Best practices and guidelines are practical means to work towards health as a family of churches. Take advantage of these policies and resources to help your congregation thrive.

Abuse Prevention Advent Resources Baptism Conflict Resolution
Disaster Response Governance Grants & Loans Privacy Policy
Risk Management Worship

All of us like to think of our churches as safe places. Sadly, many predators take advantage of the trusting and open environment within a church. It is essential that each and every CBWC church take active steps to prevent physical, emotional and sexual abuse within our congregations.

The newly-updated Preventing Abuse in the Church manual helps churches develop policies and procedures that will protect children, youth and vulnerable adults from abuse.

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Check out the Canadian Baptist Advent Reader here


Through Jesus, we are saved, transformed, forgiven, and given new life and purpose in Jesus. Baptism is symbolic of all these things and publicly shows that we’re serious about following God. Baptism is also a sign of entering the church: God adopts you as His child, giving you new brothers and sisters in the family of believers.

Because we come to faith through a free, personal decision, we practice the baptism of believers. We do not practice infant baptism, reserving baptism for adults and young people mature enough to make a fully conscious and committed decision. Following Biblical example and modeling the life, death and resurrection of Christ, we baptize by full immersion.

Here are some helps for teaching about baptism and how to enfold new children into the congregation:


“I have so appreciated the CBWC's investment in us, as a local church and me as an individual. I still can't believe that you know my name.” -CBWC Pastor

Jesus calls us as His followers to become peacemakers. That’s why we provide support to help you solve conflict within your congregation. Contact your Regional Office for help, and check out these helpful resources:


Is your church prepared for a crisis? In emergencies, the role of the church is elevated in the community and the church has an opportunity to share God’s love in word and deed.

Because of our partnerships across the country, you can give crucial support to those in emergency situations. Help us build up our Disaster Relief fund so that we can respond immediately to needs when the next crisis comes.


Church boards have a crucial role in the Body of Christ, as they discern God’s will for the leadership and mission of the local church. Contact your Regional Minister for support in electing a board, and download this helpful resource:


The CBWC bolsters local church ministry through grants and loans.

The Opportunity Grant Fund, made possible by a generous gift from the Bentall family, has awarded churches more than $4 million dollars to support innovative new ministries. Opportunity Grants are awarded once per year. The next application deadline is April 30, 2018.

Since 1980, the CBWC has facilitated more than 120 Century II grants. Four times a year, we solicit donations on behalf of a single church project. Donors’ gifts combine to provide about $3000 for projects to improve facilities or equip the church for ministry. Donate to Century II online, or contact your Regional Office to apply your church for a grant.

The CBWC Foundation also provides loans to churches, ministries and pastors, and education grants to accredited CBWC ministerial students as well as CBWC pastors interested in continuing education.

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Good Human Resources policies make it much easier for church staff and church boards to know how they should handle everything from job descriptions to exit interviews.

Take up the CBWC’s offer to help you become more effective in finding and supporting staff. Contact Dennis Stone or for detailed information, and check out the personnel and settlement resources provided:


Churches aren’t governed by the same privacy protection laws as for-profit organizations, except in British Columbia. Yet protecting the privacy of congregation members is a best practice to strive for.

The CBWC has created some resources to make it easier for churches to explain privacy legislation and its implications.

Privacy Policy Experts:
Vancouver’s First Baptist Church


Although churches, ministries and camps desire to serve God freely and openly, they must also protect all those in their care.


Gathering for Worship is a helpful church worship resource published by the Baptist Union of Great Britain but is only available in Canada through the CBWC. Cost is $59 per copy, including shipping. It looks at how the faith language of Baptist Christians can be framed in a structured worship tradition open to the Holy Spirit.

Order Gathering for Worship online or through the head office.