2023 CBF General Assembly
Atlanta, GA
June 28-30, 2023

 

"Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching."

Hebrews 10:23-25

CBF General Assembly returns in-person this year to Atlanta, Georgia, and you’re invited to join Cooperative Baptists at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta Hotel for a week of learning, worship, inspiration and fellowship!

This summer at General Assembly, we invite you to pursue Holy Ambition. Together in Atlanta, we will be equipped to put our faith to action, be encouraged by friends and colleagues in ministry, and be challenged to come alongside God's transforming work in the world.

This summer, you can expect familiar favorites, as well as a few new features. You'll experience:

A Schedule Shift – the primary days of General Assembly are Wednesday, Thursday and Friday (June 28-30), so when registration opens, note the schedule and be sure to make your hotel reservations accordingly. Assembly activities will begin mid-day on Wednesday the 28th and closing worship will be Friday afternoon. All Assembly activities will conclude by 7:00 p.m. on Friday evening.

Fun for your whole family! – Age-appropriate Assembly programs are available in-person for preschoolers, children, and youth. These programs include special speakers and activities! Age-level Assembly activities will take place on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

Learning Labs – Prepare to be equipped for ministry at this year's Assembly though Learning Labs—three workshop-style experiences focused on ten topical learning tracks. During Learning Labs, you will receive an introduction, deep dive into a subject, and practical takeaways for your community. Learning Lab topics include: Ministry Innovation, Global Missions, Cultivating Calling, Missions & Community, Vida Hispana (presented entirely in Spanish), Advocacy, Spiritual Care & Trauma-Sensitive Ministry, Racial Justice, Financial Wellness & Fund Development, and (Cooperative) Baptist Identity. We encourage you to follow one Learning Lab track throughout the Assembly, but may explore multiple topics if you would like. Which track will you choose?!

Partner Events – Be on the lookout for information from CBF partner organizations, theological schools and CBF state and regional organizations hosting events at General Assembly.

The Gathering Place – The lively exhibit hall at General Assembly, called The Gathering Place, will be a hub of activity that you’ll want to return to again and again throughout Assembly week. Inside, exhibitors will interact with participants as attendees connect with each other in the aisles, market and multiple café areas.

Worship – Prepare for late night worship led by the Pan African Koinonia on Wednesday night, as well as worship on Thursday evening and Friday afternoon of Assembly. Experience powerful preaching, singing and communion as well as participate in the commissioning of CBF field personnel and CBF endorsed chaplains and pastoral counselors.

Registration

Registration for Assembly and Hotel Reservations will open in February 2023.

Schedule

 

Continue to check back as more experiences and events are confirmed as part of the 2023 Assembly schedule

Wednesday

All Day – Check-in/Registration
11:30 am - 1:00 p.m. - Lunch and Learn
1:15 - 5:00 p.m. - Age-Level Assemblies
1:30 - 3:30 p.m. - Bold Faithfulness Breakouts
4:00 - 5:00 p.m. - Receptions and Theological School Gatherings
5:30 – 7:00 p.m. - State and Regional Gatherings
7:30 – 9:00 p.m. - Opening Party
9:30 - 10:30 p.m. - Late night worship led by the Pan African Koinonia

Thursday

7:30-9:00 a.m. - Familia Celebration Breakfast
9:30-11:00 a.m. - Plenary Session
11:30 a.m. -1:00 p.m. - Dr. Emmanuel McCall Racial Justice Trailblazer Luncheon
1:30-2:30 p.m. - Learning Labs Session 1
3:00-4:00 p.m. - Learning Labs Session 2
4:15-5:15 p.m. - Network Meetings, Receptions, Gathering Place Conversations, Business Breakout Session
5:30-7:00 p.m. - Baptist Women in Ministry Celebration Dinner
7:30-9:00 p.m. - Worship
9:30-10:30 p.m. - Gathering Place Reception 9:30-11:30 p.m. - Young Baptist Ecosystem Outing

