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Marion D. Aldridge Scholarship Fund
The Leadership Development committee of CBFSC is charged in part with providing scholarship assistance to students pursuing a degree in theological education. Awards are available to part-time and full-time students, in both Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry programs.
We encourage all interested students to apply. Awards are based on several criteria, including affiliation with the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship and its partnering churches.
The annual deadline for applying for scholarships is April 15. Awards are made each semester, but there is now only one annual application.
Download an application: First Time Scholarship Application or Previous Recipient Scholarship Application
Contact the CBFSC office at (803) 779-1888 if you have any questions.
Grants for Coaching and Spiritual Direction
Grants will be made payable directly to a certified coach or spiritual director. Coaches must be approved by CBF South Carolina. CBFSC will pay 80% of all coaching costs up to $400 per minister. What happens within coaching sessions remains confidential.
An applicant must be a participating member of CBF South Carolina. That membership is determined by one of two means: (a) the applicant is a member of a contributing CBF South Carolina church, or (b) the applicant has personally contributed financially to CBF South Carolina at any time during the twelve months prior to submission of the grant application.
Applicants must serve on staff at a CBF-affiliated church or be a CBF-endorsed chaplain serving in South Carolina.
Download a list of approved coaches and spiritual advisors.
Coaching/Spiritual Direction application
Coaching/Spiritual Direction Request for Funding
CBFSC is not a first responder organization, but our first response to disaster is prayer and that is something we can all do together. However we remain ready to respond with help when the need arises. Two ways you can do that are by contributing to the Disaster Response fund, and by volunteering.
Our Disaster Response Team wants to be proactive in preparing for natural disasters, especially those caused by water. Wayne Patterson, member of FBC Pendleton and Coordinator for CBFSC Disaster Response, suggests that churches and individuals prepare Flood Buckets to have on hand. Then, when disaster strikes, CBFSC will gather deliver them to the site(s) where they are needed most. The buckets should contain specific supplies to do the work needed. Download a PDF file showing exactly what these buckets should contain, and how to assemble them.
Contact Wayne Patterson if you have questions, or to volunteer.
Baptist Women in Ministry
Baptist Women in Ministry SC is a network of Baptist Women and those who support and encourage Baptist Women in Ministry in South Carolina.
Contact South Carolina BWIM at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Protecting Children and Youth from Abuse
Every church should be a safe place for children to grow in faith. CBFSC can help your church learn to be safe and care well for children. Contact Jay Kieve for more information and visit GRACE or Darkness to Light for training opportunities for your congregation.
Retirement Planning, Disability Insurance, and Life Insurance for Clergy
The CBF Church Benefits Board provides retirement planning and investing options for church staff, as well as term life insurance and long-term disability insurance. Protect your minister and your church with high quality benefits from CBF Church Benefits.
Church Endowments and Estate Planning
Provide financial security to your church’s ministry through endowed funds and legacy giving. The CBF Foundation provides high quality endowment options for churches and individuals along with estate planning advice and tools.
Learn how your church can lend its voice on issues that affect your community, our state, and nation. Visit CBFSC partners South Carolina Christian Action Council and CBF Advocacy to explore current initiatives and opportunities for public witness.
Youth and Children’s Camps
CBFSC partners with dedicated child/youth serving organizations to offer exceptional summer church camps. Visit Passport Camps, Inc. or Unidiversity for more information. Contact Lane Riley for more information about opportunities for young baptists.
Growing Young Cohorts
Churches across the country are both shrinking and aging as more young people disengage. However, there are scores of congregations that are bucking this trend and developing cultures that welcome, empower, and engage teenagers and young adults. Explore.
CBFSC maintains partnerships and friendships with several organizations dedicated to providing specialized services to congregations. For assistance with adaptive leadership training, clergy coaching, vision casting and long-range planning, or conflict resolution visit:
Pinnacle Leadership Associates
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