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Special events hosted by CBF groups and ministry partners


You can sign up when you REGISTER FOR ASSEMBLY or if you are already registered, you can RSVP by MODIFYING YOUR EXISTING REGISTRATION. Updates will be made as additional events, details and registration information is available. Please check this page often.

Monday, June 26

Atlanta Sessions for College and Graduate Students: "Wrestling with Current Events"
June 26-30 (Sessions begin at 4 p.m. Monday, 6/26)
Cost: $68 (includes housing for 5 nights, all meals and a ticket to the Baptist Joint Committee Lunch)
In a fast moving political and cultural landscape there are many issues that arise that test our ability to process how our faith intersects with the world. As we gather, we will wrestle with theological perspectives on topics that are in the news and directly impact our lives, our communities, and our world. You can sign up when you register for Assembly or if you are already registered, you can RSVP by modifying your existing registration. 

tuesday, JUNE 27

TB Maston Foundation Scholars Retreat 
Greenbriar Room, Hyatt Regency Atlanta
1:30 - 9:00 p.m.
Cost: Free for those registered
The CBF Scholars Retreat is an event for seminary students through the T.B. Maston Foundation for Christian Ethics. The retreat starts with a lunch on the Tuesday of General Assembly (June 27) and continues through the day. This year's featured guest speaker is Dr. Bill Tillman. Dr. Tillman is the Director of Theological Education for the Baptist General Convention of Texas. He has also served as the T. B. Maston Chair of Christian Ethics at Logsdon Seminary. Dr. Tillman brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the field of Christian Ethics. You can make reservations for this event by contacting Michelle Ballard, Young Baptist Ecosystem Intern, at 770-220-1615 or mballard@cbf.net.

Wednesday, June 28

Leadership Institute- Creating Congregational Cultures of Generosity: Theology and Practice of Stewardship for Today’s Church
1:30 - 4:00 p.m.
Regency Ballroom VI, Hyatt Regency Atlanta
Cost: $25 (includes event resources)
Has your church come to see stewardship as simply a means to raise the budget or a subject too often avoided? With the latest research on congregational finances and individual giving trends, Lake Institute on Faith and Giving of the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at Indiana University will help pastors and lay leaders consider why it is essential to create a culture of generosity within our congregation. This session will equip participants with tools to revitalize annual giving campaigns as well as focusing on the public leadership and personal practice necessary to develop confidence in articulating an authentic theology of money and generosity.

David P. King is the Karen Lake Buttrey Director of the Lake Institute on Faith and Giving as well as Assistant Professor of Philanthropic Studies within the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. He is a graduate of Samford University and Duke Divinity School. His Ph.D. in Religion is from Emory University. As an ordained minister, he has served local churches and national faith-based organizations, and he is fueled by facilitating conversations with faith leaders, donors, and fundraisers (of all generations) around the intersections of faith and giving. Trained as an American religious historian and practical theologian, he has worked with hundreds of congregations and faith-based nonprofits helping them to live into their mission and call to generosity. He currently serves on CBF’s Governing Board.

Melissa Spas is the Managing Director of Education and Engagement for the Lake Institute on Faith & Giving. She joined the staff of the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy in 2016, having spent two years developing new initiatives and strategic partnerships for Indiana University’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs in Bloomington. From 2007-2013, Melissa worked for Leadership Education at Duke Divinity, where she contributed to the development, design, and delivery of strategic leadership programs and resources for Christian institutions. A native of Chautauqua, New York, Melissa is a graduate of Allegheny College and Harvard Divinity School, and she is an active lay person in the United Methodist Church.

25th Anniversary Celebration Dinner
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.
Centennial Ballroom, Hyatt Regency Atlanta
Cost: $54/person; $540/table of 10
It's amazing the collective impact that Cooperative Baptists and 1,800 CBF partner congregations have had as we've formed together over the past 25 years. Join your CBF Family in a celebration of our work together as we share stories, mark the completion of a successful Endowment Campaign and dream about the next 25 years. 

