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Special events hosted by CBF groups and ministry partners

Updates will be made as additional events, details and registration information is made available. Please check this page often.

Monday, June 20

Personal Spiritual Retreat (previously called Prayer Retreat) led by Johnny Sears, Director of the Academy for Spiritual Formation, and Dr. E. Glenn Hinson, retired
Heritage Room, Sheraton Hotel Greensboro 
June 20-22 (Beginning at 6pm on 6/20 and concluding at Noon on 6/22)
Cost: $35 (Space is limited)
Topic: "Ministers as Spiritual Guides and Churches as Schools of Love: Lessons for Baptists from Benedictine Wisdom" What does it mean to be in ministry, whether lay or professional, in a time when the old ways and forms of doing church are fading? What is the role of churches in a pluralistic and post-Christian society? We will explore how we make time for solitude and silence in our own lives, the power of being contemplative in a world of action, ways of being attentive to God in all facets of life, and imagine together what it could mean if our churches became little schools of love. Recommended reading prior to retreat: "The Monastery of the Heart: An Invitation to a Meaningful Life" by Joan Chittister and/or "New Seeds of Contemplation" by Thomas Merton. Both titles are available in print and Kindle versions. All registered participants will receive a copy of Glenn Hinson's book, Baptist Spirituality: A Call for Renewed Attentiveness to God at the retreat. This event is jointly sponsored by CBF, the Baptist Seminary of Kentucky and The Upper Room Academy for Spiritual Formation. You can sign up when you register for Assembly or if you are already registered, you can RSVP by modifying your existing registration.

Greensboro Sessions for College and Graduate Students: "Greensboro Sessions Squared"
FBC Greensboro
June 20-24 (Sessions begin at 4 p.m. Monday, 6/20)
Cost: $68
Greensboro Sessions is a young adult missional experience in conjunction with the CBF General Assembly. Discuss and engage in issues that are relevant to the life a young Christ-Follower. 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 21

TB Maston Foundation Retreat for CBF Scholars
Sandpiper Room, Sheraton Hotel Greensboro
1:30 - 9:00 p.m.
Cost: Free for those registered
A conversation for CBF Scholars concerned with current issues in Christian Ethics. Free for those registered. Please contact David Morgan at dmorgan@tbmaston.org for further information.

Wednesday, June 22

Fellowship Golf Outing
5 tee times beginning at 10:00 a.m.
Grandover Resort 
Cost: $63 per player including cart
Club rental is available for $50 per set and includes two sleeves of golf balls. Proper golf attire is both required and appreciated. Food and beverage must be purchased from Grandover Resort. To sign up for this outing, contact Bill Wilson

Leadership Institute
1:30 - 4:00 p.m.
Grandover Room, Sheraton Hotel Greensboro
Cost: $25 (includes book)
The Rev. Dr. Thomas G. Long, Bandy Professor Emeritus of Preaching & Director of the Early Career Pastoral Leadership Program at Candler School of Theology, Emory University will lead the 2016 Leadership Institute."Reading Other People's Mail: Preaching and Teaching the New Testament Epistles in a Changing Church"- In a time when many traditional church structures are crumbling, when our communities are increasingly multicultural and religiously pluralistic, when the so-called "Nones" are growing in number, and when even longtime Christians confess uncertainty about their faith, church leaders need to respond nimbly to these challenges. In order to think through how pastors and other church leaders can respond to this new and perplexing environment, we will take a fresh look at a familiar resource – the letters of the New Testament. It is well-known that the letters of Paul, and the other New Testament letters, contain great theological truths (such as salvation by grace through faith) but in this seminar we will also explore these letters from a different angle – namely, as expressions of pastoral and practical leadership for fragile new churches in multifaith, multicultural contexts. These letters can be preached and taught as the creative and courageous attempts of pastors in their own time to do what many church leaders today are seeking to do, namely building communities of faith amid the windstorms of a confusing culture. You can sign up when you register for Assembly or if you are already registered, you can RSVP by modifying your existing registration.

25th Anniversary Kick-Off Celebration
9:00 p.m. (immediately following Wednesday night worship)
Imperial Ballroom, Sheraton Hotel Greensboro
Cost: Free
Twenty-five years ago, Christ's love compelled a group of courageous Baptists to form the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship. Christ's love continues to compel us today as we partner in renewing God's world through global missions, forming healthy churches and nurturing young Baptists. You are invited to celebrate CBF's 25th anniversary at a party following Wednesday night worship. This is the only place where you can get a free copy of "CBF at 25: Stories of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship," featuring more than 80 personal stories of CBF missions and ministries. Contributing authors will be present for autographs and conversation. We'll have plenty of food, fellowship and an announcement from Suzii Paynter about a special way you can play a part of CBF's next 25 years. From our foundations to our future, we have much to celebrate. No registration necessary. Don't miss it! 

