Affiliate With Us

For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom his whole family in heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray that out of his glori- ous riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be lled to the measure of all the fullness of God. Now to him who is able to do im- measurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus through- out all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.” – Ephesians 3:14-21

The CNBC is a network of churches covenanting together to give themselves away to advance the kingdom of God Held together by a commitment to evangelism and missions as well as foundational biblical convictions, we intentionally reject a “lone ranger” mentality and value working inter-dependently

The CNBC partners with local associations in each province to facilitate the a liation process Although these are distinct entities they work in close partnership to serve our churches We would highly encourage you to work through your local association as a rst step to a liating with the CNBC If you are in an area that does not have a local association, feel free to contact the CNBC national office: affiliation@cnbc.ca or 1-888-442-2272.

What Affiliation Means
  1. Your church becomes part of a family of churches across Canada Together, these churches can do more than alone We share Christ, start and strengthen churches as well as send churches and missionaries across Canada and around the world
  2. Your church can give to missions locally and globally through the Cooperative Program
  3. Your church becomes a part of one of the most focused church-starting movements in Canada
Benefits of Affiliation
  1. Your church has a network of resources and support: churches strengthening churches; pastors strengthening pastors You are not alone
  2. A liated churches are invited to send messengers to the CNBC annual convention
  3. Your church will become a part of a larger family that is one of the world’s largest mission sending groups
Steps to Affiliation
  1. Print out the application form, or print the entire booklet containing this page’s information and pull out the application from included in the centre of the booklet
  2. Church sends completed form along with the following to either their local associational moderator or the CNBC office (whoever they have a relational contact with):
    1. Constitution and By-Laws
    2. Statement of Faith (if not in constitution and by-laws)
    3. Record of vote of congregation requesting a liation
    4. Vital information as requested on the form
    5. Affirmation of the CNBC Mission, Vision, Values and Church to Church Covenant. This should be done at least 30 days in advance of the next annual meeting
      Send to:
      CNBC
      100 Convention Way Cochrane, AB T4C 2G2
      and
      WBA, Moderator
      131 E. Kings Road North Vancouver, BC V7N 1H4
  3. The application for a liation form will be forwarded to the Credentials Committee of the local association and the CNBC for consideration and recommendation
  4. The local association and the CNBC Credentials Committee will bring a recommendation for the church to a liate with the CNBC family of churches at the next annual meeting of the association and CNBC convention New churches will be recognized and messengers seated at the opening session of these meetings
Canadian National Baptist Convention
CNBC Vision

By the year 2020:

  • 1000 healthy, reproducing, cooperating churches
  • 100,000 baptisms
  • 10,000 on-mission volunteers
CNBC Mission Statement

We are churches in covenant giving ourselves away to advance the kingdom of God

CNBC Core Values

We have these convictions under the lordship of Jesus Christ, the direction of the Spirit, and our dependence on Scripture and prayer

  • People – We value the freedom, ability and neces- sity of each person to respond to God through Jesus Christ
  • Churches – We value the necessity of believers gather- ing into local congregations responsible to Christ
  • Cooperation – We value individuals and congrega- tions working together in associations, the CNBC and with other Christians to ful ll the Great Commission
  • Leadership – We value the discovery, development and support of Christ-like leadership
WestCoast Baptist Association
Mission

Our purpose is to create an environment where God ignites a sustainable movement of people who embrace Christ, enjoy His Church, and engage sacri cially in global mission

Vision

The WBA envisions a day when there is a life-changing church for every people from Hope to Victoria

Strategies
  • Plant churches: follow Jesus into the unpredictable venture of creating new Kingdom gatherings among the lost
  • Strengthen churches: inspire our churches with an unrelenting desire to be healthy
  • Develop leaders: equip gifted leaders to in ltrate all arenas of life with Kingdom values
  • Raise partners: enlist partners with exponential potential (i e they help nd more partners)
  • Create infrastructure: build functional yet simple structures that facilitate multiplication
Glossary of Terms

Seed – A group, with a leader, that intends to become a congregation at some future date

Congregation – A CNBC seed becomes a Congregation when the group self-determines that it is a fully functioning congregation as de ned below

  • recognizes the authority of the Bible as the sole basis of faith and practice
  • affirms salvation by grace alone through faith in Jesus Christ as Lord
  • offers membership to regenerated and baptized believers
  • meets regularly to worship and carry out the Great Commission
  • practices the two ordinances of believer’s baptism by immersion and the Lord’s supper
  • encourages members to covenant together for mutual accountability
  • has Scriptural leaders
  • cooperates with the CNBC missions, vision and values

Affiliated congregation – a congregation with the above characteristics that has submitted its constitution and statement of faith and been ac- cepted as a part of the CNBC

Convention – The CNBC is a family of churches bound together by a shared mission, vision, values, beliefs and covenant These congrega- tions have accepted the challenge to give themselves away to advance the kingdom of God

Messenger – a person sent by an a liated church to prayerfully seek God’s will during the annual convention of the CNBC Messengers are not instructed beforehand on how they should vote on convention issues

Association – a fellowship of churches on mission in a particular region or a shared a nity The churches in the association are free and autonomous They choose to unite in a partnership. While our churches are diverse, they share a common theology Thus, they link together in fellowship .They are a family of churches —supporting, encouraging and caring for one another. They also share a common commitment to be Christ-focused, on-mission churches

Covenant – a relational document expressing our desire to relate together as inter-dependent churches It is our commitment to one another to invite and encourage the support and help that comes from being a part of a family of churches

CNBC Church to Church Covenant

Given that we are a network of churches who give ourselves away to advance the Kingdom of God, we value the importance of being in covenant. We recognize the autonomy of the local church and will guard the ability of every congregation to have the final decision-making authority. We also see the Biblical model of inter-dependence and accountability and we will grant congregational access to other churches and leaders Therefore, being led by the Holy Spirit, we commit ourselves to God and to one another to live out the following:

We as churches covenant together to affirm the CHURCH as God’s primary vehicle to advance His Kingdom
  • by committing to share Christ, send missionaries, start and strengthen churches
  • by connecting churches in association
  • by valuing the contribution of every church as unique and significant
We as churches covenant together to honour the rich HERITAGE God has given us
  • by upholding our commitment to the CNBC Statement of Faith
  • by being on mission with other CNBC churches
  • by partnering with the agencies and churches of the Southern Baptist Convention
We as churches covenant together to practice God’s desire for INTER-DEPENDENCE
  • by realizing we can do more together than alone
  • by accepting responsibility for one another
  • by giving sacrificially through the Cooperative Program
We as churches covenant together to welcome God’s protection found in ACCOUNTABILITY
  • by initiating dialogue with churches and leaders in times of need
  • by welcoming the assistance of our churches and leaders in times of crisis
  • by praying together for forgiveness and restoration in times of moral failure or spiritual distress
We as churches covenant together to protect the UNITY of our churches
  • by praying for one another
  • by refusing to gossip or compete with one another
  • by demonstrating Christ-like loyalty and love to one another

Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.” – Ephesians 3:20,21

CNBC Statement of Faith

Click here to read the CNBC Statement of Faith in its entirety.