General CBF

Are you ready for Advent?

Mark Wingfield, Associate Pastor of Wilshire Baptist Church in Dallas, Texas and former managing editor of the Baptist Standard, reflects on the forethought and intentionality that must accompany the season of Advent. This summer, when the published church calendar showed a Hanging of the Green meeting, several church members questioned whether that was a typo. … Continue reading

General CBF

You Put Your Whole Self In

Rubent Swint, Generosity Guy and stewardship consultant, calls congregations to choose the only world that gives life. A tension commonly emerges in the annual stewardship emphasis around the issue of how much money should people give. Stewardship communication contains a lot of Biblical references to giving, the testimonies speak to giving and the minister preaches on giving … Continue reading

General CBF

A Culture of Encouragement

Mike Walker, deacon at Providence Baptist Church in Charlotte, North Carolina offers an alternative vision for deacon ministry beyond budgets and machinery toward serving the needs of a congregation. Having been an ordained deacon for more than 30 years, I have witnessed the responsibilities of the diaconate transition in many ways. I have also seen … Continue reading

General CBF

Happy New Year

Bo Prosser, CBF Coordinator for Missional Congregations, offers tips for ministers and teachers as they prepare for a new school year. One of my favorite times in the church calendar is Promotion Sunday or “Back to Sunday School Sunday.”  This is always a time of renewal and excitement as preschoolers, children, and youth move to … Continue reading