Giving Year End Stock and IRA Gifts: A Tax Beneficial Way to Support Your Church
finance / Generous Fellowship

Giving Year End Stock and IRA Gifts: A Tax Beneficial Way to Support Your Church

As we near the end of 2021, members of your congregations are thinking about making charitable gifts to their churches and other charitable causes. While tax deductions are not the primary reason that people of faith give, it is a factor that most people do consider. We want to share two ways that members of … Continue reading

Keeping Church Financial Focus During the Holidays
Advent / finance / Generous Fellowship

Keeping Church Financial Focus During the Holidays

November and December are two of the busiest months of the year for churches. The Thanksgiving, Advent and Christmas seasons add numerous activities to the typical congregational calendar that require lots of energy and focus.  With so many events, worship services and holiday gatherings to juggle, it is easy to let stewardship matters fade to … Continue reading

Spiritual Care Week 2021: Bidden or Not Bidden, God is Present
Chaplaincy and Pastoral Counseling

Spiritual Care Week 2021: Bidden or Not Bidden, God is Present

By Chris O’Rear The work of CBF-Endorsed Pastoral Counselors is rarely the headline of CBF communications, as the work of the pastoral counselor is confidential and usually occurs behind closed doors. We are not able to share much about our clients and their stories and we do not share photos of us doing our work. … Continue reading

Spiritual Care Week 2021: You Helped Me Feel Whole Again
Chaplaincy and Pastoral Counseling

Spiritual Care Week 2021: You Helped Me Feel Whole Again

By Veronica Martinez-Gallegos As a CBF-endorsed chaplain and Clinical Pastoral Education (“CPE”) Educator, CBF has impacted my ministry in ways I never imagined. After two decades in congregational ministry, my horizons expanded since I completed my CPE internship. After a few days through the hospital corridors, my focus changed and I found myself on a … Continue reading

Spiritual Care Week 2021: Leaning on Active Listening
Chaplaincy and Pastoral Counseling

Spiritual Care Week 2021: Leaning on Active Listening

By Chris Towles Out of the blue a young Muslim wanted to know if we could meet. I had been the faculty advisor for the Interfaith Council, an associate chaplain at Wake Forest University, and I had started working with Baptist students. I had worked with students of different faiths (or no faith) having deep conversations … Continue reading

Spiritual Care Week 2021: Creating a Complete Clinical Picture
Chaplaincy and Pastoral Counseling

Spiritual Care Week 2021: Creating a Complete Clinical Picture

By Rhonda P. James-Jones In July 2018, I was asked to attend the Chaplaincy Research Summer Institute (CRSI) offered through Transforming Chaplaincy.  Chaplains are invited to this institute for a myriad of reasons. Two drew me in—“providing leadership to chaplaincy quality improvement projects”[1] (QI) and “chaplaincy-related DMin projects”[2]. We discussed the importance of engaging in research, explored … Continue reading