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CBFVA General Assembly 2016

PostPosted: Sat Sep 24, 2016 8:05 am
by Dave Roberts
CBFVA held its annual General Assembly with Hampton Baptist Church in Hampton, VA, on Friday, Sept. 23rd. This was the first assembly for new Field Coordinator, Terry Maples, who had planned an excellent program. We had a keynote address from Matt Cook, worship led by Michael Cheuk, and a missions lunch with live sharing with the Podgaisky's in Kiev who will be the special focus for our mission partnerships for the coming year including a group who will be going next May to work at the Village of Hope. A record budget was adopted, and our new office administrator was introduced to the group. I am pleased to see how God is working in VA with CBF churches.

Re: CBFVA General Assembly 2016

PostPosted: Sat Sep 24, 2016 10:50 am
by Haruo
Sounds good. The Evergreen Regional meeting (ABC) will be held at Japanese Baptist in a couple of weeks, and we hope to attend. If so, I'll post on it.

Re: CBFVA General Assembly 2016

PostPosted: Sun Sep 25, 2016 8:32 pm
by Tim Bonney
Dave Roberts wrote:CBFVA held its annual General Assembly with Hampton Baptist Church in Hampton, VA, on Friday, Sept. 23rd. This was the first assembly for new Field Coordinator, Terry Maples, who had planned an excellent program. We had a keynote address from Matt Cook, worship led by Michael Cheuk, and a missions lunch with live sharing with the Podgaisky's in Kiev who will be the special focus for our mission partnerships for the coming year including a group who will be going next May to work at the Village of Hope. A record budget was adopted, and our new office administrator was introduced to the group. I am pleased to see how God is working in VA with CBF churches.


It sounds like a good meeting! Today I traveled to Des Moines for a service to welcome our new Bishop Laurie Haller. It was a great service of worship, communion and hearing our first sermon from our Bishop. Bishop Haller is our first woman Bishop in the Iowa conference. I'm feeling blessed tonight.

Re: CBFVA General Assembly 2016

PostPosted: Mon Sep 26, 2016 9:24 am
by Dave Roberts
Timothy Bonney wrote:
Dave Roberts wrote:CBFVA held its annual General Assembly with Hampton Baptist Church in Hampton, VA, on Friday, Sept. 23rd. This was the first assembly for new Field Coordinator, Terry Maples, who had planned an excellent program. We had a keynote address from Matt Cook, worship led by Michael Cheuk, and a missions lunch with live sharing with the Podgaisky's in Kiev who will be the special focus for our mission partnerships for the coming year including a group who will be going next May to work at the Village of Hope. A record budget was adopted, and our new office administrator was introduced to the group. I am pleased to see how God is working in VA with CBF churches.


It sounds like a good meeting! Today I traveled to Des Moines for a service to welcome our new Bishop Laurie Haller. It was a great service of worship, communion and hearing our first sermon from our Bishop. Bishop Haller is our first woman Bishop in the Iowa conference. I'm feeling blessed tonight.


Sometimes, I think one of the greatest missing elements in today's American Christianity is the art of celebration. It's much easier to critique than to acknowledge what is being done well.

Re: CBFVA General Assembly 2016

PostPosted: Mon Sep 26, 2016 9:03 pm
by Rvaughn
Dave, do the churches of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of Virginia have much overlap with the Southern Baptist Conservatives of Virginia and/or the Baptist General Association of Virginia -- that is, in terms of affiliation, being dually affiliated with one of the other state conventions as well as the fellowship?

Thanks.

Re: CBFVA General Assembly 2016

PostPosted: Tue Sep 27, 2016 6:58 am
by Dave Roberts
Rvaughn wrote:Dave, do the churches of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of Virginia have much overlap with the Southern Baptist Conservatives of Virginia and/or the Baptist General Association of Virginia -- that is, in terms of affiliation, being dually affiliated with one of the other state conventions as well as the fellowship?

Thanks.


I am not aware of any churches that are dually aligned both with CBFVA and SBCV. Most CBFVA churches are participants in the BGAV, and the two bodies are able to do some limited work together. Of course, since BGAV churches set their own giving plans, they are able to give to CBF causes through the BGAV as well as SBC causes. There are probably close to 100 of the 300 churches involved with CBFVA who are dually aligned CBF/SBC. I am interim in one now that allows people to choose their mission giving. This is both good and bad, sometimes making their identity less global and more local in nature while allowing the people to have Baptistic freedom. Hope that helps with your question. I can be more specific if you need that information.

Re: CBFVA General Assembly 2016

PostPosted: Tue Sep 27, 2016 8:16 am
by Rvaughn
Thanks, Dave. I knew CBF churches often dually align with the SBC (e.g. President Carter's church), but wasn't sure how much they tended to dually align with state SBC bodies. Any idea whether that 1/3 alignment with the SBC would hold true across the CBF in areas other than Virginia?

Re: CBFVA General Assembly 2016

PostPosted: Tue Sep 27, 2016 2:44 pm
by Dave Roberts
Rvaughn wrote:Thanks, Dave. I knew CBF churches often dually align with the SBC (e.g. President Carter's church), but wasn't sure how much they tended to dually align with state SBC bodies. Any idea whether that 1/3 alignment with the SBC would hold true across the CBF in areas other than Virginia?


I can't really give you statistics outside VA. CBF maintains a software package in Decatur that seeks to keep track of such things, but I don't have that information.

Re: CBFVA General Assembly 2016

PostPosted: Tue Sep 27, 2016 7:34 pm
by Tim Bonney
Dave Roberts wrote:Sometimes, I think one of the greatest missing elements in today's American Christianity is the art of celebration. It's much easier to critique than to acknowledge what is being done well.


I think you have a strong point there Dave.

Re: CBFVA General Assembly 2016

PostPosted: Thu Sep 29, 2016 9:01 am
by Rvaughn
Dave Roberts wrote:I can't really give you statistics outside VA. CBF maintains a software package in Decatur that seeks to keep track of such things, but I don't have that information.
Thanks, Dave. I'm not looking for detailed statistics, but more curious what you had seen in your own experience. When I look up CBF supporting churches in my area (East Texas), the ones I know of are also SBC supporters. But statewide they tend to affiliate with the Baptist General Convention of Texas rather than the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention.

Re: CBFVA General Assembly 2016

PostPosted: Thu Sep 29, 2016 2:43 pm
by Dave Roberts
Rvaughn wrote:
Dave Roberts wrote:I can't really give you statistics outside VA. CBF maintains a software package in Decatur that seeks to keep track of such things, but I don't have that information.
Thanks, Dave. I'm not looking for detailed statistics, but more curious what you had seen in your own experience. When I look up CBF supporting churches in my area (East Texas), the ones I know of are also SBC supporters. But statewide they tend to affiliate with the Baptist General Convention of Texas rather than the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention.


In Virginia, I know of few churches that are in CBFVA who are not in the BGAV. No CBFVA churches, to the best of my knowledge are affiliated with the SBCV group. There may be as many as 100 BGAV churches who are dually aligned with SBCV. With so many different statistical pools, I don't know anyone who has totally analyzed it for overlap and for possible errors.