The Cooperative Baptist Fellowship currently has more than 770 endorsed chaplains and pastoral counselors who are actively serving in a variety of specialized settings. CBF-endorsed chaplains serve in each branch of the United States Armed Forces, medical centers, correctional institutions, hospice organizations, police, fire and rescue departments, colleges and universities, businesses and industries, retirement communities, the Department of Veterans Affairs and Civil Air Patrol as well as in many other specialized settings. CBF-endorsed pastoral counselors serve in counseling centers, interdisciplinary settings and on church staffs.
CBF also provides endorsements for membership in various professional organizations, including the Association of Professional Chaplains, American Association of Pastoral Counselors and the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education.
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Are you seeking endorsement?
CBF’s Council on Endorsement considers applications three times per year. Applications for new endorsement from CBF will be considered at the council’s meetings scheduled as follows:
- November 16-17 — Deadline for applications October 2, 2018
- March 1-2, 2019 — Deadline for applications January 20, 2019
- July 26-27, 2019 — Deadline for applications June 2, 2019
- November 1-2, 2019 — Deadline for applications September 15, 2019
The requirements to seek endorsement may be found here. In order to apply for endorsement, the first step is to speak with Gerry Hutchinson, the CBF Endorser of Chaplains and Pastoral Counselors. To connect with the Chaplaincy and Pastoral Counseling Office and to begin the process of endorsement, please fill out the form below.
It is important for candidates who are interested in serving as military chaplains to have at least 2 years full-time ministry leadership experience prior to endorsement
Updated endorsements, requests for board certification letters and renewal letters, as well as additional information updates are accepted at any time. The application for updated endorsement can be found here. (Do not use this form if you are seeking initial endorsement.)
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