Oasis - A Spiritual Retreat for Youth Ministers
February 28 - March 2, 2018
Montreat, North Carolina
Oasis is a three day retreat to address the spiritual health and professional development of our CBF youth ministers. Youth ministers across the CBF network gather to build community while being refreshed for ministry.
Learn more at www.cbfymn.org.
2018 Mission Immersion: Holy Land
May 14-23, 2018
Journey with Alabama CBF and CBF Virginia on a Spiritual Pilgrimage
This immersion experience is perfect for pastors looking to add depth to their Biblical knowledge, ministers seeking a mini-sabbatical or lay people fulfilling a lifelong dream.
Resident Theologian: Dr. Art Wright
Dr. Art Wright, New Testament Scholar at BTSR, will accompany our group on the Mission Immersion to the Holy Land. Along with a local tour guide, Dr. Wright will offer historical and theological reflection along the journey.
Cost: $3,700 per person.
This is all-inclusive with the exception of lunches and souvenirs. Participants will be responsible for getting to/from Dulles Airport. There may be a group transport available for the team.
Mercer University Preaching Consultation 2017
James and Carolyn McAfee School of Theology
Author, Speaker, and Activist
Dates: October 1-3, 2017
Location: The Chattanoogan Hotel and Conference Center, Chattanooga, TN
1201 Broad St, Chattanooga, TN 37402
ALCBF is a co-sponsor of this event. Learn more and register at theology.mercer.edu/programs-events/preaching-consultation.
The Chattanoogan Hotel and Conference Center
1201 Broad St, Chattanooga, TN 37402
Group ID# 627263
Reservations will be accepted over the telephone Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 6:30 pm.
And Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., with a one-night deposit.
Guests may book rooms online by going to www.chattanooganhotel.com and putting in the dates of the stay.
To access room block and rates, please click on groups and enter Group ID#627263.
For more information about the event, please call Diane Frazier at 678-547-6470.
Join the Seed Camp Team!
Seed Camp began in the summer of 2003, as a partnership between Vestavia Hills Baptist Church of Birmingham and Sowing Seeds of Hope. The camp has evolved over the years, but each summer the Vestavia Hills BC team provides a full day camp experience Monday through Thursday with a wide range of programming including Bible study, visual and performing arts, science, creative writing, recreation, engineering and more. Last year, they were joined by Baptist Church of the Covenant of Birmingham who took a team of 50 adults, children and youth.
This summer 2017, Seed Camp will evolve once again, and Alabama CBF will take on the responsibility of administering camp and our CBF partner congregations will come together to provide support and staffing. We need your involvement!
Seed Camp will take place July 9-13, 2017 in Perry County, Alabama at Judson College in Marion.
There are a couple of ways you and your congregation can help:
Join the Seed Camp Staff: There are a variety of needs on our camp staff, particularly important are small group leaders who work with a group of 8 to 12 campers, leading them in Bible Study and guiding them through their day.
Make a financial contribution: Seed Camp provides a free day camp to 150 children in Perry County, who may not have any other camp experience this summer. We would welcome your partnership by making a designated donation to Alabama CBF marked“Seed Camp.”
For additional information, or to inquire about how you and your church might be involved, please contact Lucas Dorion at Alabama CBF (firstname.lastname@example.org).
June 28-30, 2017
Join us in Atlanta, GA as we celebrate CBF's 25th anniversary at the annual General Assembly.
As we do every year, we'll have a state meeting at 4:30 pm on Thursday, June 29 in the Baker Room and go out for dutch-treat dinner afterward.
Baptist Women in Ministry and the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship will co-host Leading Women, a three-day gathering that will include conversation, worship, leadership development, and networking opportunities.
The gathering will be held April 26-28, 2017, at First Baptist Church in Knoxville, Tennesse.
Preachers for the event are Carol McEntrye and Meredith Stone.
Key speakers include Kasey Jones, Molly Marshall, and Suzii Paynter.
Learn more and register at http://www.cbf.net/leadingwomen/.
We hope you will join us in celebrating the influence and voices of women from across the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship movement. All women, laity and clergy, are welcome.
Money Matters: Financial Literacy for Ministry
February 2, 2017
Brookwood Baptist Church, Birmingham
10am - 2pm; Lunch will be provided
This is the ideal day of workshops for every minister and church leaders who serve as deacons or as members of personnel or finance committees. Featuring information on church benefits, managing debt, getting financially fit, the CBF Sabbatical Leave Program, and much more.
Also, we will be giving away a couple of consultations with a financial expert.
