Paul Chitwood Coming to CFBC

Champion Forest is honored to welcome the current president of the IMB, Dr. Paul Chitwood to our pulpit for Missions Day, October 27, 2019. During our 9:30 am service at the Champions Campus, Dr. Chitwood will open God’s word and fan the flame of missions in our hearts. God is doing amazing things all over the world, and our church’s partnership and support of the International Missions Board is making a global impact.

Since its beginning, IMB has had one goal: bring the gospel of Jesus Christ to the lost peoples of the world. At the first Southern Baptist Convention in 1845, the Foreign Mission Board (FMB) was founded as part of “one sacred effort, for the propagation of the gospel.” Southern Baptist churches believed that by working cooperatively, they could accomplish more for God’s kingdom. That belief still stands strong today.

Dr. Paul Chitwood

Paul Chitwood was elected president of the IMB in November 2018. He previously had served as executive director of the Kentucky Baptist Convention since 2011. For 18 years prior to that, Chitwood served as the pastor of local churches of varying sizes in Kentucky. During his pastorates, he served as chairman of the International Mission Board’s trustees from 2008-10, part of his tenure as an IMB trustee from 2002-10.

His overseas short-term mission involvement includes work in South America, Asia, Europe and Africa. A native of Jellico, Tenn., Chitwood is a 1992 graduate of Cumberland College and earned the Master of Divinity and Ph.D. from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He served as a faculty member of the seminary between 2002 and 2018. He currently is pursuing a master’s degree in nonprofit administration from the Mendoza College of Business at the University of Notre Dame.

Dr. Paul Chitwood

“God has given His vision to the church. That vision, expressed so clearly in Revelation 7:9 of a multitude of every language, people and tribe and nation, is His vision.” – Dr. Paul Chitwood

For more information about Missions Day, please visit championforest.org/missionday

Top 3 Reasons We Love Camp

01

It’s a part of the disciple-making process!

We want all that we do to involve some aspect of discipleship. At camp, students learn what it looks like to follow Jesus for a lifetime.

02

Our students are fed biblical truth!

From worship to the preaching to the small group times, our students are being fed the truth from God’s Word. Through these different times, students are learning how to study God’s Word, but more than that, how to apply God’s Word to their day to day lives.

03

It involves a whole lot of fun + fellowship!

We can’t deny the fact that camp is a BLAST. We have a whole lot of fun at camp, and students get to experience this alongside their friends. Every year we see friendships form and strength at camp and it brings our hearts so much joy!


Our Student Ministry staff just released a podcast discussing why we do camp and why we LOVE camp!

Pastor Search Process

To see other posts related to the Pastor Search, please visit championforest.org/updates/pastor-search


Over our church’s nearly 50 year history, three incredible leaders have served in the role of Senior Pastor.

  • Pastor Robin Guess (1970 – 1977)
  • Pastor Damon Shook (1978 – 2005)
  • Pastor David Fleming (2007 – 2019)

Looking back, we can see God’s faithfulness, and know that He has amazing things in store for our future. As we begin the search for our next pastor, we want to make sure you’re up to speed in regards to how the search process is carried out.


Champion Forest Baptist Church has a clearly defined process in our bylaws (5.08):

The Senior Pastor shall be chosen and called by the Members of the Church when a vacancy occurs. The Committee on Committees shall choose eighteen nominees that are reflective of the Church membership to serve on the Pulpit Committee. These men and women shall be faithful in attendance, tithers, Godly believers and involved actively in the Church. The Secretary shall then give notice of a Special Business Meeting and list the names of the nominees at least one week prior to such meeting. The five men and four women nominees receiving the most votes, respectively, will serve on the Pulpit Committee (“Pulpit Committee”).

After the Pulpit Committee is selected by the Voting Members, the Committee on Committees will select a Chairman and Vice-Chairman. The Pulpit Committee will prayerfully seek a Senior Pastor and make the recommendation to the Members of the Church. The Pulpit Committee will give the Members at least one week’s notice of a Special Business Meeting prior to voting on the nominee. The Voting Members shall vote by secret ballot at the Special Business Meeting during the weekend worship services. The Voting Members must elect the Senior Pastor with at least an affirmative vote of 75% of those present and voting.


Our Committee on Committees is currently finalizing the list of 18 names that will be brought before the church for a vote. After the vote, the top 5 men and top 4 women vote-getters will form the “Pulpit Committee”, and begin the search.

Important Dates:

  • November 10, 2019 – 18 Pulpit Committee candidates presented to church
  • November 17, 2019 – CFBC Members vote on candidates

As you know, our mission has not changed, we will continue to run hard toward God’s call to reach the lost, equip the saints for the work of ministry, and share the gospel around the world. Please pray for our committees, for wisdom, guidance, and clarity. Pray that God would be glorified in us as we serve and seek Him!


To see other posts related to the Pastor Search, please visit championforest.org/updates/pastor-search

The CFBC Food Pantry

We Need Your Help

Our Community Ministry Center, also known as the CMC, has launched! 😀👍

The heart behind the CMC is a desire to love our neighbors well. Will you consider joining the team, by helping us stock up?


Here’s What We Need

Donate a single item or several items from the list below, or purchase the entire list! 🎉 Our pantry is empty, every donation is a huge blessing to our neighbors.


Look for the Carts!

When you get to church, you’ll find shopping carts conveniently located around the Champions Campus to collect donations.

Text any word to (281)729-8271 and a reply will be sent to you with the TWI (This week’s Item). This is an item or items that the pantry needs. Save this number so that each week when you are grocery shopping you can text the number and know what item(s) are needed in the pantry.


Volunteers Needed

For a list of positions at the Community Ministry Center, click here.

Volunteer Spotlight: Keith Siegel

Champion Forest is powered by an army of amazing servant-hearted volunteers.

We had the chance to talk to one of our dedicated volunteer crew members, Keith. Rain or shine, and even in the 100 degree heat, the parking team are out in the lot, helping make your experience a little bit sweeter. Thank you Keith!


So Keith, why did you decide to volunteer for guest services in the parking lot?

KEITH: It’s nice to be out here, and be the first thing a person sees. Helping them park and get out of their car. Just seeing people that you can greet week after week, and make them feel warm and welcome.

How have you seen God work in you as you volunteer for guest services?

KEITH: You know it’s funny you ask because sometimes you see a lot of these folks that are in a hurry, and want to get to the church quickly, or leave soon, it kind of reminds and helps me be patient with people. When I’m driving, I think of how all these people might have things going on in their life, it just reminds me to be patient with them.

Why is guest service so valuable to the church?

KEITH: If we get them through the gate, and we make them feel warm and welcome here, then maybe they’ll continue to come to the church. I feel like that’s what this ministry is about. It’s about making people feel warm and welcome, so they may get to know Jesus better.

What would you say to someone who’s thinking about volunteering with guest services?

KEITH: If you wanna help out the church or make yourself feel like you’re a part of something, give serving a try, and don’t be discouraged when it’s not all bells and whistles at first. I promise if you keep serving, you will find your place. Maybe parking services aren’t for you. Maybe driving the golf cart is, perhaps even greeting people at the door, or helping people at the front desk with information. There’s going to be someplace where you’ll be plugged in, and where You’ll feel comfortable. If you really just want to help, trust me, we’ll find a place for you.

If you see our parking lot volunteers, be sure to give them a friendly wave! They love to serve.

If you’d like to know more about serving with guest services, fill out this form and we would love to get you plugged in!