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Now all glory to God, who is able...to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think. Ephesians 3:20

Infinitely More CBF General Assembly 2012

June 20-23 // Fort Worth, Texas www.thefellowship.info/assembly Cooperative Baptist Fellowship


Call to Prayer

Prayer Room is located in Room 108 in the Convention Center Three times daily have been designated for prayer: in the morning (9 a.m.), at midday (11:30 a.m.) and evening (7 p.m.). You may pray alone wherever you are, with others or with a larger community in the designated prayer space led by a prayer leader. May the Holy Spirit bless us as we pause to pay attention to God’s presence in and through us at the Assembly.

CALL TO PRAYER Call:

Generous and gracious God, we give thanks for your gifts great and small.

Response:

Shine your love on us and gladden each moment as we pause to enjoy and live into your presence.

REFLECTION:

(to be read aloud and followed by 5 minutes of silence) Wednesday — “We are surrounded by God’s benefits. The best use of these benefits is an unceasing expression of gratitude.” — John Calvin I thank you, Lord with all my heart. Psalm 138:1 Pray this day, giving thanks for the person who was first the presence of Christ to you. Thursday — “Practice remembering who you are.” — Macrina Widekehr O come, let us sing to the Lord! Let us shout joyfully to God. Let us come before God’s presence with thanksgiving; let us shout joyfully to God with psalms. Psalm 95:1-2 Give thanks for the nurture you have received within the Christian community. Friday — “May my words become love in the lives of others. Gently lay your hands upon your lips, longing for the grace to speak only words that are helpful this day.” — Macrina Widekehr Listen to my words, Lord, consider my lament. Hear my cry for help, my King and my God, for to you I pray. In the morning, Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait expectantly. Psalm 5:1-3 Give thanks for the ways your faith has transformed your life.

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE Opening words: Open our eyes to the beauty that surrounds us that we may walk through this day with the kind of awareness that calls forth grateful living.

People join in Sentence Prayers and Hearers respond, “Hear our prayers, O Lord … ”

CLOSING WORD Reader:

Now all glory to God, who is able, through God’s mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.

People:

Thanks be to God!

This page is made possible through the generosity and friendship of our partners …

Cooperative Baptist Fellowship Missional Congregations


Welcome to Fort Worth and the 2012 CBF General Assembly Bienvenidos la Familia.

We are so glad you have joined us in Fort Worth. As we gather in the city that raised Daniel Vestal, we celebrate his 15 years of leadership among us. We will also look to the future on Thursday morning as we consider the long-anticipated report from the 2012 Task Force. Their recommendations are set to position us for the next chapter of CBF life. The motion to receive their report will be made Thursday afternoon and the vote taken Friday morning. Thoughtful mission work among the most neglected and those with little access to the gospel is a hallmark of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship. Thursday night’s commissioning service will underscore our commitment to cooperating in our quest to be the presence of Christ around the world. There is a lot to celebrate and a lot to consider together. Please join me in the expectation that God’s gracious spirit will blow among our fellowship and lead us on to becoming more than we could ever ask or imagine. Grace, peace and welcome,

Colleen Burroughs is executive vice president of Passport Inc. and founder of Watering Malawi. She lives in Birmingham, Ala., with her husband, David, and their twins, Milligan and Walker.

Colleen Walker Burroughs Moderator, CBF

How to use this guide book

This book serves as your guide to the Assembly, so carry it with you at all times. Or, if you prefer an electronic version, scan the QR code or go to www.thefellowship.info/fortworth and view a PDF version. This guide book can also be a resource for you to learn about the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship. You’ll find a list of CBF state and regional leaders, plus the CBF Coordinating Council directory and information about new resources at The CBF Store. At the end of the Assembly, you might choose to recycle this guide or take it home and use as a resource for the rest of the year.

How to navigate the Assembly

In addition to this guide, the CBF General Assembly Office is open to answer your questions beginning Thursday and Friday at 8 a.m. in Room 102 of the Convention Center. Also, the office serves as the event “lost and found” area. CBF staff members are identified by their name badges and red and black CBF shirts. Please let us know how we can serve you.

www.thefellowship.info/fortworth


Contents Introduction

General Sessions

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Information on name badges

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Welcome Letter

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Mission opportunities during Assembly

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General Session I: 2012 Task Force Report

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Art Show at Broadway Baptist Church

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General Session II: Business I

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Emergency procedures

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Proposed Operating Budget

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Parking

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Nominating Committee Report

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Scooters

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Business Procedures

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Online giving information

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Ten People to Meet in Fort Worth

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New field personnel and church starters

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Things to do in Fort Worth

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CBF Offering for Global Missions

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Downtown Walking Map

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General Session IV: Business II

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General Session V: Worship Service

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Schedules & Maps 8

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General Assembly Schedule

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Preschool, Youth & Children’s Assembly

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State and Regional Meetings

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General Session III: Commissioning Service

Daniel Vestal: A Legacy of Leadership

Worship and Business Session Leaders

Workshops 53

Welcome Letter

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Newcomer Reception

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Thursday Sessions

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Peer Learning Group Convener Breakfast

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Friday Session I

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Baptist Center for Ethics’ Luncheon

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Friday Session II

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Chaplains & Pastoral Counselors Luncheon

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Notes pages

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Campbell Divinity School Luncheon

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Resourcing your ministry: CBF magazine & e-newsletters

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Missions Picnic

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Friends of ABP Dinner

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Wake Forest Reception

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Fiesta Con BUA

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Haiti Volunteers Reception

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Mercer University Reception

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Peace Breakfast

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CBF Foundation Breakfast

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Duke Alumni & Friends Breakfast

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Ministers on the Move

CBF Partner Events Schedule

Directories & Constitution

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Baptist Joint Committee Luncheon

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Church Benefits Board

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CBF Coordinating Council Dinner

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Omni Hotel Maps

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Convention Center Map

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The Gathering Place — Exhibitors’ Booth Locations

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CBF Store Resources

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2012 General Assembly Steering Committee

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2011-2012 CBF Coordinating Council

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State and Regional Leadership

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CBF Staff Directory

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Constitution and Bylaws

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2013 General Assembly: Greensboro, N.C.

Looking for “Call to Prayer”? Go to the inside front cover of this General Assembly guide.

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About this year’s Assembly

Churches working through Books for the Border and Beyond have placed home libraries in more than 1,200 homes.

Name badges

Attendees to the CBF General Assembly are encouraged to wear their name badges at all times. This helps with security and access to the Convention Center. Name badges are issued for free at the Registration Booth in the lobby. The booth will be closed during Worship and Business Sessions.

Mission opportunities

Books for the Border and Beyond & Literacy ConneXus — In the past four years churches working through Books for the Border and Beyond have placed home libraries in more than 1,200 homes along the Texas border and beyond. In the context of family reading fairs, parents have been encouraged and equipped to read to their children. Churches have partnered with schools and other early learning programs to identify and invite families to events hosted in a variety of settings. This movement is spreading across the United States — especially in areas where Together for Hope has worked with families affected by poverty. Please consider bringing brand new children’s books to contribute to this ministry. Books may be dropped off at the Literacy ConneXus booth inside the Gathering Place. Samaritan Ministry — Created to encourage a positive Christian response to the pandemic of HIV and AIDS, Samaritan Ministry offers educational opportunities, tangible resources and pastoral support for people and their families living with AIDS. More and more congregations are looking for tangible ways to engage with this unique and much needed ministry opportunity. “Hope Buckets” were the creation of Carol-Ann McMillian, whose own brother succumbed to the disease in 2000. Since that time, Carol and many HIV/AIDS

ministries have used “Hope Buckets” as a visible source of hope and encouragement for patients and their families. The buckets are simple and straightforward, but their impact has been transformational. You can assist Samaritan Ministry in this endeavor through the donation of any of the following items: deodorant, shampoo, toothbrushes, toothpaste, hand lotion, soap/anti-bacterial gel, pens and

writing pads. Please bring them by the Samaritan Ministry booth, and learn more about this work.

Art Exhibit at Broadway Baptist Church

Chinese artist He Qi has agreed to attend this year’s General Assembly. In addition to offering several framed prints for the CBF Silent Auction, He Qi’s CBF General Assembly 2012

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work will be the subject of an exhibit at Broadway Baptist Church. Several original pieces will be on display for attendees to enjoy. Exhibit hours will be 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday and 9 a.m. to Noon on Friday. He Qi has been committed to the artistic creation of modern Chinese Christian art since 1983. In his works, He Qi has blended together Chinese folk customs and traditional Chinese painting techniques with the western art of the Middle and Modern Ages and has created an artistic style of color-on-paper painting.

attention in an emergency, please notify the Front Desk or Loss Prevention at your earliest convenience.

Parking

Artwork by He Qi

St. Louis Avenue. • Walk south on St. Louis two blocks and you are there Walking directions to Broadway Baptist Church from the Omni Hotel and the Convention Center — • Exit from the Omni Hotel lobby or the Convention Center on to Houston Street • Travel south (away from downtown) one block to Lancaster Avenue. • Cross Lancaster Avenue, walk through the parking lot to the T&P Building (train station) • Walk through the building and exit on the opposite side. • Walk up the stairs, through the parking lot to W. Vickery Street. • Walk west (right) on Vickery to

Emergency procedures

Fort Worth Convention Center — For all emergencies contact Center security through any employee or house phone. Be prepared to tell them the nature of the emergency and your exact location. Omni Fort Worth — Contact the hotel’s Loss Prevention Department (security) either by dialing 4097 or ‘0’ from any house phone. They will assist you in reaching the proper emergency service. Be prepared to tell them the nature of the emergency and your exact location. If you have any known serious medical conditions or impairments that would require special

There are many parking lots near the Convention Center. Check out these options: • On-site ­— Valet; $22 per day; no in/out privileges; cars and small to mid-sized trucks only • Self-parking — Park in the Houston Street garage adjacent to the Omni Hotel; $14 per day; in/out privileges • Shuttles and buses — Park in the Commerce Street and 12th Street lot; $10-$20 depending on size

Scooters

Scooter and More provides power chairs, manual wheelchairs and scooters. Located two miles south of the Convention Center at 100 W. Rosedale Street, (817) 332-4235.

Online giving information

You will have the opportunity to contribute toward the life-changing ministry of CBF field personnel by participating in the offering time during Thursday and Friday evening worship sessions. If you prefer online giving, you may give online at www.thefellowship.info/GiveNow. All contributions will support the CBF Offering for Global Missions, which funds the ministry of many CBF field personnel.

Purpose of the CBF General Assembly The official purpose statement for the General

annually for worship, fellowship, resourcing, local mis-

goals of the assembly are (1) to expand and deepen

Assembly adopted by the Coordinating Council states

sion partnerships and business as an embodiment of

support for the mission of the Fellowship, and (2) to re-

that: “The Cooperative Baptist Fellowship assembles

the identity and hopes of its participants.” The primary

flect and enhance the shared values of the Fellowship.

Cooperative Baptist Fellowship Statement on General Assembly Workshops, Partner Events and Gathering Place Exhibits The opinions and views presented in General As-

any of the Fellowship’s members. The ministry work-

sarily reflect the viewpoint of, or endorsement by, the

sembly ministry workshops are those of the workshop

shops are a time for learning and exchanging ideas

Fellowship or its members.

presenters and do not necessarily reflect the viewpoint

and are not indicative of personal or organizational

of, or endorsement by, the Fellowship or its members.

doctrinal positions.

Holding to the principles of soul freedom and church

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The views expressed at Partner Events coinciding

The opinions and points of view expressed in materials displayed and/or sold at the General Assembly Gathering Place are those of the authors or exhibitors

freedom, General Assembly workshop presenters do

with the General Assembly are those of the organiza-

and do not necessarily reflect the viewpoint of, or

not speak for the Fellowship as an organization or for

tions or groups hosting the events and do not neces-

endorsement by, the Fellowship or its members.

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Ten people to meet in Fort Worth It has been said that one of the most meaningful aspects of CBF’s General Assembly is conversation with old and new friends. Now in its 22nd year, the gathering attracts four generations of Fellowship Baptists. Each person comes with a story — a story that may include personal milestones or celebrations, professional expertise as well as Fellowshiprelated information. The following people will be walking the halls or sitting beside you during workshops, plenary sessions or in the hotel restaurant. Pull up a chair and talk and listen to those around you. This is how we grow in fellowship.

Asks of Us.” Workshops: Friday 2 p.m. and 3:30 p.m., Convention Center Room 202A.

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Natalie Aho Aho serves as communications consultant for The Center for Congregational Health, a CBF partner. She will lead a workshop focusing on social media and the local church. If Twitter, Facebook and the web continue to be an enigma for you, attend this event or schedule time to talk with her. Workshops: Friday 2 p.m. and 3:30 p.m., Convention Center Room 201A.

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Daniel Vestal Vestal’s personal milestone is that, on June 30, he will retire as CBF’s executive coordinator, a position he has held since 1996. However, his ministry continues. If asked, he will be happy to share thoughts about his future ministry. Vestal and his family will be honored Friday night in The Gathering Place.

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David Hull In addition to being pastor of First Baptist Church, Huntsville, Ala., Hull chairs CBF’s 2012 Task Force. This past year, Task Force members conducted more than 100 listening sessions with Fellowship Baptists. They will share their findings and plan for the future during the Assembly. www.thefellowship.info/2012taskforce

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Carrie Newcomer This singer/songwriter illuminates life with depth, humor and clarity. On Wednesday June 20, she will share her stories at An Evening of Song and Celebration at Broadway Baptist Church in Fort Worth. George Mason Mason, pastor of Wilshire Baptist Church in Dallas, chairs the search committee for the next CBF executive coordinator. Mason has said that the committee will rely upon

Marc Wyatt

the spirit of God, as well as the prayers of the CBF community in this search. Keep an eye out for other committee members: Colleen Burroughs, Jack Glasgow, Wendell Griffen, LeAnn Gunter Johns, Cynthia Holmes, Kyle Reese, Artemia Tamayo, Tony Vincent and Joy Yee.

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Clarissa Strickland CBF’s longest tenured employee loves swapping stories with staff ministers and seminary students. She also likes to talk with search committees who are seeking leaders in their congregations. As the manager of CBF’s reference and referral services, Strickland is a connecting point for the two. Meet Strickland during Ministers on the Move scheduled for Friday, June 22, in the Omni Hotel, Sundance Room 6.

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Trevor Hudson Hudson is committed to the work and ministry of the local congregation and believes strongly that for something to be real it must always be local. He will be featured during the pre-Assembly prayer retreat and in workshops focused on “Questions God

Kim and Marc Wyatt The Wyatts’ ministry in Canada will be the North American focus of next year’s CBF Offering for Global Missions. Stop by the Gathering Place to meet these field personnel and learn about their ministry among internationals. You can also learn more about free resources for promoting the CBF Offering in your church.

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Jonathan and Tina Bailey Are you passionate about music, dance, drama, painting and other expressions of creativity? Then, find time to talk to these CBF field personnel about how the arts can break down barriers and encourage conversations about faith. Their ministry will be the international focus of next year’s CBF Offering for Global Missions, along with the Rubles (see below).

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Cindy Ruble In Southeast Asia, Ruble, one of CBF’s field personnel, shares the gospel through social justice ministries. Talk to her about her ministries related to education, preventing child sexual abuse and domestic violence, promoting gender equality and raising awareness regarding human trafficking. Later this year, Cindy and Eddy Ruble will be featured in CBF’s series of missions education resources. Cindy will lead the CBF Justice and Peacemaking workshop located in the Convention Center, Room 1038 at 2 p.m. on Friday. CBF General Assembly 2012

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Things to do in Fort Worth

‘City of Cowboys and Culture’ While in Fort Worth, there’s plenty to see and do. Interested in art? Check out the Cultural District with its five internationallyrecognized museums. Want to learn more about Western heritage? Stop by the Stockyards National Historic District. For the sports enthusiast, visit the Texas Motor Speedway, watch the Texas Rangers baseball team take on the Colorado Rockies or take a tour of Cowboys Stadium — home of the Dallas Cowboys football team. If you’re traveling with children, you may want to visit the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, the nationally-ranked Fort Worth Zoo, Six Flags theme park or the Fort Worth Stockyards for the twice-daily cattle drive or weekend rodeo.

Check out these websites for more information: Molly The Trolley: This vintage-style trolley is a quick and convenient way to get around in Fort Worth. www.mollythetrolley.com Cultural District www.fortworth.com Fort Worth Stockyards Historic District www.fortworthstockyards.org Texas Motor Speedway www.texasmotorspeedway.com

Texas Rangers texas.rangers.mlb.com Cowboys Stadium stadium.dallascowboys.com Fort Worth Museum of Science and History www.fwmuseum.org Fort Worth Zoo www.fortworthzoo.org

Did you know? • Fort Worth is the 16th-largest city in the United States • City of Fort Worth Population: 736,200 (2010 estimate) • 60 percent of America’s paper money is printed at the U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing Western Currency Facility in Fort Worth (tours are available). • The Texas Civil War Museum in Fort Worth houses the largest private Civil War collection west of the Mississippi River.

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Hilton Hotel

Convention Center Omni Hotel

Sheraton Hotel

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Schedules & Maps

General Assembly Schedule Wednesday, June 20 Noon – 5 p.m.

Registration

Convention Center

Registration

You may wish to beat the crowds to the Assembly registration area at the Convention Center. There, you’ll receive a name tag, the Assembly Guide and a reusable tote bag filled with a variety of resources. 1 p.m.

