SPRINGFIELD — Members of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of Missouri combined a little business, a review of missional activities, worship and community service when they met under the theme “Living Testimony” April 16-17 at University Heights Baptist Church in Springfield.
They approved a $225,000 2010-11 ministry plan budget and elected the following officers for the coming year: Tammy Jackson Gill of Lee’s Summit, vice-moderator, and Ruth Ann Short of Marthasville, recorder.
Coordinating council moderator Laura Hoffman of St. Louis presided. David Johnson of Overland will serve as moderator during the coming year, while Bruce Gentry of Cape Girardeau is the new moderator elect.
During its missional banquet, they heard:
— testimonies from Student.go missionaries Alyssa Bennett and Joshua Smith, both students at Southeast Missouri State University, and Evan Pennington, Missouri State University,
— a report from Beth Perkins and pastor David Goode from First Baptist Church, Sweet Springs, about the congregation’s first-ever mission trip to Helena, Ark.,
— a report from CBFMO office manager Ellen Gregory and the Change for Children project in a poor community in Kenya and
— met Terrell Carter, who described his role as strategic network coordinator for urban pastors in the St. Louis area.
During a Friday evening worship service, host pastor Daniel Chisholm preached a message on “Beautiful Feet,” reminding attendees, “The message we have for a lost and dying world is very important.”
Noting that after 20 years of CBF, a new generation is coming on board not so much concerned “about who we are not” but “who we are.”
He underscored the significance of each person’s testimony but used the example of Jesus washing His disciples’ feet as a reminder “to show them the message.”
Attendees did just that the next morning, fanning out across Springfield to do service projects ranging from painting to cleaning to landscaping.