CBF Coordinating Council focuses work on present ministries, future vision

Photo information: CBF moderator Keith Herron speaks to the CBF Coordinating Council at its October meeting at First Baptist Church, Decatur, Ga. Blake Tommey photo

By Patricia Heys
Friday, October 26, 2012
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ATLANTA – The CBF Coordinating Council concluded its October meeting with continuing discussions regarding the implementation of the 2012 Task Force Report, while also engaging in the annual work of the organization.

“We hold the Fellowship in our hands,” said Keith Herron, CBF moderator and pastor of Holmeswood Baptist Church, Kansas City, Mo. “Pat Anderson has been helping us do that for the past few months and the shine has been on him. But the shine is about to shift. The next time we gather as a body, we’ll have a candidate for executive coordinator in front of us. The shine will be on that person. It’s an important thing we will do – to not only get to know each other but also to share a vision for the future together.”

The next meeting of the Coordinating Council will be a virtual meeting on Jan. 17. This meeting will related to implementation of the 2012 Task Force Report. The Council voted on Thursday that members would elect in mid-January a group of people to serve on the Nominating Committee, a first step in moving toward the organization’s new structure.

“We don’t take your trust in this process lightly,” said CBF past moderator Colleen Burroughs, who serves as vice president of Passport, Inc. “We take this process very seriously and will handle it with great care. We want everyone in this room – from every state – to send us names for the committee.” 

Current CBF officers will be receiving names from state and regions and the Fellowship at large in the coming months. Nominations can be made by e-mailing nominate@thefellowship.info.

The Council also heard the following reports:
• Larry Hurst, the Fellowship’s controller, reported the Fellowship ended its fiscal year Sept. 30 with revenues of $11.6 million, 95 percent of the original budget. Expected expenditures, which are still being processed, were at $11.4 million, 96 percent of the original budget. The staff is anticipating a one to two percent shortfall, although the exact amount won’t be known until the books are closed on the fiscal year next month.

• Bo Prosser, the Fellowship’s coordinator of missional congregations, gave the Council a report on the upcoming CBF General Assembly. The theme of this year’s event is “With great boldness,” based on 2 Corinthians 3:12. The Assembly will include a Wednesday evening service led by Baptist Women in Ministry that will celebrate the organization’s 30th anniversary. On Thursday evening, new field personnel and church starters will be commissioned. And on Friday, the Assembly will hear from the new CBF executive coordinator.

• Ed Sunday-Winters, chair of the Global Missions Committee and pastor of Ball Camp Baptist Church, Knoxville, Tenn., brought a recommendation to the Council to create an implementation team which would work to develop CBFResponds as its own legal entity for receiving funds for disaster relief. The Council approved the recommendation and the following people to serve on the team:  Bob Patterson, Warm Springs, Ga.; Clem White, St. Petersburg, Fla.; Bobby Broyles, Ballinger, Texas; Suzanne Morse, Pendleton, S.C.; Tommy Deal, Dalton, Ga.; Melissa Roysdon, Smithville, Tenn.; Myra Houser, Washington, D.C.; Harry Rowland, Atlanta, Ga.; Larry Hurst, Atlanta, Ga.
• Pat Wilson, chair of the Legal Committee and a lawyer from Waco, Texas, said the committee will be responsible for drafting a new CBF Constitution and Bylaws based on the 2012 Task Force Report. The committee has set a schedule for accomplishing this task and will present the draft to the Coordinating Council at its meeting Feb. 21-22.
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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