Never been to Assembly?
It's an exciting time in CBF life and we're happy to have you share in worship, learning and fellowship with us.
Here are a few tips for newcomers that will help you get the most out of your first Assembly experience.
Plan. You can pre-register online; it's free and fast. Once you are signed up, you will begin receiving the General Assembly e-newsletter with the latest event information. You can also register your children and teenagers for Preschool, Children’s and Youth Assemblies, as well as for the Greensboro Sessions for College Students, the pre-Assembly Prayer Retreat and Leadership Institute. By taking a few moments now to sign up, you are saving a significant amount of time onsite.
Read. Upon check-in at the onsite Registration booth, you will receive your Assembly guide book. Inside you will find schedules, maps, information on the general sessions and workshops, worship programs, emergency procedures, directories and more. We hope this will help you to plan your time at Assembly and answer any questions. We encourage you to take your guide book with you throughout the event or use our guide book app for smart phones.
Share. By participating in workshops, Mission Communities and business breakouts you can share in a meaningful discussion with people who have your same mission and ministry interests. These are opportunities to dialogue about fresh ideas for issues facing the modern church. Daily business sessions allow you to give input on the work of the Fellowship as well as learn about procedures and receive administrative updates. Worship is also a shared experience at Assembly. Offer your blessings to new field personnel and church starters at the Thursday night Commissioning Service and create community by sharing communion during the Friday evening worship.
Play. One of the most anticipated aspects of General Assembly is catching up with old friends and making new ones. There are plenty of fellowship opportunities in The Gathering Place. Wander among the CBF and partner exhibits, shop with friends in the Missions Market and enjoy your Fellowship family by attending evening receptions after worship. Special events hosted by CBF partners are a great way to get to know other Cooperative Baptists. Outside of Assembly, there are a variety of activities around Greensboro.
Ask. Let us know if you have a question or dilemma while at Assembly; we want to help. Throughout the entire event, you will find CBF staff wearing uniform polo shirts and special name tags. Do not hesitate to ask for assistance with directions to a workshop or where to find the closest restroom. Maps and emergency procedures are online and in your guide book to provide additional help. Friendly, knowledgeable volunteers are available at our information and hospitality stations. We are happy to have you with us and we want you to be happy for having made the trip.