Fellowship receives grant to fund new missional church initiative

By Bob Perkins
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
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The Foundation has supported the creation of CBF resources for local churches in the past, including It’s Time: A Journey Towards Missional Faithfulness and You’ve Got The Time, an initiative to encourage churches to study the Bible by providing Scripture in audio format.
Created to be the next step in a church’s missional journey, Dawnings is a process for congregational formation and church health that features a series of visioning retreats, leadership development experiences and congregational study and prayer.
“Congregations will experience a depth of vision and a richness in mission that will in turn draw them closer to God’s spirit and one another,” said Bo Prosser, CBF’s coordinator for missional congregations.
Dawnings was created as a follow-up to It’s Time, a church-wide study program that helped numerous Fellowship churches understand what it means to be a missional congregation.
Today, Prosser said, most Fellowship churches are asking two questions “How do we begin the missional journey, or how do we deepen and enrich our missional journey?”
“Dawnings seeks to answer that by engaging the congregation in a series of spiritual conversations and prayer so that they are led to their own contextual direction in their unique communities,” Prosser said.
The grant will also help support CBF’s continuing college ministry, which has placed almost 200 students in local congregations in the past two years through Collegiate College Internships. Funding includes stipends, training and program administration.
The grant will also help create new resources including an annual prayer book, idea book which helps guide congregational development in its missional journey and a handbook for leading prayer retreats.
CBF is a fellowship of Baptist Christians and churches who share a passion for the Great Commission and a commitment to Baptist principles of faith and practice. The Fellowship’s mission is to serve Christians and churches as they discover and fulfill their God-given mission.

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