Narrative Description of Activities
(Reference Part IV of IRS Form 1023, EIN 30-0273628)
The group now incorporated as CBF West has held, and intends to continue holding, annual
meetings at various locations within our 13-state region. For example, we have previously met in
San Francisco, CA; Phoenix, AZ; Albuquerque, NM; Tucson, AZ; Portland, OR; Denver, CO; and
most recently, San Diego, CA. This is normally a 2-day meeting focused upon providing attendees
with opportunities for fellowship, spiritual formation, ministry planning, and religious education, in
addition to being a forum during which required business of the organization at large may be
conducted. A copy of the program from our 2005 annual meeting is included with this application.
In July 2004 CBF West began providing an opportunity for young people (7th-12th grades) to attend a
missions camp for one week during the summer. We intend to make this an annual camp and
envision that we could offer options for different types of missions work and/or geographic locations
in the future. In addition, there may be a time when we would provide similar missions and retreat
opportunities for other age groups. A newsletter article that was co-written by the Camp Pastor and
the Camp Director, after our July 2004 camp in Arroyo Grande, CA, is included with this application.
The brochure that was used to publicize camp is also included.
Current leadership of CBF West is working to identify ways in which we can focus the organization’s
missions efforts on pockets of poverty that exist within our 13-state region. This could result in a
long term strategy around which missions opportunities might be centered, for individuals of all ages.
In October 2004 CBF West began publishing a newsletter, named CBF WestWord. Our intent is to
publish it 4 times per year. Copies of our most recent 2 issues are included with this application. In
addition, for purposes of making information readily available to individuals and churches who are
currently participating in CBF West or who have an interest in learning more about CBF West, we
initiated a web site at the end of August 2004. The url is http://www.thefellowship.info/cbfwest.
Through the process of assisting churches and individuals in the 13 western United States to fulfill
their particular ministries, CBF West often utilizes resources that are available through the
Cooperative Baptist Fellowship (CBF)1. Examples of such resources include church starting
information, global missions opportunities, informational news sources, church leadership
development assistance, personnel search leads for church-type positions, a speakers bureau, and
spiritual formation training and retreat opportunities.
Work related to each of these activities is ongoing, carried out under leadership of the CBF West
Coordinating Council (Board of Directors) and its subordinate committees and workgroups.
Normally activities occur within the 13 western states, but they may take place elsewhere under
leadership from a point within these states. CBF West's corporate address is in Peoria, AZ.
Generally activities are funded through contributions given by individuals through their local
churches. In some cases individuals have given directly to CBF West in support of things such as
youth missions camp and newsletter publication. As CBF West has been forming, the Cooperative
Baptist Fellowship has provided significant funding (57% of 2004 receipts). We anticipate that there
will continue to be activities CBF will help fund; but as a percentage of total CBF West receipts, CBF
will most likely give less than 20%. There is a registration fee for individuals attending youth camp
($225 in 2004); last year these fees covered approximately half the costs of the weeklong camp.
Similar registration fees will be charged for future camps and/or retreats sponsored by CBF West. In
the future we anticipate that most funds will be received as contributions given through churches that
support CBF West, with 10% or less being given directly to CBF West by individuals.
CBF is a fellowship of Baptist Christians and churches that is headquartered in Atlanta, GA.
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