Patricia Wilson to become CBF Moderator-Elect at virtual General Assembly
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Patricia Wilson to become CBF Moderator-Elect at virtual General Assembly

June 17, 2020 By Aaron Weaver DECATUR, Ga.— A Baylor University law professor and lay leader deeply involved in CBF is the nominee to become the next Moderator-Elect for the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship at the upcoming virtual General Assembly, June 25-26. The CBF Nominating Committee has selected Patricia Wilson to serve as Moderator-Elect in 2020-2021. … Continue reading

Border pastors’ spouses provide the foundation of their immigrant ministries
advocacy / COVID-19 / Fellowship Southwest / immigration / refugees

Border pastors’ spouses provide the foundation of their immigrant ministries

By Elket Rodríguez The pastors on the front lines of Fellowship Southwest’s Immigrant Relief Ministry do not labor alone. Their strongest allies—their spouses—support, encourage and fortify them as they fight hunger, deprivation, exploitation, injustice and vulnerability all along the U.S.-Mexico border. These women’s tenacity, commitment and passion is unparalleled. They willingly sacrifice most of their … Continue reading

Share Abundant Life—Through education focus, CBF’s Karen Morrow extends hope and hospitality to refugees in Fort Worth 
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Share Abundant Life—Through education focus, CBF’s Karen Morrow extends hope and hospitality to refugees in Fort Worth 

By Blake Tommey In recent years, immigration has become a central and often divisive issue in American public life. Central American migrants, weary of violence and coercion in their home countries, have brought this pressing issue to our nation’s doorstep. To confront this challenge, people of faith across the United States, including Cooperative Baptists, have traveled hundreds … Continue reading

Texas BWIM offers online Bible studies
bold faith / COVID-19 / women in ministry

Texas BWIM offers online Bible studies

WORTH, Texas—Texas Baptist Women in Ministry will offer Ministry EDGE Bible Studies for women of all ages, including high school students, beginning May 15. Tia Kim, a veteran minister, will teach the online studies on the Zoom  video conferencing  platform. The new Ministry EDGE (Every Day Godliness and Excellence) project is an answer to prayer, … Continue reading

Despite viral pandemic, border pastors persist in ministry to refugees
COVID-19 / Fellowship Southwest / immigration

Despite viral pandemic, border pastors persist in ministry to refugees

By Marv Knox Compassion and concern, faith and fear, respect and resolve crackled across the country as pastors who comprise Fellowship Southwest’s ministry to asylum seekers talked on the phone March 25. They spent almost two hours telling each other about their work with refugees on the U.S.-Mexico border, as well as their concerns for … Continue reading

Fellowship Southwest partner Lorenzo Ortiz stays behind closed border
COVID-19 / Fellowship! Magazine / immigration

Fellowship Southwest partner Lorenzo Ortiz stays behind closed border

By Marv Knox NUEVO LAREDO, MEXICO—Lorenzo Ortiz, a Texas pastor who operates three immigrant shelters in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, stayed behind when the U.S. and Mexican governments closed the border to all “nonessential” travel at midnight Saturday, March 21. Mutual concern about the transmission of COVID-19 led U.S. and Mexican policymakers to shut down border … Continue reading

CBF honors Virginia and Texas ministers for outstanding leadership at ChurchWorks conference
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CBF honors Virginia and Texas ministers for outstanding leadership at ChurchWorks conference

March 4, 2020 By Carrie Harris KNOXVILLE, Tenn.—Two Cooperative Baptists were honored March 3 at ChurchWorks, CBF’s annual conference for CBF Clergy and CBF Networks, held at Central Baptist Church in Knoxville, Tenn. Churchworks is a three-day event for practitioners of education and spiritual formation in the congregational setting. Charles Qualls, Senior Pastor of Franklin … Continue reading

Wherever the refugees are, that’s where we’ll be
Fellowship Southwest / immigration

Wherever the refugees are, that’s where we’ll be

By Marv Knox An intriguing and disconcerting message popped up on my telephone screen late last week. “I just got out from the meeting in Juarez … talking about the MPP changes,” wrote Rosalio Sosa, pastor of Iglesia Bautista Tierra de Oro in El Paso and leader of Fellowship Southwest’s efforts to minister to asylum … Continue reading

Christmas miracle: Construction moves ahead for immigrant respite center
Fellowship Southwest / immigration / refugees

Christmas miracle: Construction moves ahead for immigrant respite center

By Marv Knox BROWNSVILLE, Texas—Construction of an immigrant respite center at Iglesia Bautista West Brownsville is moving forward, thanks to a Christmas miracle of generosity. IB West Brownsville ministers to refugees who pass through Matamoros, Mexico, as they seek asylum in the United States. The U.S. immigration policy requires asylum seekers to “wait in place” … Continue reading

CBF Executive Coordinator Paul Baxley statement on announced closure of Logsdon Seminary
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CBF Executive Coordinator Paul Baxley statement on announced closure of Logsdon Seminary

February 10, 2020 The following is a statement of Paul Baxley, Executive Coordinator of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, on the announced closure of Logsdon Seminary at Hardin-Simmons University. On Saturday, February 8, I  awoke to the news that the Board of Trustees of Hardin-Simmons University had voted to close Logsdon Seminary. Certainly, there is much … Continue reading