December 20, 2017

Merry Christmas from CBFNC!

We wish you
the blessings of peace,
the beauty of hope,
the spirit of love,
and the comfort of faith.

Sanctuary: Balancing Church Security and Hospitality
Click here to take a look at CBFNC's recent webinar. Handouts are available in our  Resource Library.

Advent Resources  from CBFNC and our partners
Cooperative Baptist Student Fellowship    
An Advent (and the 8 days that follow) devotional written by college students, interns, and ministers.
Passport: Following the Star    
This series features scripture, prayer, and meditative thoughts accompanied by gentle music.

2018 Annual Gathering -- Registration is open!


Join us for three days of fellowship, learning, and growth, 
March 15-17, 2018, at Knollwood Baptist Church in Winston-Salem.
Click here  to find out more about the three-day event.
Are you interested in sponsorship opportunities?  Visit our website.
Click here to see a welcome message from CBFNC Executive Coordinator Larry Hovis.

Quick Links
336-759-3456   
888-822-1944 (toll free)
336-759-3459 (fax)

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Connect with CBFNC and others across the state!
Have you checked out the CBFNC Blog lately? We have several new posts about God's work in our communities and in our world. Join the conversation by adding your own thoughts about the ways you've seen God in the ordinary moments.  Send those in , and  check out our blog


CBFNC
January 26-28, 2018
Winterplace, WV

January 27-28, 2018
Camp Mundo Vista, Sophia

Celtic Spirituality in a Baptist Context
January 30, 2018
First, Asheville

March 3, 2018
First, Greensboro

Christian Coaching Exploration Conference Call - free
March 6, 2018
10-10:45am
Call (641) 715-0635, access code: 973776#

March 9-10, 2018
Wingate University

2018 CBFNC Annual Gathering    
Registration now open!
March 15-17, 2018
Knollwood, Winston-Salem
April 9-10, 2018
Christmount Conference Center, Black Mountain

Growing Young Regional Workshops
April 14, 2018: Temple, Raleigh
August 18, 2018: First, Mocksville
 
June 11-12, 2018
Christmount Conference Center, Black Mountain

June 11-15, 2018
Dallas, TX

CBF Global
Cultivating Beloved Community
You and your church can change the world through the love of Christ by supporting the CBF Offering for Global Missions.  100% of gifts to the Offering for Global Missions will sustain the long-term presence of CBF field personnel serving around the world. This means that you will help care for refugees. You will welcome people, share the Gospel and create beloved community. Find offering materials, leader's guide, and videos.  more information
News from Our Higher Education Partners
Through the CBFNC budget and the Mission Resource Plan, CBFNC provides significant scholarship assistance to students engaged in theological education. Find the application here.

Be sure to check out the Keesee Foundation's theological education grant information. Read more.

NC Baptist Schools
Campbell University -  www.campbell.edu

Chowan University -  www.chowan.edu

Gardner-Webb University - www.gardner-webb.edu

Mars Hill University - www.mhu.edu

Meredith College -  www.meredith.edu

Wake Forest University - www.wfu.edu

Wingate University -  www.wingate.edu

Theological Education
Baptist House of Studies at Duke Divinity School -  http://divinity.duke.edu

Campbell University Divinity School -   divinity.campbell.edu
Celebrating 20 Years - " Our Story is Community "
       
Gardner-Webb University School of Divinity  www.gardner-webb.edu
For more information about School of Divinity events, call (704) 406-3205.

Wake Forest University School of Divinity -   www.divinity.wfu.edu

Baptist Theological Seminary of Richmond -   http://www.btsr.edu

News from Partners and Friends of CBFNC
BJC Fellows Program
The Baptist Joint Committee is now accepting applications for the 2018 BJC Fellows program, offering young professionals the chance to deepen their legal, historical and theological understanding of religious liberty. It includes a seminar in Colonial Williamsburg, and most cost are covered.  The deadline for applications is  February 16, 2018 . More information.

CBF Children's Activity Book
Click here to see an immigration and refugee advocacy booklet just for children. More information.

BJC Scholarship
The 2018 Religious Liberty Essay Scholarship Contest has prizes ranging from $500-$2,000, including a trip to Washington, D.C. Open to high school juniors and seniors. Deadline is March 9th.  More information.

Short-Term Mission Opportunity in China
Volunteers for China is looking for individuals and groups to teach English. July 6 - August 6 or July 5- July 23, 2018. More information.

Institute for Faith & Learning
Jason Coker, Mississippi CBF and founder of Delta Hands for Hope.  Lenoir Rhyne Grace Chapel at 7pm on  February 1, 2018.  More information .

Vital Worship Grants Program
The Vital Worship Grants Program at the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship  encourages grant proposals developed through a collaborative process from emerging and established churches; seminaries, colleges, and schools; hospitals, nursing homes and other organizations.  This program is made possible with funds provided by Lilly Endowment Inc. 1/10/2018 deadline. More information

Are you a New Church Planter?   
The CBF Church Start Discernment Cohorts is a free 8-week online experience is for those discerning and living out a call into church starting. It is a creative space for folk who are already in the process of starting a church to explore and work through the vision and mission. This is a safe space for all participants who engage in the secure and private site. Participants will work through the basics of contextual church starting, introspective writing, and group conversation. Over the 8-weeks, the candidate will be accumulating his or her writings in a church start profile, which serves as a tool for the starter and evaluation tool for CBF. F uture cohorts will be January 14 - March 9, 2018; April 22 - June 15, 2018; July 8 - August 31, 2018; and October 7 - November 30, 2018. To join the cohort, candidates must complete this form
Resources from CBFNC coordinators!
The Alphabet of Errors: How to Teach the Bible Better, a brand new resource written by CBFNC Church Resources Coordinator Rick Jordan, is now available! With over 30 years of teaching experience, Dr. Rick Jordan has learned what works - and what does not - in leading a Bible study.   Find his book here

Church Revitalization & Resourcing  is an important part of the CBFNC vision. So, at the initiative of Eddie Hammett (CBFNC Church and Clergy Coach) and with the blessing of his publisher, CBFNC is providing a  'freemium'  - a sample of Eddie's series of books focused on church revitalization.  For the  FREE  download, click here.
Personnel Requests
Frequently CBFNC receives requests from churches about placing an ad for filling church positions or staff. While we do not have a place for these ads in our newsletter, The Gathering, we are willing to publish positions on our Ministry Job Board. We also offer a Reference and Referral service with our Ministerial Transitions Coordinators for staff positions. Please visit our website to learn more about staff placement through CBFNC.

Looking for a Place in Ministry? Learn more about the Ministerial Transitions Facilitators.

List your ministry position on CBFNC's new job board!  Take a look!

CBFNC's headquarters are not in an office suite in Winston-Salem, but in congregations from the Atlantic in the east to the Appalachians in the west. Thank you for your partnership! 
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