What can the church learn from Disney World?
Learn by going to the Disney World theme parks from January 30 - February 2, 2017 to develop and foster a culture of hospitality and creativity at your church.
For $1,300 you get breakfast, lunch and lodging for three days and nights, 2 days at Disney World theme parks, in-depth exploration of Disney hospitality and customer service, a private, behind-the- scenes tour and practical discussions about Christian hospitality. This immersion experience is an intentional exploration of how to engage the diverse populations that walk through our doors in meaningful and creative ways.
Learn more and register at www.learnbygoing.com.
Mark your calendar now for the ALCBF annual Fall Gathering:
Riverchase Baptist Church, Birmingham
Thursday evening, October 13th - Friday morning, October 14th
Featuring special guest, singer/songwriter Kyle Matthews
This wonderful event will feature special guest singer, songwriter, and minister Kyle Matthews. Kyle Matthews is the creative artist behind See For Yourself Music and an ordained minister serving a local congregation. He spent two decades working as a recording artist and staff songwriter for BMG and Universal Publishing companies in Nashville, TN, during which time his songs were recorded by over 70 major artists of different genres and won the Dove, Stellar, GMA and numerous ASCAP and BMI awards. His song "We Fall Down," recorded most notably on a multi-platinum release by Donnie McClurkin, won numerous music industry awards, including the Dove Award for Traditional Gospel Song on the Year, the Stellar award for Song of the Year, and ASCAP's 2002 Christian Song of the Year.
Kyle will be leading in worship on Thursday night and a breakout session on Friday morning.
In addition, we welcome special guests, Shane and Dianne McNary, CBF Field Personnel from Slovakia, who will lead a breakout session on Friday morning on Worship as Mission. By the way, Shane and Dianne are available on Saturday if an Alabama CBF church would like to host them for a special event.
Thursday, October 13th
Dinner cost - $10 adults $5 children
6:45pm Worship with Kyle Matthews
Nursery available for Thursday evening worship
Friday, October 14th
8:30am Coffee and Bagels
9:00am Morning Worship
10:00am Breakout Session I
Worship As Mission with Shane and Dianne McNary, CBF Field Personnel to Slovakia
Singing What We Preach: Fresh Ideas for Improving the Sung Theology of the Church with Kyle Matthews
11:00am Breakout Session 2
Offering As Worship with Martha Perusek, Director of Development, CBF
Creative Writing and Song Writing as Spiritual Disciplines with Kyle Matthews
Re-telling the Story: Worship through Narrative Preaching with Chris Thomas, Pastor, FBC Williams
September 8-9, 2016
Marriott Grand Hotel, Point Clear/Fairhope, AL
You are invited to a special retreat designed for pastors and associate pastors to relax, share stories, and learn about CBF resources available to pastors and congregations.
Cost: $69 single, $99 double (bring your spouse or a friend)
Additional options: Stay an extra night at our discounted group rate of $169; play golf on Friday afternoon for $95
RSVP and questions to Terri Byrd at Terri@alabamacbf.org.
All summer long, Alabama CBF churches will be sowing seeds of hope in Perry County! There are a couple of different ways you can join the work of Sowing Seeds of Hope:
1. Join us for our Summer Challenge Weekend July 29 - July 31, 2016. This is the perfect “prebuilt” mission experience for your Sunday school class or small group. Groups will stay at the Marion Sleep Inn and partner with SSOH to do church and home repair work all over the county. The Summer Challenge weekend would also be an excellent and easy way for your church to gain some experience and learn more about the work of SSOH. Contact Lucas Dorion for more information.
2. As always, we welcome churches to put together their own visit to Perry County. We can assist you in finding projects and selecting the best dates for your congregation.
For more information about SSOH Summer Challenge, please contact Lucas Dorion at 205.718.9443 or Lucas@alabamacbf.org.
Together we can #sowthehope!
June 20-24, 2016
Join us for the gathering of the CBF this summer in Greensboro, North Carolina.
Our state meeting will be on Thursday, June 23 from 4:15-5:15 in the Tidewater room. Ruth Perkins Lee, Director of Ministries, CBF Global, will be our guest speaker. Following the meeting, the Center for Congregational Resources from Samford has invited the Alabama state meeting attendees to be guests at their reception.
June 20-24, 2016
Greensboro, North Carolina
Compelled to worship, compelled to lead, compelled to impact together.
Come celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship.
