November 8, 2017
Our nation is rocked by the news of one mass shooting incident after another, occurring in increasingly rapid succession. The latest attack, which took place at the First Baptist Church of Sutherland, Texas, strikes particularly close to home. Our hearts break and our prayers are lifted up for that congregation and community. We can much too easily imagine such an occurrence in our own churches. 

We cry out with the Psalmist,"O Lord, how long shall the wicked, how long shall the wicked exult?"

We pray not only for the victims but also for a different kind of national conversation, one in which we learn to work together rather than against each other to prevent such terrible acts of violence in the future. May God guide us to know how best to respond and how to advocate for peace in our own communities, nation, and world.

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.

Youth Ski Retreat
"Thank you for all you did to give our youth such a positive experience at this year's beach retreat. I can't imagine anything that would have made the weekend better. It was a wonderful retreat and another example of why your ministry is so important. If the over 300 youth in attendance didn't already do the job, I wanted you to know you are greatly appreciated."
- Jonathan Eidson, Sardis, Charlotte

Another awesome CBFNC youth retreat is coming soon! 
Ski and worship in West Virginia, January 26-28, 2018.

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Clergy Women's Peer Learning Group
Interested in a peer learning experience for women clergy that offers friendship and support?  Perhaps you have never found your niche in the usual Peer Learning Groups. CBFNC Missions Coordinator Linda Jones is seeking to convene a group - one where we meet monthly or bi-weekly over the phone as well as schedule an interesting conference to attend together once per year.  This means we can be spread across the country in friendship. If this sounds like something you would be interested in, please contact Linda or call 336-978-8991.
CBFNC
November 11, 2017 - Zebulon, Zebulon

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

March 15-17, 2018
Knollwood, Winston-Salem

April 9-10, 2018
Christmount Conference Center, Black Mountain
 
June 11-12, 2018
Christmount Conference Center, Black Mountain

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
Hurricane Matthew Response
Grant Application
The Hurricane Matthew Response Grant program seeks to assist CBFNC churches by providing help for rebuilding projects for the flood victims of Hurricane Matthew. These projects should focus on "necessities."  Click here to download   the grant application.

Interested in a mission trip to Lumberton, NC, to help with Hurricane Matthew flood relief? In addition to NC Baptist Men, one CBFNC church is able to provide housing for teams. Contact Dave Hawes at Godwin Heights Baptist Church, Lumberton, (704) 473-2875. Week-long or weekend, all help is needed and valued.   

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
Tree Angels for NC Troops
For the 10th year Wake Forest Baptist Church is offering Christmas trees for sale which will then be donated to the troops of the 82nd Airborne. The proceeds are used to help support our youth in their missions projects. Last year we blessed to donate 108 trees to our military and send 80 people to West Virginia to assist in flood recovery.  Trees are first quality Frazier firs and are priced at $55 each, including shipping. The deadline is November 22. Checks may be addressed to WFBC, 118 E. South Ave, Wake Forest, NC 27587.  Contact Dave Shannon   ( 919) 426 8394 with questions.

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.

A Spiritual Journey to Wholeness
Discover your unique path to healing and wholeness during this Enneagram weekend retreat, November 10-11, 2017, at Peace Haven, Winston-Salem. More information.

Baptist Children's Homes Annual Offering
Through the Baptist Children's Homes Annual Offering, your church not only provides safe, caring homes to North Carolina boys and girls who have endured traumatic abuse and neglect, but you introduce them to the Gospel. See how you are changing children's lives -- watch SAVED and experience the story of the nine-year-old big brother who rescued his sister. Be a part of saving children's lives at  www.bchoffering.org November 12-19, 2017. 

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. 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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