Thursday, June 23

Networking Breakfasts
7:00-9:15 a.m.
Sheraton Hotel Greensboro (Rooms lised below)
Cost: $20 each
Looking to connect around your passion or practice? Want to become better at what you "do"? Wish you could find a community of support and encouragement? Join one of the following networking breakfasts for conversation, fellowship, and learning. Sign up by modifying your Assembly registration

CBF Advocacy Network (Tidewater A Room)
Attendees at the first ever CBF Advocacy Network breakfast will have the opportunity to connect with others passionate about advocacy, hear what CBF is currently doing and how they can help shape CBF's advocacy efforts in the future.

CBF Disaster Response Network (Tanglewood Room)
Meet with the new CBF U.S. Disaster Response Director and other congregations and individuals interested in disaster response.

CBF Collegiate Ministry Network  (Sandpiper Room)
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 Adult Educators/Spiritual Formation Network (Tidewater B Room)
Join other ministers of Christian education and spiritual formation for breakfast and networking. Come to connect and to fellowship!

CBF Children's Ministry Network (Arrowhead A Room)
All who work with and love preschoolers, children and their families are invited to this breakfast as we support one another in our ongoing commitment to nurturing faith in families whom God has called us to serve.

Newcomer Breakfast
7:00 - 9:00 a.m.
Meadowbrook Room, Sheraton Hotel Greensboro
Cost: Free for first-time Assembly attendees
A free continental breakfast and fellowship for first-time Assembly attendees – a great opportunity to meet new friends and ask questions. Sign up by modifying your Assembly registration.

Baptist Peace Fellowship of North America Peace Breakfast
7:00 - 9:00 a.m.
College Park Baptist Church Fellowship Hall
Cost: $25
This year's keynote speaker will be Dr. Saundra D. Westervelt, Professor of Sociology at the University of North Carolina Greensboro and author (with Kimberly J. Cook) of "Life after Death Row: Exonerees' Search for Community and Identity" which examines the post-release obstacles faced by eighteen death row exonerees. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Witness to Innocence (WTI), the only national organization in the United States composed of and led by exonerated death row survivors and their family members. Hosted by BPFNA Executive Director, LeDayne McLeese Polaski, this event is for anyone interested in peace rooted in justice. We'll also have time for fellowship and resources to support your peacemaking work. The fellowship Hall of College Park Baptist Church is located at 1601 Walker Avenue, Greensboro, NC 27403. Breakfast will be catered by the Iron Hen - local, organic, fairly-traded and delicious food! Register at: www.bpfna.org/breakfast 

Breakfast with Central Seminary
7:00 - 9:00 a.m.
Heritage Room, Sheraton Hotel Greensboro
Cost: $10
Join folks from Central Seminary to learn about exciting changes in our degree programs and modifications to our campus in Kansas.

CBF Coaching Network Sessions
9:15 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Gate City Room, Sheraton Hotel Greensboro
Cost: Free, by appointment only 
CBF cares about clergy health and wants to make coaching available to ministry leaders. Coaching, provided by members of the CBF Coaching Network, is available for anyone (clergy or laity). Drop by or sign up for a session at the Center for Congregational Health booth in The Gathering Place.

Campbell University Divinity School Alumni and Friends Luncheon
11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Meadowbrook Room, Sheraton Hotel Greensboro
This luncheon is for alumni, donors and friends of Campbell University Divinity School. Cost per attendee will be forthcoming. For reservations and information, please contact Peter Donlon, Director of Church Relations and Development at Campbell University Divinty School at pdonlon@campbell.edu

New Baptist Covenant Luncheon
11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Imperial Ballrooms DEFGH, Sheraton Hotel Greensboro
Cost: $40/person, $25/student, $400/table
Topic: "Finding Our Place: A Pastoral Conversation about Race and the Baptist Church" with speakers of Note: Dr. Darryl Aaron and Dr. Bill Leonard. As the people of God, how do we find our place in the fight for racial justice? What will be required of us to authentically grapple with racial division in the Baptist family and to be a witness to God's redemptive power for the larger culture? Join us at the New Baptist Covenant Luncheon and hear Dr. Darryl Aaron and Dr. Bill Leonard engage in a personal and pastoral conversation about the Baptist church and the path to authentic reconciliation. For questions, contact Hannah McMahan

CBF Chaplains and Pastoral Counselor's Luncheon
11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Blue Ash Room, Sheraton Hotel Greensboro
Cost: $25
Fellowship luncheon for CBF chaplains, pastoral counselors, guests and friends. Contact: Carrol Wilson or Gerry Hutchinson email: chaplaincy@cbf.net or phone 770.220.1612

CBF Friends of Baylor's Truett Seminary Dinner
5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Blue Ash Room, Sheraton Hotel Greensboro
Cost: $20
Make reservations on the Truett website by June 19!

