Resources for college & seminary students
The Cooperative Baptist Fellowship has a commitment to invest in young Baptists and Baptists preparing for vocational Christian ministry.
Congregational Internship for College Students
The Collegiate Congregational Internship program provides summer opportunities for college students to serve through Fellowship partner churches. CBF provides the student with a stipend, a week of orientation and education, ongoing coaching and debriefing at the end of the experience.
Student.Go Missions Program
The program provides opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students to serve among and advocate for the most neglected people. Positions include a variety of locations and types of ministry and are intended to provide hands-on missions experience. Students serve for a summer or a semester alongside CBF Global Missions field personnel and ministry partners.
Leadership Scholarships to Seminary
Scholarships are available in two forms: block grants given to Baptists students in schools supported by CBF and CBF Leadership Scholarships for students specifically supportive of the Baptist principles that CBF advocates. CBF Leadership Scholars attend partnering theological education programs across the United States. Contact the school to apply.
Reference & Referral
Find a minister through CBF's Reference and Referral program, which helps connect your church with ministers seeking ministerial positions. Leader Connect-CBF is the résumé-matching service as a part of CBF's service.
The Fellowship's ministry residency program places recent seminary graduates from Fellowship partner schools in teaching congregations for their first ministry placements following seminary.
Peer Learning Groups
Peer learning groups meet monthly to provide opportunities for worship, spiritual growth, study, discussion of ministry-related issues and fellowship among ministers.
Current is the Fellowship's network for young leaders (under 40). Each year, Current co-hosts the ChurchWorks Conferences, holds networking events at General Assembly and facilitates Service in September.
Chaplaincy & Pastoral Counseling
Are you called to a ministry of pastoral care? If you are a member of a Baptist church and are preparing to serve as (or are already serving as) a chaplain or pastoral counselor, you might be interested in seeking endorsement from CBF.
Are you called to start a church? CBF's new church starts initiative provides resources for individuals and churches interested in spreading the Good News through a new church start in the United States.
Retreats and Events
Throughout the year, CBF offers spiritual formation retreats, narrative leadership retreats and other events for ministers and lay leaders to have a place of learning and renewal. ChurchWorks Conference, held every February, is one example.
Attend the Fellowship's annual General Assembly, which is a vital source for ministers seeking new resources, inspiration, connection with ministries and missions, and networking opportunities. The event is held in a different city each year.
The Fellowship distributes several e-newsletters each month with news, information and resources. Fellowship Weekly is distributed every Tuesday and includes information about CBF missions and ministries. ChurchWorks is distributed bi-weekly and is designed specifically for ministers and lay leaders.
There are many ways to get involved with CBF Young Baptists. We’ve collected links to a wide range of opportunities and organizations in which you can participate.