"C" is for Cooperative Baptist Fellowship

Feb 26, 2019

Credit SC Public Radio

"C" is for Cooperative Baptist Fellowship. Organized in 1992, the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship (CBF) is affiliated with the national body (headquartered in Atlanta) by the same name—a group founded in 1991 in response to dissatisfaction with denominational leadership. Of particular concern to the CBF is the maintenance of “distinctive Baptist principles, such as the priesthood of the believer, the separation of church and state, and the autonomy of the local church. The priorities of the CBF include “doing missions in a world without borders” and “affirming diversity, including…ethnicity, race, and gender, as a gift from God.” Churches may affiliate with both the South Carolina Baptist Convention and the CBF or the CBF alone. The Cooperative Baptist Fellowship contains congregations ranging in size from fewer than one hundred members to more than two thousand.