ChurchWorks 2015 & CBFYMN Retreat

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Ministry. Creativity. Renewal.

February 23-25, 2015
decatur, georgia

As ministers, we often get lost in the bustle of planning programming or the administrative load of keeping a system running or problem solving people's lack of interest in the institutional church. As we wrestle and struggle with what to do next, we find ourselves asking, where does theology fit in?  Why are we doing what we're doing?  How do we do our work differently?  As we gather together for ChurchWorks in 2015, we will delve in to the foundational matters of identity formation and relationship building that underpin our approaches to spiritual formation and Christian education in our congregations.  Join us as we reflect together on the deeper reasons why theology matters, as we begin to reconnect our original calling to the Gospel ministry with our actual day in and day out work, and as we discover together how these matters of theology effect the starting place for developing our ministries to all of God's people, from children on up through adulthood.

ChurchWorks creates space for renewal in ministry through practices of creativity, community and worship. To teach the people of God, educators need a place to learn, reflect and laugh together. ChurchWorks is for practitioners of education
and spiritual formation in the congregational setting.

Featured Presenters:
Andrew-Root-BIOPhoto-2Andrew Root, PhD (Princeton Theological Seminary) is the Olson Baalson Associate Professor of Youth and Family Ministry at Luther Seminary. He is most recently the author of Christopraxis: A Practical Theology of the Cross (Fortress, 2014) and Bonhoeffer as Youth Worker (Baker, 2014).  He has also written The Relational Pastor (IVP, 2013) as well as a four book series with Zondervan called A Theological Journey Through Youth Ministry (titles include Taking Theology to Youth Ministry, Taking the Cross to Youth Ministry, Unpacking Scripture in Youth Ministry, and Unlocking Mission and Eschatology in Youth Ministry).  In 2012  his book The Theological Turn in Youth Ministry (with Kenda Creasy Dean, IVP, 2011) was Christianity Today Book of Merit.  He has written a number of other books on ministry and theology such as The Children of Divorce: The Loss of Family as the Loss of Being (Baker Academic, 2010), The Promise of Despair (Abingdon, 2010), Revisiting Relational Youth Ministry: From a Strategy of Influence to a Theology of Incarnation (IVP, 2007) and Relationships Unfiltered (Zondervan/YS, 2009).  Andy has worked in congregations, parachurch ministries, and social service programs. He lives in St. Paul with his wife Kara, two children, Owen and Maisy, and their two dogs. When not reading, writing, or teaching, Andy spends far too much time watching TV and movies.



SCHEDULE (Subject To Change)

Monday, February 23

11:30  Registration Opens
1:30    Welcome
2:00    Session 1
5:00    Break
5:30    Worship
6:30    Dinner in Decatur

Tuesday, February 24

8:00   Coffee and Fellowship (Sponsored by CBF of Georgia)
8:30   Session 2 
11:45  Lunch in Decatur
1:45   Session 3 
4:45   Break (Sponsored by Campbell University Divinity School)
5:15   Worship
6:15   Presentation of Awards
6:30   Dinner in Decatur

Wednesday, Feburary 25

8:00   Coffee and Fellowship
8:30   Network Groups
9:45  Break
10:00 Q&A with Andrew Root
11:15  Worship
12:00  Depart


Registration IS CLOSED




*The Churchworks/CBFYMN Retreat hotel sits next door to the Cbf office.  
driving directions and directions from the airport using MArta can be found by CLICKING HERE


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FEBRUARY 25-27, 2015  |  FBC DECATUR


The CBF Youth Ministry Network holds their annual retreat in conjunction with ChurchWorks every other year.  
In 2015, the CBF YMN Retreat will meet immediately after ChurchWorks ends.  
For more information about the retreat, click here or contact Fran Patterson.


Registration Is Closed for the CBFYMN Retreat



Churchworks AWARD nominations

Each year at the ChurchWorks! Conference, two Fellowship Baptists are recognized with the following awards. To nominate someone for the awards, contact Josh Speight.

Young Baptist Leadership Award

The award is presented annually to a young Baptist, clergy or congregational leader, who represents a growing interaction with and support of the Fellowship. This person has a demonstrated ministry to peers and colleagues of every generation. The recipient has also engaged the Fellowship in leadership and servanthood.  The award is given to affirm the recipient, to encourage the younger generation of Fellowship Baptists, and to excite the continued interaction among the generations.

2010 - Amy Grizzle
2011 - Jen Van Camp
2012 - Josh Speight
2013 - Jeremy Colliver
2014 - Carol England McEntyre

Jack Naish Distinguished Christian Educator Award

Jack Naish was a lifelong learner and career Minister of Education. Even in retirement Naish continued to teach, share and challenge adult learners and ministers. Naish’s long and distinguished career saw him active in church and denominational life, being recognized by his peers in the Baptist Association of Christian Educators for outstanding leadership and achievement. He was the long-time Minister of Education at Wieuca Road Baptist Church in Atlanta.

2001 - Terry Hamrick
2002 - Prissy Tunnell
2003 - Findley Edge (posthumously)
2004 - Michael McCullar
2005 - Nancy Burke, Carolyn Shapard
2006 - Mary Jane Allen
2007 - Tommy Bratton
2008 - Jill Jenkins
2009 - Karen Metcalf
2010 - Fran Patterson
2011 - Hal Melton
2012 - Tom Allen
2013 - Robert Bowman
2014 - Terri Byrd

Questions? Contact Josh Speight

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Decatur, GA 30030


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