Learn more and register:
Alabama CBF is delighted to announce that we have formed an amazing group of gifted women to serve as our leadership team for Alabama Baptist Women in Ministry (BWIM). The leadership team of Alabama BWIM includes Alica Kirkpatrick, Auburn; Mary Jo Gessner, Madison; Emily Snider Andrews, Birmingham and Valerie Burton, Birmingham. The leadership team will help Alabama CBF create events, resources, and opportunities for both ordained women in ministry around our state, as well as events for all women who are interested in fellowship and educational opportunities. One group met in the Huntsville area on April 18th and another group will meet May 2 for lunch in Birmingham.
Join us May 2 at Coquina Superior, Brookwood Village, 11:45am,
RSVP to Terri at email@example.com.
THE GOOD STUFF is a gathering place for Children's Ministers of all kinds. No matter the size of your church, whether you are full or part-time, your educational background or your length of service, come share your story and connect with other Ministers to Children.
Friday, April 8, 10-2
Vestavia Hills Baptist Church, Birmingham
Email Lucas at Lucas@alabamabcbf.org.
MMM 2016 will happen Friday – Sunday, March 11-13 in Newnan, GA
MMM is a great weekend of fun, work, and worship for youth in grades 6-12, offering hands-on mission experience in a variety of settings in each location. A highlight of the weekend is worship, led this year by Matt Marston and John Callaway.
Matt Marston, our preacher for both weekends of MMM, is Senior Pastor at Trinity Baptist Church in Moultrie, Georgia. Matt is a graduate of Duke Divinity School and served as a pastoral resident at Wilshire Baptist Church in Dallas, Texas, before coming to Moultrie in 2010. He volunteers as a mentor through the Moultrie YMCA. A native of Memphis, Tennessee, Matt holds a Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies from Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi. Matt has been married to Elizabeth since 2007, and they are kept busy by their two small children, Isaac and Lena.
John Callaway, MMM worship leader for 2016, is a Student Minister at First Baptist Church, Carrollton, GA. John grew up in Boiling Springs, SC; he earned degrees in education from Clemson University and then taught middle school for two years before attending divinity school at the Wake Forest University School of Divinity. Music has always been one of John's passions and it has led him around the United States. He brings a folky/pop style to worship settings and works hard to help others sing along. Check out some of John’s and his band's music at johncallaway.com!
TOPIC: STOPPING TRAFFIC: PRACTICAL WAYS CHURCHES CAN ADDRESS HUMAN TRAFFICKING
Steven Porter, Coordinator for Global Missions, Cooperative Baptist Fellowship
WITH EQUIPPING WORKSHOPS:
Ryan Clark—Church Engagement Manager, Cooperative Baptist Fellowship
Workshop: Making Friends of Strangers: Organizing Matthew 11 Hospitality. Prophets teach us a great deal about the power of friendship. From his experiences in Southeast Asia and Atlanta, GA, Ryan will discuss practical ways to build transformative relationships so we too can be called, “friends of sinners.”
Nell Green—Cooperative Baptist Fellowship Field Personnel, Houston, TX
Workshop: End Human Trafficking: Be Aware, Be Heard, Be Fair, Be Present. Every country in the world is affected by human trafficking in some way, whether it is a destination country, a transit country, or a country of origin. Every person can do their part to end exploitation and slavery. Come learn simple measures that you can take on a daily basis to end human trafficking.
Stephen Reeves—Associate Coordinator for Partnerships and Advocacy, Cooperative Baptist Fellowship
Workshop: Advocacy and the Local Church: Tips for Impacting Your Community. Effective faith-based advocacy is rooted in loving our neighbor. Come learn how a passion for missions can inform church members as they advocate on behalf of, and with, others including victims of human trafficking. Participants will hear concrete suggestions for action and how to avoid common pitfalls.
9:15 Welcome & Invocation
9:20 Keynote: Steven Porter
“Reimagining the Kingdom Together in Birmingham”
10:00 Q&A with Steven Porter
1:00 Collective Wisdom Groups
1:50 Call to Collective Action
Learn more and register at www.cbf.net/mission-collective-registration.
We had a fantastic weekend with over 350 youth and adults from several states who participated in our Winter Youth Summit at FBC Huntsville on January 15-17. You can view some of the photos from this event at fbchsv.org/wintersummit2016pictures. And stay tuned for news about the next summit!
January 15 - 17, 2016
First Baptist Church, Huntsville, AL
Last year, the ALCBF Youth Summit Retreat was re-visioned to feature exceptional speakers and music guests and draw on the resources of other CBF state groups. We saw over 280 attendees representing 12 churches in CBF youth groups from Alabama, Tennessee, and Mississippi and another 26 event staff!