Thursday, June 29

CBF Mission Leaders Network Breakfast
7:30 - 9:00 a.m.
Hanover Room A, Hyatt Regency Atlanta
Cost: $20
CBF Mission Leaders Network Breakfast is a gathering of Minister of Missions, Lay Church Leaders, State and Regional Associate Coordinators, Missions Council, Women’s Mission Groups, and Mission Animators as an interactive community of individuals, organizations and global churches united by the passion of creating beloved community, bearing witness to Jesus Christ, and seeking transformational development though. :
• Creating community around best mission practices
• Fostering cultures of mission engagement in congregations
• Coordinating endeavors and resources when possible
• Birthing specific networks around topics and field teams

CBF Collegiate Ministry Network Breakfast
7:30 - 9:00 a.m.
Hanover Room B, Hyatt Regency Atlanta
Cost: $20
The CBF Collegiate Ministry Network will gather for fellowship, encouragement and sharing as we seek to strengthen our efforts to more effectively minister alongside college students. Any person who works with college or graduate students is welcome to participate.

CBF Disaster Response Network Breakfast
7:30 - 9:00 a.m.
Hanover Room C, Hyatt Regency Atlanta
Cost: $20
CBF Disaster Response Network Breakfast is a gathering of individual involved in or interested in learning more about CBF's Disaster Response program. Please join us as we review the year, seek feedback on how to improve our response and share several Disaster Response initiatives.

CBF Peer Learning Group (PLG) Breakfast
7:30 - 9:00 a.m.
Regency Ballroom V, Hyatt Regency Atlanta
Cost: $25/person, $20/Group Conveners
Join us for a celebration of Peer Learning Groups! Preacher Camp, one model of Peer Learning Groups, will lead our time together as we gather over breakfast to celebrate the stories, relationships, learning, worship and fellowship experienced in Peer Learning Groups. The event is open to all interested in joining or forming a PLG, conveners and group members. 

What's in a Name? Central Seminary Breakfast
7:30 - 9:00 a.m.
Dunwoody Room, Hyatt Regency Atlanta
Cost: $20
Be the first to hear a special announcement from President Molly T. Marshall. Register online at www.cbts.edu to attend breakfast at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta with friends of Central Seminary. Deadline to make a reservation - June 26, 2017. For more information, contact Robin Sandbothe at rsandbothe@cbts.edu or 913.667.5708..

Campbell Divinity School Luncheon for Alumni and Friends
11:30 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.
Regency Ballroom V, Hyatt Regency Atlanta
Cost: $15
Join us for the Campbell Divinity School Alumni and friends luncheon.Click here to register for the lunch: https://secure.touchnet.net/C20495_ustores/web/store_main.jsp?STOREID=8&clearPreview=true&SINGLESTORE=true .Contact Muriel Lasater at the Divinity School at: gadivcr@campbell.edu 

New Baptist Covenant Luncheon
11:30 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.
Regency Ballrooms VI-VII, Hyatt Regency Atlanta
Cost: $40/person, $25/student, $400/table
The New Baptist Covenant will host our annual luncheon and we are pleased to welcome Dr. Raphael Warnock as our keynote speaker. Dr. Warnock is the senior pastor of the historic Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, GA- a pulpit previously held by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. Warnock was named by Ebony magazine as one of the 'Thirty Leaders of the Future,' and at the invitation of President Barack Obama, preached the Easter Prayer Breakfast in 2016. Nationwide he is recognized for his prophetic preaching and social justice activism. At the NBC luncheon, Dr. Warnock will explore the intersection of faith and racial justice.. For questions, contact Elijah Zehyoue.

