Peer groups for pastors can create a healthy ecosystem of support
peer learning groups

Peer groups for pastors can create a healthy ecosystem of support

By Ruth Perkins Lee This article was first published in Faith & Leadership on March 8, 2022 (https://faithandleadership.com/peer-groups-pastors-can-create-healthy-ecosystem-support). In 2019, my husband and I visited Muir Woods National Monument, an old-growth redwood forest on California’s northern coast. I had long been fascinated by the concept of the interconnected growth and root system of redwoods that … 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

Support Ukrainian refugees across Europe through CBF Ukraine Relief Fund
CBF Field Personnel / Newsroom / refugees / Ukraine 2022

Support Ukrainian refugees across Europe through CBF Ukraine Relief Fund

As the situation on the ground in Ukraine continues to change rapidly, Cooperative Baptists and CBF partner churches have responded with compassion and love through prayer and gifts to CBF’s Ukraine Relief Fund.    Even as you have begun giving generously, several of our field personnel in Europe are already responding with grace, sacrifice and … Continue reading

CBF Establishes Ukraine Relief Fund
Missions / Newsroom / refugees / Ukraine 2022

CBF Establishes Ukraine Relief Fund

Today, I invite all Cooperative Baptists to prayerfully consider making a financial contribution toward a relief fund we have established in response to the crisis in Ukraine following the Russian invasion last week. My hope is that we will tangibly extend our genuine support to the people of Ukraine through the generous sharing of our … 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

A Global Day of Giving Back
General CBF

A Global Day of Giving Back

There’s #BlackFriday #SmallBusinessSaturday and #CyberMonday…and then there’s #GivingTuesday, an international day of giving!  Giving Tuesday is a global day of giving back. On the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, people around the world come together to celebrate and support meaningful causes. This year, our goal was to raise $10,000 by the end of Giving Tuesday to participate … Continue reading

CBF requests support and plans local response effort following Haiti earthquake
Disaster Response / Newsroom

CBF requests support and plans local response effort following Haiti earthquake

By Aaron Weaver DECATUR, Ga. — The Cooperative Baptist Fellowship is requesting gifts for a response effort following 7.2-magnitude earthquake in Haiti which killed more than 1,200 people on Saturday, August 14. A tropical storm system is now threatening the country with flash flooding and mudslides. CBF field personnel Jenny Jenkins reported that she was … Continue reading

Building Beloved Community by Supporting Teachers in Slovakia
CBF Field Personnel / COVID-19 / Field Personnel

Building Beloved Community by Supporting Teachers in Slovakia

By Tanya Parks Teachers around the world have been working so hard to meet the needs of their students during 2020.   They have adjusted to the ever-changing rules and regulations with grace and patience. We are proud to know so many amazing teachers here in Slovakia. They, too, have had to make so many changes to the … Continue reading