Chaplaincy and Pastoral Counseling Ministries

The Cooperative Baptist Fellowship has endorsed more than 750 chaplains and pastoral counselors, who serve in a variety of rich contexts. CBF-endorsed chaplains serve in each branch of the United States Armed Forces, medical centers, correctional institutions, hospice organizations, police, fire and rescue departments, colleges and universities, businesses and industries, retirement communities, the Department of Veterans Affairs and Civil Patrol as well as in many other specialized settings. CBF-endorsed pastoral counselors serve in counseling centers, interdisciplinary settings and on church staffs.

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

Are you seeking endorsement?

CBF’s Council on Endorsement considers applications three times per year. Applications for new endorsement from CBF will be considered at the council’s meetings scheduled as follows:

• March 6-7, 2015 (application deadline Jan. 12, 2015)
• July 31-August 2 (application deadline June 22)
• November 6-7 (application deadline September 14)

These guidelines speak to the minimum qualifications and common requirements of Chaplains and Pastoral Counselors. In order to apply for endorsement, the first step is to speak with Gerry Hutchinson, the CBF Endorser of Chaplains and Pastoral Counselors via email or call (770) 220-1617.

Updated endorsements, requests for board certification letters and renewal letters, as well as additional information updates are accepted at any time. The application for updated endorsement can be found here. (Do not use this form if you are seeking initial endorsment.) For additional information concerning endorsement, please email us or call (770) 220-1654.

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160 Clairemont Avenue, Suite 500
Decatur, GA 30030


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