CBF Chaplains and Pastoral Counselor's Luncheon
11:30 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.
Hanover Rooms C&D, Hyatt Regency Atlanta
Cost: $25
Join us for a Fellowship luncheon for CBF chaplains, pastoral counselors, guests and friends. Chaplain (MAJ) Jeromy Wells, USAF, Deputy Wing Chaplain at Beale Air Force Base will give a presentation on “Integrated Care: Mental Health Integration with Chaplaincy.” Contact: Carrol Wilson or Gerry Hutchinson email: chaplaincy@cbf.net or phone 770.220.1612

CBF Church Starts Network Dinner
5:00 - 6:45 p.m.
Meehan's Public House Downtown
Cost: Free
CBF Church Start Network will gather for a time of convivial conversations and a generous meal at Meehan's Public House near the Hyatt Regency. If you are interested in starting a church with CBF, have been commissioned by CBF as a church starter, or are part of the growing church starts network, you are invited to the meal. The meal will be covered by CBF Church Start Initiative. Contact Andy Hale, CBF Church Start Specialist, by Wednesday, June 28: ahale@cbf.net

CBF Friends of Baylor's Truett Seminary Dinner
5:00 - 6:45 p.m.
Hanover Rooms A&B, Hyatt Regency Atlanta
Cost: $25 (RSVP required)
Dinner hosted by Truett for alumni and friends. Visit Truett Seminary's CBF booth in The Gathering Place for additional information.

Friends of Baptist News Global Dinner
5:00 - 6:45 p.m.
Regency Ballrooms VI & VII, Hyatt Regency Atlanta
Cost: $40/person
Join us for the Friends of BNG Dinner,​ our yearly gathering for Annual Fund members and other friends, at the General Assembly. ​Enjoy dinner and 'Conversations that matter' with ​BNG!​

Samford University Friends and Alumni Reception
5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Regency Ballroom V, Hyatt Regency Atlanta
Cost: Complimentary; No reservation required
Alumni and friends of Samford University are invited to gather for heavy hors d'oeuvres, fellowship, and great conversation. Samford is pleased to claim CBF Moderator Doug Dortch of Birmingham's Mountain Brook Baptist, among our many friends. The Center for Congregational Resources at Samford University is host for the reception.

BTSR Dinner
5:30 - 7:00 p.m.
Pitypat's Porch Restaurant
Cost: $15
Join BTSR at Pittypat's Porch Restaurant on Thursday evening (5:30-7:00pm). Enjoy fellowship with friends and a Southern dining experience at an Atlanta institution. Online registration required at btsr.edu/cbfdinner.

Baptist House of Duke Divinity School Alumni and Friends Gathering
9:00 - 10:00 p.m.
Dunwoody Room, Hyatt Regency Atlanta
Cost: $10
Alumni & Friends Gathering over appetizers and drinks.

Friday, June 30

Children's Ministry Network Breakfast
7:30 - 9:00 a.m.
Hanover Room A, Hyatt Regency Atlanta
Cost: $20
Meet with other CBF Children's Ministers (Preschool, Children, and/or Family Ministers) during this networking breakfast hosted by the CBF Children's Ministry Network. Come learn about the CBFCMN and our ongoing commitment to nurturing faith in Christ in children and their families.

Reference and Referral Network Breakfast
7:30 - 9:00 a.m.
Hanover Room F, Hyatt Regency Atlanta
Cost: $15
Networking breakfast for those whose work includes Reference and Referral

CBF Foundation Heritage Society Breakfast
7:30 - 9:00 a.m.
Regency Ballroom VI, Hyatt Regency Atlanta
Cost: Free
Come join us for breakfast to hear stories of passionate ministry made possible through the generosity of long-term giving. There is no business, just celebration! Reservations are required. If you are interested in attending, please contact Jennifer Graham.

Encourager Church Breakfast
7:30 - 9:00 a.m.
International Ballroom South, Hyatt Regency Atlanta
Cost: $15
Is your church an Encourager Church? This breakfast is for individuals and churches who support CBF field personnel in close partnerships. CBF Encourager Churches are a crucial component to the work of CBF field personnel around the world. Such relationships invite churches into a unique and intimate role in missions and unite churches with the ongoing mission work in CBF's three contexts: global poverty, global migration and the global church. It brings churches into the historic role of sending members of its body into the world as we cultivate beloved community, bear witness to Jesus Christ, and seek transformational development. Hear from keynote speaker, Edward "Ted" Terry, mayor of Clarkson, Georgia, a city described as a "refugee haven."

