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Forming Together

Forming Together By Terry Maples, CBF Virginia Field Coordinator If “forming together” is CBF’s Big Idea, how can congregations articulate how we seek to shape and form faith? As a long-time congregational educator, I love the “big idea” emerging from CBF’s branding...

Explosions of Fear or Love

Explosions of Fear or Love by Terry Maples, CBFVA Field Coordinator Rachel Platten was going through a tough time in her life when she penned the words to her big hit “Fight Song.” Apparently, this song was never intended to be heard by anyone else but the writer as a...
Dangers of Clinging to the Shore

Dangers of Clinging to the Shore

Sailing into the Deep by Terry Maples I recently read the book Sailboat Church – Helping Your Church Rethink Its Mission and Practice by Joan S. Gray. A local congregation used the book to help members discern next steps on their journey of faith; they asked me to...

Forming Faith During Advent

Forming Faith During Advent By Terry Maples I’m privileged to participate in a non-traditional study group at Central Baptist Church in Richmond. Our class is called Crossing Borders because of our willingness discuss beyond traditional Sunday school class lines....
Invitation to Join the Conversation

Invitation to Join the Conversation

Reclaiming and Re-Forming Baptist Identity By Terry Maples, CBFVA Field Coordinator Because I invested 27 years of my life in congregational education, I was extremely pleased with the phrases coming out of CBF’s 2015 branding campaign:  forming together and...