Join us this year for another exceptional event!
Preacher: Carol Harston
Carol is the Minister of Students at Highland Baptist Church in Louisville, KY where she has served since 2007. Carol is a gifted minister who has both a passion & a gift for connecting with teenagers.
Worship Leader: Aaron Keyes
Aaron is a singer/song writer based out of Snellville, GA where he serves as the Minister of Worship at Grace Fellowship Church. Check out Aaron’s most recent album “In the Living Room.”
Doors open Friday night at 6pm and it lasts until Sunday at noon! Join us.
View tweets from the event #cbfwintersummit
Cost: $69 per person plus lodging
Lodging: Embassy Suites Hotel - $112 Book by December 24, 2015 using code 62L
Phone: 1-800-362-2779 or their website
Registration Deadline: December 1, 2015
Join us at the 2015 ALCBF Fall Gathering!
Friday, October 16 & Saturday, October 17, 2015 at
Mountain Brook Baptist Church, Birmingham
Featuring Special Guests:
Associate Coordinator for CBF Global Missions, former Kenya Field Personnel
Jade and Shelah Acker
CBF Field Personnel, Refuge and Hope International, Kampala, Uganda
Carter Harrell, special music
Friday evening dinner, program and breakout sessions;
Saturday morning presentation, on-site and on-location mission opportunities
Friday Evening, October 16th
6:00 p.m. - Dinner by “Cooks On a Mission” - Cost $10 adults, $5 children (please register)
6:30 - 7:15 p.m. - Global Missions Program with Sam and Carter Harrell
7:30 p.m. - Breakout Sessions on Global Missions: ENGAGE Internationally
- CBF Global Missions with Sam Harrell and Mike Oliver
- ‘Refuge and Hope’ with Jade and Shelah Acker
Saturday Morning, October 17th
8:30 a.m. - Bagels, Donuts and Coffee at MBBC
9:00 a.m. - Alabama CBF Missions Presentation
9:30 a.m. - ENGAGE Hands-on!
ENGAGE On-Site at the MBBC Missions Fair - featuring Sowing Seeds of Hope, Society of St. Andrew, Cooks On a Mission, and more
ENGAGE On-Location through visits to mission sites - featuring Passport, Green Springs Ministry Center, and more
CBF encourages support to flood relief in South Carolina
Communities across South Carolina are faced with the destruction that recent storms and significant rainfall brought. With a death toll of at least 14 and an estimated $1 billion of damage across the state, families and businesses are facing a long road of recovery.
The Cooperative Baptist Fellowship has contributed an initial $5,000 to the relief efforts and is encouraging Cooperative Baptists and friends to support the Fellowship's response in South Carolina. Donations may be made to the CBF Flood Relief fund online at http://www.cbf.net/flood.
Jay Kieve, coordinator of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of South Carolina (CBFSC), is working with several churches in Columbia and Charleston, S.C., as they seek to address the needs of their flood ravaged communities. CBFSC has also provided support and is reaching out to Providence Baptist Church in Charleston as they assist families affected by the flooding in a community with which they have partnered for 15 years.
Another CBF congregation—Kathwood Baptist Church in Columbia—with an existing day-care ministry, hopes to expand their capacity in the wake of the devastation to allow impacted families to have a safe place for their children as they deal with flood-damaged homes. Donations will assist in the short-term and long-term recovery in these communities. Emmanuel Baptist Church in Columbia is assessing the long-term needs of the surrounding community and a low-income community they have partnered with in the past as they seek to meet immediate needs as quickly as possible.
“The CBFSC disaster response plan is to bring financial, material and human resources to churches so that they can help their neighbors in the immediate aftermath of the floods,” Kieve said. “Later, we will build on the relationships congregations have with their communities to connect volunteer teams to individuals with clean up and repair needs.”
Ron Fairley, who serves as CBF’s associate coordinator of projects and services and as interim director of CBF Disaster Response, encouraged Cooperative Baptists to contribute to the relief efforts underway.
“When I saw the pictures of the flood damage in my son’s apartment complex in Columbia, S.C., I knew this wasn’t going to be a minor event,” Fairley said. “Fortunately, he has only been inconvenienced by the flooding, but others have lost everything they own and some have lost their lives. It’s important for the CBF family to come to the aid of those in need by giving generously. Together, we can make a difference.”
Give online at www.cbf.net/flood. You may also mail a check payable to "CBF" with Acct. 17031 in the memo line to:
Cooperative Baptist Fellowship
P.O. Box 102972
Atlanta, GA 30368-2972