Leaders of the American Baptist Churches in the USA and the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship say they are excited about potential opportunities for formal dialogue with other U.S. Christians, including Catholics, Orthodox, mainline Protestants, evangelicals and Pentecostals in the fledgling Christian Churches Together in the USA.
Both ABC’s and CBF’s governing bodies are taking steps toward becoming founding members of CCT. A much broader fellowship than the National Council of Churches, CCT is seeking to embrace the widest range of Christian communities by sometime next year.
“Our General Board has authorized us to become a part of it officially,” said ABC General Secretary Roy Medley, adding that final documents and cost estimates are still forthcoming. “It will give us a place to have the spectrum of our family represented,” said Medley, noting that American Baptists range from evangelical to liberal.