Gathering of Friends and Alumni of Samford University
5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Imperial Ballrooms EF, Sheraton Hotel Greensboro
Cost: Free
Samford University Reception Alumni and friends of Samford University in Birmingham are invited to gather for heavy hor dourvres, fellowship, and conversation on Thursday, June 23, at 5:30 pm. The reception will be held in Imperial Ballroom F at the Sheraton Greensboro. Samford is proud to claim outgoing Moderator Matt Cook as an alumus and Moderator Elect, Doug Dortch of Birmingham's Mountain Brook Baptist Church, among our many friends. Samford's Center for Congregational Resources is the host for the reception. There is no cost to attend. For more information, please call or email the Center for Congregational Resources at (205) 726-4064 or resource@samford.edu 

Friends of Baptist News Global Dinner
5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Imperial Ballrooms ABC, Sheraton Hotel Greensboro
Cost: $40/person, $25 for students
Join us for the annual gathering of advocates for a free press for free Baptists. Pastors Kevin Cosby and Chris Caldwell will describe Empower Louisville, a collaborative model for investing in healthy, viable black communities.

Wake Forest University School of Divinity Reception for Alumni and Friends
5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Grandover West Room, Sheraton Hotel Greensboro
Cost: Free
Wake Forest University School of Divinity invites alumni and friends to renew their Wake Forest connections and receive an update on the School of Divinity. Complimentary hors d'oeuvres and non-alcoholic beverages provided (cash bar available). Please R.S.V.P. to Christie Dalton at daltoncm@wfu.edu

Project Ruth 25th Anniversary Celebration
5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
FBC Greensboro
Program following supper to feature Oti Bunaciu and Mihai Ciopasiu giving updates and impact stories. The FBC Youth Choir will also perform! Go to www.project-ruth.org for information regarding reservations/payment. Preregister by June 15th.

Friends of BTSR Dinner
5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Imperial Ballrooms G & H, Sheraton Hotel Greensboro
Cost: Free
BTSR is hosting a complimentary dinner for alumni, students, and friends of BTSR. Seating is limited and reservations are required. Reservations can be made by visiting www.btsr.edu/cbfdinner 

Mercer University McAfee School of Theology Alumni and Friends Reception
9:00 - 10:00 p.m.
Imperial Ballrooms EF, Sheraton Hotel Greensboro
Cost: Free
Mercer University James & Carolyn McAfee School of Theology Alumni and Friends Reception

Studio Presentation of "Division" the Play
9:30 - 11:00 p.m.
Guiliford Ballroom, Sheraton Hotel Greensboro
Cost: Free
Many CBF leaders and churches are joining in efforts toward dismantling racism,including churches engaged in Covenants of Action through the New Baptist Covenant and other congregational ministries. The horror of the massacre in Charleston galvanized the commitment of CBF leaders to maintain energyand focus on efforts to live the Gospel message of love for neighbors and to conscientiously seek meaningful actions toward ensuring racial justice. This includes listening and learning from one another. In remembrance of the Charleston Nine, CBF is proud to bring the live drama, DIVISION: THE TRAYVON/JORDAN PROJECT, to the CBF stage at General Assembly, Thursday evening following worship. The director of this performance and one of the co-writers of the play is Carolyn Ducker, a student at Valencia College and the great niece and namesake of Carolyn Weatherford Crumpler, a founder and former CBF moderator.

