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 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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We have compiled some resources for Advent readers, Candle readings, and Christmas Eve services. Please view these on our Advent page.

Lent is a time for self reflection and repentance. Consider focusing your church’s Lenten practices on the injustices faced by Indigenous peoples of Canada, which in many cases the church has been and continues to be complicit in. This is a simple weekly guide with prayer focuses and exercises based around the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Find the Lent Prayer Guide here

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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:

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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:

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“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

CFam Workshops
We have gifted Children and Families leaders within the CBWC who would love to come facilitate a workshop with your congregation on such topics as

  • Biblical Storytelling
  • Volunteer Recruitment
  • Mission Minded Families
  • Parenting with Impact
  • Intergenerational Church Ministry
  • and more!

If you would like to host a workshop in your church, the CBWC can help with travel costs so a presenter can come to you and in-service your leaders.

Contact Faye Reynolds (cfam@cbwc.ca) to book a workshop or training event. Faye will also be your primary contact for other questions or needs and she will endeavour to point you to the best source.

Book Recommendations:

  • Family Ministry Field Guide by Timothy Paul Jones
  • The Sticky Faith Guide for Your Family by Dr. Kara Powell
  • Intergenerational Christian Formation by Holly Catterton Allen
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Health and mental health issues, grief, marital stress and church conflict can all affect clergy families. Your Regional Minister is your first call for support, prayer and conversation.

If our staff are not personally equipped to help you deal with your specific struggle, we will recommend connections to good resources such as books and our Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP) with Shepell. Follow this link to find access to counsellors, naturopaths, wellness planning guides and much more. Be aware of all that is offered through your EFAP!

Taylor Seminary in Edmonton has an excellent clergy wellness project which offers retreats and training. Focus on the Family also has helpful Clergy Care resources, as do Faith and Health Connection, Shalem Network, and Duke Divinity School.

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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.

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Engaging Gospel: Why the Gospel is still Good News is a sermon series designed to help CBWC churches engage more deeply in understanding the Gospel for themselves in a way that might better connect with their daily communities. Visit the Engaging Gospel page for resource downloads and to join the discussion on how we as a family of churches can grow in our understanding and winsome expression of the Good News.

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Since 1980, the CBWC has facilitated more than 120 Century II grants for our churches and camps.

Four times a year, we solicit donations on behalf of a single project. Donors’ gifts combine to provide about $3000 for projects to improve facilities or equip the church or camp for ministry.

Donate to Century II online, or contact your Regional Office to apply your church for a grant.

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Employees within the CBWC family of churches and partners have access to flexible, sustainable benefit options through the extensive Canadian Baptist Benefits Plan.

You will find a wealth of resources on the CB Benefits website including member newsletters, plan guides and booklets, as well as links to important forms.

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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
Email: privacy@firstbc.org

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Take up the CBWC’s offer to help you become more effective in finding and supporting staff.

Contact Dennis Stone dstone@cbwc.ca or pastoralsettlement@cbwc.ca for detailed information, and check out the resources provided:

Human Resources Toolkit

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Conflict Resolution Toolkit

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Clergy Salary Considerations 2020

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Heartland Salary Grid 2020

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Alberta Salary Grid 2020

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BC (outside Lower Mainland) Salary Grid 2020

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Lower Mainland Salary Grid 2020

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

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This listing of books and links has been compiled to aid in informed dialogue and compassionate engagement as our churches minister to individuals or family members that identify as being attracted to their same gender.

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Please visit the Treasurer’s Corner Resource page HERE for the Treasurer’s Manual, Q&A, or to submit a question.

To view the 2017 Annual Report, click here.

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Women in Focus is a ministry of the Canadian Baptists of Western Canada that offers women the encouragement and resources they need to grow in their love for God. Learn more about Women in Focus and its training programs, Bible study materials and upcoming retreats and other events on our blog.

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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.

office@cbwc.ca

1-800-820-2479

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