Learn about and register for special events hosted by CBF groups and ministry partners

Updates will be made as additional events, details and registration information is made available. Please check this page often.

Monday, June 23

Dawnings Prayer Retreat (1:00 p.m. Monday, 6/23 - 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, 6/25)
Hyatt Regency Atlanta Hotel
June 23-25
Cost: FREE (Space is limited)
Come experience Dawnings, learn about this exciting process for intentional congregational ministry, and practice prayer and spiritual disciplines for new insights. Church leaders are encouraged to bring a small group and journey together for application and inspiration. 

Atlanta Sessions for College and Graduate Students
Topic: Peacemaking
June 23-27 (Sessions begin at 4 p.m. Monday, 6/23)
Cost: $65
College and graduate students are invited to come to Atlanta to discuss an important topic, network with young adults and others in the CBF movement and experience General Assembly and auxiliary events together. The cost includes housing, most meals and field trips. 

Wednesday, June 25

Baptist Women in Ministry Annual Gathering
10:00 a.m. worship followed by lunch
Location: First Baptist Church of Decatur
Cost: $20
Baptist Women in Ministry will host its annual gathering on Wednesday morning, June 25, at First Baptist Church, 308 Clairemont Avenue, Decatur. Transportation from the Hyatt Regency is available via Marta. The 10 a.m. worship will be led by past recipients of the Addie Davis Awards, and the preacher for the morning will be Shelley Hasty Woodruff. Worship will be followed by lunch at 11:15. Tickets for lunch are $20 and are available on the BWIM website. For more information, email Ashley Robinson.

Fellowship golf outing
10:00 a.m. tee time, Lakemont Course at Stone Mountain Golf Course
Cost: $52
Relax and enjoy a round of golf with friends at the Stone Mountain Golf Course just north of Atlanta. The cost includes greens fees, cart, range balls and admission to park and will be paid to the course pro shop on the day of the event by each participant. Sign up here via e-mail.

Leadership Institute
1:30-4:00 p.m., Hyatt Regency Atlanta Hotel
Cost: $25
Join Dave Odom from the Leadership Education Initiative at Duke Divinity as he leads us into practical tools for assessing our communities. One aspect of the Dawnings process is to engage our neighborhoods. Many of us don’t know what the needs are in our neighborhoods or how to collaborate with existing agencies to provide meaningful ministry. In times of presentation and small group conversations, pastors, ministers, and lay leaders will discuss ways to get a clearer vision of what’s needed, what’s already being done, and what individual congregations can contribute. The members of the newly formed Ministries Council will also be present to listen to stories of congregations and to hear what congregational leaders are needing for more effective ministry.

Wednesday Night Banquet and Commissioning Service
7:00 p.m.
Hyatt Regency Atlanta
Cost: $25/adult, $10/kids 10 and under, $250/full table
Join us Wednesday evening for a Celebration of Co-Missioning! Begin your General Assembly by sharing a family meal and fellowship around the tables with your CBF community. After dinner we will hear inspiring stories of how our field personnel and fellowship congregations are co-missioning around the world – being the presence of Christ in tangible, creative, sustainable ways. Hear what is happening in churches recently started and in the ministries of our chaplains. The highlight of the evening will come as we join together in the blessing of newly endorsed chaplains and commissioning of new church planters and new Global Missions field personnel. 

Thursday, June 26

Zumba Class
7:00 a.m.
Location: Embassy Hall, Hyatt Regency Hotel
Cost: Free
Maira Talik, a certified Zumba ® instructor, will be leading a class on Thursday and Friday mornings at 7:00 am in Embassy Hall. Zumba ® is a dance fitness program that involves Latin and international dances and aerobic elements. It is a fun, energetic and dynamic way to exercise. Come join us.

Running Group
7:00 a.m.
Location: Meet at the Hyatt Regency Concierge Desk
Cost: Free
Randy Shepley, pastor of First Baptist Church of Tucker, Ga., will lead a group on a three-mile run through downtown Atlanta. Download a PDF running map to see the route. If you prefer a shorter or longer run, that's ok! Meet at the hotel concierge desk and let's start together!

