Fellowship of the southwest
The CBF National Governing Board’s decided to form a new partnership called the Fellowship Southwest. Fellowship Southwest is a partnership network which allows CBF National, CBF TX, CBF OK , and CBF West to work in much more coordinated and cooperative manner to do ministry and missions in the Southwest. The CBF TX confirmed their desire to participate in the partnership on February 22, 2017. CBF National’s role in the partnership is to assist in communications and coordinating our cooperative efforts in the Southwest and to provide advocacy in the states of the Southwest—Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and California. CBF National will hire a person to serve as the Coordinator for the Fellowship Southwest and then contract with someone to work on advocacy with Stephen Reeves, CBF Associate Coordinator of Partnerships and Advocacy.
Each of the CBF regional organization—CBF OK, CBF TX, and CBF West—will continue to operate, but they will work even more closely in the future. This is a direction that we have been heading for quite a while. For example, CBF TX has a partnership with CBF West to send mission teams and help with church starts in the West. Likewise, Texas churches have worked with CBF OK on mission projects with Native American churches in Oklahoma, and Oklahoma churches have worked with CBF Texas on mission projects along border. Fellowship Southwest is simply providing structure to dynamics that were already happening and trying to enhance those efforts.
Of course one of the major challenges has been that CBF work in the Southwest has been seriously understaffed when you consider the vast geography and the large number of churches. CBF National, under the leadership of Suzii Paynter, has graciously come forward to provide more specialized staff to assist.
This partnership will continue to be fleshed out more in planning meetings this spring. It is probable that some sort of convocation will be held this fall launching Fellowship Southwest and the Fellowship Southwest will become operational by January 2018.
CBF Texas Establishes Scholarship Fund
Over the past few years, several CBF partner churches in Texas have no longer been able to participate in the BGCT. As a consequence, theological students from those congregations are no longer eligible to receive scholarship assistance from the BGCT. CBF TX has created a scholarship fund to help these students. Contributions can be sent to CBF TX, P.O. Box 15648, San Antonio, TX 78212. Make checks payable to CBF TX and in the memo write "Theological Scholarship Fund."
Together for Hope—A wide variety of projects are available along the border from Harlingen to El Paso. To plan trip for your church’s mission team contact Jorge Zapata at 956-873-1537 or email@example.com. and obtain a letter of intent for sending a mission team. Construction grants are available for teams choosing a construction project.
CBF West—CBF Texas is partnering with CBF West to support the growth of CBF in the West. Mission teams are needed to help in various projects and to help start new churches. To send a team or help a new church, contact Glen Foster, CBF West Coordinator, at 520-991-0948 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
CBF Youth Mission Tour--A special Together for Hope project in 2017 will be a youth blitz week, July 23-30, in Donna Texas. This will be one of the national CBF Youth Mission Tour sites. Youth will engage in mission projects in the area, such as VBS, construction, or block parties. There will be time for youth fellowships, and the week will end with a evangelistic outreach event with the speaker Nicky Cruz. Adult teams may participate in this week too. Contact Jorge Zapata for more details at 956-873-1537 or email@example.com.
CBF TX News Briefs
1. Sixty-six Texas churches are partnering with CBF field personnel on mission projects.
2. Three Texans were recognized in CBF's recent article of 25 Young Leaders to Know. They are Michael Raimer-Goodman of South Main BC, Houston; Erin Poindexter of FBC, Abilene; Leigh Ridge of FBC, Austin
3. Jorge Zapata, CBF TX Hispanic & Mission Coordinator, has participated in two national meetings designed to build a stronger Latino network in the USA.
4. Anyra Cano, CBF TX & TX BWIM Latina Outreach Coordinator, has spoken at the TX BWIM meeting in Logsdon Seminary and at the Shine Conference in San Antonio.
5. CBF TX is receiving recommendations for the CBF TX Governing Board and the Regional Groups. Send recommendations to firstname.lastname@example.org.
6. There is new network that has been created to combat human trafficking in Texas, which works to create partnerships between border cities and destination cities. Contact Nell Green, CBF Field Personnel in Houston, for more details (803-517-5994).
7. CBF Texas has developed two resources to assist churches. The first is a weekly Sunday School lesson commentary available by email for the Formations series published by Smyth & Helwys. The second is a new evangelism workshop designed to reach the postmodern population that can be led in your church by Rick McClatchy and Christopher Mack. Information on each can be obtained by contacting CBF TX.