Leadership Institute

Omni Hotel, Ballroom F It’s a challenging and confusing time to be a church. Participate in the Leadership Institute and explore practical ways to live more faithfully and lead your church to a renewed identity in Christ. It’s not too late to register at the door. More information available on page 12.

7:30 p.m.

An Evening of Song and Celebration with

Carrie Newcomer in Concert

Broadway Baptist Church

Carrie Newcomer

End your day at Broadway Baptist Church, where you’ll hear singer/ songwriter Carrie Newcomer, the Broadway Chancel Choir and organist Al Travis. It’s free! We’ll even pick you up and drop you off. Shuttle service to Broadway Baptist Church begins at 6:45 p.m. beside the Convention Center at the Northbound side of Houston Street, between 13th Street and 12th Street. Following the event, the shuttle will make stops at the Omni, the Sheraton and the Hilton hotels. If you are driving, the address is: 305 West Broadway.

Thursday, June 21 7:30 a.m.

Events hosted by CBF and CBF partners

Various locations Partner events are listed on pages 12-14. They are sponsored by Fellowship partners and may require pre-registration. CBF staff in the CBF General Assembly Office, Room 102 of the Convention Center, can provide information for these events, as well as answer other questions you might have. Don’t hesitate to ask.

8 a.m.

Registration

Convention Center If you didn’t make it to registration on Wednesday, don’t worry — we are open Thursday and Friday until the evening session. We are located in the Grand Lobby.

8:30 a.m.

Preschool and Children’s Assembly

Rooms 203, Convention Center Leaders are eager to meet you and your family, but first, please checkin at children and preschool participants registration.

9 a.m.

Youth Assembly

Room 204, Convention Center Participants gather beside room 204 to begin a day of fun and adventure. Make sure you’ve checked in at registration.

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Broadway Baptist Church 305 West Broadway Street

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9 a.m.

A Call to Prayer

Schedules & Maps

Occurring six times throughout Thursday and Friday’s schedule, you’re invited to join with friends in the hallways or at the prayer room, Room 108. A prayer guide is provided on the inside front cover of this book. 9:15 a.m.

General Session I: 2012 Task Force Report

Hall C, Convention Center The Agape Ebenezer Karen Baptist Church choir welcomes you to the first of five General Sessions with music for gathering. The 2012 Task Force Report begins at 9:30 a.m. and, in addition to reporting, the presentation will include recommendations as a result of the more than 100 listening sessions that were conducted. During the business breakout time at 2:45 p.m., you may join the 2012 Task Force breakout to ask questions or request clarification on the recommendations made. The General Sessions Hall entrance is located at the back of The Gathering Place. Immediately following the session, parents are asked to please pick up children from their Assembly area. Workers need lunch time to rest and prepare for the next session.

10 a.m.

The Gathering Place

Hall A & B, Convention Center Throughout the day, when you want to relax and mingle with new and old friends, visit The Gathering Place located in Hall A. There, you can rest your feet or talk with CBF partners waiting to greet you at each exhibit. Also, you can shop at several of our “stores” for items like church resources or handmade, indigenous crafts.

11:30 a.m.

A Call to Prayer (see inside front cover)

11:45 a.m.

Lunch If you’ve not pre-registered for a CBF Partner Event, you’re invited to stay in the Convention Center and celebrate the 20th anniversary of Project Ruth at the CBF Global Missions Picnic in the ballroom. Children, 12 and under, eat free. Preschool/Children’s Assembly continues afterward.

1:15 p.m.

General Session II: Business I

Hall C, Convention Center Music for Gathering will feature Rondallas de las Americas, Baptist University of the Américas, San Antonio, Texas. This session includes recommendations from the nomination and budget committees as well as reports on a variety of Fellowship ministries.

2:45 p.m.

Business Breakouts and Workshops

Convention Center Rooms will be announced during the Business Session.

Budget Breakout: 201C. 2012 Task Force: 200 Review the proposed budget, the 2012 Task Force Report and any new business that was brought to the floor.

4:15 p.m.

State and Regional Meetings

Convention Center Rooms It’s time to hear the local story — don’t miss your state or regional CBF meeting. Alabama . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Room 202B

North Carolina . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Room 110 A&B

Arkansas . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Room 202C

North Central . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Room 111

Florida . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Room 201A

Northeast . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Room 106

Georgia . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Room 201B

Oklahoma-Kansas . . . . . . . . . . . . Room 103A

Kentucky . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Room 201D

South Carolina . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Room 202A

Louisiana . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Room 105

Tennessee . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Room 108

Mid-Atlantic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Room 109

Texas . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Room 200

Mississippi . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Room 104

Virginia . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Room 103B

Missouri . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Room 201C

West . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Room 122

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5 p.m.

Dinner

Schedules & Maps

It’s time to pick up children and have dinner. Partner events are listed on pages 12-14. Not registered for a dinner? Fort Worth has many good restaurants within walking distance. Assembly hosts and hostesses are happy to assist you — they’re wearing a ribbon to identify themselves. Also, they are located throughout the Convention Center to help you find your way to events and locations. 7 p.m.

A Call to Prayer (see inside front cover)

7:15 p.m.

General Session III: Commissioning Service

Hall C, Convention Center The youth choir, Master’s Voices, will prepare us for worship with a 15-minute concert that you’ll not want to miss. Worship will focus on the commissioning of field personnel and church starters. Come learn about and pray for these who go in the name of Christ. See pages 39-40 to learn more.

9 p.m.

The Gathering Place

Hall A, Convention Center After worship, there is a reception at The Gathering Place, located beside the General Session Hall. This event provides you time to meet worship leaders, representatives from partner organizations and is a great meeting place for friends.

10:30 p.m.

At the end of this day, whether you’re easing into bed or still talking with friends, we hope you have

experienced more than you anticipated.

Friday, June 22 7:30 a.m.

Events hosted by CBF and CBF Partners See pages 12-14 for times and locations.

8 a.m.

Registration

Convention Center Haven’t registered? If this is your first day or you just haven’t been able to fit registration into your schedule — there is still time. Registration is open in the Convention Center until the evening session.

The 20th anniversary of Project Ruth will be celebrated at the CBF Global Missions Picnic on Thursday.


9 a.m.

Preschool, Children’s and Youth Assemblies

Rooms 203-204, Convention Center

9 a.m.

Schedules & Maps

We hope these participants are eager to see new friends and teachers again. A Call to Prayer It’s a new day, and now is the time to pray alone or with friends (inside front cover). 9:15 a.m.

General Session IV: Business II

Hall C, Convention Center Business begins at 9:30 a.m. in the General Sessions Hall. Plan to attend and vote on the recommendations that were presented on Thursday. The General Sessions Hall entrance is located at the back of The Gathering Place. After the session, pick up children and preschoolers from their area.

10 a.m.

The Gathering Place

Hall A, Convention Center Feel free to wander about throughout the day.

11:30 a.m.

A Call to Prayer (see inside front cover)

11:45 a.m.

Lunch Please see pages 12-14 for information on partner events. In addition, you can choose from Convention Center vendors or local restaurants.

1:30 p.m.

Preschool, Children’s and Youth Assemblies Children are welcomed back to their assembly session.

2 p.m. and

Workshops

3:30 p.m.

Various locations Workshops are offered in two 75-minute sessions. Learn more on pages 53-57.

5:30 p.m.

Dinner See pages 12-14 for information related to partner events.

7 p.m.

A Call to Prayer (inside front cover)

7:15 p.m.

General Session V: Worship Service

Hall C, Convention Center

Communion

A Mass Choir and musicians from area churches will inspire us as we gather for evening worship. Prepare yourself for a blessing — Daniel Vestal will preach, and this will be his last sermon as CBF’s executive coordinator. There will be a time of recognition at the end of the service. During this service, we’ll celebrate communion by intinction. You’ll be guided by ushers to a certain station, and there, you’ll take a piece of bread and dip it in the chalice. Then you return to your seat. 9 p.m.

Gathering Place Reception

Hall A, Convention Center You’re invited to a reception in The Gathering Place to honor Daniel and Earlene Vestal. This event is sponsored by Mercer University and CBF.

10:30 p.m.

The party’s over … but in 12 months we’ll do it again in Greensboro, North Carolina — General Assembly 2013.

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CBF Partner Events

The views expressed at Partner Events coinciding with the General Assembly are those of the organizations or groups hosting the events and do not necessarily reflect the viewpoint of, or endorsement by, the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship or its members. Note: Tickets for some events which require reservations may be purchased at the sponsoring organization’s booth in The Gathering Place.

Schedules & Maps

Wednesday, June 20 8 a.m. - 5 p.m

General Assembly Newcomer Reception If this is your first time at CBF’s General Assembly, stop by the Newcomer’s table in the hotel lobby and get a quick “how-to” to enhance your Assembly experience. Cost: Free Location: Table in lobby of all hotels

7:30 a.m. -

CBF Foundation Board of Trustees

2 p.m.

Annual meeting of the CBF Foundation Board of Trustees Cost: Invitation only Location: Omni Fort Worth Hotel – Sundance 2

10 a.m.

Baptist Women in Ministry Annual Gathering Worship will be filled with good music, insightful preaching and unforgettable fellowship. One of the highlights of our gathering is the recognition of the annual Addie Davis Awards recipients. Lunch features directed conversations around the table, offering participants to explore together relevant topics to ministry. COST: $20 LOCATION: Broadway Baptist Church

1 - 5 p.m.

Leadership Institute —

Fixin’ Church: Finding a Way Forward in Crazy Times It’s a challenging and confusing time to be a church. Attendance is shrinking, budgets are sinking and culture is shifting. Are you tired of fixin’ church? How do we move forward? Instead of trying one more “quick fix,” come explore practical ways to live more faithfully and lead your church to a renewed identity in Christ. Registration required. COST: $25 LOCATION: Omni Fort Worth Hotel - Texas Ballroom F

3 - 3:30 p.m.

Meet & Greet Break sponsored by Brite Divinity School Brite Divinity School Welcomes the participants of the Leadership Institute to Fort Worth. Take a break to enjoy refreshment, fellowship and to meet and mingle with faculty and staff from Brite, a partner theological school of CBF. LOCATION: Omni Fort Worth Hotel –– Texas Ballroom F

Thursday, June 21 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

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Newcomer Reception If this is your first time at CBF’s General Assembly, stop by the Newcomer’s table in the hotel lobby and get a quick “how-to” to enhance your Assembly experience. COST: Free LOCATION: Table in lobby of all hotels

7:30 a.m.

Central Baptist Theological

Seminary Breakfast Hear the latest news from Central Seminary from President Molly T. Marshall, and celebrate with us as we honor the work of Dr. Ircel Harrison, State Coordinator for CBTS in Tennessee. Cost: $10 Location: Omni Fort Worth Hotel – Texas Ballroom D

7:30 - 9 a.m.

CBF Peer Learning Group Convener Breakfast Key note speaker: Brett Younger This breakfast is complimentary for each Group Convener and his/her guest. For other ministers and lay leaders who would like to attend, reservations may be made online. Cost: $25 (for non-conveners) Location : Omni Fort Worth Hotel — Texas Ballroom B

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Baptist Center for Ethics’ Annual Luncheon

1:30 p.m.

Attend a luncheon on the topic of “Faith and Taxes”, co-sponsored by the Baptist Center for Ethics and the

Christian Life Commission of the Baptist General Convention of Texas with corporate sponsorship from the Ministers and Missionaries Benefits Board. COST: TBD LOCATION: Omni Fort Worth Hotel — Texas Ballroom F 11:30 a.m. -

Luncheon for Chaplains and Pastoral Counselors

1 p.m.

Guest speaker will be David Gushee, Distinguished University Professor of Christian Ethics and director of the

Center for Theology and Public Life at Mercer University. Reservations are required for attendance. COST: $10 LOCATION: Omni Fort Worth Hotel — Texas Ballroom G&H 11:30 a.m. -

Campbell University Divinity School Alumni and Friends Luncheon

1:15 p.m.

COST: $15 at the door LOCATION: Omni Fort Worth Hotel — Texas Ballroom C

Noon - 1:30 p.m. Missions Picnic Project Ruth was born 20 years ago to provide education opportunities to Roma (Gypsy) children who often live in poverty and at the edges of society. Celebrate lives that have been changed through Project Ruth and meet CBF field personnel who can connect you and your church with other

Roma students at Project Ruth school

ways to change lives worldwide. Children 12 and under eat free, and lunch for adults will be available for purchase. COST: $10 LOCATION: Fort Worth Convention Center — Ballroom A, B, C 5:15 - 6:45 p.m.

Friends of ABP Dinner This dinner is the place to be for fun and fellowship during the CBF General Assembly. COST: TBD LOCATION: Offsite

5:30 - 7 p.m.

Wake Forest University School of Divinity Reception COST: Free LOCATION: Omni Fort Worth Hotel — Texas Ballroom A & B

5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Fiesta Con BUA Fiesta Con BUA Baptist University of the Américas Friends and Donors Dinner COST: TBD LOCATION: Omni Fort Worth Hotel — Texas Ballroom D

9 - 10 p.m.

Haiti Volunteers Reception Stop by and meet other Fellowship Baptists who have volunteered in Haiti. Find out about current and future happenings, including rubble homes and Temple Baptist Church. Sponsored by Conscience International COST: Free

CBF volunteers in Haiti

LOCATION: Convention Center, Room 107

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CBF Partner Events, continued

9 - 10 p.m.

Mercer University McAfee School of Theology

Alumni and Friends Reception COST: Free LOCATION: Omni Fort Worth Hotel — Texas Ballroom A

Friday, June 22 7:30 - 9 a.m.

Peace Breakfast David Gushee will speak at the Baptist Peace Fellowship’s Peace Breakfast. Not a BPFNA member? Come and learn about the BPFNA while you enjoy breakfast and an inspiring speaker. COST: $30 LOCATION: Omni Fort Worth Hotel — Texas Ballroom C

7:30 - 9:30 a.m.

CBF Foundation Heritage Society Breakfast The annual breakfast features Hardy Clemons, an executive coach and counseling supervisor from San Antonio, Texas, and music by Truett Seminary. COST: Free LOCATION: Omni Fort Worth Hotel — Texas Ballroom I & J

8 - 10 a.m.

Duke Alumni and Friends Breakfast The Baptist House of Studies at Duke Divinity School invites you to join us for our 5th annual breakfast for alumni and friends. Come join us for a free meal and fellowship. Curtis Freeman will bring updates with what’s going on at Duke. COST: Free LOCATION: Omni Fort Worth Hotel — Texas Ballroom B

9 a.m. -

Ministers on the Move

5:30 p.m.

Are you serving on a minister search committee at your church? Are you a minister seeking a new place of

service? Come by and meet with CBF folks who can be a resource for you. COST: Free LOCATION: Omni Fort Worth Hotel — Sundance 6 11:45 a.m. –

Baptist Joint Committee’s Annual Religious Liberty Luncheon

1:15 p.m.

Join friends of the Baptist Joint Committee at the annual Religious Liberty Council Luncheon. Our speaker

will be Bill J. Leonard, the James and Marilyn Dunn Chair of Baptist Studies at Wake Forest University School of Divinity. Cost: $40 Location: Omni Fort Worth Hotel – Texas Ballroom F Noon - 1:30 p.m. Church Benefits Board Luncheon Come join us for our annual CBB Member Luncheon, where we will update members about the CBB retirement plan and discuss how members currently have better benefits than last year, without rates increasing. COST: Admission is free, by invitation. LOCATION: Omni Fort Worth Hotel — Texas Ballroom C & D 5:30 - 7 p.m.

CBF Coordinating Council Dinner

A celebratory dinner for former and current members of the Coordinating Council. By Invitation. COST: $25 LOCATION: Omni Fort Worth Hotel — Texas Ballroom A & B

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Visit the exhibits of institutions, organizations and service providers located in Exhibit Halls A-B of the Convention Center. The Gathering Place will open each day at 10 a.m. and will be closed during Worship and Business Sessions.

Booth # 2012 Task Force . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . D a pair of docs publishing (see ad on page 82) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 129 Appalachia Service Project . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 235 Associated Baptist Press . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 206, 207 Baptist Fair Trade Project . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 214 Baptist House of Studies at Duke Divinity School (see ad on page 81) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 124 Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty (see ad on page 28) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 304 Baptist Peace Fellowship of North America . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 213 Baptist Seminary of Kentucky/Georgetown College . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 106 Baptist Standard . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 234 Baptist University of the Americas . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 330 BaptistWay Press . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 312 Baylor University/Truett Seminary (see ad on page 24) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 316 Belmont University . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 140 Boy Scouts of America-Assoc. of Baptists for Scouting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 131 Brite Divinity School (see ad on page 27) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 109 Buckner (see ad on page 25) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 300 Campbell University Divinity School . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 113 CBF Display . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . C CBF Foundation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . D CBF Store/Missions Marketplace . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . A Center for Congregational Health, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 110 Central Baptist Theological Seminary (see ad on page 29) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 123 Christian Ethics Today/Christians for Biblical Equality . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 240 Church Architecture & United We Build . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 310 Church Benefits Board (see ads on pages 77 and 78) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .D Conscience International (see ad on page 62) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 303 Current . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . D Emory University’s Candler School of Theology . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 139 Eternal Threads . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 257 Face2Face/Field Personnel Exhibits . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . E Gardner-Webb University School of Divinity (see ad on page 83) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 120 Global Women . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 237 His Nets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 114 Houston Baptist University (see ad on page 79) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 320 Icon Systems (see ad on page 64) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 107 Literacy Connexus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 135 Logsdon Seminary (see ad on page 80) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 117 Mercer University/McAfee School of Theology (see ads on pages 76 and 81) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 309, 321 Mississippi College . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 132 Nurturing Faith (see ad on page 26) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 209 Passport, Inc. (see ads on page 82 and back cover) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 212 Project Ruth . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 238 Rahab’s Rope . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 115 Samaritan Ministry . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 112 Silent Auction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . B Smyth & Helwys . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 330 Texas Baptists Committed/T.B. Maston Foundation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 239 The Educational Center (see ad on page 83) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 128 The Upper Room . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 104 TLC Ministries . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 215 Volunteers for China . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 305 Wake Forest University School of Divinity (see ad inside the back cover) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 121

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Schedules & Maps

Convention Center Hall A-B General Session

To General Session

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2012 Taskforce CBF Foundation Church Benefits Board Current

CBF Field Personnel and Face2Face Speakers Bureau Exhibits

CBF Silent Auction

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CBF Store and Missions Marketplace

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Stop by Come see the new Form and Spark! Beginning in September, CBF missional formation resources will include: • new, bi-monthly format with two units per issue • more biblical teaching • greater variety of activities • more options for older and younger preschoolers or children • additional help for teachers • more activities with less prep time All of this will now be downloadable and includes more videos, more pictures, and easy-to-print files with each issue.

