Missions Opportunities

Together For Hope Webinar

September 15, 2020 at 10:00 a.m.

This one-hour interactive webinar will focus on ways to overcome housing challenges in rural communities. By focusing on different organizational structures and funding mechanisms, while also naming the challenges that face rural housing organizations and their leaders, we’ll explore ways to create sustainable housing programs together. If you want to engage in the Together for Hope Rural Development Coalition, this webinar is for you!

Webinar Speaker: Harold Tessendorf is an internationally experienced executive leader, mediator and trainer who has worked in the community economic development sector for 3 decades; the last two leading Habitat for Humanity affiliates in Georgia. Harold is the Founder of the Tessendorf Consulting Group (www.tessendorfconsulting.com).

This webinar is hosted by Together for Hope, a Rural Development Coalition. Please register below and a link for the webinar will be sent to you prior to the event. Contact Rachel Gunter Shapard at [email protected] with questions.



CBF/GA is seeking to further invest in our vision “to serve Christians and churches as they discover and fulfill their God-given mission” through the State Mission Offering. Congregational ministry grants will provide an opportunity for CBF/GA to serve our churches who are seeking new ways to fulfill their mission within their local community. Churches may apply for a matching grant up to $2,000 to support a new ministry or missional endeavor. Each church awarded a grant must provide funds equal to or greater than the amount awarded by CBF/GA towards the cost of the proposed project. These congregational ministry grants will be awarded to our partner congregations from money collected through our annual State Missions Offering. Priority will be given to churches that did not receive a grant in 2019.

Congregational Ministry Grants Approved

Two CBF/GA churches requested and were granted Congregational Ministry Grants in the amount of $2,000 each.
Peachtree Baptist Church in Atlanta will use the matching grant to help create and organize space for a Babies at Work co-working space that helps parents balance working remotely or launching their own entrepreneurial vision. Their goal is to invite neighborhood families to experience God’s love and care through this ministry and become more open to participating in the larger church. 
First Baptist Church of Tucker plans to use the grant to partner with the DeKalb Police Department in an ongoing youth ministry project with at-risk youth in the community. The church will offer use of their facility and hope to use a summer Church Ministry Intern to assist with the project.

Applications may be submitted by a minister on staff, or a committee or group within the church. Churches are encouraged to partner with other CBF/GA churches in their neighborhood when possible. While CBF/GA does not have specific projects in mind, we do hope that these projects will further support the mission and values of CBF/GA. As such, projects should fall into one of the following categories…

  • Community Partnerships – Perhaps you would like to begin a new relationship with a community organization or begin a new program with an existing partner.
  • Interfaith Initiatives – Take this opportunity to host an interfaith gathering within your own church or begin a partnership with another faith group in your area.
  • Local Mission Engagement – Identify an area of need that could be met by members of your church. This may also involve a community partner, or it may mean creating a new idea all together.
  • Young Leadership Development – Identify young leadership within your congregation and specific ways you can help to encourage and support them. Perhaps your church would consider offering an internship for the first time.
These grants will be awarded to churches who are seeking to be the hands and feet of Christ in new ways in their local communities. Determination of amounts and recipients will be made by a subcommittee of the Coordinating Council’s Congregational Life Committee. Our hope is that these grants will spur innovative and creative ministry for your congregations that will be transformative for your members and your neighbors. In return, CBF/GA wants to share your story of how these new initiatives are enhancing your congregation’s capacity to be the presence of Christ in your community. Thank you for your generosity and partnership in being the presence of Christ to our state and to our world.

Jody Long – Coordinator