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Therefore, as you go, disciple people in all nations...(Matthew 28:19)


Members of the CBFNC community have told us that our state General Assembly is
a highlight of the year for many churches, ministers, and lay leaders. You’ve told us
you want “more Assembly, not less.” With this feedback, we’ve planned an annual
gathering that will include all of the traditional experiences you love, plus some
new, innovative offerings. Please look over all of these opportunities and
choose the experiences that best fit your schedule and needs.

We look forward to seeing you in Hickory! Join us March 30-April 1, 2017.

Click here for the combined event schedule.

Leadership Institute

Thursday, March 30, 2017
1-5pm
First Baptist Church, Hickory
Cost: $40 early bird/$50

Author Brad Griffin will share the research presented in his book, Growing Young – Essential Strategies to Help Young People Discover and Love Your Church. Based on groundbreaking research with over 250 of the nation’s leading congregations, Growing Young provides a strategy any church can use to involve and retain young people. Packed with ideas, Growing Young shows ministry leaders how to position their churches to reach younger generations in a way that breathes life into the whole church.

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Annual Gathering

Friday, March 31, 2017
8:30am - 8:15pm
First Baptist Church, Hickory
Cost: free

Worship, workshops, exhibits, fellowship and more! This day will include all of the traditional elements associated with the CBFNC General Assembly and will feature our keynote preacher, Susan Sparks.

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"All Are Called" Forum

Saturday, April 1, 2017
9am - 12:30pm
First Baptist Church, Hickory

Cost: free
Featured Speakers: Suzii Paynter, CBF Global; Kelly King, CEO, BB&T

Though we value ordained ministers, we Baptists believe strongly in the Priesthood of ALL Believers. Every Christian is not only a minister, but a missionary in daily life. Through both large-group plenary sessions and small-group workshops, we will explore ways to reclaim the need for all of God's people to live out God's call in their families, neighborhoods, workplaces, and leisure time.

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Laugh in Peace
comedy tour

Thursday, March 30, 2017
7:30-9:30pm
The Crossing at Hollar Mill, Hickory
Cost: $25 early bird/$30

A Jewish rabbi (Bob Alper), a Christian minister (Susan Sparks), and a Muslim comedian (Aman Ali) step onto a stage together. It sounds like the set-up to a good joke ... Instead, it's the set-up for a great night of entertainment. The Laugh in Peace Comedy Tour, established by Bob Alper more than a decade ago, brings together comedians from different faiths to share jokes and break down barriers. The show will conclude with a question and answer period. The comedians also will mingle with audience members after the show.

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Divinity Student Experience
"creating space"

Friday, March 31 -
Saturday, April 1, 2017

8:30am-8:30pm (Friday)

9am-12noon (Saturday)
First Baptist Church, Hickory
Cost: free

Creating Space is the theme for the 2017 Divinity Student Experience! Divinity students representing CBFNC partner divinity schools—Campbell, Duke Baptist House, Gardner-Webb, and Wake Forest—are seeking to create connections, create opportunities for reflection, and create times for commitment as scholars and student leaders gather with the CBFNC Community for the 2017 CBFNC Annual Gathering at First Baptist Church, Hickory, NC. Divinity students will participate in plenary sessions, workshops, and worship as well as break-out for their own “fellowship” gatherings on Friday evening, March 31, at 8:30pm and Saturday morning, April 1, at 9am. All CBFNC divinity students are welcome and are offered one night’s free lodging, two free meals, and a $25 gas card for drivers.

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