Three Overarching Commitments
A Commitment to Transformation
“Be transformed by the renewing of your minds” (Romans 12:2)
We serve a God who declares, “Behold, I am making all things new” (Revelation 21:5) Transformation is the work of the Spirit in the lives of Christians, congregations, mission partners, and the world. We are concerned for the conversion of all people into the image of Jesus, for the ongoing growth and spiritual formation of Christians, for creative and innovative missional collaboration, and for the renewal of all creation. We desire to be agents of God’s newness.
A Commitment to Engagement
“Be doers of the word” (James 1:22)
We seek to be engaged with the world and with our communities. We want to follow the foremost commandment of Jesus to love God with all we are and to love our neighbors as ourselves (Luke 10:27). CBFNC desires to assist congregations and Christians in discovering and fulfilling their divinely-appointed mission. Our greatest potential for engagement is through the incarnational living of the members of every congregation. We want to connect followers of Jesus who share a common missional calling and passion. We envision a future for CBFNC that focuses on the mission of God in the world. We desire to be agents of God’s love for connecting Christians and congregations to that mission and encouraging them in their ministries.
A Commitment to Community
“Be devoted to one another in love” (Romans 12:10)
Our name—Fellowship—points toward our deep desire for connection. We seek that beautiful Scriptural experience expressed by the word koinonia. CBFNC exists to support connections among congregations and Christians, to facilitate conversation, and to create missional partnerships and networks within our fellowship, as well as the broader Christian and religious communities. We need to live in fellowship and partnership with one another because it bears witness to the unity of the Body of Christ. We need one another in order to grow in faithfulness and effectiveness; innovation and creativity flourish more readily and abundantly in community. We desire to build community among the congregations, individuals and partners of our Fellowship, so that we can be agents of God’s reconciliation in the world.