workbook, you will learn the essential tasks of a search team, find tools to assist your work, gain perspective from ministerial candidates, and receive coaching throughout the process.
WORKSHOPS 2018 workshops highlight the connection between the Global Church and the local church while telling the stories of CBF. Highlights include:
- #metoo: Join the Movement, Be the Change – Baptist Women in Ministry
- Enviornmental Stewardship for People of Faith – CBF field personnel Jeff Lee and Sam Harrell, CBF Associate Coordinator of Global Missions
- Preaching and the Power of Story – Jim Somerville, Pastor, First Baptist Church, Richmond, Va.
- The Trauma of Racism: Breaking Cycles of Violence and Building Resilience – LeDayne McLeese Polaski, Executive Director, BPFNA (Bautistas por la Paz)