From south central Kentucky to eastern Tennessee, CBF’s Scarlette Jasper provides ‘ministry of connection’
General CBF

From south central Kentucky to eastern Tennessee, CBF’s Scarlette Jasper provides ‘ministry of connection’

By Ben Brown The COVID-19 pandemic introduced the world to new vocabulary. One of the most common terms in this new lexicon is “social distancing.”  Scarlette Jasper is a Cooperative Baptist Fellowship field personnel in a large geographic region stretching from south central Kentucky to eastern Tennessee, where her ministry is one of connection. Several … Continue reading

Identifying Your Church’s Values and Using Them to Plan
General CBF / Pastoral Care

Identifying Your Church’s Values and Using Them to Plan

By Laura Stephens-Reed I recently interviewed several pastors about their experiences leading congregations during the pandemic. Specifically, I wanted to know how they handled the initial turn to online worship and the million mini-ministry pivots they’ve had to make in the two years since. Unsurprisingly, all these pastors are exhausted. But not all are discouraged. … Continue reading

The Employee Retention Credit: Another Payroll Credit for Churches?
Generous Fellowship

The Employee Retention Credit: Another Payroll Credit for Churches?

By Rickey Letson, CBF Congregational Stewardship Officer The Payroll Protection Program (PPP) opened up a whole new world for many churches. For the first time in their existence, churches applied for and received forgivable government loans in the early days of COVID-19.  Of course, there was a lot of debate about the ethics of congregations taking … Continue reading

CBF Now Accepting Applications for 2022 Thriving in Ministry Cohort Groups
Newsroom

CBF Now Accepting Applications for 2022 Thriving in Ministry Cohort Groups

By Aaron Weaver and Tracy HartmanDECATUR, Ga. — The Cooperative Baptist Fellowship Thriving in Ministry Initiative is now accepting applications for cohort groups beginning in May, 2022. Thriving in Ministry provides pastors and associate pastors with mentoring support and skill building to help them navigate the challenges they face in their congregational settings.  Over the … Continue reading

Why pastoral care is so complicated right now and how church members can make sure they get the care they need.
Pastoral Care

Why pastoral care is so complicated right now and how church members can make sure they get the care they need.

Rev. Laura Stephens-Reed Many pastors go into ministry because they love people. They consider your willingness to trust them with your stories a privilege. They want to hold your hand when you have gotten bad news. They celebrate alongside you at milestone moments. Pastoral care is not just part of ministers’ job descriptions. It is … Continue reading

Baxley issues challenge to “hold one another in beloved community” at Winter governance meeting
Newsroom

Baxley issues challenge to “hold one another in beloved community” at Winter governance meeting

January 28, 2022 By Aaron Weaver and Carrie Harris DECATUR, Ga. — “Hold one another in beloved community and embrace one another in our exhaustion.” This was the challenge of CBF Executive Coordinator Paul Baxley to Governing Board members meeting in-person and remotely, Jan. 27-28. In his report, Baxley reflected on Jesus’ Parable of the … Continue reading

More From Less? Two Potential Trends in Church Giving
Generous Fellowship

More From Less? Two Potential Trends in Church Giving

By Rickey Letson Perhaps the most unexpected element of church giving over the past two years has been just how well many congregations have fared despite the effects of COVID. Without question, not every church has weathered these two years in solid financial shape. But many congregations have done exceedingly well and, in some cases, have had … Continue reading