Editor’s Note: This is the fifth installment of a new series called “Illuminations,” which aims to highlight stories of cooperation, unity and diversity from across the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship. Illuminations is a communications initiative of the Illumination Project, a project of discernment and accompaniment involving CBF congregational leaders to illuminate the qualities that have built unity …
In order for the church to continue to sustain beloved community, some things must be addressed. The church in every context and hopefully the world views of students at my alma mater were, are, and will be ripe for the possibility of change.
CBF and CBF Heartland have been partners in making connections between personal faith, global missions and local ministry for 25 years. This partnership is founded on a mutual calling to bear witness to Jesus Christ. It is built on a mutual vision of partnering to renew God’s world. It is sustained through mutual action; the work of serving Christians and churches requires our collaboration. We share genuine friendship. We partner because we trust each other, even when we disagree.
There is unity in our diversity.
Our leaders and friends enjoy being engaged with a denomi-network that is free from bureaucratic baggage and institutional insanity. They are drawn in to a community that is forming together because Christ’s love compel us to maintain unity in our diversity, to accept and respect each person made in the image of God, and to be the presence of Christ in the world.
There are many foundational principles that have guided CBF and our health as a unified body under the Lordship of Christ and one of those principles is the covenant way in which we work together as both a global network and multiple state and regional organizations. There is a respect for the different ways that each organization is structured and a desire to lift up and embrace the diversity and giftedness that each region brings to the whole.