Resources for children and youth Form is designed to teach preschoolers about missions and the missional life by engaging all five senses through experiential learning. TM

Spark helps leaders teach elementary-aged children about missions and the missional life through experiential learning and mission engagement. TM

Ignite is a youth Bible study with a missional focus using Scripture and real-life examples to challenge teenagers to love and serve others. TM

Where will VBS take your church next summer? Take a field trip to rural communities across the U.S. and experience God’s hope along the way. Sold as a downloadable PDF, Finding Hope: A Field Trip of Faith is user-friendly and cost effective.

From China to Chile and more! Stop by the Mission Marketplace area of The Gathering Place to see new items from around the world. Proceeds support CBF field personnel projects, ministry partners and indigenous workers.

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Becoming Like Christ: Helping Children Follow Jesus is a resource for children’s leaders and parents designed to help older children make a faith decision for Jesus. Six sessions introduce children to Jesus and what it means to follow him. Becoming like Christ: Grounding Youth in Jesus helps youth reflect on their relationship to God through Christ and develop a personal discipleship plan. Its eight sessions lead youth to discover God’s story, our communal story, and their own story of a personal relationship with Jesus. Every session includes a variety of experiences that connect with different learning styles.


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Booth A in The Gathering Place New in the CBF Store New books by retiring CBF Coordinators Daniel Vestal and Terry Hamrick. Join them and other special guests for a book signing at 9 p.m. on Thursday in The Gathering Place.

Adult Resources for individuals and small groups In Being the Presence of Christ, Daniel Vestal sets out a progressive approach to the study of scripture and prayer, which encourages personal spiritual transformation. By practicing the presence of Christ in our daily lives, beginning change in the world with deep, spiritual change within ourselves we can aid in the ongoing redemption of the world.

Words That Shape and Form is ideal to use during 40-day periods of the Christian year. Words That Shape and Form helps participants explore the meaning and transforming potential of the words of our faith like “advent,” “missional,” and “xenos.” With reflection questions and spiral binding, this resource makes for an exceptional devotional piece or small group study.

Klesis: God’s Call and the Journey of Faith is written to help Christians more carefully consider how God might be calling them to be the presence of Christ in their world. More than a spiritual gifts study, Klesis leads participants to a more holistic consideration of their unique call.

Preaching for the Missional Journey explores the relationship of “missional” to preaching and brings together more than 20 diverse proclaimers to illustrate the power and potential of missional preaching for individuals, congregations, and communities. Additionally, this resource offers definitions of missional terms, a bibliography of missional resources, and a scripture-sermon index.

Visit the CBF Store and register to win a Nook e-reader preloaded with CBF resources. Prayers of the People is CBF’s yearlong guide that invites you to seasons of prayer following the rhythm of the church calendar. Use this free resource to pray for field personnel and their children, chaplains, pastoral counselors, church planters and partner mission personnel.

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Worshiping Together The theme for this year’s annual gathering of Fellowship Baptists is “Infinitely More,” based on these verses from the third chapter of Ephesians: All glory to God, who is able, through God’s mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.

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Glory to God in the church and in Christ Jesus through all generations forever and ever! It is the hope of the Worship Planning Committee that as we gather for worship on Thursday and Friday evenings, God’s Spirit will move among us, inviting us to dream boldly about our future. We will be invited to ask, to imagine and to live in this question: What could God do through us individually and as a Fellowship if we would but open ourselves to the possibilities?

Thursday Evening Worship Commissioning The focus of Thursday evening’s worship will be the commissioning of new field personnel and new church starters. At 7:15 p.m., the Master’s Voices will provide “Music for Gathering.” This auditioned group of teens, under the direction of Loyd Hawthorne, retired professor of music at Hardin-Simmons University, Abilene, Texas, will beautifully set the tone for worship. Many of our currently serving field personnel will serve as worship leaders. And we’ll get to hear testimonies from Gwen Brown, a church starter in Grayson, Ga.; Chaouki and Maha Boulos, evangelism focused field personnel in the Middle East; and Phil Christopher, pastor of FBC Abliene, a church with a strong missional identity which is engaged in many ministry and mission partnerships. We hope you’ll come prepared not only to stand and pray with those who we will be commissioned, but to ponder the new ways in which God may be calling you to be Christ’s presence in the world.

Friday Evening Worship Communion “Music for Gathering” will begin at 7:15 p.m. and will be provided by a Mass Choir made up of choir members from Dallas/Fort Worth area churches. At 7:30 p.m. we will call ourselves to worship and prepare to hear Daniel Vestal’s final sermon as CBF Executive Coordinator. Worship will culminate with our sharing together in the ordinance of the Lord’s Supper. The Worship Planning Committee hopes you will make worship a priority as you participate in the 2012 General Assembly. As we have woven these services together, we have sought to offer opportunities for worship that are relevant, engaging, thoughtful and participatory. It is our prayer that our worship would inspire each of us to dare ask, imagine and dream about what God may have in store for us. Utimately, may our worship give glory to God, who is able, through God’s mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or imagine. Grace & peace. Anita Thompson 2012 Worship Committee Chair

Business The Fellowship conducts its business openly and encourages full participation of its members. Guests are welcome to attend business sessions and business breakouts, but please keep in mind that only CBF members are entitled to vote. Business procedures are outlined on page 34.

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General Session I: 2012 Task Force Report Thursday, June 21

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9:15 a.m. Music for Gathering 9:30 – 11 a.m. Music for Gathering . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Agape Ebenezer Karen Baptist Church Welcome . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Hal Bass Preparation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Infinitely More: William Carey . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ann Meripolski and Anita Thompson Sung Prayer* . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . God, Who Stretched the Spangled Heavens . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . HOLY MANNA God who stretched the spangled heavens, infinite in time and place, Flung the suns in burning radiance through the silent fields of space, We, your children, in your likeness, share inventive powers with you. Great Creator, still creating, show us what we yet may do. Catherine Cameron; ©1967 Hope Publishing Company

Report Prayer* Song of Dismissal* . . . . . . . . . . . . . God, Who Stretched the Spangled Heavens . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . HOLY MANNA As each far horizon beckons, may it challenge us anew, Children of creative purpose, serving others, honoring you. May our dreams prove rich with promise, each endeavor well begun. Great Creator, give us guidance ’til our goals and yours are one. Catherine Cameron; ©1967 Hope Publishing Company

Following the 2012 Task Force Report, a motion will be made during the Thursday afternoon Business Session at 1:15 p.m. Discussion opportunities will then be available during the business breakout time at 2:45 p.m. You may join the 2012 Task Force breakout to ask questions or request clarification on the recommendations. The vote on Task Force recommendations will occur on Friday morning. www.thefellowship.info/2012taskforce

* Please stand if able. CCLI 11054185

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General Session II: Business I Thursday, June 21 1:15 p.m. Music for Gathering 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. Music for Gathering . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Rondalla de las Américas . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Maria Monteiro, Director Baptist University of the Américas, San Antonio, Texas Welcome . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Colleen Walker Burroughs

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Preparation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Infinitely More: Clarence Jordan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ann Meripolski and Anita Thompson Sung Prayer* . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Christ, You Call Us All to Service . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . NETTLETON Christ, you call us all to service, call us all who follow you; Plant in us a deep commitment, all your work and will to do. Fire a passion for your justice, in us kindle love of peace; Help us heal the brokenhearted, to the captive bring release. Teach us how to work together, brothers, sisters, side by side, Equal partners in the struggle, in the cause of truth allied. To each one some gift is given, man or woman, young or old; Help us use each skill and talent your great purpose to unfold. Joy F. Patterson; ©1994 Hope Publishing Company

Call to Order . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Colleen Walker Burroughs Adoption of Agenda Business Procedures Coordinating Council Reports Nominating Committee . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Christy McMillin-Goodwin Finance Committee . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Laura Hoffman Proposed Missions and Ministry Budget Video 2012-2013 Personnel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jason Coker Partners & Seminaries . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Justin Joplin Networks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Emily Hull McGee Global Missions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Melissa Roysdon Legal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Patricia Wilson Advancement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . David Turner Missional Congregations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Tony Vincent

Introduction of CBF Fellows and Video . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Terry Hamrick

Motion from the 2012 Task Force . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . David Hull Business Adjourned . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Colleen Walker Burroughs Prayer* . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . David Turner 32

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Song of Dismissal* . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Christ, You Call Us All to Service . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . NETTLETON Let us be a servant people, reconciling, ending strife, Seeking ways more just of sharing and of ord’ring human life. Fill us with a glowing vision of this world as it should be; Send us forth to change that vision into blest reality. Joy F. Patterson; ©1994 Hope Publishing Company

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The Finance Committee of the Coordinating Council has proposed an operating budget of $12.4 million for the fiscal year 2012-2013, which begins Oct. 1. The Coordinating Council approved this budget and recommends passage by the General Assembly. Nominating Committee Report 2012 Coordinating Council Officers Bill McConnell, Moderator-Elect; laity; Knoxville, Tenn.; Central Baptist Church of Bearden; partner, Rogers and Morgan, Inc. (2012-2013) Renée Bennett, Recorder; laity; Macon, Ga.; Highland Hills Baptist; marriage and family therapist (2012-2013) At-Large Angela Lowe, Chair of Council on Endorsement; clergy; Lawrence, Kansas; First Baptist Church; chaplain, Lawrence Memorial Hospital (2012-2015) Alabama Chris Aho; clergy; Mobile; Hillcrest Baptist; pastor (2012-2013) Florida Vacancy – 2012-2014 (unfilled term of Doug Dortch, 2011-2014) Georgia Erin Hall; clergy; Ball Ground; Heritage Baptist Fellowship, Canton; youth minister (2012-2015) Michael Helms; clergy; Jefferson; First Baptist Church; pastor (2012-2015) Bob Patterson; clergy; Warm Springs; First Baptist Church; pastor (2012-2015) Kentucky Bob Fox; clergy; Georgetown; Faith Baptist Church; pastor (2012-2014) (filling unexpired term of Matt DuVall, 2011-2014) Mid-Atlantic Vacancy – 2012-2015 North Carolina Darryl Aaron; clergy; Winston-Salem; First Baptist (Highland Avenue); pastor (2012-2015) Christopher Ingram; clergy; Elizabeth City; First Baptist; pastor (2012-2015)

Alicia Porterfield; laity; Wilmington; Winter Park Baptist Church (2012-2015) North Central Jane Tuten; laity; Cincinnati, Ohio; Montgomery Community Church; homemaker (2012-2015) Northeast Patti Roberston; clergy; Warren, R.I.; Bay Community Baptist Church, Swansea, Mass. (2012-2015) Alan Sherouse; clergy; New York City; Metro Baptist Church, pastor (2012-2015) Oklahoma Nelda Kirk; laity; Oklahoma City; Spring Creek Baptist; state government administrator, retired (2012-2015) South Carolina Tiffany Hamilton; clergy; Seneca; First Baptist Church of Clemson; youth minister (2012-2015) Suzanne Morse; laity; Pendleton; First Baptist Church (2012-2015) Texas Three vacancies – 2012-2015 Virginia Dennis Sacrey; laity; Fredericksburg; Fredericksburg Baptist Church (2012-2015) Dorothy Cluff; laity; Orange; Orange Baptist Church (2012-2015) West Eric Hasha; clergy; Honolulu; University Baptist; minister of youth and young adults (2012-2015) CBB Board Catherine “Kit” Heifner; Birmingham, Ala. (2012-2016) Tommy Heibert; San Angelo, Texas (2012-2016) CBF Foundation Board TBD CBF General Assembly 2012

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Business Procedures For Recommendations received in advance

For Motions received from the floor and thus not

from the Coordinating Council, Advisory Council, officers, or

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other source and printed on the approved agenda — Business Session I — Thursday, 1:30 p.m.

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• Each recommendation is presented with supporting information. • Opportunity is provided for questions, for information or clarification on each recommendation. • Does the moderator determine that immediate action on the recommendation is prudent? • Yes — Immediate action is taken on the recommendation.

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• No — The moderator refers the recommendation to a business breakout and announces the time and place for the meeting Thursday morning. Business Breakouts — Thursday, 2:45 p.m. • Opportunity for additional information, discussion and presentation of any amendments. • Proposed amendments coming from a business breakout must be representative of a majority viewpoint of the business breakout participants. • Amendments are reviewed by the Advisory Council of the Coordinating Council and approved as is or modified for presentation at the Friday morning business session. • If time permits, copies of proposed amendments are distributed at the Thursday morning General Session. Business Session II — Friday, 9:30 a.m. • Each unamended recommendation is discussed (eight minutes maximum) and voted on. • Each recommendation amended during a business breakout is presented. The proposed amendment(s) and then the full recommendation are discussed (eight minutes maximum) and voted on.

Business Session I — Thursday, 1:30 p.m. • Motions must be presented in writing to the past moderator (Christy McMillin-Goodwin) or the parliamentarian (Bart Tichenor) by 2:20 p.m. on Thursday. Each motion must be legible and should include the motion maker’s name and the name of the church, with city and state, of which the maker is a member. • By the close of the business session, the moderator, in consultation with the officers and the Coordinating Council’s Legal Committee, assigns each motion to an appropriate subgroup of the Coordinating Council that will host a business breakout. The moderator announces the time and place of each business breakout session. Business Breakouts — Thursday, 2:45 p.m. • Opportunity for additional information, discussion and presentation of any amendments. • Each business breakout determines whether to recommend passage of its motion as presented or in an amended form. Each recommendation must be representative of a majority viewpoint of the participants. • The Advisory Council determines whether to recommend passage of the motion as presented or in an amended form, giving consideration to the deliberations and recommendation of the business breakout. Business Session II — Friday, 9:30 a.m. • The moderator shall report for each motion the recommendation of the business breakout and the recommendation of the Advisory Council. • If either group or both groups recommend(s) passage of the motion in its original form or in an amended form, that motion is discussed, allowing for up to three (3) minutes per speaker on a given question. At the close of the time allotted for action on a given motion, a vote is taken in order on all pending questions. • If neither group recommends passage of a motion in its original form or in an amended form, no further action shall be taken on that motion unless the maker of the motion appeals to the moderator to poll the General Assembly as to his or her desire to have the motion brought to the floor for discussion and a vote. If the appeal to consider the motion is seconded, a vote will be taken without discussion. The motion then will be considered or set aside in accordance with the vote of the General Assembly.

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General Session III: Commissioning Service Thursday, June 21 7:15 p.m. Music for Gathering 7:30 p.m. Service Begins GATHERING Music for Gathering . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Master’s Voices . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Loyd Hawthorne, Director Welcome . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Grace Powell Freeman

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Call to Worship . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Anita Thompson Prayer of Invocation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sam Bandela Introit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Come, all You People . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . UYAI MOSE Master’s Voices Come all you people, come and praise your Maker. Come all you people, come and praise your Maker. Come all you people, come and praise your Maker. Come now and worship the Lord. Come all you people, come and praise the Savior. Come all you people, come and praise the Savior. Come all you people, come and praise the Savior. Come now and worship the Lord. Come all you people, come and praise the Spirit. Come all you people, come and praise the Spirit. Come all you people, come and praise the Spirit. Come now and worship the Lord. Arr. ©1994 WGRG The Iona Community (Scotland), admin. by GIA Publications, Inc.

Hymn of Praise . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Praise to the Lord, the Almighty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . LOBE DEN HERREN 1. Praise to the Lord, the Almighty, who rules all creation! O my soul, worship the well-spring of health and salvation. All ye who hear, now to God’s temple draw near. Praise God in glad adoration! 2. Praise to the Lord, who doth prosper thy work and defend thee; Surely God’s goodness and mercy here daily attend thee. Ponder anew what the Almighty can do, Who with great love doth befriend thee. 3. Praise to the Lord! O let all of earth’s peoples and races, All that hath life and breath, give thanks for manifold graces: Let the Amen sound from God’s people again; Gladly forever sing praises. Copyright ©1995 Chalice Press

CONFESSION Call to Confession . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Nell Green — Continue on next page CBF General Assembly 2012

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General Session III: Commissioning Service, continued Prayer of Confession . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Nell Green In the silence, we are invited to pray our own prayer of confession. Then together we will sing and pray Psalm 51 as our collective prayer. Be Merciful, O Lord . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Marty Haugen Psalm 51

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Have mercy on us, God, in Your kindness, In Your compassion, blot out our offenses. Oh wash us more and more from our guilt and our sorrow, And cleanse us from all of our sin. Refrain Create in us a clean heart, O God, Put Your steadfast spirit in our souls. Cast us not away from Your presence, Oh Lord. And take not Your Spirit from us. Refrain Pardon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Nell Green God demonstrates God’s own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. For God has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son God loves, In whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. There, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. — Romans 5:8; Colossians 1:13-14; Romans 5:1 The Peace . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Nell Green As the music begins, please join in singing as you make your way back to your seat. We are one in the Spirit, we are one in the Lord, We are one in the Spirit, we are one in the Lord, And we pray that all unity may one day be restored: And they’ll know we are Christians by our love, by our love, And they’ll know we are Christians by our love. Original ©1996 F.E.L. Publications, assigned 1991 to The Lorenz Corp

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PROCLAMATION Testimony . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . The Dream of a Church Starter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Gwen Brown Response . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . I Love to Tell the Story . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . HANKEY 1. I love to tell the story of unseen things above, Of Jesus and his glory, of Jesus and his love. I love to tell the story because I know ’tis true; It satisfies my longing as nothing else can do.

