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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.
Contact the CBFSC office at (803) 779-1888 if you have any questions.
Grants for Coaching and Spiritual Direction
The Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of South Carolina supports clergy in various ways. Offering coaching and spiritual direction grants so that pastors can work with licensed and professional coaches is one of the newest ways we provide that support.
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.
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.
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.
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:
Past General Assemblies
Fifth Issue 2016 – Disaster Response updates; PilgriMission Exchange – Border Ministries; Mission Grant types and 2016 recipients.
Fourth Issue 2016 – Responses to South Carolina flood disaster; Short Term Mission experiences; Mission and Ministry Growth in CBFSC; Metanoia Summer Update, and more!
Third Issue 2016 – Budget, Scholarships, Flood Response, and Church Contributions
Second Issue 2016 – Palmetto Works, General Assembly Highlights, and Church Engagement
First Issue 2016 – Flood Recovery and Contribution Information