CBF/GA’s 25th anniversary was celebrated in multiple ways through the theme of “Imagine” during the Spring General Assembly, held at Vineville Baptist Church in Macon, March 24-25. After a busy afternoon of network meetings and breakout sessions, Friday evening was devoted to celebrating the anniversary, beginning with a dinner and program which included a video recounting the history of CBF/GA, recognition of people present who have played significant roles in CBF/GA leadership over the 25 years, and the kick-off of a campaign to add to the Frank and Susan Broome Endowment over the next three years, with a goal of reaching the $1 million mark by the spring of 2020. In the business session conducted after dinner, frank Broome Executive Coordinator, announced his intention to retire at the end of 2017 after twenty years at the helm of CBF/GA.
Friday evening’s worship continued the theme of celebrating. as several voices of CBF/GA spoke to the richness of our history while looking ahead to the challenges of the present and future. Matt Marston, Devita Parnell, and Tom Hill provided perspective on the development of CBF/GA and its influence in their lives. A highlight of worship and of the entire weekend was the presence of musical storyteller Ken Medema, who wove those stories into a cohesive whole through his music. Medema also led the Pastors’ Network gathering on Friday and a breakout session on Saturday morning. Participants enjoyed a dessert reception prepared and served by members of the Vineville Baptist congregation. Saturday morning brought a buffet breakfast, followed by the third round of breakout sessions and closing worship presented by BWIM (Baptist Women in Ministry) of Georgia. Priscilla Tunnell preached for the closing worship, which concluded with communion and was followed by the BWIM of Georgia awards luncheon.