THE IMPACT OF COMPASSIONATE PRESENCE
Since 1998, CBF has endorsed nearly 1,200 chaplains and pastoral counselors to serve in specialized ministry settings. Endorsement is essential for chaplains and pastoral counselors to secure employment and is a process whereby the chaplain or pastoral counselor is vetted as being spiritually, emotionally, educationally and clinically prepared to serve in specialized ministries.
CBF-endorsed chaplains and pastoral counselors represent our Fellowship with excellence, serving as a critical ministry of the Fellowship, embodying compassionate presence in our communities, offering God’s love and the hope of Christ as together in fellowship, we work to further God’s kingdom.
SUPPORTING MISSION AND MINISTRY CAUSES
The CBF Foundation’s mission is to work alongside individuals, churches and organizations to cultivate, receive, invest and steward long-term sustaining assets and legacy gifts to support CBF mission and ministry causes. Through partnership with HighGround Advisors, it offers a comprehensive array of investment, legal and gift-planning expertise and services for churches, nonprofit organizations and individuals. Funding the Great Commission and the Greatest Commandment within the Fellowship is the vision and ministry of the CBF Foundation.
SHARING THE CURRENT AND FUTURE CHURCH
Resourcing and networking young Baptists for the Christian journey is at the heart of CBF’s Young Baptist ecosystem. Through varied experiences, internships, ministries, programs, connections and local church support, CBF is encouraging and creating an environment in which students and young adults can thrive, be energized and have opportunities to give life to the world around them as they use their gifts in service of God and others. Young Baptists matter to the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, and CBF is being shaped by their presence among us!
SHARING GOD'S LOVE IN WORD & DEED
CBF Global Missions shares God’s message of hope and love in real ways to some of the most marginalized and vulnerable people in the world—people living in extreme poverty, refugee children and families fleeing violence in search of a safe haven, women who are trafficked, and families who have lost everything through a hurricane, earthquake or other natural disaster. Empowered by the Holy Spirit, we cultivate beloved community, bear witness to Jesus Christ and seek transformational development among people and places otherwise forgotten and forsaken. Our field personnel serve alongside congregations within three primary contexts: global poverty, global migration and the global church.
PEOPLE SERVED IN THE PANDEMIC
TRANSFORMING RURAL AMERICA
In 2001, Together for Hope cast a bold vision—a 20-year commitment to the 20 poorest counties in America. Today, it has nearly 50 partner organizations in many of those counties throughout rural America and has expanded its bold vision to include all 301 counties of persistent rural poverty in the United States.
CBF Advocacy demonstrates the love of Christ by loving our most neglected and marginalized neighbors and is rooted in the same spirit and call that motivates our Global Mission endeavors.
YOUR BENEFITS ARE OUR MINISTRY
The Church Benefits Board, Inc. (CBB), is a ministry of CBF, created in 1998 by the General Assembly to provide retirement benefits for ministers and staff members of churches that are affiliated with CBF, along with CBF field personnel serving worldwide. Our mission goes beyond delivering a robust and comprehensive retirement plan benefit. CBB can help its clients maintain their benefit packages, including life and disability benefits as well as providing medical insurance for international missions. CBB also recently launched the Financial Wellness Initiative to assist ministers to tackle debt and build a financial plan.
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SHARING THE VALUES WE HOLD
At the heart of the Fellowship is our work together as we embrace our calling to support the thriving of congregations, participate in Jesus’ mission and offer a Christian public witness. Connection and community among the people and churches of this Fellowship thrive when we invite each other into relationships of equipping as we seek God’s transformation of the world. Fellowship Gatherings, including General Assembly, held across CBF life, as well as the production of timely information, publications and resource content help communicate the values and identity of CBF.
VIRTUAL GENERAL ASSEMBLY
THRIVING IN MINISTRY COHORTS
PEER LEARNING GROUPS
FAITHFUL. AGILE. ECUMENICAL. KIND.
Fellowship Southwest is a collaborative network for churches that organize around compassion, justice and connection across Arizona, New Mexico, Northern Mexico, Oklahoma, Southern California and Texas. FSW is composed of folks who are willing to do whatever it takes to serve those in need. Our network includes all kinds of churches, and we like it that way. We are a fellowship where churches can be themselves and their mission can be multiplied.