For over 25 years, University Baptist Church has been a partner with the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship.
CBF is a unique network. Unlike many of its Baptist predecessors, CBF is not a denomination with a governing body and creedal statement as a requisite for membership. Instead, it functions as a network of like-minded Baptist churches.
Even saying the phrase “like-minded Baptist churches” leaves a bad taste in one’s mouth. We Baptists have, more often than not, found ways to divide and divide again.
Even the term Baptist is associated with one or two expressions of the tradition, while many of the 50,000,000 self-professed Baptists wonder why their expression is overshadowed.
We are Cooperative Baptists because we are grounded in core principles of the groups founding in Seventeenth century, namely the priesthood of all believers, the local autonomy of the church, believer’s baptism, and separation of church and state. Through CBF, these core principles are expressed through its mission to serve Christians and churches as they discover and fulfill their God-given mission and to live into our vision to be a national and global community bearing witness to the Gospel in partnership with Christians across the nation and around the world.
As collaborative partners with our regional CBF network, we will be hosting CBF Louisiana’s coordinator, Kyle Kelley, on May 26. Kyle is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and is active in the formation of the new Church for the Highlands in Shreveport.
Kyle will lead a conversation during our Spiritual Formation hour, 9:00-10:00 am, and will also be our guest speaker in worship.
We hope your Spiritual Formation Class will join the conversation in the Fellowship Hall.