Friday

7:30-9:00 a.m. - Encourager Church & Advocacy Breakfast
9:30-11:00 a.m. - Business Session
11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. - BJC Luncheon
11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. - Chaplaincy & Pastoral Counseling Luncheon
1:30-2:30 p.m. - Learning Labs Session 3
3:00- 4:00 p.m. - Receptions, Network Meetings, Gathering Place Conversations
4:30-6:00 p.m. - Worship


Learning Labs

Prepare to be equipped for ministry at this year's Assembly though Learning Labs—three workshop-style experiences focused on ten topical learning tracks. During Learning Labs, you will receive an introduction, deep dive into a subject, and practical takeaways for your community.

Learning Lab topics include: Ministry Innovation, Global Missions, Cultivating Calling, Missions & Community, Vida Hispana (presented entirely in Spanish), Advocacy, Spiritual Care & Trauma-Sensitive Ministry, Racial Justice, Financial Wellness & Fund Development, and (Cooperative) Baptist Identity.

With something for everyone from clergy to laity, we encourage you to follow one Learning Lab track throughout the Assembly, but you may explore multiple topics if you would like. Which track will you choose?

Sponsors and Exhibitors

The 2023 General Assembly brings you close to the people, churches and partners of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship. You’ll meet Cooperative Baptists from across the United States and around the world and bring valuable attention to your business or organization.

Be on the lookout for more information and choose your sponsorship or exhibitor package in early 2023!

FAQ

When will registration open?

Registration is required to attend General Assembly. Pre-registration will open in February 2023. On-site registration will open in Atlanta on Wednesday, June 28.

As someone who has never been to General Assembly, what should I expect?

We are so glad you have chosen to attend your first CBF General Assembly! We want you to have a great time, find out more about the Fellowship, and get connected. As you check-in for the Assembly, you'll be able to ask any questions you may have to a knowledgeable CBF staff member. You will also receive a guidebook that will help you navigate the schedule and hotel throughout the week. Throughout the Assembly, you can expect to meet new friends and network with folks from around the country and the world. You will experience compelling worship, have an opportunity to attend Learning Labs, meet partners in the Gathering Place, and learn about the vibrant life of the Fellowship. If you have specific questions about the Assembly experience before you arrive, don't hesitate to reach out at assembly@cbf.net.

Can I share about CBF General Assembly 2023 online on social media?

Yes, please do! We will be posting on social media about General Assembly. Please share our posts, forward our emails, and let your network know about all of the Assembly activities. We will also be watching to share your posts, so use the hashtag #CBFAssembly when you share on social.

How much does Assembly cost?

Registration for the Assembly is free. There is some cost associated with meals hosted by CBF and other partners, and we have a special hotel rate for your lodging, just make sure to follow the hotel registration link when it is available.

What about COVID?

The health and safety of all General Assembly attendees is our top priority. We will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation and will act in accordance with CDC guidelines and hotel safety measures. Please note that we will continue to keep you updated about COVID protocols for Age Level Assemblies as we get closer to the event.

Who plans the CBF General Assembly?

The CBF General Assembly is organized by the General Assembly Steering Committee, which is led by the Director of Fellowship Experiences and consists of CBF Global Staff and volunteers. The 2023 Assembly Steering Committee members are: Carrie Harris, Jeff Huett, Devita Parnell, Guilherme Almeida, Danny Vancil, Brian Foreman, Brittany Ramirez, Ellen Sechrest, LaToya Cross, Chris Aho, Aaron Weaver, Becky Hall, John Mark Boes, Nell Green, Javier Perez, and Leslie Brogdon.

Who should I contact if I have additional questions?

Prior to CBF General Assembly, please email assembly@cbf.net

The health and safety of all General Assembly attendees is our top priority. We will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation and will act in accordance with CDC guidelines and hotel safety measures.

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