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I love to tell the story, ’twill be my theme in glory To tell the old, old story of Jesus and his love. Testimony . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Telling the Story in Lebanon . . . . . . . . . . . . . Chaouki and Maha Boulos Response . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . I Love to Tell the Story . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . HANKEY 2. I love to tell the story and trust the Spirit’s pow’r To guide me in my speaking, to set my words on fire, To kindle flames of passion for God’s creative tasks, Empowering me to action, far more than I could ask. I love to tell the story, ’twill be my theme in glory To tell the old, old story of Jesus and his love. Stanza by Nancy Rock Poti, Director of Community Life; Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond; ©2012 Nancy Rock Poti

Testimony . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Our New Field Personnel 3. I love to tell the story through song and sign and word, To witness to its power each time the story’s heard. I love to tell the story and watch the Spirit move, To stand amazed and humbled at what our God can do. I love to tell the story, ‘twill be my theme in glory To tell the old, old story of Jesus and his love. Stanza by Tom Allen, Minister of Education/Administration; FBC Southern Pines, N.C.; ©2012 Tom Allen

Testimony . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Church Starters Hymn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . HANKEY 4. I love to tell the story and trust the Spirit’s pow’r To tend and grow and nurture, to teach and to inspire. I love to tell the story with hand and voice and heart, And trust that God will bless it, and fan the faintest spark. I love to tell the story, ‘twill be my theme in glory To tell the old, old story of Jesus and his love. Stanza by Anita Thompson, Associate Pastor for Music and Worship; FBC Ahoskie, N.C.; ©2012 Anita Thompson

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General Session III: Commissioning Service, continued Prayer of Consecration . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Daniel Vestal Anthem . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Walk Worthy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bob Burroughs/William Deal Master’s Voices You have been called “Holy.” You are set apart, sanctified by God. Walk worthy. Be humble. Show mercy and be one in love.

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God, our Father, show us Your love through Jesus Christ, Your Son. O Holy Spirit, bind us together in unity and love that we might be one! One hope. One Lord. One faith. One God. One Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in all. ©2011 by Hal Leonard Corporation

RESPONSE Challenge to Imagine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Phil Christopher Offertory Prayer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Phil Christopher Offering . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Master’s Voices Loyd Hawthorne, Director Hymn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . To Be Your Presence . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ENGELBERG

Text ©2000, 2003 GIA Publications, Inc.

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New field personnel and church starters The following individuals are being commissioned as Cooperative Baptist Fellowship field personnel or church starters at this year’s General Assembly. Learn more about CBF field personnel at www.thefellowship.info/fieldpersonnel.

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Learn more about CBF church starters at www.thefellowship.info/churchstarts.

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Andy and Jutta Cowie Haiti Hometown: Weston-super-Mare, United Kingdom Ministry: Community and vocational development The Cowies will serve in the Port-au-Prince area of Haiti. Andy will work to start a vocational training facility concentrating on automobile repair. Jutta, a trained nurse, will focus her ministry on empowering women and children. The Cowies are co-appointed with the Baptist Missionary Society World Mission, United Kingdom. “Pray for the ability to connect with adults in the local area, who would be interested in learning. Pray for a good connection with the Haitian Baptist Convention and the source of light center.”

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Andy Hale Clayton, N.C. Hometown: Clayton, N.C. Church/Ministry: Mosaic of Clayton Located outside of Raleigh, N.C., Clayton features a diverse community, with people familiar with the Christian faith and others who have become disenfranchised with the church. Hale will work to create a sense of belonging for all people, whether they are seeking discipleship or have yet to enter into God’s story. “Mosaic is breaking ground on an array of new ministry opportunities as we try to connect with the diverse groups of Clayton. Pray that we can be faithful and obedient to God’s kingdom vision.”

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Jessica and Joshua Hearne Danville, Va. Hometowns: Ashland, Ky. (Josh); Saginaw, Mich. (Jessica) Ministry: Poverty and community development The Hearnes will serve among people living in poverty in Southside Virginia, a community with twice the poverty and unemployment of the rest of the state. Partnering with Grace and Main Fellowship, they will work to provide education, training, advocacy and to share Christ’s love. “Pray for discernment as we find ways to serve, and pray for the empowerment of the poor and marginalized people of Danville, that they will learn to serve themselves and others and receive the love of God. Pray for reconciliation among the rich and poor in Danville, that they will bless one another and see each other as brothers and sisters in Christ.” CBF General Assembly 2012

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John Norwood Houston, Texas Hometown: Houston, Texas Church/Ministry: Heights Church

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The historic Heights neighborhood of Houston is a diverse urban neighborhood full of life and energy. Norwood hopes that Heights Church will be able to reflect the diversity and energy of this neighborhood and is committed to ministering holistically to the people of the Heights. “Heights Church currently has 45 regular attenders most of whom have never been active in church before. Please pray that I am able to guide these folks to Christian maturity and that we are able to identify leaders and workers for the future of the church.”

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Brickson Sam Charlotte, N.C. Home Country: Sierra Leone, West Africa Church/Ministry: The Early Church Ministries Sam will be working to establish a ministry among African immigrants, primarily from Sierra Leone, who have not found a church where they can worship God in their own culture and context. “Please pray for the power of the Holy Spirit in my life as I undertake this venture. That the Lord will provide funds and partners to support me and my family. Pray that the Sierra Leonean community will soften their hearts and be ready to receive the gospel.”

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Missy Ward Uganda Hometown: Merritt Island, Fla. Ministry: Women’s advocacy Ward will be serving as the refugee women’s advocacy coordinator for Refuge and Hope International in Kampala, which is directed by CBF field personnel Jade and Shelah Acker. She will direct a new project that will provide services to refugee women affected by violence and trafficking. This will involve community advocacy through refugee churches, strengthening women’s empowerment initiatives of education and vocational training and opening a temporary emergency shelter for young female refugees who are either trafficked to Kampala or arrive alone and have nowhere else to go. “I am grateful to my CBF family for their prayers and financial support. I would appreciate prayers for strength, discernment, direction and for doors to open for partnerships in Uganda with local NGOs. I also would appreciate people praying for the holistic rehabilitation of young girls and women affected by intimate partner violence and trafficking — pray that they would know and understand they are loved by God, cared for by their community and have a purpose for their lives.”

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General Session IV: Business II Friday, June 22 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Music for Gathering Welcome . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Colleen Walker Burroughs Preparation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Infinitely More: Addie Davis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ann Maripolski and Anita Thompson Sung Prayer* . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Come, Great God of All the Ages . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . BEACH SPRING

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Come, great God of all the ages, make your earthly mission known; Speak through every deed and person, let your way and will be shown. Guide the church to true commitment, give direction now, we ask; Fit us for the work of building, dedicate us to the task. Come, Christ Jesus, flesh and spirit, sure foundation, cornerstone, Help us form the church eternal, may your vision be our own. Send a message to each follower, lead all people to your way; Urge us to strong faith and action as we build the church today. Come, great Spirit, in and with us, tune our ears to hear your call; Through the moving of your presence, let redeeming love recall Ministry in dedication, love embodied in our deeds; Challenge us to do your bidding, see your purpose, fill all needs. Words: Mary Jackson Cathey; 1990 Hope Publishing Company; Music: Cyril V. Taylor; ©1942, Ren. 1970 Hope Publishing Company

Call to Order . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Colleen Walker Burroughs Video Report from the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship Foundation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jim Smith Votes Proposed 2012-2013 Ministry and Missions Budget Nominees as Presented in Nominating Committee Report Proposed 2012 Task Force Recommendation Action on the Floor Video Report from the Church Benefits Board . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Gary Skeen Report from the Search Committee . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . George Mason Report from the Moderator . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Colleen Walker Burroughs Presentation of New Moderator: Keith Herron Remarks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Keith Herron Business Adjourned . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Keith Herron Prayer* . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jill Awuni Hymn of Dismissal* . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Come, Great God of All the Ages . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . BEACH SPRING Come, O come, in celebration, household of the one true God, In commitment and rejoicing let us go where Christ has trod; As we act in faith and reverence, let us, Lord, the future see, Place us in the church triumphant, now and for eternity. Words: Mary Jackson Cathey; 1990 Hope Publishing Company; Music: Cyril V. Taylor; ©1942, Ren.1970 Hope Publishing Company

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General Session V: Worship Service Friday, June 22 7:15 p.m. Gathering Music Begins 7:30 p.m. Service Begins GATHERING Music for Gathering . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Mass Choir Brad Jernberg, Director Welcome and Call to Worship . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Glen Foster and Anita Thompson

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Throughout creation, in creatures and things, in moments and places, in people and interactions, God is doing infinitely more than we can ask or imagine. Throughout our lives, in both dream and dread, in both abilities and weaknesses, in breath and heartbeat God is doing infinitely more than we can ask or imagine. God calls us to respond to each new birth and possibility, to every opportunity and invitation, to the potential within all of us. May God do with us infinitely more than we can ask or imagine. Prayer of Invocation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Glen Foster We gather, O God, from near and far, to worship you in this place. We are here because of your love demonstrated supremely in Christ. Your grace finds us in fellowship. Your Spirit makes us a communion of faith. Keep us from thoughtless prayer, listless singing, or dull minds. Make this place a vantage point of spiritual insight from which we may go forth prepared to serve you and others. In the name of Christ we pray. Amen. Hymn of Praise* . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . God, You Spin the Whirling Planets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . HYMN TO JOY God, you spin the whirling planets, fill the seas and spread the plain, Mold the mountains, fashion blossoms, call forth sunshine, wind, and rain. We, created in your image, would a true reflection be Of your justice, grace, and mercy, and the truth that makes us free. You have called us to be faithful in our life and ministry. We respond in grateful worship, join in one community. When we blur your gracious image, focus us and make us whole, Healed and strengthened as your people, we move onward toward your goal. God, your will is still creating, calling us to life made new, Now reveal to us fresh vistas where there’s work to dare and do. Keep us clear of all distortion, fashion us with loving care, Thus, new creatures in your image, we’ll proclaim Christ everywhere. Words ©1978 Jane Parker Huber (admin. Westminster John Knox Press)

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General Session V: Worship Service, continued CONFESSION Gospel Lesson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . John 15:1-8 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Helen Moore-Montgomery The word of the Lord; Thanks be to God. Call to Confession . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Helen Moore-Montgomery As we enter into a time of confession, we join those who in every age have prayed for a new heart and a right spirit.

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We join Isaiah, confessing our hearts are often far from God. We join the Psalmist, offering a broken and contrite heart. We join Ezekiel, asking hearts of stone become hearts of flesh. We join Mary, pondering in our hearts the meaning of Christ. We join Paul, hoping Christ may dwell in our hearts by faith. We join their prayers and ours into one, trusting God will bring from new hearts deeds of justice and love. — Thomas Troeger Adapted from “Search of Human Hearts”, Thomas Troeger, Borrowed Light, Oxford University Press, ©1994

Prayer of Confession . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Scott Dickison Assurance of Forgiveness . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Scott Dickison The Lord has heard our voices and our supplication. Know that when we fall short, God hears our prayers and frees us for lives of gratitude and service. In Christ we are forgiven. Let the Fellowship say, “Amen!” Amen! Congregational Response* . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Psalm 116 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Richard Smallwood Arr. David Maddux (See adjacent page for music and text) OFFERING Offertory Prayer* . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ruth Cuellar Offering . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . More Than We Imagine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . arr. Tom Fettke Mass Choir May the Father make you strong thro’ the Spirit, May Jesus dwell in you thro’ faith; With God’s power in your life, may you know the love of Christ; How long, how wide, how deep; How wide, how deep, how high!’ Much more than we imagine, much more than all we ask, Our God is able to do. To God be the glory forever and ever, To God be the glory. Amen. From the ocean of God’s glorious riches, From the depths of God’s awesome heart, May the Father fill you up with the knowledge of God’s love: How long, how wide, how deep; How wide, how deep, how high! ©1996 Deer Valley Music/Annie Merle Music. Printed by Allegis Publications

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Prayer of Illumination . . . . . . . . . . . . . Lord, Let My Heart Be Good Soil . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Handt Hanson First time: Madeline and Thomas Graham Second time: All worshipers

Source: #79, Sing! A New Creation, co-published by The Calvin Institute of Christian Worship; Faith Alive Christian Resources, Reformed Church Press.

Sermon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Infinitely More . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Daniel Vestal Now all glory to God, who is able, through God’s mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think. 21 Glory to God in the church and in Christ Jesus through all generations forever and ever! Amen. — Ephesians 3:20-21 COMMUNION Invitation to the Lord’s Table . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Tracy Dunn-Nolan

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Ordinance of the Lord’s Supper We will observe The Lord’s Supper by the method of intinction. At the station nearest you, receive a piece of bread, dip it into the cup and then eat. As we each await our turn to receive, you are invited to sing and meditate upon the following hymns and songs. Taste and See . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . James E. Moore, Jr.

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Soloist: I will bless the Lord at all times. Praise shall always be on my lips; My soul shall glory in the Lord for God has been so good to me.

Refrain

Soloist: Glorify the Lord with me. Together let us all praise God’s name. I called the Lord who answered me; from all my troubles I was set free.

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Soloist: Worship the Lord, all you people. You’ll want for nothing if you ask. Taste and see that the Lord is good; in God we need put all our trust. ©1993, GIA Publications, Inc.

Just As I Am . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . WOODWORTH Just as I am, without one plea, but that thy blood was shed for me, And that thou bidst me come to thee, O Lamb of God, I come, I come. Just as I am, though tossed about with many a conflict, many a doubt, Fightings within and fears without, O Lamb of God, I come, I come. Just as I am, poor, wretched, blind; sight, riches, healing of the mind, Yea, all I need in thee to find, O Lamb of God, I come, I come. Just as I am, thy love unknown hath broken every barrier down; Now, to be thine, yea thine alone, O Lamb of God, I come, I come. ©Public Domain

Spirit of the Living God . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . IVERSON Spirit of the living God, fall fresh on me; Spirit of the living God, fall fresh on me; Break me, melt me, mold me, fill me. Spirit of the living God, fall fresh on me; ©1935, 1963 by Moody Bible Institute of Chicago. Moody Press

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We are one in the Spirit, we are one in the Lord, We are one in the Spirit, we are one in the Lord, And we pray that all unity may one day be restored: And they’ll know we are Christians by our love, by our love, And they’ll know we are Christians by our love.

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We will walk with each other, we will walk hand in hand; We will walk with each other, we will walk hand in hand; And together we’ll spread the news that God is in our land. And they’ll know we are Christians by our love, by our love, And they’ll know we are Christians by our love. Choir Only:

We will work with each other, we will work side by side; We will work with each other, we will work side by side; And we’ll guard each one’s dignity and save each one’s pride. And they’ll know we are Christians by our love, by our love, And they’ll know we are Christians by our love.

Praise to the Father from whom all things come, And praise to Christ Jesus, God’s only Son, Praise to the Spirit, who makes us one. God’s Spirit makes us one. We are one in the Spirit, we are one in the Lord, We are one in the Spirit, we are one in the Lord, And we pray that all unity may one day be restored: And they’ll know we are Christians by our love, by our love, And they’ll know we are Christians by our love.

Choir Only: Yes, they’ll know we are Christians by our love. Original ©1996 F.E.L. Publications, assigned 1991 to The Lorenz Corp. This arrangement ©2006 Lorenz Publishing Company.

Response of Praise . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Tracy Dunn-Nolan We are grateful, loving God, that through communion you knit us together into one body — the body of Christ. Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, help us use them to build up one another in love — serving as Christ’s hands and feet in the world. In the name of Christ, our Redeemer and Savior, we pray. Amen. THANKSGIVING Honoring Rev. Dr. Daniel Vestal SENDING Charge and Blessing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Scott Dickison and Helen Moore-Montgomery Go forth with the blessing of God who called Sarah and Abraham to leave home for a land they did not know.

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May we believe, like them, in the assurance of God’s presence in unfamiliar places. Go forth with the blessing of God whose word became flesh and dwelt among us full of grace and truth. May we embody with Christ the gifts of healing, feeding, forgiving and renewing. Go forth with the blessing of God, who is able, through God’s mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think. Glory to God in the church and in Christ Jesus through all generations forever and ever! Amen.

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Adapted, Thomas Troeger, Copyright ©1994 Oxford University Press

Recessional . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . We Will Walk with God . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Swaziland Traditional

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The Vestal Legacy

Looking back on 15 years of leadership Daniel Vestal led the Fellowship to many firsts, including:

• Responding to Hurricane Katrina with an unprecedented partnership among ABCUSA, Progressive National Baptist Convention, District of Columbia Baptist Convention and the Alliance of Baptists (photo left). • Encouraging approximately 500 churches to listen to the New Testament through the “You’ve Got the Time:

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A Journey of Biblical Faithfulness” program.

