Brian Foreman, North Carolina educator was appointed Congregational Ministries Coordinator for the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship.
He was chosen for the newly created position by an eight-member search committee, then confirmed in the role by the CBF Board of Directors.
Foreman is currently the executive director of the Center for Church and Community at Campbell University. He was a regular columnist for Baptist News Global. He was also a leader of the CBF Fellows program, which helps young Baptist clergy make a healthy transition from seminary to congregational ministry and served as a consultant to the Center for Congregational Health.
He will take up his new duties in July. The work is to help congregations prosper by preparing and encouraging leaders and building their capacity to respond to changing needs. This work will be done in collaboration with state and regional CBF organizations and partner organizations.
Foreman earned a doctorate in education degree from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte with a research focus on organizational motivation and community engagement. He also earned a master’s degree in religious education from Duke University Divinity School.
“My calling has always been congregational ministry,” he said. “As a result, I have served congregations as a youth minister, preschool director, caretaker, acting pastor, consultant, and coach. More recently, I have served churches by being a friend of pastors in rural and underserved areas. None of these church experiences have been perfect, but in each I have always seen the work of God in the lives of individuals and congregations.
“CBF has been my denominational home since college, which coincided with the early days of CBF,” Foreman added. “Its people, congregations and partners have played a role in my spiritual formation and worldview. The ministries highlighted at General Assembly, the laughter late into the evening at ChurchWorks, and the stories shared of imaginative ministries throughout the Fellowship have developed in me a deep love for the CBF, its churches, and its people. . I see evidence of how God still works through congregations. And so again, I return to my call to congregational ministry and a new role in which to serve.
Debbie McDaniel, CBF Moderator Elect, praised Foreman as the right fit for the new role.
“Brian’s heart for the Fellowship’s mission was evident,” said McDaniel. “His adaptive and collaborative leadership style and his natural ability to build relationships are necessary skills and gifts for this role. As he spoke, Brian’s ability to identify with and relate to each person in the room reinforced in me that he could work not only with the clergy but also with the laity to invite them to come and see how CBF can be the ideal solution for their congregations.”
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