Networking Breakfasts
7:30-9:00 a.m.
Location: Hanover Rooms, Hyatt Regency Hotel
Cost: $18
Looking to connect around your passion or practice? Want to become better at what you "do"? Wish you could find a community of support and encouragement? Join one of the following networking breakfasts for conversation, fellowship, and learning. Networking....it's what Fellowship Baptists do!

The following networks will meet for breakfast Thursday:

Children's Ministry Network
Facilitator: Becky Caswell-Speight
All who work with and love preschoolers and children are invited to this breakfast as we support one another in our ongoing commitment to nurturing faith in the families with whom God has given us to serve!

CoPastors Network
Facilitator: Amber Inscore Essick
For those who have co-pastored in the past or are thinking of doing so in the future, join us for breakfast. Meet others who have walked the path of shared ministry. Children are welcome to attend as the primary goal for this meal is fellowship!

Dawnings Churches Network
Facilitators: Bo Prosser and Josh Speight
Churches who are exploring or are already "on the way" in the Dawnings process of seeking new life for their congregation are invited to share the journey of vision, formation and engagement with one another.

Festival of Young Preachers
Facilitator: Wyndee Hollbrook
Young Preachers registered for the Festival of Young Preachers will gather for orientation and prayer. Breakfast is included in their Festival Registration. Mentors and CBF Fans are welcome to register and join us! 

HIV/AIDS Network
Facilitator: Wayne Smith
Being the Presence of Christ in a world touched by HIV/AIDS is always about real people. Join with the HIV/AIDS Network to learn about CBF's presence, but remember ... wherever you are on planet Earth, HIV is always local. Breakfast speakers will include Mark and Sara Williams from South Africa, Ronnie Adams from New York City and Nirobi Thomas from Knoxville, Tenn.

Polyphony ~ Fellowship of Pastoral Musicians
Facilitator: Randy Brittain
Join in a network breakfast with the Polyphony ~ Fellowship of Pastoral Musicians who share a passion for sacred choral and instrumental music, hymnody and the arts

Youth Ministry Network
Facilitator: John Uldrick
The CBF Youth Ministry Network (YMN) will be gathering for breakfast at the General Assembly and we hope that you can join us. This will be a time to re-connect with friends and learn more about what's going on with the YMN. Members and those who are curious are welcome.

CBF Peer Learning Group Convener Breakfast
7:30 - 9:15 a.m.
Regency Ballroom V, Hyatt Regency Hotel
Cost: Free for PLG Conveners
CBF Peer Learning Groups will gather over breakfast for a time of encouragement and fellowship. The event is free for current conveners or designated group members. Conference attendees with interest in joining or forming a new PLG are also welcome. Contact Karen Harwell at kharwell@thefellowship.info for registration information.

CBF Encourager Church Thank You Breakfast
8:00 - 9:15 a.m.
Regency Ballroom V, Hyatt Regency Hotel
By invitation only
A thank you breakfast for Encourager Churches, by invitation only. Contact Ryan Clark for additional information at rclark@thefellowship.info

Newcomer Continental Breakfast
8:30 - 9:15 a.m.
Dunwoody Room, Hyatt Regency Hotel
Cost: Free to those attending Assembly for the first time
A continental breakfast and fellowship for first time attendees - a great time to meet new friends and ask questions. 

Free Health Screening
11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
The Gathering Place

Campbell University Alumni & Friends Luncheon
11:30 a.m
Hanover A Room, Hyatt Regency Hotel
Cost: $20
All are welcome to join us in the Hanover A Ballroom of the Hyatt Regency for a luncheon with members of CBF. Cost is $20 at the door. For reservations, please contact Amber Mitchell 800‐334‐4111, ext. 1962 or anwilkins1216@email.campbell.edu

New Baptist Covenant Luncheon
11:30 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.
Regency Ballroom, Hyatt Regency Hotel
Cost: $40
Join the New Baptist Covenant for lunch at the 2014 CBF General Assembly. The keynote speaker is Rev. Dr. Allan Boesak, the Desmond Tutu Chair of Peace, Global Justice and Reconciliation Studies at Butler University and Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis, Indiana. Boesak is a theologian, humanitarian, prolific author and tireless advocate for social justice. His early activism and service led to international recognition as an influential leader in the fight against South Africa's apartheid system. 