Books by Daniel Vestal It’s Time: An Urgent Call to Christian Mission Vestal calls Baptist Christians and churches to understand their purpose through the lens of God’s missional nature.

Being the Presence of Christ Vestal sets out a progressive approach to the study of scripture and prayer, which encourages personal spiritual transformation.

New this year and available at CBF General Assembly …

A Quest for Renewal “God is always making things new and always making new things,” says Daniel Vestal in his newest book, a collection of his most compelling reflections during his leadership of the Baptist renewal movement known as Cooperative Baptist Fellowship.

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• Joining the Baptist World Alliance (photo above, Vestal with Denton Lotz, General Secretary of the Baptist World Alliance). • Implementing a shared database among the national, state and regional CBF organizations. • Participating in the 2008 New Baptist Covenant.


Daniel Vestal, CBF Executive Coordinator, 1996-2012 Last September, after 15 years as CBF’s Executive Coordinator, Daniel Vestal

as pastor of Tallowood Baptist Church in Houston, Texas. He previously served as pastor

announced his decision to step down from his position on June 30.

of Dunwoody Baptist Church in Atlanta; First Baptist Church of Midland, Texas; Southcliff

The last moderate candidate to run for the presidency of the Southern Baptist Convention, Vestal served as the first moderator in 1990-1991 of the group that became CBF. He followed Cecil Sherman to become CBF’s second coordinator in 1996 after serving

Baptist Church in Fort Worth, Texas; and Meadow Lane Baptist Church in Arlington. In 2011, Vestal, 67, received the Whitsitt Society’s Courage Award for his lifetime of service.

• Conducting a historic joint meeting with American Baptist Churches USA at the 2007 General Assembly (photo above). • Forming the ecumenical group Christian Churches Together, which is made up of Evangelical, Orthodox, Roman Catholic, Pentecostals, historic Protestant, racial • Establishing the Church Benefits Board as a separate, stand-alone provider of retirement, health and disability benefits to church staff members.

and ethnic churches. • Endorsing chaplains and pastoral counselors, now numbering more than 630.

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Worship and Business Session Leaders Ronnie Adams

Glen Foster

Kasey Jones

Rick Sample

Commissioning One of CBF’s Field Personnel, New York City, N.Y.

Friday Worship Coordinator, CBF West; Pastor, Pantano Baptist Church, Tucson, Ariz.

Commissioning One of CBF’s Field Personnel, San Francisco, Calif.

Jill Azumah Awuni

Grace Powell Freeman

Task Force Report Pastor, National Baptist Memorial Church, Washington, D.C.

Business Session II Instructor, Chowan University, Murfreesboro, N.C.

Commissioning Director of Global Mission Operations, CBF, Atlanta, Ga.

Justin Joplin

Business Session II President, Church Benefits Board, Atlanta, Ga.

Sam Bandela

Stephanie Glenn

Commissioning One of CBF’s Field Personnel, India

Commissioning One of CBF’s Field Personnel, Los Angeles, Calif.

Hal Bass

General Sessions

Task Force Report Professor, Ouachita Baptist University, Arkadelphia, Ark.

Chaouki Boulos Friday Worship One of CBF’s Field Personnel, Lebanon and the Middle East

Maha Boulos Friday Worship One of CBF’s Field Personnel, Lebanon and the Middle East

Gwen Brown Friday Worship Pastor, Cornerstone Church, Grayson, Ga.

Jeff Brummel Commissioning, Friday Worship Music Associate, Wilshire Baptist Church, Dallas, Texas

Colleen Walker Burroughs Business Sessions I & II Co-founder and Executive VP, Passport Inc., Birmingham, Ala.

Phil Christopher Friday Worship Pastor, First Baptist Church, Abilene, Texas

Jason Coker Business Session I Pastor, Wilton Baptist Church, Wilton, Conn.

Stephen Cook Task Force Report Pastor, Second Baptist Church, Memphis, Tenn.

Ruth Cuellar Friday Worship Pastor, Iglesia Bautista El Bueno, Newan, Ga.

R. Alan Culpepper Task Force Report Dean, McAfee School of Theology, Atlanta, Ga.

Susan Deal Task Force Report Minister of Music and Worship, First Baptist Church, Dalton, Ga.

Scott Dickison Friday Worship Pastoral Resident, Wilshire Baptist Church, Dallas, Texas

Tracy Dunn-Nolan Friday Worship Chaplain Resident, Covenant Health System, Lubbock, Texas

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Nell Green Commissioning One of CBF’s Field Personnel, Houston, Texas

Terry Hamrick Business Session I Coordinator of Missional Visioning, CBF, Atlanta, Ga.

James Hassell Friday Worship Pastor, Agape Baptist Church, Ft. Worth, Texas

Loyd Hawthorne

Business Session I Pastor, Westover Baptist Church, Richmond, Va.

Ruth Perkins Lee Task Force Report Minister of Students, Auburn First Baptist Church, Auburn, Ala.

George Mason Business Session II Pastor, Wilshire Baptist Church, Dallas, Texas

Emily Hull McGee Business Session I Minister to Young Adults, Highland Baptist Church, Louisville, Ky.

Connie McNeill Task Force Report Coordinator of Administration, CBF, Atlanta, Ga.

Commissioning Retired Music Professor, Hardin-Simmons University, Abilene, Texas

Christy McMillin-Goodwin

Keith Herron

Ann Meripolski

Business Session II Pastor, Holmeswood Baptist Church, Kansas City, Mo.

Task Force Report, Business Sessions I & II Collegiate Intern, Wilshire Baptist Church; Student, Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, Texas

Ray Higgins Task Force Report Coordinator, CBF of Arkansas, Little Rock, Ark.

Laura Hoffman Task Force Report, Business Session I Layperson, Third Baptist Church, St. Louis, Mo.

Hollyn Hollman Task Force Report General Counsel, Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty, Washington, D.C.

Tony Hopkins Task Force Report Pastor, First Baptist Church, Greenwood, S.C.

Larry Hovis Task Force Report Executive Coordinator, CBF of N.C., Winston-Salem, N.C.

David Hull Task Force Report Pastor, First Baptist Church; Chair, 2012 Task Force; Huntsville, Ala.

Brad Jernberg Friday Worship Minister of Music & Administration, Cliff Temple Baptist Church, Dallas, Texas

Business Session I Associate Minister, Oakland Baptist Church, Rock Hill, S.C.

Helen Moore-Montgomery Friday Worship Layperson, Community North Baptist Church, McKinney, Texas

Maria Monterio Business Session I Director, Rondalla de las Américas, Baptist University of the Américas, San Antonio, Texas

Karen Morrow Commissioning One of CBF’s field personnel, Aledo, Texas

Rob Nash Friday Worship Coordinator of Global Missions, CBF, Atlanta, Ga.

Bo Prosser Friday Worship Coordinator of Missional Congregations, CBF, Atlanta, Ga.

J. Beth Quillian All Sessions Professor of Music, Dallas Baptist University, Dallas, Texas

Melissa Roysdon Business Session I Pastor, Providence Baptist Church, Cookeville, Tenn.

Gary Skeen

Jim Smith Business Session II President, CBF Foundation, Atlanta, Ga.

Anita Thompson All Sessions Associate Pastor for Music & Worship, First Baptist Church, Ahoskie, N.C.

David Turner Business Session I Senior Pastor, Central Baptist Church, Richmond, Va.

Daniel Vestal Friday Worship Executive Coordinator, CBF, Atlanta, Ga.

Tony Vincent Business Session I Minister of Christian Education, Trinity Baptist Church, Seneca, S.C.

Joel Whitley Commissioning One of CBF’s Field Personnel, Southern Spain

Jean Kenlan Willingham Task Force Report Layperson, St Petersburg, Fla.

Patricia Wilson Business Session I Professor, Baylor University, Waco, Texas


Workshops The 2012 General Assembly Workshop Committee invites you to participate in one or more of this year’s breakouts and workshops. Below you will find several glimpses that should help you plan your General Assembly experience. You are invited to participate in a daily rhythm of prayer. Three times have been designated for prayer: 9 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. You may choose to pray alone wherever you are, with others where you find yourselves or with a larger community in the General Assembly Prayer Room 108. You will find “A Guide to Prayer” on the inside cover of this book. • Sexuality and Covenant Conference report and discussion • Chaplaincy dialogue • Worship and Prayer — An opportunity to participate and learn about Taizé, a contemplative style of worship. Workshop location is Broadway Baptist Church. Transportation is available.

Friday Opportunities There are two workshop sessions, each lasting an hour and fifteen minutes. Offerings include: • Workshops related to CBF Missions Communities • Festival of Young Preachers • Social media and networking • Bible study, teaching, discipleship • Stewardship

Please refer to the detailed descriptions of workshops which follow for additional information regarding individual sessions. It is our hope that you will find sessions that encourage you, enrich you, teach you, challenge you and help you find some quiet in the middle of your busy life. Our committee welcomes your comments and thoughts on this year’s offerings. Please take a minute at the conclusion of each workshop to fill out an evaluation form. You can leave the form with the workshop’s host who will be standing at the room’s exit.

Workshops

Thursday Opportunities

• Worship and Prayer — An opportunity to participate and learn about Vespers, a reflective service in the chapel at Broadway Baptist Church. Transportation is available.

Welcome to Fort Worth! Fran Patterson 2012 Workshop Committee Chair

Cooperative Baptist Fellowship Statement on General Assembly Workshops The opinions and views presented in General Assembly ministry workshops and other educational offerings are those of the workshop presenters and do not necessarily reflect the viewpoint of, or endorsement by, the Fellowship or its members. Holding to the principles of soul freedom and church freedom, General Assembly workshop presenters do not speak for the Fellowship as an organization or for any of the Fellowship’s members. The ministry workshops are a time for learning and exchanging ideas and are not indicative of personal of organizational doctrinal positions.

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Thursday, June 21

of endorsement for chaplains

2:45-3:45 p.m.

ral counselors will be discussed.

Convention Center Room 201A

• Walk south on St. Louis two blocks and you Pickle

Prayer in the Style of Taizé

Presenters: David

Broadway Baptist Church Sanctuary (see

Gushee, Distinguished

note below regarding walking time, transportation

University Professor

Gushee

Director of Missional Congregations, Cooperative Baptist Fellowship Participants will hear a report and have dialogue on A [Baptist] Conference on Sexuality and Covenant held April 19-21 in Decatur, Ga.

of Congregational Care, Broadway

Festival of Young Preachers —

Baptist Church

Presenters 1, 2 and 3 Convention Center Room 200

Taizé is a small village in France and was, for many years, the home

Swift

Host: Dwight Moody, Dean of Chapel, Georgetown

of a reformed minister named

College and Founder/President of the

Brother Roger. Out of this community has come

Academy of Preachers

a style of worship which has been named for the

This Festival of Young Preachers is hosted by

www.thefellowship.info/conference

town. In our fast-paced world we seldom have

the Academy of Preachers, a national, ecumenical

opportunities to center our thoughts and calm our

initiative launched in 2009 with a mission to “iden-

Chaplaincy: Dialogue and Endorsement

spirits. Taizé offers the opportunity for silence and

tify, network, support and inspire young people in

Convention Center Room 201B

reflection to weary Christians through the use of

their call to gospel preaching.” Based in Louisville,

Presenter: George Pickle, Chaplaincy and Pastoral

Scripture reading, music and prayer. Come learn

Ky., the Academy endorses and/or sponsors

Counseling Endorser, Cooperative Baptist Fellowship

how to plan a service and then experience it for

camps and festivals for young people (ages 14-28)

yourself. (This session will meet from 2:45-4 p.m.)

across the country, including a National Festival of

* Please allow 10-12 minutes for

Young Preachers, scheduled for Jan. 2-5, 2013, in

your walk to Broadway Baptist. Seats

Atlanta, Ga. The preaching theme for 2012 (includ-

for those unable to make the walk

ing the CBF Festival in June and the National Festi-

will be available on a church van.

val in January 2013) is Gospel and the City.

Learn about the meaning and experience

Broadway Baptist Church

Please meet a docent in the Conven-

sored by Belmont University, Nash-

star hanging from the ceiling) to ob-

ville, Tenn., and a student at Perkins

tain directions for a walking shortcut,

School of Theology, Southern Meth-

to ride the van, or to walk over with a

odist University. Crudup currently

guide. Docents will be meeting in the

serves as Christian Education Direc-

lobby beginning 20 minutes prior to

tor of St. Mark Missionary Baptist

the workshop start.

Church of Dallas, Texas. Divinity School, Fort Worth, Texas,

Convention Center:

where she is both a graduate and

• Exit from the Omni Hotel lobby

a student. Ordained as a Baptist

or the Convention Center onto

minister, Dani is a member of First

Houston Street

Baptist Church of Oklahoma City and

downtown) one block to Lancaster Avenue • Cross Lancaster Avenue, walk

Crudup

Maziel Dani, sponsored by Brite

Church from the Omni Hotel and the

• Travel south (away from

under the watch care of Broadway

Dani

Spicer

Baptist Church in Fort Worth. Micah Spicer, AoP ’10, sponsored by Campbellsville University, Campbellsville, Ky., and a

through the parking lot to the

student at Baptist Seminary of Kentucky. Spicer

T&P Building (train station)

was ordained to the gospel ministry in 2010 and

• Walk through the building and exit on the opposite side

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are there.

2 - 3:15 p.m.

and directions to the church*)

of Christian Ethics and

Workshops

• Walk west (right) on Vickery to St. Louis Ave.

CBF-endorsed chaplains and pasto-

and Covenant

for Theology and

W. Vickery Street

CBF. The needs and interests of

A [Baptist] Conference on Sexuality

Director of the Center

• Walk up the stairs, through the parking lot to

and pastoral counselors through

now serves as pastor of Canmer Baptist Church, Canmer, Ky.


Social Media and the Minister: Tips and

Team at Northfield Methodist

nights — from traditional “prayer meeting” and

Tricks for Engaging Online (repeated in

Church, Benoni, South Africa.

Bible study in the Fellowship Hall to offering

Session II)

Hudson previews this six-

a multitude of special course offerings. In the

Convention Center Room 201A

week resource from CBF partner

Presenter: Natalie Aho,

Upper Room and brings a

Communications Consultant, The

message of vital, transforming

the chapel, complete with dimmed lights and

Center for Congregational Health

spirituality through knowing who we are, changing

candles, silence and ancient prayers from the

from the inside out, listening to the groans of

Book of Common Prayer and other sources.

others and discovering the deep spirituality

Beasley will describe Broadway’s vespers

of belonging.

service and then lead the group in a vespers

By now you know you cannot put off connecting with your

Aho

congregation and community

fall of 2010, the church tried an experiment: Hudson

online. Learn best practices for Facebook, Twitter,

a contemplative, reflective vespers service in

worship experience.

blogs and other sites as well as necessities

Helping People Be as Generous as They Have

for your church website. We’ll also discuss the

Always Wanted to Be (repeated in Session II)

Understanding the Compensation/Benefits

motivation behind using these social media

Convention Center Room 202B

Dance in the Local Church (repeated in

platforms and a few cautions.

Presenter: Ruben Swint, Resource

Session II)

Development Partner and Team

Convention Center Room 202D

Nurturing Mission in the Next Generation

Leader for Funding Ministry, The

Presenter: Gary Skeen, President,

(repeated in Session II)

Columbia Partnership

Swint

Join us for a conversation

Church Benefits Board Whether it is the search

Presenter: Devita Parnell, Missional

about the personal and spiritual development

committee process, the annual

Resources Specialist, Cooperative

of the capacity for generosity that resides in

budget process, day-to-day

Baptist Fellowship

every person and discover an anti-fundraising

supervision or routine life working

approach to increasing ministry funding for local

in the church, it is not just about the money.

congregations.

Everything is communicating something to the

Children can be missional leaders, too. How do we help them learn about and respond to their

Parnell

Skeen

staff and the congregation. It may also provide an

missional calling? Interact with other children’s

Your Influence Can Reach Beyond This Time

example to the community you serve. Come talk

leaders and parents to discover ways to teach

(repeated in Session II)

with us about different ways you can take care of

children to care about others and put their faith

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your staff, protect the witness of your church and

into action. Get practical ideas and resource

Presenter: James R. Smith,

be an example of communicating the value you

suggestions for incorporating children’s missional

President, CBF Foundation

place in personnel.

formation in your current ministries to children and families.

