Sunday evening, April 28 – Tuesday noon, April 30
Hosted by First Baptist Church, St. Simons Island
Register and pay $20.00 retreat fee online with a credit card at www.cbfga.org/senior-adults, or contact Melissa Kremer at the CBF/GA office (478-742-1191) or by e-mail at [email protected]
A block of rooms is available at the Saint Simons Inn by the Lighthouse for $139 per room per night. Call 912-638-1101 or make reservations online using the group code CBFG19.
Other Suggested Lodging
- Best Western Plus 912-638-7805
- Epworth by the Sea 912-638-8688
- Hampton Inn 912-634-2204
- Holiday Inn and Suites 912-634-2175
- Home2Suites by Hilton 912-638-0333
- Ocean Inn and Suites 912-634-2122
- Queens Court Inn 912-268-4966
Chris George, Pastor of Smoke Rise Baptist Church, Stone Mountain
“Many of us were told to read the Bible, but we were never taught ‘how’ to read the Bible. On the Senior Retreat, let’s fall in love with the scriptures again as we set aside time to Rediscover the Word Together.”
TENTATIVE RETREAT SCHEDULE
Sunday Evening, April 28
- 6:30-8:00 pm – Check-in and Cake Fellowship
Monday, April 29
- 8:30 am – Check-in for late arrivers
- 9:15-11:00 am – Gathering Time & Breakout Session I
- 11:15 am – Lunch & brief program
- Afternoon free time to relax, enjoy a tour, shop, or go to the beach!
Monday Evening, April 29
- Dinner is on your own.
- 6:15 pm – Retreat Choir Rehearsal
- 6:45 pm –Worship followed by a Dessert Fellowship
Tuesday, April 30
- 9:00 am – Breakout Session II
- 10:00 am – Closing Retreat Worship
CBF/GA sponsors a variety of conferences and events around the state each year for clergy and lay congregational leaders. Topics have included Sunday school teacher helps, age group learning styles, spiritual formation, children’s music, deacon ministry, the missional church, and more.
CBF/GA’s Senior Celebration is a fall day-long event for senior adults. The day offers fellowship, fun, food, and worship. Dates for the fall 2019 Senior Celebrations will be announced in the spring.
The first annual CBF/GA Senior Adult Retreat was held in 2016 at First Baptist Church, St. Simons Island. The 2017 and 2018 retreats met there again for excellent worship, music, learning, fun, fellowship, island tours and an opportunity to participate in a local ministry.
“For we are partners working together for God, and you are God’s field.” -1 Corinthians 3:9
The Baptist Deacon Network (BDN) originated in 2013 as a result of a “Baptist Deacon Summit” convened in Macon. It consists of more than 600 deacons who receive a newsletter, “Table and Towel” and gather periodically for conferences, retreats and seminars. ‘
The BDN is a collaborative effort between the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of Georgia and the Eula Mae and John Baugh Center for Baptist Leadership. The purpose is to foster relationships between deacons in different churches and create resources that will encourage and equip deacons for Christ like ministry in their congregations and communities.
“Exemplars: Deacons as Servant and Spiritual Leaders” is the first BDN resource for deacon development. Published by Smyth and Helwys this workbook is edited by Elizabeth Allen and Daniel Vestal and is designed to create “holy conversations” within diaconates that will result in spiritual, theological and vocational formation. Click Here to purchase a copy of Exemplars: Deacons as Servant and Spiritual Leaders
If you are interested in more information about the BDN go to the Baugh Center website: baughcenter.mercer.edu or contact Libby Allen at [email protected]
- Articles for deacons written by Daniel Vestal
- Bibliography of works about women deacons
- A Chuck Poole sermon about female ordination
- Crisis Ministry: A Handbook
Designed as a “first steps” guide for ministers, deacons, and caregivers. Daniel Bagby (Smyth & Helwys Publishing, January 2003).
Click Here to purchase Crisis Ministry: A Handbook
- An issue of Visions, CBF/GA’s print newsletter, focused on deacon ministry
- Article by Carol Younger entitled “God’s Mission Takes Deacons
- Click Here to purchase The Leadership Labyrinth: Negotiating the Paradoxes of Ministry