Organizational Structure

A Gospel-Centered and Gospel-Driven Structure

The General Session is the supreme policy-making organ of the Convention charged with carrying out the following functions:

  • Providing the opportunity for worship, fellowship and spiritual instruction;
  • Amending the CBC Constitution;
  • Approving policy proposals presented by the General Council;
  • Ratifying major decisions taken on behalf of the Convention by the General Council during inter-session periods;
  • Electing officers of the Convention ;
  • Receiving and deliberating on reports from the Executive President in respect to Fields and Convention Departments; and
  • Approving programs and projects to be carried out by the Fields and Convention Departments.

The elected Officers charged with the functioning of the General Session are Officers of the Convention and are composed of the following:

  • The Chairman of the Convention;
  • The Vice Chairman of the Convention; and
  • The Executive President of the Convention.

The General Council is the governing body of the Convention charged with performing the following functions:

  • Ensuring the effective implementation of the decisions of the General Session;
  • Taking decisions on policy matters arising during the inter-session of the General Session requiring urgent action and ensuring that such decisions and actions are submitted to the next General Session for ratification;
  • Deliberating on, amending and recommending to the General Session for approval, policy proposals, programs and projects submitted to the General Council by relevant CBC organs;
  • Ensuring the effective set up and proper functioning of CBC structures and institutions;
  • Exercising supervisory authority over Convention Boards, Ministries and Committees; and
  • Deliberating and taking decisions on the following:
  • Department policies or amendments thereto proposed by the Departmental Boards;
    • Opening and running of theological seminaries, mission fields, educational institutions, hospitals and health centers;
    • Working policy of Convention workers;
    • Formation or modification of Fields based on the procedure and criteria to be set out in the By Laws;
    • Annual Action Plans and Annual Reports of Convention Boards, Ministries and Reports of Committees;
    • Consolidated Annual Budget and Consolidated Annual Financial Report of the Convention ;
    • Internal Rules and Regulations of the Ministries, Standing Committees and Convention Departments or amendments thereto as proposed by the competent authority; and
    • Uniform Internal Rules and Regulations of CBC Associations and Fields and amendments thereto.

The General Council is composed of the following members:

  • The Chairman of the Convention ;
  • The Vice Chairman of the Convention ;
  • The Executive President of the Convention ;
  • The Chairpersons of Departmental Boards;
  • The Director of Cooperating Missions;
  • Field Pastors;
  • The President of the National Ministers’ Fellowship;
  • Two Clergy women at large;
  • A laity from each Field designated on a rotational basis of men, women and youth from among the Executive officers
    of the Field.
  • At all times, at least 50% of the members of the General Council must be of the laity.

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The Central Administration is the General Secretariat of the Convention charged with carrying out the day-to-day affairs of the Convention under the supervisory authority of the General Council and for this purpose is responsible for the following:

  • Implementing decisions of the General Session and the General Council;
  • Promoting and proclaiming the Good News of salvation in Christ, encouraging Christian fellowship, carrying out the Great Commission of Jesus Christ and enhancing obedience of the Great Commandment;
  • Strengthening CBC Ministries, Institutions and Local Administrative Units by facilitating Theological and Christian Education on sound doctrine and continuous Christian Ministry;
  • Seeking to provide quality holistic education as an expression of love and a means of witnessing;
  • Seeking to assist in the provision of exemplary health care with genuine compassion to all who need it as an expression of Christian love and as a means of witnessing;
  • Ensuring the scrupulous management and development of real property, projects and God’s financial resources in a manner that guarantee stewardship, transparency and accountability;
  • Producing and presenting the Gospel Message of Jesus Christ to the public through legally acceptable and approved media.
  • Promoting foreign mission partnerships for effective service in the realization of the goals of the Convention.

To carry out its mission, the Central Administration consists of the Central Office and Departments as stated below:

  • The Central Office is the Secretariat of the Executive President;
  • The Departments are:
    • The Department of Evangelism and Missions with the primary mission to promote the proclamation of the Good News of salvation in Christ, to encourage Christian fellowship and in unison carry out the Great Commission of Jesus Christ in Cameroon and throughout the world;
    • The Department of Theological and Christian Education with the primary mission to strengthen member Churches, Associations, Fields, Ministries and other CBC Institutions by facilitating Theological and Christian education notably on sound doctrine and continuous Christian ministry;
    • The Department of Education with the primary mission to provide quality holistic education as an expression of love and a means of witnessing in obedience to the command of the Lord Jesus Christ;
    • The Department of Health Services with the primary mission to provide exemplary health care with genuine compassion to all who need it as an expression of Christian love and as a means of witnessing;
    • The Department of Finance and Development with the primary mission to ensure the scrupulous management
      and development of real property, projects and God’s financial resources in a manner that guarantee transparency and accountability, and to carry out its mission effectively, comprises the Sub-Department of Finance and the Sub-Department of Development;
    • The Department of Communication and Publications with the primary mission to produce and present the Gospel Message of Jesus Christ to the public through legally acceptable and approved media functioning of the Department;
    • The Department of Cooperating Missions with the primary responsibility of ensuring that foreign mission body partners of the Convention serve and strengthen efforts aimed at realizing the goals of the Convention.
    • The Men’s Department with the mission to mobilize men of member Churches at the levels of local Churches, Associations, Fields and the Convention with the goal of promoting and strengthening their involvement in the realization of the mission of the Convention;
    • The Women’s Department with the mission to mobilize women of member Churches at the levels of local Churches, Associations, Fields and the Convention with the goal of promoting and strengthening their involvement in the realization of the mission of the Convention;
    • The Youth and Students Department with the mission to mobilize youths of member Churches and Baptist students at the levels of local Churches, Associations, Fields, Secondary Schools, Institutions of Higher learning and the Convention with the goal of promoting and strengthening their involvement in the realization of the mission of the Convention.

