Church Finance Resources


Through the work of Toward Bold Faithfulness, church financial strain was identified as a top challenge that Fellowship congregations face. As a result, CBF and the CBF Foundation are actively addressing this issue through the creation of resources and support directed at all facets of church financial health. Our areas of focus include church budgets, stewardship and generosity, addressing capital needs, legacy giving, endowments, understanding the work of the CBF Foundation and rethinking facilities and church property as assets.

Shauw Chin Capps, Chief Development Officer and Foundation President, would be happy to talk with you or your church about any of these areas. Below you will find downloadable print resources, videos and recent articles from our quarterly church finance e-newsletter Generous Fellowship. For more information, or if you have questions, please reach out to Shauw Chin directly at or 770-220-1622.

Cultivating Generous Congregation (CGC) Cohort - Fall 2024


We are excited to offer our very first in-person CGC Cohort on Saturday, November 2, 2024! This one-day cohort will take place at West Main Baptist Church, Danville, Virginia. Participants of this cohort will learn all the same topics as our virtual cohort. The difference is instead of a virtual learning experience spread out over 8 weeks, this will be in-person and the learning will be done in one day. Each church who participates will need to bring a team of 3-4 consisting of their senior pastor and at least two lay leaders serving in their finance/stewardship committee. The cost to attend is $550/church which covers the cost of the curriculum and materials.

We invite you and your ministry team to participate in a seminar experience that could change the way you and your congregation approach giving and generosity. Cultivating Generous Congregations (CGC) is an interactive seminar—offered by CBF in partnership with the Lake Institute for Faith and Giving —demonstrating how pastors and ministry leaders can unearth and energize congregational generosity by exploring the significant and necessary steps to creating lasting cultural change within a congregation.

Interactive segments of CGC explore theology, the role of adaptive leadership, fiscal transparency and the importance of donor care, with action steps to impact the generosity exploration and experience for both laity and clergy.

Registration for the Fall 2024 in-person CGC Cohort is now open. You can register HERE. For questions, please contact Shauw Chin Capps at



Q & A about 501(c)3 Status

An attorney answers common questions churches ask about 501(c)3 status
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Sample Stewardship Calendar

A sample calendar providing ideas for emphasizing stewardship in the church.
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12 Best Practices for Church Budgets

Learn and implement these best practices for your church budgeting process.

Congregations and Health Insurance

One of the largest costs and most challenging elements of compensation for church staff is health insurance. This guide describes the various approaches that churches take with Health Insurance. The goal of the guide is not to advocate for one particular approach. Instead, the desire of this resource is to share strengths and weaknesses of each so that congregations can make informed decisions on the strategy that best fits their congregation.
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Sacred Spaces, Innovative Places

These videos and printed resources tell the story of seven CBF partner churches and the creative ways they are using their facilities and property.
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Growing Generous Followers

These lessons for adults, youth and children have been made available to you and your church to be used for a focused time of study on what it means to be good stewards.
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Congregational Financial Health Assessment

A simple questionnaire to help churches gauge their financial health.

Legacy Gift Guide for Churches

A guide from the CBF Foundation to help churches strengthen legacy giving.
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Getting to Know the CBF Foundation

A Q&A with CBF Foundation President Shauw Chin Capps

Called into Fellowship

See how your church gifts help form healthy congregations, nurture Baptists of all ages and share the love of Christ through the long-term presence of CBF field personnel around the world.
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Bequest Template Packet

Templates for church leaders associated with the CBF Foundation to customize and share with their congregations. Packet includes: email template, website integration template, Facebook post template, program/brochure print blurb template and phone script.
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New Year's Resolution Toolkit for Bequests

A resolution-themed toolkit for churches to share to customize and share with their congregations in January.
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QCD/Stock Template Packet

Templates for church leaders associated with the CBF Foundation to customize and share with their congregations. This packet includes QCD/Stock email template, QCD/Stock website integration template, QCD and Stock Facebook post templates and QCD/Stock bulletin insert.
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Make A Will Month Toolkit for Pastors

A make-a-will-themed toolkit for pastors to share with their congregations in August.
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Church Endowment Guide

Endowment funds and planned/legacy giving programs are ways for a church to make commitments and plans for its future.
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Annotated Statement Guide for CBF Foundation Clients

A helpful step-by-step guide that walks churches/organizations through their account statements from the CBF Foundation and HighGround Advisors.



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