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.



Leadership Scholarships

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 asterisked schools in the 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.

CBF At-Large Leadership Scholarships

Baptist students enrolled in a master of divinity degree program or master's level theology degree 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


  • January 6, 2020 - At-Large Leadership Scholarship application process opens
  • April 24, 2020 - Deadline for At-Large Leadership Scholarship applications to CBF
  • June 1, 2020 - 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 who have a minimum GPA of 3.5. Scholars will be chosen by a selection committee of the CBF Ministries Council. 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.



  • November 1, 2019 - Vestal Scholarship application process opens
  • January 2, 2020 - Postmarked deadline for Vestal Scholar applications
  • February 7, 2020 - Naming of Vestal Scholar recipients
  • June 26, 2020 - Introduce Vestal Scholars during CBF General Assembly, Atlanta, GA (recipients 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.

2019-2020 CBF Days

September 24 - Candler School of Theology

October 15 - Duke Divinity School

October 16 - Wake Forest University School of Divinity

February 6 - Campbell Divinity School

February 11 - McAfee School of Theology

February 24-25 - Gardner-Webb School of Divinity

March 31 - George W. Truett Theological Seminary

*Please check the schedule regularly for additional dates or date changes.*

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.
Learn how

CBF Fellows

The CBF Fellows program assists young Baptists clergy in making a healthy transition from seminary to congregational ministry.
Learn more

Peer Learning Groups

Peer Learning Groups offers ministers a place to connect for development, friendship and support.


Join a CBF ministry network to enhance your work and engage with peers.