“The right leader at the right time”—A celebration of Suzii Paynter
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“The right leader at the right time”—A celebration of Suzii Paynter

June 20, 2019 By Aaron Weaver  BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—Rev. Suzii Paynter, who served as only the third executive coordinator of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship from 2013-2019, was celebrated Thursday evening at an all-Fellowship dinner in her honor at the 2019 CBF General Assembly in Birmingham, Ala. Cooperative Baptist leaders celebrated the impact of Paynter’s leadership in … Continue reading

Assembly honors Paynter, hears missions and ministry reports
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Assembly honors Paynter, hears missions and ministry reports

June 20, 2019 By Carrie Harris BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—The 2019 General Assembly continued Thursday with a “Fellowship at Work” business session where attendees heard reports and updates on the missions and ministries of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship. “When faithful servants of God say ‘yes’ to serving, there is no limit to the mountains God can move … Continue reading

CBF opens 2019 Birmingham Assembly with day focused on racial justice
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CBF opens 2019 Birmingham Assembly with day focused on racial justice

June 19, 2019 By Carrie Harris and Aaron Weaver BIRMINGHAM, Ala.— The 2019 General Assembly of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship opened Wednesday with a day focused on racial justice, including a worship service featuring testimonies from CBF pastors deeply engaged in the work toward racial justice and reconciliation. “The work of reconciliation is challenging to … Continue reading

CBF Governing Board meets, looks to future ahead of Birmingham General Assembly
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CBF Governing Board meets, looks to future ahead of Birmingham General Assembly

June 18, 2019 By Carrie Harris and Aaron Weaver BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—The Cooperative Baptist Fellowship Governing Board met June 18 ahead of the 2019 General Assembly in Birmingham, Ala., to reflect on the past year, hear reports and welcome new CBF Executive Coordinator Paul Baxley and incoming CBF Moderator Kyle Reese. “There’s much to celebrate in … Continue reading

The perfect marriage—CBF field personnel adds CBF-endorsed chaplaincy to her ministry
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The perfect marriage—CBF field personnel adds CBF-endorsed chaplaincy to her ministry

By Ashleigh Bugg At the upcoming CBF General Assembly in Birmingham, Tina Bailey, who is currently CBF field personnel, will be commissioned as a CBF-endorsed chaplain—expanding her official ministry role. “It’s an amazing marriage,” Bailey said. “Chaplaincy, for me, is one more step of interfaith work. As field personnel, it is a very natural fit.” Bailey serves alongside her husband, Jonathan, in Bali, Indonesia, through an arts … Continue reading

Ministerial Excellence Initiative: A Glimpse of Financial Freedom
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Ministerial Excellence Initiative: A Glimpse of Financial Freedom

By Liz Andrasi Deere Lillian Hinds has been pastor of Meadow Oaks Baptist Church in Temple, Texas, for over a decade. Early in her tenure, she struggled financially and thought she was the only pastor to do so. Lilian looked to other churches and pastors and “it just seemed like everybody was doing so well,” she said. A Downward Spiral Lillian pointed to the 1980s as the beginning of her financial downward … Continue reading

CBF names Wake Forest, Vanderbilt seminarians as 2019 Vestal Scholars
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CBF names Wake Forest, Vanderbilt seminarians as 2019 Vestal Scholars

June 12, 2019 By Carrie Harris  DECATUR, Ga.—Two seminarians from Wake Forest University and Vanderbilt University will be honored June 21 with the Daniel and Earlene Vestal Scholarship at the CBF General Assembly in Birmingham, Ala. Christian McIvor, a student at Wake Forest University School of Divinity, and Summer Hyche, a student at Vanderbilt University School of … Continue reading