CBA Hosts Church Safety & Security Seminar

Due to the overwhelming response to this event, the location has been changed to the Chapel of First Baptist Church of McKinney – 1615 W Louisiana St, McKinney, TX 75069

Following recent events in Sutherland Springs, the CBA Church Network, in cooperation with the Collin County Sheriff’s Department, will host a Church Safety & Security Seminar later this month.

“The specter of someone entering our churches determined to commit mass murder, once unthinkable, must now be considered,” said CBA Church Network Executive Director Vince Smith.  Collin County Sheriff Jim Skinner will brief church leaders on how to react to an active shooter situation, and other scenarios churches may now face. He will also address questions related to best practices, legalities of safety teams and similar issues.

All church staff, leaders, and lay-leaders are invited to the seminar, which will be held at First Baptist Church of McKinney in the Chapel on Thursday, November 30. A light lunch begins at 11:30 am. The 90-minute presentation will begin at noon. Please go to to RSVP for this free event.

“We are all understandably anxious,” said Smith. “We want our church leaders to be able to respond to questions and concerns about safety from their congregations by saying church leaders have met with the Sheriff, and local law enforcement representatives, and are implementing their recommendations.

CBA Church Network Mission Partnership in Hungary

Dear CBA Church Network and others:

Surely, all of us have had one of those life-impacting experiences that gives us new focus. I had one of those in 2016 when I was asked to lead a team from a CBA church on an evangelistic mission trip to Hungary.

While there, our host church made great plans to reach out to their friends, neighbors and others in their city. The response to our outreach was good and the churches in Hungary have done a great job of follow-up.

It is my prayer that many of our CBA churches will enlist a team to go with me/us. A team consists more or less of 4 to 8 people from one or more churches. Of course, a church can have more than one team. We would love to see our pastors as team leaders, though it is not a requirement.

I am praying that God will call at least 12 to 15 churches to partner together as living witnesses of the Gospel in Hungary. If more churches want to go, I believe the Hungarians can add to the number of their churches hosting a team. The spirit is moving in Hungary. You have probably heard about the awakening there.

You are invited to join me in responding to this wonderful “Macedonian call.” Click Here to find out more!

Vince Smith
Executive Director
CBA Church Network

Annual Christmas Lunch – The Night Before Christmas

Around the world, many missionaries and their families do not have the opportunity to celebrate Christmas in the same way they would if they were in their home country. As a result, many develop special traditions of their own as they celebrate the birth of Jesus on Christmas Eve.

The Night Before Christmas is the theme for the 2017 CBA Church Network Christmas Luncheon. The annual event will be held from 11:30 am to 1 pm on Monday, December 4 in the Atrium of Cottonwood Creek Church in Allen.

The program was written by CBA staff member Marc Ira Hooks while serving overseas in Eastern Europe, where Christmas is a minor holiday and is celebrated in January following the Eastern Orthodox calendar.

Hooks remembers their first Christmas overseas, where his family was awakened not by the sound of carols, or by ringing Christmas bells, but by jackhammers and noises of the workers at the construction site outside their window – December 25 was just an ordinary workday in Russia.

The audience participation-based program begins with a celebration of Advent, and the ligting of candles. Following a catered lunch by Hutchins BBQ in McKinney, participants will help tell the story of Jesus’ birth as they construct a large Nativity.

Music will be provided by Jud Kossum of Gateway Baptist Church in Wylie. An offering benefiting the CBA Disaster Relief fund will be taken, followed by a drawing for door prizes.

You can make your reservations for you and your church staff by visiting:

CBA Email Addresses Have Changed

As Collin Baptist Association transitions to CBA Church Network, please take a few minutes to update your address book for email.

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