CHURCH AND FIELD
CBF Encourager Churches are a crucial component to the work of CBF field personnel around the world. Such relationships invite churches into a unique and intimate role in missions and unite churches with the ongoing mission work in CBF's three contexts: global poverty, global migration and the global church. It brings churches into the historic role of sending members of its body into the world as we cultivate beloved community, bear witness to Jesus Christ, and seek transformational development.
A congregation becomes an Encourager Church when it formalizes its relationship with specific field personnel. There is flexibility in this program where churches can shape the details of the partnership to best fit their needs and the needs of the field personnel with whom they partner. CBF suggests that Encourager Churches include four encouragement areas: prayer support, program support, short-term engagement, and financial support. It may also be helpful to formalize the roles and responsibilities of the church and the field personnel in a covenant.
Encourager Churches seek to:
- Deepen relationships
- Cultivate mutual transformation
- Bear a consistent witness
- Focus on financial stewardship
Interested in knowing more? View the Encourager Church brochure here.
Ready to get started? Download our Getting Started Guide for Church Committees.
If you would like to begin a conversation about how to become an Encourager Church with CBF field personnel, email us at email@example.com.