Are you looking to connect around your passion or practice? Do you want to become better at what you "do"? Do you wish you could find a community of support and encouragement? Do you need a place to turn with your questions on ministry?

CBF Ministry Networks are a great place for you to connect.

CBF Ministry Networks exist to provide support, encouragement, resources and conversation around similar passions and practices. Networks vary in size, commitment, gathering times and obligations. See more information about each network below.

Don't see a network that you feel called to join? Contact Josh Speight if you have suggestions for new networks or want to help facilitate a network.

CBF Youth Ministry Network
CBF Children's Ministry Network
CBF Endorsed Chaplains and Pastoral Counselors
Collegiate Ministry Network
CBF's Young Adult Network (formerly Current)
Peer Learning Group Conveners
Polyphony - Fellowship of Pastoral Musicians
HIV/AIDS Network
South Africa network



The CBF Youth Ministry Network exists to support, encourage, and challenge those serving God and youth among the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship. We are a group of professional ministers and others who are called to work with youth and who relate to the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship. We are serving God from coast to coast within the United States, and we advocate for young people - both in our communities and around the world. The CBF Youth Ministry Initiatives include:

  • Networking Youth Workers across the Fellowship
  • Membership for Individuals, Congregations, and Partnering Organizations
  • Youth Ministry Resource Management and Development
  • Youth Worker Advocacy
Connect to the CBF Youth Ministry Network on Facebook

Leadership and Contact Information
Dane Jackson, president

Visit the CBF Youth Ministry Network webpage.



The CBF Children's MInistry Network exists to connect individuals who offer ministry to preschoolers, children and their families. The network currently has an active presence in a closed group on Facebook. It also meets annually at ChurchWorks! Conference.

Learn more on the Children's Ministry Network page.

Connect with the network on Facebook



The network of CBF endorsed chaplains and pastoral counselors exists to serve the needs of chaplains, pastoral counselors, and minsters in specialized settings. The network intends to resource and grow community and is open to anyone who shares our concern and mission, and the network allows opportunities to interact with one another, sharing concerns and resources, and for CBF to grow closer in its support and resourcing of chaplains and pastoral counselors. The network is not limited to chaplains and pastoral counselors endorsed by CBF.

Connect with the network:

Subscribe to the e-newsletter
Join the Facebook group

Leadership and Contact Information
Gerry Hutchinson, chaplaincy and pastoral counseling endorser



This network exists to connect college ministers within CBF life and to help them form community and resource one another. The network connects at state and regional meetings of CBF.

Join the Facebook group

Leadership and Contact Information
Wanda Kidd



This network includes individuals from the following categories of young Baptists:

  • Seminarians
  • Young Clergy (up to age 35)
  • Young adult laity (ages 21-35)
  • Those who minister alongside individuals from the above age ranges

The purpose of this network is to:

  • Continue to develop relationships with collegians and seminarians as they transition into the next phase of life/ministry
  • Provide entry points into the life of the Fellowship and the church for young adults
  • Provide fellowship and friendship opportunities across church and geographical lines
  • Create learning opportunities for ministry leadership
  • Encourage spiritual renewal, as well as mission service opportunities
  • Gather and share resources for ministering alongside young adults
  • Strengthen the church's awareness and value of the gifts of young adults

Join the Facebook Group

For more nformation contact:
Devita Parnell, CBF staff liaison



This network exists to connect individuals who serve as conveners of peer learning groups across the Fellowship. Conveners play a crucial role in the ongoing development and sustainability of a peer learning group. As a result, this network provides support and encouragement, offers a regular e-newsletter, and training and fellowship at retreats and the General Assembly.

Leadership and Contact Information
Ruth Perkins Lee, director of ministries
Fran Patterson, regional director for LA, MS, TX
Steve Graham, regional director for AR, KS, KY, MO, OK, TN, West
Laura Stephens-Reed, regional director for AL, FL, GA, SC
Layne Smith, regional director for NC, VA, Mid-Atlantic



The Fellowship of Pastoral Musicians share a passion for sacred choral and instrumental music, hymnody and the arts. The network gathers occasionally throughout the year.

Leadership and Contact Information
Anita Thompson



The HIV/AIDS Network exists to be the presence of Christ in a world touched by HIV/AIDS. Join with the HIV/AIDS Network and learn about CBF's presence.

Leadership and Contact information
Wayne Smith - Samaritan Ministry



The South Africa Network is a collection of individuals, churches and ministries committed to working with local organizations and CBF field personnel in South Africa who minster among the most neglected. Our work centers on HIV/AIDS, poverty relief and orphan care.

Leadership and Contact Information
Stephen Cook and Matt Cook



The CBF Latino Network is La Familia — a network founded on the principles of fellowship, advocacy, ministry and missions, identity, leadership, intergenerational diversity, and alliances. La Familia aims to offer a place for Latino leaders to find a home. CBF Latino Field Coordinator Rubén Ortiz is passionate about sharing that feeling of inclusion and belonging with the growing Latino population in the United States. The CBF Latino Network offers that feeling of family to others, according to Ortiz.

Leadership and Contact Information
Rubén Ortiz
Grace Martino