Oasis (Postponed)

June 12th, 2020 — NOTICE OF SPECIAL MEETING OF MEMBERS OF THE CANADIAN BAPTISTS OF ATLANTIC CANADA (CBAC)

Today, June 12th, we are giving official notice of a Special Meeting of Members planned for Wednesday, December 9th, 2020 at 6:30 pm. This meeting will be to consider proposed Bylaw amendments. This notice is given under the one hundred eighty (180) day rule.

Please register online to send one delegate from your church to one of five in-person locations across Atlantic Canada:

Delegates who wish to attend in-person will have to register beforehand.

Delegates will also be able to attend virtually. Register here to get the Zoom link via email before the meeting: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/special-meeting-of-members-online-attendees-dec-9th-2020-630pm-tickets-127456567023

Please take the time to read the Letter from CBAC President Andrew Hopper (linked below), as well as the Notice of Special Meeting of Members of the Canadian Baptists of Atlantic Canada (CBAC), which includes the proposed Bylaw changes and a proposed agenda for a virtual Annual Meeting of Members on January 21st, 2021.

Documents:

Notes for reading the above Notice of Special Meeting of Members:

  • Where words and phrases are underlined, these are additions to the Bylaw
  • Where words and phrases are struck through, these are removals from the Bylaw 

Frequently Asked Questions about our December 9th Meeting

How many delegates can my church send?

We request that your church send one (1) delegate to this business meeting for the reason that capacity is limited and we place a high priority on having the largest possible number of churches represented in person.

This delegate could be your pastor, or another individual whom your church has decided on. 

Please note: the above statement applies only to our sites in New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island. Our Newfoundland site (The Crossing Church, St. John’s campus) will have room for multiple delegates from each church.

Who will be eligible to speak, propose changes, and vote at this meeting?

Only those delegates attending in person will be able to propose changes or vote on a motion. If the motions which are under consideration at this meeting are passed, we will be able to have voting from the virtual platform as well.

All attendees—both virtual and in-person—will be able to ask questions, within the guidelines of our rules of assembly.

Do delegates have to register before attending one of the in-person locations?

Yes. This is for contact tracing purposes and to ensure we remain within the capacities (church-mandated and government-mandated) at each site.

We will be providing registration pages for in-person locations and online attendees soon.

Questions and comments regarding this notice, the proposed amendments, and the details of the special meeting are to be directed to the Executive Minister’s office: cbac@baptist-atlantic.ca

April 2020 — Oasis 2020 Has been Postponed

Each year we look forward to Oasis, our annual assembly, which is a cornerstone of our yearly rhythm as a Baptist family. It’s our chance to come together with followers of Jesus from across Atlantic Canada to worship, celebrate, learn, fellowship, and vote on important business. Some of you have been coming to Oasis—or “convention week”—for decades.

But as we know from the current situation of the pandemic, and as history tells us, sometimes circumstances call for difficult decisions to be made.

The CBAC Council, in coordination with our staff, has made the decision to postpone Oasis. Our annual assembly will not be happening at Acadia University in August as we had originally planned.