Ralph West to General Assembly: “Come and See the different ways in which God encountered us”
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Ralph West to General Assembly: “Come and See the different ways in which God encountered us”

June 30, 2022 By Carrie Harris and Aaron WeaverDALLAS— “There’s no ditto in Christianity. We are uniquely different, beautifully different, wonderfully different,” said Dr. Ralph West, pastor of The Church Without Walls in Houston, Texas, as he brought the Word during the closing worship service of the 2022 CBF General Assembly. “Have you ever noticed … Continue reading

Representation Matters: CBF chaplain becomes first woman to direct Air National Guide Chaplain Corps
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Representation Matters: CBF chaplain becomes first woman to direct Air National Guide Chaplain Corps

By Grayson Hester  Leah Botona Boling woke up the week of June 21, 2021, to discover something she’d never experienced before: In her country of origin, the Philippines, she was trending on social media. From one Pacific Island, Hawaii, to another, Boling was making headlines. As well she should. Three days before – on Juneteenth, … Continue reading

Spiritual Care Week 2021: Creating a Complete Clinical Picture
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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

Spiritual Care Week 2021: Witnessing God’s Hand at Work
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Spiritual Care Week 2021: Witnessing God’s Hand at Work

By Durrell E. Brown, 2LT, USAF, Chaplain Candidate Have you ever felt like you encountered a thing that you never thought you needed? That’s how I feel about chaplaincy.  I am fortunate enough to do God’s work and, at the same time, transform myself through the encounter of ministering to people. Those ministered to often have … Continue reading

Spiritual Care Week 2021: Advancing Spiritual Care Through Research
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Spiritual Care Week 2021: Advancing Spiritual Care Through Research

By Renée Owen Since 1985, the Network on Ministry in Specialized Settings (“COMISS”) has observed the last week of October as Spiritual Care Week – a time when we celebrate the sacred work of chaplains and pastoral counselors. Spiritual Care Week gives us the opportunity to recognize and uplift our CBF-Endorsed Chaplains and Pastoral Counselors and … Continue reading

Chaplain Paul Byrd Awarded the Carl Hart Award
2021 General Assembly / Chaplaincy and Pastoral Counseling / Featured

Chaplain Paul Byrd Awarded the Carl Hart Award

by Caleb Mynatt With a nearly 30-year career as a chaplain under his belt, Paul Byrd can’t imagine his life being any different. But before his career began as a resident in a Clinical Pastoral Education program, Byrd had never really considered pursuing a career in chaplaincy. In childhood, Byrd thought he would grow up … Continue reading

General Assembly concludes with commissioning, call to lean into ‘holy invitation of renewal’
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General Assembly concludes with commissioning, call to lean into ‘holy invitation of renewal’

August 27, 2021By Carrie Harris and Aaron Weaver DECATUR, Ga. — “Lean into the holy invitation of renewal” was the encouraging word of Rev. Emily Hull McGee to attendees gathered virtually for the concluding worship and commissioning service of the 2021 CBF General Assembly.  Hull McGee, who serves as senior pastor of First Baptist Church … Continue reading