Applications are being received now through Oct. 16 for recent or soon-to-be seminary graduates to be part of a two-year journey with others who have expressed a similar call to serve vocationally as a minister in a local church.

The CBF Fellows program assists Baptist clergy who are in their “first-call” in making a healthy transition from seminary to congregational ministry. It seeks to build upon the foundation laid during the crucial training years of seminary/divinity school to help congregational ministers connect the academic to the practical work of the church.

The Priorities of CBF Fellows Include:

  • Flourishing – CBF believes congregations thrive when their ministers thrive.
  • Collaborating – CBF believes peer learning is a marker of healthy ministry. Collaboration promotes pastoral excellence and congregational capacity.
  • Coaching – CBF believes executive coaching is a vital component to assist young ministers in navigating their own anxiety and stress related to congregational ministry.
  • Wellbeing – CBF believes strong, healthy congregations are the cornerstone of the Fellowship. This includes ministers who are holistically working toward their own wellbeing.
Jeffrey Howard

    The 2024-2025 cohort of Fellows will begin in February 2024 and run through October 2025.

    To learn more about the CBF Fellows Program or to apply, visit If you have questions or want to submit the name of someone to whom we should contact about applying for the program, please email Kelly Adams