Friends of ABPnews/Herald Dinner
5:30 – 7:00 p.m.
Regency Ballroom, Hyatt Regency Hotel
Cost: $40
This is the annual gathering of advocates for a free press for free Baptists. Celebrate the historic merger of Associated Baptist Press and the Religious Herald. Check ABPnews.com regularly for more details and ticket information.

BTSR Goes to Dinner
5:30 – 7:00 p.m.
Meet outside Dunwoody Room, Hyatt Regency Hotel
Cost: Free
Member of the BTSR Family? Please join us for dinner! Meet outside the VA state meeting room immediately following Thursday afternoon's meeting. We will then depart for a time of fellowship and community.

Wake Forest University School of Divinity Reception
5:30 - 7:00 p.m.
Hanover A & B, Hyatt Regency Hotel
Cost: Free
Wake Forest University School of Divinity invites alumni and friends to renew their Wake Forest connections and receive an update on the School of Divinity. Complimentary hors d' oeuvres. RSVP to whiterc@wfu.edu

Mercer University McAfee School of Theology Alumni & Friends Reception
9:00 – 10:30 p.m.
Hanover C & D, Hyatt Regency Hotel
Cost: Free

George W. Truett Seminary Alumni Reception
9:00 - 10:30 p.m.
Hanover A & B, Hyatt Regency Hotel
Cost: Free
Refreshments and conversation for all friends of Truett Seminary.

 

Friday, June 27

Zumba Class
7:00 a.m.
Location: Embassy Hall, Hyatt Regency Hotel
Cost: Free
Maira Talik, a certified Zumba ® instructor, will be leading a class on Thursday and Friday mornings at 7:00 am in Embassy Hall. Zumba ® is a dance fitness program that involves Latin and international dances and aerobic elements. It is a fun, energetic and dynamic way to exercise. Come join us.

Running Group
7:00 a.m.
Location: Meet at the Hyatt Regency Concierge Desk
Cost: Free
Randy Shepley, pastor of the First Baptist Church of Tucker, Ga., will lead a group on a three-mile run through downtown Atlanta. Download a PDF running map to see the route. If you prefer a shorter or longer run, that's ok! Meet at the hotel concierge desk and let's start together!

Networking Breakfasts
7:30-9:00 a.m.
Location: Hanover Rooms, Hyatt Regency Hotel
Cost: $18
Looking to connect around your passion or practice? Want to become better at what you "do"?
Wish you could find a community of support and encouragement? Join one of the following networking breakfasts for conversation, fellowship, and learning. Networking....it's what Fellowship Baptists do!

The following networks will meet for breakfast Friday.

Baptist Women in Ministry
Facilitator: Pam Durso
Join Baptist Women in Ministry for breakfast and for a time of fellowship. Among BWIM's core values are networking and connecting—that is, we seek to assist women ministers in building networks of support and to connect women with others who share common ministry roles or life situations. This breakfast offers time for conversation around the table. During our time together, we will also have a guided discussion about the value of networking for women ministers, provide information about current support structures, and offer ideas about how women can be intentional and strategic in building networks.

South Africa Network
Facilitator: Chris Ellis
The South Africa Network is a collection of persons, churches and ministries committed to working with local organizations and CBF field personnel in South Africa who minister to the most neglected. Our work centers on HIV/AIDS, poverty relief and orphan care. All are welcome to attend

Together for Hope Network
Facilitator: Stephanie Vance
Anyone interested in knowing more about Together for Hope and its communities should join us for some great regional music, shared stories and opportunities for future engagement. We are walking alongside some great folks who are changing the future for their communities. It's an honor to share their stories with you!

Baptist Peace Fellowship Peace Breakfast
7:30 - 9:00 a.m.
Courtland Room, Hyatt Regency Hotel
Cost: $30
In 1813, Adoniram and Ann Judson arrived in Burma as the first Baptist foreign missionaries. Learn about the celebrations held by the Burmese Baptists in December 2013 and see what life is like today in this predominantly Buddhist society. Evelyn Hanneman, BPFNA Operations Coordinator who spent 3 weeks in Burma/Myanmar, will share her slides and experiences. Contact Evelynn Hanneman for registration information at evelyn@bpfna.org

Baptist House at Duke Divinity School Alumni and Friends Breakfast
8:00 - 10:00 a.m.
Dunwoody Room, Hyatt Regency Hotel
Cost: Free
The Baptist House at Duke Divinity School invites all alumni, family, and friends to our 7th annual gathering on Friday morning, 6/27/14. We will meet at 8:00 for breakfast in a room yet to be determined. Tickets are free, but you must RSVP to Callie Davis at cdavis@div.duke.edu.

