Our Affiliations

Cooperative Baptist FellowshipTechnically speaking, Rolling Hills Baptist Church is not a member of a denomination.  We choose to affiliate with the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship.  The Cooperative Baptist Fellowship (CBF) is “a fellowship of Baptist Christians and churches who share a passion for the Great Commission of Jesus Christ and a commitment to Baptist principles of faith and practice.”  The purpose of the CBF is to “serve Christians and churches as they discover and fulfill their God-given mission.”

Primary Emphases of the CBF Include:

  • Global missions and ministries that focus primarily on partnerships with local congregations and other mission groups, planting the gospel among the world’s un-evangelized peoples (ethno-linguistic people groups, comprising nearly one-fourth of the world’s population, who have little or no exposure to the Christian message), and ministries among the urban poor and other marginalized peoples in America’s inner cities.
  • Advocacy of historic Baptist values such as local church autonomy, priesthood of all believers and religious liberty.
  • Partnerships with a dozen seminaries and theology schools and with other organizations that identify with the Fellowship’s mission and vision.
  • Connecting churches and their leaders to resources that will help them fulfill the mission God has given them.
  • Networking with other groups that share the Fellowship’s commitment to the Great Commission.

This brochure, Who We Are, published by the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, provides a helpful oversight about the identity and mission of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship.

Rolling Hills Baptist Church was originally a Southern Baptist mission and a Southern Baptist Church.  However, Rolling Hills Baptist Church no longer supports any Southern Baptist groups with our finances or participation.

This disassociation from Southern Baptist participation began in the late 1970s and the early 1980s.  An annual series of in-depth Bible study led by outstanding theologians encouraged members to ask more thoughtful biblical questions.

The result of the study one of these questions, “Do deacons always have to be men?” was that on March 12, 1980, all references to gender were deleted from the qualifications of deacons in the Church By-laws.  Though no women deacons were ordained at Rolling Hills Baptist Church for several years, the church was formally excluded by the local Southern Baptist organization, the Washington County Baptist Association.

Because of this instance, and an on-going movement of the Southern Baptist Convention away from historic Baptist distinctives, Rolling Hills Baptist Church chose to associate with the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship.

The differences between the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship and the Southern Baptist Convention have been briefly outlined in this article by CBF Moderator Daniel Vestal.