The officers of the Central Administration are:

  • The Director of Evangelism and Missions;
  • The Director of Theological and Christian Education;
  • The Education Secretary;
  • The Director of Health Services;
  • The Director of Finance and Development;
  • The Director of Communication and Publications;
  • The Director of Women’s Department;
  • The Director of Men’s Department;
  • The Director of Youth and Students’ Department;
  • The Director of Cooperating Missions;
  • The Deputy Director of Finance; and
  • The Deputy Director of Development.
  • Board Chairpersons

  • A Mission Area is a defined geographical zone within the national territory or abroad, un-reached with the gospel, and identified for preaching, teaching, evangelism, discipleship, fellowship and church planting.
  • Home Mission Areas are to be created nationally and Foreign Mission Areas to be founded internationally by a decision of the General Council and confirmed by the General Session.
  • Mission Areas are to be administered by the Department of Evangelism and Missions.

  1. A CBC Field is a local administrative unit or union of CBC Associations established for the purpose of promoting evangelism and fellowship and cooperating with each other in carrying out the objectives of the Convention within a defined geographical boundary.
  2. The creation of a CBC Field must be approved by the General Council and endorsed by the General Session.
  3. The Field Council of Churches is the decision making body of the Field and has a quorum where a simple majority of the CBC Churches in the Field are represented.
  4. Officers of the Field are elected officials charged with responsibilities at the level of the Field concerned and consist
    of the following:
    • The Field Pastor;
    • The Field Chairperson;
    • The Field Vice Chairperson;
    • The Field Treasurer;
    • The Field Secretary;
    • The Field Vice Secretary;
    • The Field Financial Secretary;
    • The Field Chairperson of the Men’s Ministry;
    • The Field Chairlady of the Women’s Ministry;
    • The Field Chairperson of the Youth and Students’ Ministries; and
    • The President of the Field Pastors’ Fellowship.

Fields carry out their functions under the supervisory authority of the Executive President.

  1. A CBC Association is a local administrative unit or union of CBC Churches established for the purpose of promoting evangelism, missions, fellowship and cooperating with each other in carrying out the objectives of the Convention within a defined geographical boundary.
  2. The creation of a CBC Association must be approved by the competent CBC Field and confirmed by the General Council.
  3. The Association Council of Churches is the decision making body of the Association and has a quorum where a simple majority of the CBC Churches in the Association are represented.
  4. The Officers of the CBC Association are elected officials charged with responsibilities at the level of the Association concerned and consist of the following:
    • The Association Pastor;
    • The Association Chairperson;
    • The Association Vice Chairperson;
    • The Association Treasurer;
    • The Association Secretary;
    • The Association Vice Secretary;
    • The Association Financial Secretary;
    • The Association Chairperson of the Men’s Ministry;
    • The Association Chairlady of the Women’s Ministry;
    • The Association Chairperson of the Youth and Students’ Ministries; and
    • The Association President of Pastors’ Fellowship.

Associations carryout their functions under the supervisory authority of their respective Fields.

A local Church is a local administrative unit of the Convention and the Primary instrument of God’s Kingdom made up of believers who through faith in Christ live to glorify God.

  • The guidelines concerning the planting, recognition and functioning of a CBC Church are to be outlined in the By Laws and detailed in the CBC Handbook.
  • The Christian Meeting of a Church is the decision making body of the Church.
  • Officers of the local Church are officials elected by the Christian meeting as listed in the CBC Church Handbook.

A local Church as a self-governing local administrative unit functions as follows:

  • Has a membership of at least 25 Christians;
  • Is headed by a Pastor(s) called by the Church;
  • Is responsible for the Christians and the affairs of the Church;
  • Has functional Ministries within the Church;
  • Carries out its functions in conformity with the congregational and democratic form of church government whereby Church resolutions are considered valid only where such resolutions are decided upon by the body of Christians in a Christian Meeting; and
  • Operates under the supervisory authority of the constituted CBC coordination organs as spelt out in the Constitution.

A local Church as a self-supporting local administrative unit is responsible for:

  • Supporting the Pastor(s) called by the Church;
  • Financing the activities and functioning of the organs of the Church;
  • Acquiring movable and immovable property for the functioning of the Church in compliance with the provisions of the Constitution; and
  • Contributing to the funding of the Association, Field and the Central Administration.

A local Church as a self-propagating local administrative unit in winning others to Jesus Christ must:

  • Preach and teach the gospel; and
  • Disciple members.

A local Church as a self-reproducing local administrative unit must:

  • Plant prayer groups or preaching stations and daughter the groups to grow to recognized member Churches;
  • Be willing to partner with other organs of the CBC to daughter other groups or Churches to recognize member Churches; and
  • Reawaken sister local Churches of the Convention.

These are growing churches that have not officially attained the requirements of a full- fledged Church.