Your influence can continue through planned gifts to loved

Smith

ones and to ministry. Learn

CBF Healthcare Ministries Convention Center Room 103A

Bible Study: Infinitely More (repeated in

about planned giving, leaving a legacy, estate

Presenter: Tammy Stocks, One of

Session II)

planning and more. A brief presentation will be

CBF’s Field Personnel

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followed by engaging in dialogue with legal and

Presenter: Tony Cartledge,

financial professionals, brought to you by the

me …” Meeting the physical needs

Professor of Old Testament,

CBF Foundation.

of others, CBF Healthcare Ministries

Campbell University

“I was sick and you looked after

workshop will focus on two areas

Join Tony Cartledge for a visit with some unlikely heroes of the

Cartledge

Stocks

Transforming Wednesday Nights for Adults

of interest. Helpful insight and information will be

(repeated in Session II)

provided by local practitioners and field personnel

Broadway Baptist Church Chapel (see

working among the HIV/AIDS community. Hear an

neither obstacles nor obscurity prevented them

notes on previous page regarding walking time,

update on medical ministries from field personnel

from accomplishing “infinitely more” than anyone

transportation and directions to the

serving in earthquake-recovery in Haiti.

might have reason to expect.

church*)

Old Testament. With God’s help,

The Way of Transforming Discipleship (repeated in Session II)

Workshops

Convention Center Room 201B

Presenter: Brent Beasley, Senior

CBF Justice and Peacemaking Ministries

Pastor, Broadway Baptist Church

Convention Center Room 103B

Like many church leaders,

Beasley

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those at Broadway Baptist Church

Presenter: Trevor Hudson, Author and Speaker

in Fort Worth had tried just about everything when

for the Upper Room and member of the Pastoral

it came to programming for adults on Wednesday

Presenter: Cindy Ruble, One of CBF’s Field Personnel Human traffickers organize and operate within controlled networks. To stop human trafficking, we

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Workshops, continued

as a people of faith must develop

College and Founder/President of the Academy

church website. We’ll also discuss the motivation

eyes to see (Get informed), join

of Preachers

behind using these social media platforms and

hands (Network), and move our

This Festival of Young Preachers is hosted by

feet (Take action.) By linking hands

initiative launched in 2009 with a mission to

Nurturing Mission in the Next Generation

Ministries Community, you will

“identify, network, support and inspire young

Convention Center Room 201B

make connections, learn about others working to

people in their call to gospel preaching.” Based

Presenter: Devita Parnell, Missional

stop human trafficking and modern day slavery,

in Louisville, Ky., the Academy endorses and/or

Resources Specialist, Cooperative

and go away with resources which empower you

sponsors camps and festivals for young people

Baptist Fellowship

to join the effort to stop this injustice which is

(ages 14-28) across the country, including a

currently enslaving over 27 million people in the

National Festival of Young Preachers, scheduled

too! How do we help them learn about

world today.

for Jan. 2-5, 2013, in Atlanta, Ga.

and respond to their missional calling?

CBF Economic Development Ministries

CBF Festival in June and the National Festival in

to discover ways to teach children to care about

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January 2013) is Gospel and the City.

others and put their faith into action. Get practical

Zac Bailes, AoP ’10, sponsored

ideas and resource suggestions for incorporating

with the Justice and Peacemaking

Ruble

The preaching theme for 2012 (including the

Workshops

Presenter: Harry Rowland,

Parnell

Interact with other children’s leaders and parents

by Georgetown College,

children’s missional formation in your current

Cooperative Baptist Fellowship

Georgetown, Ky., and a student at

ministries to children and families.

and churches are helping transform communities through economic

Wake Forest Divinity School. He Rowland

was ordained to the gospel ministry

Bailes

in 2010 and is an active member of

Bible Study: Infinitely More Convention Center Room 201C

development, environmental sustainability and

Wake Forest Baptist Church. Bailes

Presenter: Tony Cartledge,

micro-enterprise projects. Join us to learn about

is editor of the widely-read web site

Professor of Old Testament,

their stories from local advocacy work in response

“Crazy Liberals and Conservatives”

Campbell University

to predatory lending to international self-help

and a regular columnist for

entrepreneurial groups among the poorest

Associate Baptist Press.

of the poor.

Jones

Caitlin Jones, sponsored

Join Tony Cartledge for a visit with some unlikely heroes who inhabit the Old Testament. With

Cartledge

by Campbell Divinity School,

God’s help, neither obstacles nor obscurity

CBF Educational Ministries

Campbell University, N.C., and a

prevented them from accomplishing “infinitely

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graduate of Samford University.

Presenter: Allen Williams, Associate

Jones is a 2011 Ministry Fellow

Coordinator for Mission Teams, Cooperative

through the Fund for Theological Education. She

The Way of Transforming Discipleship

Baptist Fellowship

is an active member of Yates Baptist Church,

Convention Center Room 202A

Morrisville, N.C.

Presenter: Trevor Hudson, Author

Theological Education & Training ministries are essential for a solid foundation in Christian ministry.

Johannes

Josh Johannes, AoP ’10, sponsored by

more” than anyone might have reason to expect.

and Speaker for The Upper Room

During this year’s workshop education opportunities

Southwest Baptist University, Bolivar, Mo. Johannes

and member of the Pastoral Team at

will be shared for the Gypsy Smith School in

is ordained to the gospel ministry and now serves

Northfield Methodist Church, Benoni,

Romania, the Baptist University of the Américas

as pastor of Sardis General Baptist Church,

South Africa.

in San Antonio, Texas, the Asian Baptist Graduate

Forsyth, Mo.

Trevor Hudson previews this

Theological Seminary in Bangkok, Thailand, and education needs among Cuban Baptists.

Friday, June 22 Session II 3:30-4:45 p.m.

Hudson

six-week resource from CBF Spiritual Formation Social Media and the Minister: Tips and

partner Upper Room and brings a message of

Tricks for Engaging Online

vital, transforming spirituality through knowing who

Convention Center Room 201A

we are, changing from the inside out, listening to

Presenter: Natalie Aho,

the groans of others and discovering the deep

Communications Consultant, The

spirituality of belonging.

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a few cautions.

the Academy of Preachers, a national, ecumenical

Festival of Young Preachers —

put off connecting with your

Presenters 4, 5, and 6

congregation and community online.

Convention Center Room 200

Learn best practices for Facebook, Twitter, blogs

Presenter: Ruben Swint, Resource Development

Host: Dwight Moody, Dean of Chapel, Georgetown

and other sites as well as necessities for your

Partner, Team Leader for Funding Ministry, The

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Always Wanted to Be Convention Center Room 202B


Columbia Partnership

the Omni Hotel and the Convention Center:

Join us for a conversation

• Exit from the Omni Hotel lobby or the

about the personal and spiritual generosity that resides in every

CBF responds when major

Convention Center, on to Houston Street

development of the capacity for

• Travel south (away from downtown) one block Swint

person and discover an anti-

to Lancaster Avenue

for local congregations.

parking lot to the T&P Building (train station) • Walk through the building and exit on the opposite side

Your Influence Can Reach Beyond This Time Convention Center Room 202C

disasters strike, utilizing its own resources and/or partner organizations in a network

• Cross Lancaster Avenue, walk through the

fundraising approach to increasing ministry funding

tor, Cooperative Baptist Fellowship

Ray

approach. CBF’s model for disaster response ministry is to be a long-term presence, first helping communities recover and then rebuild. Join us to learn more how you or your church

• Walk up the stairs, through the parking lot to W. Vickery Street

can become involved in this ministry as you learn of the networked Disaster Responses in both

Presenter: James R. Smith,

• Walk west (right) on Vickery to St. Louis Ave.

Haiti and Joplin, Mo. CBF partners such as the

President, CBF Foundation

• Walk south on St. Louis two blocks and you

Baptist Convention of Texas and others will share

Your influence can continue

are there.

how fellowship churches and people respond not

through planned gifts to loved

only with medical and food responses but also in such areas as housing, post traumatic stress

Benefits Dance in the Local Church

disorder ministries, micro-enterprise development,

estate planning and more. A brief presentation

Convention Center Room 202D

schools and orphanages.

will be followed by engaging in dialogue with legal

Presenter: Gary Skeen, President,

and financial professionals, brought to you by

Church Benefits Board

planned giving, leaving a legacy,

Smith

the CBF Foundation.

Workshops

Understanding the Compensation/

ones and to ministry. Learn about

CBF Internationals Ministries Convention Center Room 104

Whether it is the search committee process, the annual budget

Presenter: Nell Green, One of CBF’s

Transforming Wednesday Nights for Adults

process, day-to-day supervision or

Broadway Baptist Church Chapel

routine life working in the church, it

Presenter: Brent Beasley, Senior

is not just about the money. Everything is communi-

Community as they explore and

Pastor, Broadway Baptist Church

Skeen

Field Personnel Join CBF Internationals Ministries

cating something to the staff and the congregation.

discuss issues affecting the diaspora

Like many church leaders,

It may also provide an example to the community

(people living outside their home

those at Broadway Baptist Church

you serve. Come talk with us about different ways

country) here in the United States and abroad.

in Fort Worth had tried just about

you can take care of your staff, protect the witness

CBF field personnel and partners will address

of your church and be an example of communicat-

topics such as documentation, vulnerability to

ing the value you place in personnel.

trafficking, physical and spiritual needs and the

everything when it came to pro-

Beasley

gramming for adults on Wednesday nights — from traditional “prayer meeting” and Bible study in the

value of networks.

Fellowship Hall to offering a multitude of special

CBF Poverty and Transformational Ministries

course offerings. In the fall of 2010, the church

Convention Center Room 103A

CBF Church Starts and

tried an experiment: a contemplative, reflective

Presenter: Lynn Hutchinson,

Faith Sharing Ministries

vespers service in the chapel, complete with

Facilitator for Poverty Transformation

Convention Center Room 105

dimmed lights and candles, silence and ancient

Ministries Mission Community,

Presenter: David King, Missional

prayers from the Book of Common Prayer and

Cooperative Baptist Fellowship

Congregations Assistant,

other sources. Beasley will describe Broadway’s

This workshop is a great

vespers service and then lead the group in a ves-

opportunity to meet and interact

pers worship experience.

with others who are actively engaged in poverty

diversity of CBF’s new church starts.

* Please allow 10-12 minutes for your walk to

Green

Hutchinson

Cooperative Baptist Fellowship Participants will explore the

King

and transformational ministries. Choose several

Partnering with the Ghana Baptist Convention, CBF

Broadway Baptist. Seats for those unable to make

ministries to learn more about their models

has started a number of churches among Gha-

the walk will be available on a church van. Please

and how to get started. You will return home

nians immigrant communities in the United States.

meet a docent in the Convention Center lobby

encouraged and equipped with new ideas,

Other church starters have begun new churches

(underneath the star hanging from the ceiling) to

resources and a network to help you bring

to meet needs in our urban centers. Come hear

obtain directions for a walking shortcut, to ride the

transformation to your community and world. 

church starters share about their work and learn

van, or to walk over with a guide. Docents will be

how you might partner with them.

meeting in the lobby beginning 20 minutes prior to

CBF Disaster Response Ministries

the workshop start.

Convention Center Room 103B

Directions to Broadway Baptist Church from

Presenter: Charles Ray, Disaster Relief Coordina-

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2012 Assembly

Steering Committee Caroline Bell

James Hassell

Christa Sfameni

General Assembly Local Arrangements

General Assembly Program Chair;

General Assembly Administration;

Co-Chair; Retired Educator,

Pastor of Preaching and Pastoral Care,

CBF Administration Assistant Manager,

Fort Worth, Texas

Agape Baptist Church; Fort Worth, Texas

Atlanta, Ga.

Rick Bennett

Aimee Hobbs

Shena Smith

General Assembly Workshop Consultant;

Preschool/Children’s Assembly Chair;

Children’s Assembly Team; Minister to

CBF Director of Missional

Minister to Children and Their Families,

Children, Agape Baptist Church, Fort

Congregations, Atlanta, Ga.

Broadway Baptist Church,

Worth, Texas

Fort Worth, Texas

Blake Clark

Brad Jernberg

Susan Stewart

Youth Assembly; Pastor of Students,

General Assembly Local Arrangements

Event Planner; S. Stewart and

First Baptist Church, St. Petersburg, Fla.

Co-Chair; Minister of Music and

Associates, Alpharetta, Ga.

Administration, Cliff Temple Baptist Church, Dallas, Texas

Wanda Kidd

Allison Tennyson

General Assembly Promotion

General Assembly Collegiate

General Assembly Registration;

Coordinator; CBF Communications

Coordinator; College Ministry Consultant,

CBF Director of Human Resources,

Specialist, Apex, N.C.

CBF of North Carolina, Cullowhee, N.C.

Atlanta, Ga.

Jennifer Davis

Ged Matthews

Anita Thompson

Preschool Assembly Team; Children’s

General Assembly Hotels & Exhibitors;

General Assembly General Sessions

Ministry Associate, Broadway Baptist

S. Stewart and Associates,

Coordinator; Associate Pastor, The First

Church, Fort Worth, Texas

Alpharetta, Ga.

Baptist Church of Ahoskie, Ahoskie, N.C.

Amy Derrick

Connie McNeill

General Assembly Field Personnel

General Assembly Coordinator;

Commissioning; CBF Global Missions

CBF Coordinator of Administration,

Personnel Selection Manager,

Atlanta, Ga.

Ex-Officio

Grace Freeman

Terry Megginson-Walton

Colleen Burroughs

General Assembly Age Group

General Assembly Logistics and

Coordinating Council Moderator;

Assemblies Coordinator; CBF Director of

Production; CBF Missional Gatherings

Executive Vice President, Passport Inc.,

Global Missions Operations, Atlanta, Ga.

Manager, Atlanta, Ga.

Birmingham, Ala.

Deanna Fry

Fran Patterson

Rick McClatchy

Preschool/Children’s Assembly Risk

General Assembly Formation Leader;

CBF Field Coordinator for Texas,

Manager; Elementary School Educator,

Minister to Youth, Broadway Baptist

San Antonio, Texas

Katy, Texas

Church, Fort Worth, Texas

Karen Gilbert

Bo Prosser

Josh Speight

General Assembly Consultant; CBF

General Assembly Program Staff

Current Leader; Associate Coordinator

Missional Church Specialist,

Coordinator; CBF Coordinator of

for Missions, Kentucky Baptist

Fort Worth, Texas

Missional Congregations, Atlanta, Ga.

Fellowship, Louisville, Ky.

Directories & Constitution

Carla Davis

Atlanta, Ga.

Steve Graham General Assembly Worship Consultant; CBF Director of Leadership for Missional Congregations, Atlanta, Ga.

Becky Hall The Gathering Place Coordinator; CBF Global Missions Finance and Administration Specialist, Atlanta, Ga.

Acknowledgements — Planning and implementing General Assembly requires the gifts, talents and time of many. We extend a warm and heartfelt thank you to the local arrangements chairpersons: Joe Ahearne, John Jay Alvaro, Ken Barnes, Edlyne Dickson, Jeff Hampton, Pat Packard and Annette Thornburg. In addition, we thank the following partners for their exceptional support and service: Freeman Decorating, Production Resource Group, Meetings on Cue, S. Stewart and Associates, Bart Tichenor and the parliamentarian team and the Fort Worth Convention Center. CBF General Assembly 2012

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2011-2012

Coordinating Council Officers

Susan Broome

Lucy Floyd

Macon, Ga. (2010-2013)

Weatherford, Texas (2009-2012)

Laity, First Baptist Church of Christ

Laity, Lakeshore Drive Baptist

Colleen Burroughs

Associate Director, Mercer University

Teachers Aid

Laity, Vestavia Hills Baptist

Kelly Burkhart

Randy Gardner

Vice President, Passport, Inc.

Houston, Texas (2009-2012)

Walterboro, S.C. (2009-2012)

Pastor, Baptist Temple

Pastor, First Baptist

Moderator Birmingham, Ala.

Chair, CBF Council on Endorsement

Renee Bennett Recorder Macon, Ga.

Don Callaway

Chris George

Moultrie, Ga. (2011-2012)

Mobile, Ala. (2010-2013)

Laity, Trinity Baptist

Pastor, First Baptist

Jason Coker

Roger Gilbert

Wilton, Conn. (2009-2012)

Mt. Airy, N.C. (2011-2014)

Pastor, Wilton Baptist

Pastor, First Baptist

Erin Conaway

Don Gordon

Waco, Texas (2011-2014)

Durham, N.C. (2010-2013)

Pastor, Seventh & James Baptist

Pastor, Yates Baptist

Darryl Aaron

Darryl DeBorde

Bruce Gourley

Winston-Salem, N.C. (2011-2012)

Broken Arrow, Okla. (2011-2014)

Manhattan, Mont. (2009-2012)

Pastor, First Baptist (Highland Avenue)

Pastor, Braden Park Baptist

Laity, Belgrade Community Church

Laity, Highland Hills Baptist

Christy McMillin-Goodwin Past Moderator Rock Hill, S.C.; Associate Minister, Oakland Baptist

Keith Herron Moderator-Elect Kansas City, Mo. Senior Pastor, Holmeswood Baptist

Directories & Constitution

Members

Executive Director, Baptist History and Heritage Society; Editor, Baptists Today

Cheryl Moore Adamson

Greg DeLoach

Amy Hatchett

Conway, S.C. (2010-2013)

Augusta, Ga. (2010-2013)

Madison, Ala. (2011-2014)

Pastor, Palmetto Missionary Baptist

Pastor, First Baptist

Children’s Minister, Trinity Baptist

Chris Aho

Robert Dietz

Laura Hoffman

Mobile, Ala. (2011-2012)

Orlando, Fla. (2010-2013)

St. Louis, Mo. (2010-2013)

Pastor, Hillcrest Baptist

Laity, College Park Baptist

Laity, Third Baptist

Attorney

Teacher

Bob Anderson

Matt DuVall

Les Hollon

Madison, Miss. (2011-2014)

Middlesboro, Ky. (2011-2014)

San Antonio, Texas (2011-2014)

Laity, First Baptist Jackson

Pastor, First Baptist

Pastor, Trinity Baptist

Jill Awuni

Cameron Edgar

Cynthia Holmes

Murfreesboro, N.C. (2011-2014)

Arnold, Md. (2011-2014)

Clayton, Mo. (2011-2014)

Laity, Murfreesboro Baptist

Pastor, College Parkway Baptist

Laity, Overland Baptist, St. Louis

Attorney

Instructor, Chowan University

Attorney

Mike Bergman

Susan Fendley

David Hopper

Salado, Texas (2009-2012)

Knoxville, Tenn. (2011-2014)

Norman, Okla. (2010-2013)

Pastor, Hope Community Church

Laity, Central Baptist Church of Bearden

Laity, First Baptist

Attorney, Tennessee Valley Authority

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Emily Hull McGee

Stacy Nowell

Blenda Sloniker

Louisville, Ky. (2010-2013)

Harrisonburg, Va. (2010-2013)

Hickory, N.C. (2010-2013)

Minister to Young Adults, Highland

Associate Pastor, Harrisonburg Baptist

Laity, Viewmont Baptist

Baptist

Realtor

Darrell James

Mamie Oliver

Ed Sunday-Winters

New Albany, Ind. (2009-2012)

Boise, Idaho (2011-2014)

Knoxville, Tenn. (2010-2013)

Pastor, Culbertson Baptist

Pastor, Mountain View Community

Pastor, Ball Camp Baptist

Fellowship

Kasey Jones

Fran Patterson

Jorene Swift

Washington, D.C. (2009-2012)

Fort Worth, Texas (2011-2014)

Fort Worth, Texas (2010-2013)

Pastor, National Baptist Memorial

Minister of Youth, Broadway Baptist

Minister of Congregational Care, Broadway Baptist

Glenn Phillips

David Turner

Richmond, Va. (2009-2012)

Goldsboro, N.C. (2011-2014)

Richmond, Va. (2009-2012)

Pastor, Westover Baptist

Pastor, First Baptist

Pastor, Central Baptist

Ron McClung

Robin Roberts

Tony Vincent

Haddock, Ga. (2009-2012)

Raleigh, N.C. (2009-2012)

Seneca, S.C. (2011-2014)

Pastor, Haddock Baptist

Laity, Trinity Baptist

Minister of Education, Trinity Baptist

Beth McConnell

Patti Robertson

Mimi Walker

Charlotte, N.C. (2009-2012)

Warren, R.I. (2011-2012)

Decatur, Ga. (2011-2014)

Associate Pastor, Providence Baptist

Bay Community Baptist, Swansea, Mass.

