CBF Chaplaincy and Pastoral Counseling Ministries

General Information 


The Cooperative Baptist Fellowship offers endorsement to over 700 Chaplains and Pastoral Counselors in a variety of diverse settings. These areas include military, hospital, pastoral care facilities, hospice, public safety, Department of Veterans Affiars, continuing care communities, corrections, university campuses, and more. The CBF also provides endorsements for membership in various professional organizations, including the Association of Professional Chaplains, American Association of Pastoral Counselors and the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education.

As Chaplains and Pastoral Counselors minister to patients, clients, soldiers, residents, sailors, students, prisoners, etc., they are fulfilling their God given mission. Chaplains and Pastoral Counselors are the expression of the ministry of the CBF and congregations. They serve as the presence of Christ throughout the world and in the most traumatic times in people's lives. 

Seeking Endorsement?

CBF's Council on Endorsement considers applications three times per year. The Council on Endorsement is composed of a diverse group of CBF-endorsees and has been in operation since January 1998. Learn more by viewing our brochure.

Applications for new endorsement from CBF will be considered at Council on Endorsement meetings scheduled as follows:

  • November 7-8, 2014 (applications no longer being accepted)
  • March 6-7, 2015 (application deadline Monday, January 12, 2015)

 Update endorsements, requests for board certification letters and renewal letters, and information updates are accepted at any time. 

For an additional information concerning endorsement, please email us at chaplaincy@thefellowship.info and a member of the team will contact you as soon as possible.



Chaplains and Pastoral Counselors enjoyed several events at the 2014 CBF General Assembly in Atlanta.  Newly endorsed chaplains and pastoral counselors were blessed at the Wednesday night co-missioning, three workshops were offered related to pastoral care, and Dr. David Gushee led a discussion at the annual luncheon on ministry in the post-Christian era.  For photos, a video, and Dr. Gushee's remarks, visit the links below:

Check out photos from General Assembly at the CBF Chaplaincy and Pastoral Counseling Facebook page or the CBF General Assembly page.

To view the video shown at the annual luncheon with remarks from Gerry Hutchinson, click here.

To read the presentation notes from Dr. Gushee’s remarks, click here.



Sign up to receive the monthly CBF Chaplaincy and Pastoral Counseling e-Newsletter. The e-newsletter is a platform for community among CBF-Endorsees and a means to stay connected with CBF life. Hear the latest from CBF leadership, nuture your call to ministry, pray for one another, learn about resources and events, be the first to know about job opportunities, and share your experiences. Subscribe today to receive future editions of the CBF Chaplaincy and Pastoral Counseling e-Newsletter.

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We desire to be a supportive presence for you in your journey of ministry.  Let us know how you are doing!  Also, if you have a change in employment or contact information, please contact us at chaplaincy@thefellowship.info


Share your story with the CBF-endorsee community! Tell us where you see God at work and we'll feature it in the Chaplaincy and Pastoral Counseling e-Newsletter! Please limit your contributions to 300-350 words in length and submit a photo if possible. Email your contribution to chaplaincy@thefellowship.info by the10th of each month!


About the ministries of CBF endorsed chaplains and pastoral counselors:
New CBF endorser, Gerry Hutchinson, shared his vision for CBF chaplaincy and pastoral counseling ministries at the annual chaplaincy and pastoral counseling luncheon at General Assembly in Atlanta on June 27th.  Click here to watch the video and learn more.



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Decatur, GA 30030



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