BPFNA Peace Breakfast
7:30 - 9:00 a.m.
Courtland, Hyatt Regency Atlanta
Cost: $40
Our keynote speaker will be Wendell Griffen, Pastor of New Millennium Church. New Millennium Church (www.newmillenniumchurch.us) defines itself as 'inclusive, progressive, and welcoming followers of Jesus Christ' based on the belief that social justice is at the heart of the gospel of Jesus Christ. He is also Circuit Judge of the Fifth Division, Sixth Judicial District, for the State of Arkansas, a position he has held since January 1, 2011. Griffen is also Chief Executive Officer of Griffen Strategic Consulting, PLLC (www.griffenstrategicconsulting.com), a consulting practice focused on cultural competency and inclusion.

Inspired by the gospel of Jesus, Griffen regularly speaks and writes about legal ethics and professionalism, religion and social justice, cultural competency and inclusion, and public policy. His sermons and other essays can be found on the websites of New Millennium Church, Ethics Daily (www.ethicsdaily.com), and on his blogs, Justice Is a Verb! and Wendell Griffen on Cultural Competency. Judge Griffen will speak on the topic of his February 2017 book, The Fierce Urgency of Prophetic Hope. The book is published by Judson Press. Reverend Griffen is married to Dr. Patricia Griffen, a clinical psychologist in private practice, and they are parents of two adult sons.

A Continental Breakfast will be catered by the Hyatt Regency, Atlanta. Questions should be directed to Scott Hayes, 704-521-6051 or scott@bpfna.org. To register, go to http://www.bpfna.org/gather/peace-breakfasts. Registration deadline is June 23, 2017

BJC Religious Liberty Council Luncheon
11:30 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.
Regency Ballrooms VI & VII, Hyatt Regency Atlanta
Cost: $40/person; $400/table of 10
Join friends of the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty at the annual Religious Liberty Council Luncheon with speaker, Rabbi David Saperstein. Rabbi Saperstein most recently served as the U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom. Prior to that, Rabbi Saperstein served as the Director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism (RAC) for forty years.
The luncheon will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, June 30 in the Regency Ballroom. Tickets will be available starting April 3 at www.BJConline.org/luncheon. Individual tickets are $40 each and a table of 10 is $400. Young ministers with five years or less ministry experience may purchase a discounted ticket for $20. Questions? Please contact Taryn Deaton at tdeaton@bjconline.org or 202-544-4226.

Church Benefits Annual Luncheon 
11:30 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.
Hanover Rooms A&B, Hyatt Regency Atlanta
Cost: Free for members
Members and a guest to the annual Church Benefits luncheon. RSVP to Victoria Whatley, vwhatley@cbf.net or 1-800-352-8741

Mercer University McAfee School of Theology Alumni & Friends Luncheon
11:30 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.
The Commerce Club - Atlanta, 49th Floor, 191 Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta, GA 30303
Cost: $15
Luncheon for Mercer University, McAfee School of Theology alumni & friends

CBF Leadership Alumni Dinner
5:00 - 6:45 p.m.
Regency VI, Hyatt Regency Atlanta
Cost: $40
Banquet and program for former members of governance and coordinating council

Fun and Fellowship for the Fellowship Family with Gardner-Webb
9:00-11:00 p.m
Hanover Room D, Hyatt Regency Atlanta
Cost: Free
Stop by for popcorn, an ice cold coke, fellowship, and even a few games!

PASSPORT Dance Party
9:00-10:30 p.m
Regency Ballroom V, Hyatt Regency Atlanta
Cost: Free
Come dance through time and celebrate Passport's 25 years of youth camping with a mission. Whether you've been to camp or you're a kid at heart, join us after worship Friday night to dance the night away to 25 years of hits! Free to all Baptists who dance!

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