The Cooperative Baptist Fellowship currently has more than 785 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.
Carl Hart Award for Chaplaincy
The Carl Hart Award is presented annually to a CBF endorsed chaplain or pastoral counselor to recognize outstanding ministry. Nominations should detail how the chaplain or counselor has demonstrated excellence in their ministry. Sustained performance over time is preferred but rising to the occasion in a unique situation will be considered. Nominations should also address their involvement in CBF life. Nominees shall have served at least 5 years as a CBF endorsed chaplain or counselor. The award is named in memory of Chaplain Carl Hart.
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.
Learn more about CBF Chaplaincy and our legacy of 1,000 endorsed persons by watching the video below!
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:
- Council meets Nov 6-7, 2020 — Deadline for applications is September 21, 2020
- Council meets Mar 5-6, 2021 — Deadline for applications is January 18, 2021
- Council meets Aug 6-7, 2021 — Deadline for applications is May 31, 2021
- Council meets Nov 5-6, 2021 — Deadline for applications is September 20, 2021
The requirements to seek endorsement may be found here. In order to apply for endorsement, the first step is to speak with Renee Owen, 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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