Pastor, Druid Hills Baptist

Jan Moore

Melissa Roysdon

David Washburn

Venice, Fla. (2011-2014)

Smithville, Tenn. (2011-2014)

Waynesboro, Va. (2010-2013)

Laity, South Venice Baptist

Pastor, Providence Baptist of Cookeville

Pastor, First Baptist

John Moore

David Russell

Darrell Watson

Abilene, Texas (2011-2013)

Amarillo, Texas (2011-2014)

Forsyth, Ga. (2009-2012)

Pastor of Missions, First Baptist

Laity, First Baptist

Pastor, First Baptist

Directories & Constitution

Justin Joplin

Retired school teacher

Attorney

Suzanne Morse

Shannon Rutherford

Patricia Wilson

Pendleton, S.C. (2010-2012)

Baton Rouge, La. (2011-2014)

Waco, Texas (2010-2013)

First Baptist

Minister to College Students,

Laity, Seventh and James Baptist

University Baptist

Professor, Baylor University

Alice Mull

Nikki Schofield

Sue Wright

Elizabethtown, Ky. (2011-2014)

Indianapolis, Ind. (2010-2013)

Stillwater, Okla. (2010-2012)

Laity, Living Faith Baptist

Laity, Speedway Baptist

Laity, First Baptist

Retired

Director, Bingham McHale Law Library

Homemaker and volunteer

Jeff Neal

Steve Sheely

Anderson, S.C. (2010-2013)

Fayetteville, Ark. (2011-2014)

Laity, First Baptist

Pastor, Rolling Hills Baptist

Associate Director, Clemson University

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Cooperative Baptist Fellowship

State and Regional Leadership Brewer

Higgins

Directories & Constitution

Johnson

Alabama

Mississippi

Tennessee

Ronnie Brewer, Coordinator

Michael Hutchinson, Coordinator

Terry Maples, Field Coordinator

Mary Oliver, Moderator

Steve Edmonds, Moderator

Andy Watts, Moderator

Gary Furr, Moderator-Elect

Ashley Gill, Moderator-Elect

www.alabamacbf.org

Hutchinson

www.cbfms.org

Chandler Vinson, Moderator-Elect Maples

www.tncbf.org

Arkansas

Missouri

Texas

Ray Higgins, Coordinator

Harold Phillips, Coordinator

Rick McClatchy, Field Coordinator

Mark Heflin, Moderator

Kathy Pickett, Moderator

Charlie Brown, Moderator

Steve Sheely, Moderator-Elect

Mike McKinney, Moderator-Elect

www.cbfar.org

Phillips

www.cbfmo.org

Maria Monteiro, Moderator-Elect McClatchy

www.thefellowship.info/texas

Florida

North Carolina

Virginia

Raymond Johnson Jr., Coordinator

Larry Hovis, Executive Coordinator

Rob Fox, Field Coordinator

Greg Magruder, Moderator

Donna Bissette, Moderator

Jennifer Clatterbuck,

Christi Matteson, Moderator-Elect

Ray Ammons, Moderator-Elect

www.floridacbf.org

Hovis

www.cbfnc.org

Moderator Fox

Dennis Sacrey, Moderator-Elect www.cbfva.org

Georgia

North Central

West

Frank Broome, Coordinator

Gilbert Sanders, Coordinator

Glen Foster, Coordinator

Jimmy Gentry, Moderator

Ray Odle, Moderator

Joy Yee, Moderator

Joyce McCartney, Moderator-Elect Broome

Lepper

www.cbfga.org

Jim Crumpler, Moderator-Elect Sanders

Kentucky

Northeast

John Lepper, Coordinator

(Vacant), Coordinator

Adam Schell, Moderator

Patti Robertson, Moderator

Tara Edwards, Moderator-Elect

James Touchtone, Moderator-Elect

www.kybf.org

Louisiana

Oklahoma/Kansas

Reid Doster, Coordinator

Larry Stevens, Interim Coordinator

Chris Thacker, Moderator

Pam Williams, Moderator

John Henson, Moderator-Elect Doster

www.cbfla.org

Sarah Stewart, Moderator-Elect Stevens

South Carolina

Kasey Jones, Acting Coordinator

Marion Aldridge, Coordinator

Cameron Edgar, Moderator

Paul Moore, Moderator

Jones

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Mid-Atlantic

www.macbf.org

CBF General Assembly 2012

Amy Stertz, Moderator-Elect Aldridge

Bruce Gourley, Moderator-Elect Foster

www.cbfofsc.org

www.cbfwest.org


Cooperative Baptist Fellowship

CBF

Staff

Ron Fairley

Tawanda Hughes

panderson@thefellowship.info

rfairley@thefellowship.info

thughes@thefellowship.info

Interim Executive Coordinator

Director of Information Technology

Accounts Payable Associate

Phone: 770-220-1600

Phone: 770-220-1665

Phone: 770-220-1632

* position begins July 1

 

 

Rick Bennett

Grace P. Freeman

Luzzola R. Hunt

rbennett@thefellowship.info

gpfreeman@thefellowship.info

lhunt@thefellowship.info

Director of Missional Congregations

Director of Global Mission Operations

Payroll Assistant Specialist

Phone: 770-220-1605

Phone: 770-220-1614

Phone: 770-220-1657

 

 

Chris Boltin

Jennifer Graham

Larry Hurst

cboltin@thefellowship.info

jgraham@thefellowship.info

lhurst@thefellowship.info

Short Term Assignments and

Development Specialist

Director of Finance and

Partnerships Manager

Phone: 770-220-1662

Accounting -- Controller

Phone: 770-220-1607

 

Phone: 770-220-1650

Mary Beth Rosentrater Byram

Steve Graham

Brayden Huskey

sgraham@thefellowship.info

bhuskey@thefellowship.info

mbbyram@thefellowship.info

Director of Leadership for Missional

Haiti Ministry Assistant

Communications Assistant

Congregations

Phone: 770-220-1606

Phone: 770-220-1687

Phone: 770-220-1675

 

Tere Canzoneri

Brian Greer

Brent Huss

tcanzoneri@thefellowship.info

bgreer@thefellowship.info

bhuss@thefellowship.info

Member Care and Wellness Manager

Development Assistant Specialist

Accounting Manager -- Assistant

Phone: 770-220-1600

Phone: 770-220-1603

Controller

 

 

Phone: 770-220-1655

Patterson Coates

Becky B. Hall

Lori J. Irons-Crenshaw

pcoates@churchbenefitsboard.org

bbhall@thefellowship.info

lcrenshaw@thefellowship.info

Church Benefits Board Assistant

Global Missions Finance and

Global Missions Personnel Selection

Phone: 770-220-1672

Administration Specialist

Assistant Manager

Phone: 770-220-1624

Phone: 770-220-1682

Meggie Dant

Terry Hamrick

Mary Kaylor

mdant@thefellowship.info

thamrick@thefellowship.info

mkaylor@thefellowship.info

Development Research Assistant

Coordinator of Missional Visioning

Human Resources & Adminstrative

Phone: 770-220-1643

Phone: 770-220-1615

Assistant

*retiring June 30

Phone: 770-220-1671

Carla Wynn Davis

Karen Harwell

David King

cwynn@thefellowship.info

kharwell@thefellowship.info

dking@thefellowship.info

Communications Specialist

Missional Congregations Assistant

Missional Congregations Assistant

Phone: 770-220-1620

Phone: 770-220-1654

Phone: 770-220-1626

Jordan DeBord

Patricia Heys

Alane Lintner

jdebord@thefellowship.info

pheys@thefellowship.info

alinter@thefellowship.info

Development Research Assistant

Communications Manager

Accounting Manager

Phone: 770-220-1630

Phone: 770-220-1658

Phone: 770-220-1690

Amy Derrick

Emily Holladay

Ben McDade

aderrick@thefellowship.info

eholladay@thefellowship.info

bmcdade@thefellowship.info

Global Missions Personnel

Development Assistant

Coordinator of Fellowship Advancement

Selection Manager

770-220-1639

Phone: 770-220-1623

Phone: 770-220-1667

 

 

Directories & Constitution

Pat Anderson

 

 

 

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Connie McNeill

Christa Sfameni

Allison Tennyson

cmcneill@thefellowship.info

csfameni@thefellowship.info

atennyson@thefellowship.info

Coordinator of Administration

Administration Assistant Manager

Director of Human Resources

Phone: 770-220-1649

Phone: 770-220-1640

Phone: 770-220-1608

 

 

Nathan Murphy

Gary Skeen

Megan Turner

nmurphy@thefellowship.info

gskeen@churchbenefits.org

mturner@thefellowship.info

Data Administration Manager

President of Church Benefits Board 

Development Research Assistant

Phone: 770-220-1652

Phone: 770-220-1621

Phone: 770-220-1686

 

Rob Nash

Bekah L. Smith

Blake Tommey

rnash@thefellowship.info

blsmith@thefellowship.info

btommey@thefellowship.info

Global Mission Coordinator

Missional Congregations Assistant

Missional Congregations Assistant

Phone: 770-220-1616

Phone: 770-220-1645

Phone: 770- 220-1683

Matt Norman

Jim Smith

Daniel Vestal

mnorman@thefellowship.info

jsmith@thefellowship.info

dvestal@thefellowship.info

Training Manager

Director of Field Ministries

Executive Coordinator

Phone: 770-220-1609

Phone: 770-220-1618

Phone: 770-220-1610

* resigning June 30

Directories & Constitution

* retiring June 30

Devita Parnell

James Smith

Lance Wallace

dparnell@thefellowship.info

jrsmith@cbff.org

lwallace@thefellowship.info

Missional Resources Specialist

CBF Foundation President

Director of Communications & Marketing

Phone: 770-220-1619

Phone:  770-220-1622

Phone: 770-220-1641

 

George C. Pickle

Judy Strawn

Terry Megginson-Walton

gpickle@thefellowship.info

jgstrawn@thefellowship.info

twalton@thefellowship.info

Chaplaincy and Pastoral Counseling

Global Missions Assistant

Missional Gatherings Manager

Endorser

Phone: 770-220-1628

Phone: 770-220-1653

Phone: 770-220-1617 

 

Bo Prosser

Clarissa Strickland

Victoria Whatley

bprosser@thefellowship.info

cstrickland@thefellowship.info

vwhatley@churchbenefits.org

Coordinator of Missional Congregations 

Missional Connections Specialist

Church Benefits Board Assistant

Phone: 770-220-1631

Phone: 770-220-1635

Specialist

 

 

Phone: 770-220-1638

Jane Riley

Jamie Strom

 Candice

jriley@thefellowship.info

jstrom@thefellowship.info

cyoung@thefellowship.info 

Receptionist

Cash Application Associate

Marketing Assistant Manager

Phone: 770-220-1600

Phone: 770-220-1636

Phone: 770-220-1648

 

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Deidra Sullivan

hrowland@thefellowship.info

dsullivan@thefellowship.info

Missional Networks Specialist

Cash Application Assistant

Phone: 770-220-1604

770-220-1664

 

 

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Cooperative Baptist Fellowship

Constitution and Bylaws Preamble

Section 3. Authority

As a fellowship of Baptist Christians and churches, we celebrate our faith in

The Coordinating Council shall have authority to conduct the business of the

the One Triune God. We gladly declare our allegiance to Jesus Christ as Lord

Fellowship between meetings of the General Assembly and shall have other

and to His gospel as we seek to be the continuing presence of Christ in this

authority as may be set forth in the Bylaws; however, the Coordinating Council

world. Our passion is to obey the Great Commandment (Matthew 22:34-40)

shall not alter actions of the General Assembly, except that the Coordinating

and the Great Commission (Matthew 28:19-20) of our Lord in the power of

Council may alter the budget if the Coordinating Council finds such action

the Holy Spirit, and to uphold Baptist principles of faith and practice as we

necessary to maintain the financial integrity of the Fellowship.

partner with one another and other Christians. Article VII. Officers Section 1. Officers CONSTITUTION

The officers shall be the Moderator, Moderator-Elect, Recorder, and the immediate Past Moderator. For purposes of corporation law, the Moderator

Article I. Name The name of this organization is “Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, Inc.”. Article II. Purpose The purpose of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship (hereinafter, “the

shall be the President, the Moderator-Elect shall be the Vice President, and the Recorder shall be the Secretary-Treasurer. Section 2. Duties 1.

Fellowship”) is to serve Christians and churches as they discover and fulfill their

serve as chairperson of the Coordinating Council, and shall be an ex-

God-given mission. The Fellowship shall fulfill its purpose in keeping with its

officio member of all Coordinating Council sub-groups. 2.

church freedom, and religious freedom; to biblically-based global missions; to a resource model for serving churches; to justice and reconciliation; to lifelong

The Moderator-Elect shall perform the duties of the Moderator in the absence of the Moderator.

3.

learning and ministry; to trustworthiness; and to effectiveness. Article III. Membership

Directories & Constitution

commitments to the historic Baptist principles of soul freedom, Bible freedom,

The Moderator shall preside at meetings of the General Assembly, shall

The Recorder shall maintain minutes of the meetings of the General Assembly and of the Coordinating Council.

Section 3. Election

The members of the Fellowship shall be Baptist churches and the members

The officers shall be elected at meetings of the General Assembly. The

thereof and individual Baptists as set forth in the Bylaws.

Nominating Committee shall present nominations for the Moderator-Elect and Recorder, and if additional nominations are made from the floor, the

Article IV. Meetings The Fellowship shall meet annually in General Assembly as set forth in the Bylaws.

nominees must have given their prior consent to nomination. The ModeratorElect shall succeed to the office of Moderator at the conclusion of the Moderator’s term of office or in the event of the resignation or removal

Article V. Representation

of the Moderator.

In the nomination and election of officers and in all nominations, elections, and appointments to the Coordinating Council and its sub-groups, a balance

Section 4. Length of Service

shall be sought that reflects the diversity of the Fellowship’s membership.

1.

The Moderator shall serve a one-year term and may not serve the

Consideration shall be given to, but not limited to, the following factors:

succeeding term, except that if the Moderator-Elect serves part of an

clergy, laity, gender, race/ethnicity, age, and geographical place of residence.

uncompleted term of the Moderator, the Moderator-Elect may serve the succeeding full term.

Article VI. Coordinating Council

2.

The Recorder may serve up to three (3) consecutive one-year terms.

Section 1. Board of Directors Except to the extent that certain rights are reserved to the members of the

Section 5. Removal of Officers

Fellowship by this Constitution and the Bylaws of the Fellowship, the affairs of

An officer may be removed at a regular meeting of the General Assembly

the Fellowship shall be managed under the direction and authority of a Board

or at a special meeting of the General Assembly called by the Coordinating

of Directors which shall be known hereafter as the “Coordinating Council.”

Council for such purpose. A two-thirds vote of Fellowship members present and voting shall be required to remove an officer.

Section 2. Nomination and Election The members of the Coordinating Council shall be nominated and elected as set forth in the Bylaws.

Article VIII. Amendments This Constitution may be amended by a two-thirds vote of Fellowship

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Constitution and Bylaws, continued

members present and voting at a meeting of the General Assembly, provided

Section 3. Advisory Council

that the proposed amendment shall have been submitted in writing to the

1.

Coordinating Council thirty (30) calendar days prior to the first day of the Coordinating Council meeting immediately preceding the meeting of the

determine. 2.

General Assembly and made available to Fellowship members attending the

Advisory Council meetings shall be called by the Moderator, the Moderator-Elect in the absence of the Moderator, or by a majority of the

meeting of the General Assembly at least one (1) business session prior to voting on the amendment.

