CHABAR holds initial meeting Sept. 11
August 26, 2003
COLUMBIA – Jim Cogdill, director of missions for Cape Girardeau Association, will be the featured speaker at the first CHABAR luncheon in Columbia on Sept. 11. The meeting will be at Ryan’s Family Steakhouse, 908 1-70 Dr., S.W., from 11:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m.
Cogdill pastored one of the fastest growing churches in North Carolina before moving to Midwestern Seminary as vice president and dean. He was serving as a at New Orleans Seminary when he accepted a call to return to his home southeast Missouri area.
CHABAR is the Hebrew word meaning “to be united as allies."
“It refers to anything joined together by a common thread such as two panels of cloth," said Kent Cochran, a Kansas City layman, who has joined with Doug Austin, a Cape Girardeau layman, to form the group.
“We have found in frequent conversations with pastors, lay leaders and denominational workers that while much progress has been made in the Missouri Baptist Convention and Southern Baptist Convention with the conservative resurgence, there seemed little time to just sit, relax, fellowship, eat and listen to a challenging speaker without any agenda," Cochran said.
Austin said it is hoped CHABAR can meet monthly or bi-monthly.
“It will be a time of allies coming together and relaxing in each other’s fellowship," Austin said, adding that the common thread for the group will be “Jesus and His inerrant Word."
More information can be obtained by contacting either Cochran or Austin. Cochran can be reached at 816-455-1166 or at email@example.com. Austin’s phone number and email address are: 573-335-9209 and firstname.lastname@example.org.