CBF Foundation Heritage Society Breakfast
8:00 - 9:15 a.m.
International Ballroom North, Hyatt Regency Hotel
Cost: $25
The Fellowship Heritage Society gathers annually for breakfast at CBF's General Assembly. If you are interested in hearing stories of passionate ministry made possible through the generosity of Long-Term giving, come join us for Breakfast. There is no business, just celebration! 

Ministers on the Move
9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. By appointment only
Hanover G Room, Hyatt Regency Hotel
Cost: Free
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. Contact Clarissa Strickland for an appointment cstrickland@thefellowship.info

Free Health Screening
11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
The Gathering Place

Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty's Annual Religious Liberty Council Luncheon
11:30 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.
Hyatt Regency Hotel, Regency Ballroom VI & VII
Cost: $40/Individual and $400/table of 10
Join friends of the Baptist Join Committee for Religious Liberty at the annual Religious Liberty Council Luncheon with keynote speaker, Melissa Rogers, Special Assistant to the President and Executive Director of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships. Previously, Rogers was the Director of the Center for Religion and Public Affairs at Wake Forest University Divinity School and a nonresident Senior Fellow at The Brookings Institution. Her prior experience also includes serving as Executive Director of the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life and General Counsel of the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty. In 2008, Baylor University Press published a casebook co-authored by Rogers, Religious Freedom and the Supreme Court. Click here reserve individual tickets. 

WE Lunch
11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Cost: $10/box lunch
The WE Lunch Welcomes Everyone who wants to share a lunch time and space with others from CBF. Would you enjoy meeting others from The Fellowship? Attending General Assembly alone? A first-timer? Sign up for the WE Lunch. This box lunch is $10.00 per person. Space limited to first 75 people. 

Chaplaincy and Pastoral Counseling Luncheon
11:30 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.
Hyatt Regency Atlanta, Regency Ballroom V
Cost: $15
Dr. David Gushee, Distinguished Ethics Professor from McAfee School of Theology, will facilitate a dialogue with us on: "Doing Ministry in Specialized Settings in Post Christian America." Attendees will discuss the opportunities and challenges for our ministries in an increasingly secular and pluralistic milieu. Come prepared to share best practices and discuss concerns from your context. Attendees will also have an opportunity to meet and learn more about new Endorser, Gerry Hutchinson. 

Church Benefits Board Member Luncheon
Noon - 1:30 p.m.
Hanover A & B, Hyatt Regency Hotel
Cost: Free, By invitation only
Annual Church Benefits Board Member's Luncheon. Attendance is free, by invitation only. RSVP to Patterson Coates.

Central Baptist Theological Seminary Gathering
4:00 – 5:00 PM
Hyatt Regency Atlanta, Hanover B
Cost: Free
Gather with friends of Central for a word from President Molly T. Marshall and an update on exciting new initiatives.

Gardner-Webb University Alumni, Students and Friends Gathering
4:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Hanover A Room, Hyatt Regency Hotel
Cost: Free
Alumni, students and friends gathering

CBF Latino/Hispanic Network Dinner
5:30 - 7:00 p.m.
Hanover D Room, Hyatt Regency Hotel
Cost: $10
CBF Latino/Hispanic Network dinner - a gathering of Latino/Hispanic pastors, leaders and friends coming together for inspiration and learning. Contact Becky Smith for registration information at bsmith@thefellowship.info

Current Dinner Party
5:30-7:00 p.m.
Max Lager's restaurant
Join us for the Current Dinner Party at General Assembly! It is a young Baptist-friendly, family-friendly, budget-friendly, vegetarian-friendly dinner at Max Lager's located at the corner of Peachtree and West Peachtree just one block north of the Hyatt. Cost is $20 per person and kids 12 and under eat FREE! Stop by the Current lounge in the Gathering Place for more details and to RSVP. Pay with cash or check at the door. Space is limited.

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