The Advisory Council shall meet at such times and places as it shall

Advisory Council members. 3.

Written notice of each Advisory Council meeting shall be given to Advisory Council members at least seven (7) calendar days prior to the

Article IX. Review The Coordinating Council shall review the Constitution in all years ending with

first day of the meeting. 4.

the digits zero (0) and five (5)—i.e., 2010, 2015, 2020, 2025, . . .—for

Advisory Council members must be in attendance to vote on matters presented at meetings of the Advisory Council.

the purpose of reconciling the Constitution to changes in and growth of the Section 4. Open Meetings

Fellowship.

All meetings of the Fellowship, the Advisory Council, the Coordinating Council, and any sub-group of the Coordinating Council, with the exception of the BYLAWS

Coordinating Council’s Nominating Committee and Personnel Committee, shall be open to any member of the Fellowship. However, a meeting pertaining

Article 1. Definitions As used herein, “the Fellowship” shall mean the Cooperative Baptist

to litigation, contracts, or personnel matters shall be open only to those admitted by the group which is meeting.

Directories & Constitution

Fellowship; “sub-groups” shall mean standing and temporary initiative teams, committees, and similarly named sub-groups of the Coordinating Council

Section 5. Resolutions

that plan, implement, and monitor the ministries and administration of the

1.

Fellowship; and “state” shall include the District of Columbia.

No motion in the form of a resolution, policy statement, communication, or other statement of position on issues including, but not limited to, moral, ethical, theological, doctrinal, political, or public policy shall be

Article 2. Membership

introduced from the floor in a business session at a meeting of the

Members of the Fellowship shall be Baptist churches and the members thereof and individual Baptists who contribute annually to the ministries and

General Assembly. 2.

A member of the Fellowship may present a written motion described

operations of the Fellowship. All members with the exception of churches shall

in paragraph 1 of this Section to the appropriate Coordinating Council

be entitled to vote at meetings of the General Assembly.

sub-group for consideration. If approved by a three-fourths vote of the membership of said sub-group in the form received by it, or as amended

Article 3. Meetings

by it, the motion shall be referred to the Advisory Council. If the motion

Section 1. The Fellowship

is approved by a three-fourths vote of the membership of the Advisory

The Fellowship shall meet annually in General Assembly for worship,

Council in the form received by it, or as amended by it, the motion

inspiration, education, fellowship, and business at a time and place fixed by

shall be referred to the General Assembly. The motion shall require a

the Coordinating Council. The Coordinating Council shall give public notice of

three-fourths vote of the members of the General Assembly present and

the time and place of each meeting at least six months prior to the first day

voting in business session to be approved.

of the meeting. The Coordinating Council by a two-thirds vote may call special Article 4. Quorums

meetings of the General Assembly upon giving thirty (30) calendar days public notice and shall state the purpose of the meeting in the public notice.

1.

Two hundred (200) members of the Fellowship attending a business session at a meeting of the General Assembly shall constitute a quorum

Section 2. Coordinating Council 1. 2.

The Coordinating Council shall meet at such times and places as it shall

for that business session. 2.

A majority of the membership of the Coordinating Council, the Advisory

determine.

Council, or a sub-group of the Coordinating Council shall constitute a

Coordinating Council meetings shall be called by the Moderator, by the

quorum.

Moderator-Elect in the absence of the Moderator, or by the Advisory Council. 3.

4.

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Written notice of each Coordinating Council meeting shall be given to

The rules contained in the latest edition of Robert’s Rules of Order Newly

Coordinating Council members at least fifteen (15) calendar days prior

Revised shall govern the Fellowship in all cases to which they are applicable

to the first day of the meeting.

and in which they are not inconsistent with these Bylaws, the Fellowship’s

Coordinating Council members must be in attendance to vote on

Constitution, and any special rules of order the Fellowship may adopt.

matters presented at meetings of the Coordinating Council.

Article 6. Coordinating Council

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Section 1. Membership, Nomination, and Election 1.

(a)

one (1) additional member if its number of churches contributing

states and regions named in paragraphs 3 and 4, respectively, of this

to the ministries and operations of the Fellowship is two (2)

Section; up to ten (10) at-large members to meet specific skill needs

percent or greater of the total number of churches contributing

and diversity goals nominated by the Nominating Committee; persons

to the Fellowship as calculated by taking the average of state and

nominated by the racial/ethnic networks with which the Fellowship may

total contributing church counts over the three (3) immediately

enter into partnership in accordance with paragraph 7 of this Section;

preceding fiscal years in accordance with paragraph 5(c) of this

the officers of the Fellowship; and the chairpersons of Coordinating

Section.

Council sub-groups not otherwise nominated and elected to Coordinating

2.

(b)

Each state and region listed in paragraphs 3 and 4, respectively,

Council membership. The persons nominated shall be elected by a

of this Section shall be entitled to one (1) additional member

majority vote of the General Assembly present and voting in business

for every three (3) percent of the total dollars contributed to the

session; however, if the General Assembly rejects a nominee, the entity

ministries and operations of the Fellowship that the state or region

that nominated the rejected person may present another nominee.

contributed as calculated from the average contributions of the

All members of the Coordinating Council shall be members of the

state or region and of the total contributions received by the

Fellowship.

Fellowship over the three (3) immediately preceding fiscal years in

Nominees from each state, region, and racial/ethnic network shall be

accordance with paragraph 5(c) of this Section.

selected in accordance with procedures adopted for that purpose by

(c)

The number of additional members to which each state and region

each state, region, and racial/ethnic network. In the event of a challenge

shall be entitled shall be calculated in all years ending with the digits

to any of the nominees from any state, region, or racial/ethnic network

zero (0) and five (5)—i.e., 2010, 2015, 2020, 2025, . . .. After

on the basis of the procedures by which the nominees were selected,

each calculation the Moderator shall notify each state and region by

the Coordinating Council members then serving from that state, region,

March 1 of the number of members to which each state and region

or racial/ethnic network shall resolve the challenge by a majority vote. If (d)

Notwithstanding paragraphs 5(a–c) of this Section, no state

region, or racial/ethnic network, then the challenge shall be referred to

or region shall have more than ten (10) Coordinating Council

the state, region, or racial/ethnic network for resolution. States, regions,

members.

and racial/ethnic networks shall provide the names of their nominees to

(e)

The maximum number of Coordinating Council members elected

the Nominating Committee by May 1 of each year.

from states and regions shall be sixty-nine (69). Whenever

Each of the following states shall have at least one (1) member:

application of the formulas in paragraphs 5(a) and 5(b) of this

Alabama

Missouri

Section results in more than sixty-nine (69) members to be

Arkansas

North Carolina

nominated by states and regions, the Legal Affairs Committee

Florida

South Carolina

shall adjust the formula so that the number of said members will

Georgia

Tennessee

not exceed sixty-nine (69) and shall include the revised formula

Kentucky

Texas

in the next revision of the Bylaws. Any such adjustment shall

Louisiana

Virginia

be approved by the Coordinating Council; shall allot at least

Mississippi

4.

one (1) member to each state and at least two (2) members to

Each of the following regions shall have at least two (2) members:

each region listed in paragraphs 3 and 4, respectively, of this

Mid-Atlantic Region

Section; and shall not require a member currently serving on the

Coordinating Council to leave the Coordinating Council prior to the

(Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, and West Virginia)

North Central Region

(Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska,

North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin)

expiration of his or her term. (f)

the racial/ethnic networks, the officers, and the chairpersons of Coordinating Council sub-groups not otherwise nominated

(Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey,

and elected to Coordinating Council membership shall neither

New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Maine)

be counted as members from any state or region as set forth in

Oklahoma-Kansas Region

paragraphs 3 and 4, respectively, of this Section nor included

in the maximum number of members from states and regions

(Oklahoma and Kansas)

West Region

5.

At-large members of the Coordinating Council, the members from

Northeast Region

(Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana,

Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming)

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shall be entitled effective with the forthcoming fiscal year.

there are no Coordinating Council members then serving from that state,

3.

Each state listed in paragraph 3 of this Section shall be entitled to

Members of the Coordinating Council shall be persons nominated by the

specified in paragraph 5(e) of this Section. 6.

The Coordinating Council may enter into partnerships with racial/ethnic networks to further the work of the kingdom among all peoples. Each

States and regions shall be entitled to additional members in

partnering network may nominate up to two (2) members of its network

accordance with the following procedures:

for membership on the Coordinating Council.

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Constitution and Bylaws, continued

Section 2. Length of Service 1. 2.

3.

To employ and to terminate the Coordinator. The Coordinator, with the

Members shall serve three-year terms, with approximately one-third of

consent of the Coordinating Council or the Personnel Committee as

the terms expiring at the conclusion of each fiscal year.

delegated by the Coordinating Council, or as specified in personnel

No member shall serve consecutive full three-year terms.

policies and procedures adopted by the Coordinating Council, shall have authority to employ and terminate employees of the Fellowship and to

Section 3. Responsibilities and Authority

delegate their employment and termination to other members of the

The Coordinating Council shall have the following responsibilities and authority: 1.

To conduct the business of the Fellowship when the Fellowship is not

Resource Center staff. 4.

meeting in General Assembly. 2.

operations of the Resource Center.

To appoint persons in accordance with the following procedures to serve

5.

To establish personnel policies.

the uncompleted terms of members who leave the Coordinating Council

6.

To establish financial policies and to oversee the Resource Center’s

between meetings of the General Assembly: (a)

Persons who move their residence of record from the state or

administration of the finances of the Fellowship. 7.

region that nominated them shall be deemed to have left the Coordinating Council; however, the remaining Coordinating Council

Fellowship. 9.

state or region, may recommend to the Coordinating Council that

10. To report its substantive decisions to the Fellowship.

a vacancy not be declared if they believe such person will continue

11. To do all things necessary to implement the directives of the General

Council then determines that such person will continue to

(c)

To plan and coordinate meetings of the General Assembly.

Assembly meeting in business session. 12. To organize itself in ways that most effectively support the Mission

adequately represent that state or region, it may declare that no

Statement of the Fellowship. This includes the authority to create,

vacancy exists. If the Coordinating Council declares that a vacancy

alter, or abolish Coordinating Council sub-groups, except that the

exists, then the remaining Coordinating Council members from

Coordinating Council shall continuously maintain an Advisory Council,

that state or region, or the state or region itself if there are no

Nominating Committee, Personnel Committee, and Finance Committee

remaining Coordinating Council members from that state or region,

to perform the duties specified in these Bylaws. The Coordinating

may nominate a person to fill the vacancy. If the Coordinating

Council may determine the purpose, duties, powers, size, composition,

Council rejects the nominee, the remaining Coordinating Council

organizational structure, and names of its sub-groups and may

members of that state or region, or the state or region itself if

determine the method for selecting their chairpersons and members

there are no remaining Coordinating Council members from that

and their terms of service, provided that the majority of the members

state or region, may present another nominee for election.

of every sub-group shall be members of the Coordinating Council, and

If an at-large member leaves the Coordinating Council before the

no chairperson or member of a sub-group may serve more than three

expiration of his or her term, then the Nominating Committee may

(3) consecutive years. Members of sub-groups who are not members of

nominate a person to fill the vacancy. If the Coordinating Council

the Coordinating Council shall be approved for sub-group membership

rejects the nominee, then the Nominating Committee may present

by the Coordinating Council. The Coordinating Council shall report its

another nominee.

organizational structure at each meeting of the General Assembly.

If a racial/ethnic network member leaves the Coordinating Council before the expiration of his or her term, then the remaining

Section 4. Officers

member of the racial/ethnic network, or the racial/ethnic network

1.

itself if there is no remaining Coordinating Council member from the racial/ethnic network, may nominate a person to fill the remaining member of the racial/ethnic network, or the racial/ethnic

The Moderator shall preside at all meetings of the Coordinating Council and of the Advisory Council.

3.

network itself if there is no remaining Coordinating Council member from the racial/ethnic network, may present another nominee.

The officers of the Fellowship shall be the officers of the Coordinating Council.

2.

vacancy. If the Coordinating Council rejects the nominee, then the

(d)

To designate those with authority to issue checks on funds of the

there are no remaining Coordinating Council members from that

to adequately represent their state or region. If the Coordinating

(b)

To recommend a budget for adoption at each meeting of the General Assembly.

8.

members from that state or region, or the state or region itself if

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To establish policies for the ministries of the Fellowship and for the

The Moderator-Elect shall perform the duties of the Moderator in the absence of the Moderator.

4.

A person elected to fill a vacancy shall serve until the conclusion

The Recorder shall maintain meeting minutes and other records of the General Assembly, the Coordinating Council, and the Advisory Council.

of the next meeting of the General Assembly at which the state,

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region, or racial/ethnic network shall present a nominee through

Section 5. Advisory Council

the Nominating Committee to serve the remainder, if any, of the

1.

The Advisory Council shall be comprised of the officers, the

uncompleted term and the Nominating Committee shall present

chairpersons of Coordinating Council sub-groups specified by the

nominees for at-large members.

Coordinating Council, the Coordinator and his or her direct-reporting

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2.

coordinators, and other members of the Coordinating Council and

provided, however, indemnification shall only be made upon compliance with

Resource Center staff as may be specified by the Coordinating Council.

the requirements of such statutory provisions and only in those circumstances

The Advisory Council shall have authority to conduct the business of

in which indemnification is authorized under those provisions.

the Fellowship and the Coordinating Council between Coordinating 3.

Council meetings.

Section 3. Insurance

Action items of the Advisory Council shall be reported to and be subject

The Corporation may purchase and maintain insurance on behalf of those

to the review of the Coordinating Council.

persons for whom it is entitled to purchase and maintain said insurance under Code of Georgia, Section 14-3-857 against any liability asserted against

Section 6. Temporary Committees

such persons and incurred by such persons in any capacity as described in

The Moderator may appoint temporary committees in consultation with the

said statutory provision, or arising out of such persons’ status as described

other officers and the Coordinator. The Coordinator may appoint temporary

in said statutory provision, whether or not the Corporation would have the

committees or delegate their appointment in consultation with the officers.

power to indemnify such persons against such liability under the laws of the State of Georgia.

Section 7. Nominating Committee 1.

Section 4. Reimbursement

Coordinating Council member from each state and each region and one

The Corporation may pay for or reimburse the reasonable expenses incurred

Coordinating Council member from among the racial/ethnic networks

by a director who is a party to a proceeding provided for hereunder in

as selected by each state, each region, and the racial/ethnic networks,

advance of a final disposition of the proceeding if the director submits to

respectively. The immediate Past Moderator shall be the chairperson of

the Secretary-Treasurer of the Corporation a written request which complies

the Nominating Committee, or in the absence of such person, a person

with the requirements set forth in Georgia Code Section 14-3-853. The

selected by the Advisory Council.

Secretary-Treasurer of the Corporation, upon receipt of such a request

The Nominating Committee shall receive the names of the nominees for

for indemnification, shall promptly advise the Board of Directors in writing

Coordinating Council membership from the states, regions, and racial/

that such director has requested indemnification, and the determination of

ethnic networks and shall present those names to the General Assembly

such director’s entitlement to indemnification shall be made by the Board of

for election. In addition, the Nominating Committee shall nominate at-

Directors within a reasonable time after the receipt of such written request.

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2.

The Nominating Committee membership shall be comprised of one

large members of the Coordinating Council. 3. 4.

The Nominating Committee shall nominate a Moderator-Elect and a

Section 5. Continuing Benefit

Recorder at each meeting of the General Assembly.

The indemnification and advancement of expenses provided by or granted

The Nominating Committee shall nominate Fellowship institutional

pursuant to this Article shall, unless otherwise provided when authorized or

representatives to the governing bodies of external organizations,

ratified, continue as to a person who has ceased to be a director or officer

and these nominees shall be elected to their positions by the

and shall inure to the benefit of the heirs, executors, and administrators of

General Assembly.

such a person.

Article 7. Conflict of Interest

Article 9. Amendments

No employee of the Fellowship shall serve as a member of the Coordinating

The Bylaws may be amended by a two-thirds vote of Fellowship members

Council. Any member with a conflict of interest relating to any matter which

present and voting at a meeting of the General Assembly, provided that notice

is being considered by the Coordinating Council or the Advisory Council shall

of the proposed amendment shall have been made available to Fellowship

disclose that fact to the Coordinating Council or the Advisory Council prior

members attending the meeting of the General Assembly at least one (1)

to a vote being taken and shall not vote on such matter. A conflict of interest

business session prior to voting on the amendment. All motions from the floor

exists when a member has any personal or financial interest which may

to amend the Bylaws shall be referred to the Legal Affairs Committee. The

interfere with the member’s ability to vote on a matter solely on the basis of

Coordinating Council may amend the Bylaws only to meet legal requirements

the best interests of the Fellowship.

for incorporation or to maintain tax exempt status by a two-thirds vote at a duly called meeting of the Coordinating Council, provided the proposed

Article 8. Indemnification

amendment shall have been submitted to the members of the Coordinating

Section 1. Coordinating Council Same as Board of Directors

Council at least ten (10) calendar days prior to the meeting in which the

For purposes of this Article, Coordinating Council members shall be directors,

amendment is to be considered.

and the Coordinating Council shall be the Board of Directors. Article 10. Review Section 2. Indemnification

The Coordinating Council shall review the Bylaws in all years ending with the

The Corporation shall indemnify its officers and directors for those amounts

digits zero (0) and five (5)—i.e., 2010, 2015, 2020, 2025, . . .—for the

authorized by Title 14, Chapter 3, Article 8, Part 5 of the Code of Georgia;

purpose of reconciling the Bylaws to changes in and growth of the Fellowship.

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