Join us in celebrating how our stories as Cooperative Baptists are Woven Together with each other and with God's mission.
Here are 5 tips for newcomers that will help you get the most out of your first Assembly experience:
1. Plan. You can pre-register online; it's free and fast. By taking a few moments to sign-up early, you are saving a significant amount of time onsite. You can also register your children and teenagers for Preschool, Children’s and Youth Assemblies. Check these web pages often as sign-up information for the Atlanta Sessions for College Students, the Dawnings-focused Pre-Assembly Prayer Retreat, the Leadership Institute led by the CBF Ministries Council and a host of other events will be available.
2. Read. Upon check-in at the onsite Registration booth, you will receive your Assembly guide book with schedules, maps, information on business sessions and workshops, worship orders of service, emergency procedures, directories and more. We hope this will help answer questions as you plan your time at Assembly. We encourage you to take your guide book with you throughout the event or use our guide book app for smart phones.
3. Share. By participating in workshops, Mission Communities and business breakouts you share in a meaningful discussion with people who have your same mission and ministry interests. These are opportunities to dialogue about topics like:
- Issues facing the modern church,
- New trends and tools for ministry,
- Models and opportunities for mission involvement,
- Resources for teaching and learning,
- Personal growth and
Daily business sessions allow you to give input into the work of the Fellowship and receive procedural and administrative updates. Worship is also a shared experience at Assembly. Offer your blessings to new field personnel and church starters and hear stories of CBF at work in the world at the Wednesday night banquet and celebration of co-missioning. Hear United Nations Ambassador, Andrew Young, speak at the Thursday night worship service and share communion during the Friday evening worship led by Guy Sayles, Pastor of the First Baptst Church of Asheville, North Carolina.
4. Play. One of the most anticipated aspects of General Assembly is catching up with old friends and making new ones. There are plenty of fellowship opportunities in The Gathering Place. Wander among the CBF and partner exhibits, shop with friends in the Missions Market and enjoy your Fellowship family by attending evening receptions after worship. Special events hosted by CBF partners are a great way to get to know other Cooperative Baptists. Outside of Assembly, there are a variety of activities in and around Atlanta.
5. Ask. Let us know if you have a question or dilemma while at Assembly; we want to help. Throughout the entire event, you will find CBF staff wearing uniform polo shirts and special name tags. Do not hesitate to ask for assistance with directions to a workshop or where to find the closest restroom. Maps and emergency procedures are in your guide book to provide additional help. Friendly, knowledgeable volunteers are available at our information and hospitality stations. We are happy to have you with us and we want you to be happy for having made the trip.