Seminary Resources

 
The Cooperative Baptist Fellowship values theological education as an important component of vocational ministry preparation. As a result, we consider it a joy to walk alongside individuals already in the process of pursuing a degree as well as those still in the process of discernment.

Scholarships

 

Leadership Scholarships

2017-2018 Event Requirements for CBF Leadership Scholars

CBF invests in students who are current and future ministry leaders in Cooperative Baptist Fellowship life. We award up to 70 scholarships annually to Baptist students enrolled in the master of divinity degree program at an accredited institution of higher education.

Recipients of the scholarship receive $4,000 in tuition assistance and a travel stipend of up to $1,000 to attend General Assembly. In addition, they are given opportunities to build community, network and further develop leadership skills for service wtihin Cooperative Baptist Fellowship partner congregations, missions and ministries.

CBF School-Directed Leadership Scholarships

If you are a Baptist student currently enrolled at a participating theological education institution (see list above), please inquire about applying for the CBF School-Directed Leadership Scholarship by contacting your school's admissions or financial aid office during the spring semester. These scholarships are primarily directed by the school, with final approval granted by the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship. If you are not eligible to receive the School-Directed Leadership Scholarship, then you may apply for the CBF At-Large Leadership Scholarship by completing the online application process.

Baptist students at non-CBF partner schools - application Deadline: March 30, 2018

Baptist students enrolled in a master of divinity degree program at an accredited institution of higher education may apply for the CBF At-Large Leadership Scholarship.  The Ministries Council of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship will recommend these scholars based on the application of the students and the belief that the students selected represent the best possible potential local ministry leaders for the mission and the ministry of CBF.

At-Large Application Documents
CBF At-Large Leadership Scholarship Application
Church Leader Reference Form
Professor Reference Form
Personal Reference Form

 IMPORTANT DATES FOR AT-LARGE LEADERSHIP SCHOLARSHIPS:

  • January 2, 2017 - At-Large Leadership Scholarship application process opens
  • March 30, 2018 - Deadline for At-Large Leadership Scholarship applications to CBF
  • May 16, 2018 - Name At-Large Leadership Scholarship recipients

Vestal Scholarships

The Cooperative Baptist Fellowship will award up to two Vestal Scholarships to Baptist students who are current or former CBF Leadership Scholars. Scholars will be chosen by a selection committee named by CBF from the current cohort of Leadership Scholars. Selections will be made based on the application of the students and the belief that the students selected represent the best possible potential local ministry leaders for the mission and the ministry of CBF.

Students selected as a Vestal Scholar must meet the following qualifications:

  • Demonstrate a deep commitment and ongoing relationship with Christ,
  • Clearly identify with CBF or espouse core values of CBF, showing leadership potential within the Fellowship
  • Rising into his/her 2nd or 3rd year as a student
  • Be a former or current recipient of the CBF Leadership Scholarship
  • Maintain at least a 3.5-grade point average
  • Demonstrate a commitment to congregational ministries
  • Serve as a leader on and off campus
  • Involved in a CBF church

VESTAL SCHOLAR APPLICATION DOCUMENTS:

IMPORTANT DATES FOR VESTAL SCHOLARSHIP:

  • November 17, 2017 - Vestal Scholarship application process opens
  • January 15, 2018 - Postmarked deadline for Vestal Scholar applications
  • February 9, 2018 - Naming of Vestal Scholar recipients
  • June 15, 2018 - Introduce Vestal Scholars during CBF General Assembly, Dallas, TX (recipeints should be present)

 

Regional scholarship opportunities

CBF Days

 

CBF Day is a  day-long event held on seminary campuses affiliated with the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship to celebrate the partnership in training women and men for vocational ministry. The following are goals that we seek to meet as we engage students, faculty, and staff at the partnering theological schools:

  • Strengthening national CBF identity among students, faculty and staff
  • Introducing the breadth of mission and ministry expressed through CBF
  • Deepening relationships with CBF Leadership Scholars/Vestal Scholars and providing them with an opportunity for leadership through worship planning and event coordination.
  • Presenting opportunities for ministry service/calling exploration and resourcing assets of CBF.
  • Celebrating the partnership between local churches, CBF Global, CBF states and regions, and each theological institutions.

2018-2019 CBF Days

October 3 - Wake Forest Divinity School

November 13 - Duke Divinity School

November 29 - Candler School of Theology at Emory University 

January 22 - McAfee School of Theology at Mercer University

February 12 - Gardner-Webb School of Divinity

February 28 - Logsdon Seminary

March 19 - Truett Theological Seminary at Baylor University 

April 9 - Campbell Divinity School

Kutana Kenya

 

Cooperative Baptists are invited to participate in a 17-day mission immersion experience in a cross-cultural setting in one of the most ecologically diverse environments on earth. From May 20th to June 7th, participants will encounter and engage people, places, and Global Missions initiatives in the context of a growing nation grappling with multiple social and environmental challenges across five distinct ecosystems.

Here is an inspiring lesson from a 2017 Kutana Kenya participant:

"Understanding the environmental issues facing us helped explain certain social phenomena. Understanding the complexities of social issues clarified the causes of certain environmental problems. We must step back and view our world more holistically, in a way that acknowledges and works with the inter-relatedness of the people we claim God so dearly loves and God's creation we are so quick to forget." - Marianna Hilldrup

Seminarian Retreat

 

The purpose of this retreat is to build CBF's identity in seminarians and faculty across both partner and non-partner seminaries by introducing them to CBF core values, staff, and resources. The retreat also provides practical content for both students and faculty that will establish CBF as a life-long partner in ministry.

Learn more on the Seminarian Retreat page.

Beyond Seminary

Reference and Referral

CBF Reference and Referral helps ministers and churches navigate the search process.
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CBF Fellows

The CBF Fellows program assists young Baptists clergy in making a healthy transition from seminary to congregational ministry.
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Peer Learning Groups

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