Friday, June 24

Baptist Center for Ethics Breakfast
7:00 - 9:00 a.m.
Imperial Ballrooms D, E, F, G & H Sheraton Hotel Greensboro
Baptist Center for Ethics is celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2016. Our breakfast will involve an engaging, fun and playful look back at BCE's history and a look ahead at ongoing initiatives and forthcoming resources. Molly T. Marshall will be honored as EthicsDaily.com's 2015 Baptist of the Year. Additional information (and tickets) will be available through the BCE website, www.EthicsDaily.com

CBF Peer Learning Group (PLG) Breakfast
7:30 - 9:15 a.m.
Augusta Room, Sheraton Hotel Greensboro
Cost: $10
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. Sign up by registering for Assembly or modifying your existing registration 

CBF Foundation Heritage Society Breakfast
7:45 - 9:00 a.m.
Imperial Ballrooms ABC, Sheraton Hotel Greensboro
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 Thank You Breakfast
8:00 - 9:00 a.m.
Grandover East Room, Sheraton Hotel Greensboro
Cost: $10
A breakfast celebrating churches in close support of CBF field personnel. The Spirit works in and among our relationships for mutual transformation of our congregations, field personnel, and those among whom we seek to serve. If your church partners closely with CBF field personnel, please Contact Ryan Clark, CBF Church Engagement Manager, for more information. You can sign up when you register for Assembly or if you are already registered, you can RSVP by modifying your existing registration

Baptist House at Duke Divinity School Alumni and Friends Breakfast
8:00 - 9:30 a.m.
Blue Ash Room, Sheraton Hotel Greensboro
Cost: $10

Ministers on the Move (By appointment only)
9:15 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Meadowbrook Room, Sheraton Hotel Greensboro
Cost: Free
Are you serving on a minister search committee at your church? Are you a minister seeking a new place of service? Come by and meet with CBF folks who can be a resource for you. Drop by to schedule your individual meeting. Contact Craig Janney, cjanney@cbf.net  or call (252) 395-2561 to schedule an appointment.

CBF Coaching Network Sessions
9:15 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Gate City Room, Sheraton Hotel Greensboro
Cost: Free, by appointment only
CBF cares about clergy health and wants to make coaching available to ministry leaders. Coaching, provided by members of the CBF Coaching Network, is available for anyone (clergy or laity). Drop by or sign up for a session at the Center for Congregational Health booth in The Gathering Place.

CBF Church Benefits Annual Members Luncheon
11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. 
Grandover West Room, Sheraton Hotel Greensboro
Cost: Free
Come join the Church Benefits Board for its annual Member's Luncheon. Eat, fellowship and enjoy hearing about our ministry from special guest speakers and our President Gary Skeen. By invitation Only. To RSVP please email Patterson Coates at: pcoates@churchbenefits.org 

BJC Religious Liberty Council Luncheon
11:30 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.
Imperial Ballrooms (All), Sheraton Hotel Greensboro
Join the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty for a very special Religious Liberty Council Luncheon as we celebrate the Rev. J. Brent Walker's 27 years of service with the BJC. Walker, who will retire as the BJC's executive director at the end of 2016, will be the keynote speaker. Tickets will be available April 1 at www.BJConline.org/luncheon 

New Church Starts Network Lunch
11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Smokey Bones Restaurant
Cost: Free
The CBF New Church Starts Initiative will host a luncheon for commissioned church starters, candidates, and friends. The event will be held off-site at Smokey Bones restaurant (3302 Gate City Blvd). To rsvp, email Andy Hale at ahale@cbf.net 

Friends of Gardner-Webb University School of Divinity Luncheon
11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Blue Ash Room, Sheraton Hotel Greensboro
Cost: $10
Gather around the table for food and fellowship! Information about Gardner-Webb University's new Accelerated Pastoral Ministries Program will be shared.

Global Women's 15th Birthday Celebration
5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Imperial Ballrooms AB, Sheraton Hotel Greensboro
Cost: $45, but prices vary with a donation to Global Women
The birthday gala is an opportunity for donors, constituents, GW alumnae, and church leaders to celebrate with Global Women how the lives of women and girls have been touched throughout the 15 years of the organization's work. Global Women will present their Global Heart award to Babs Baugh during the dinner. This award recognizes an extraordinary servant leader who consistently demonstrates commitment to our mission and to showing God's love through acts of kindness, generosity, service and leadership. Babs and the Eula Mae and John Baugh Foundation's unwavering support of Global Women has enabled us to expand our ministry footprint through global partners and help transform the lives of countless women around the world. Contact Global Women at www.globalwomengo.org or go online to gwbirthdaygala.eventbrite.com for tickets.

Networking Reception Hosted by Passport
5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Imperial Ballrooms FGH, Sheraton Hotel Greensboro
Cost: $10
You are invited to a networking reception prior to Friday evening worship. Enjoy heavy hors d'oeuvres while meeting and mingling with people you know and those you will want to know!

Evening Reception in The Gathering Place
9:00-10:30 p.m.
The Gathering Place, 3rd Floor Corridor, Sheraton Hotel Greensboro
Cost: Free
Join Cooperative Baptists for one last chance to fellowship before Assembly packs up and leaves Greensboro!

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