Pastor/Leader Helps

Spiritual Health/Soul Care

Local/Low Cost Retreats:

The Retreat at Long Mountain in Cleveland, Ga. – Recently renovated facility with capacity for up to 25 overnight. Easy access to local hiking & on site recreation. Contact Lakewood BC or director Bill Ingram at Bingram@lakewoodlife.org for information.

Shepherd’s Refuge – free or reduced cost to qualified guests (pastors included!)  13 miles N. or Dahlonega/5 mins. from Turner’s Corner.  http://shepherdsrefuge.org

The Christian Hospitality Network offers discounted lodging (25% – 50% depending on which nights of the week) for missionaries & pastors.  Facilities include both B&B style & traditional hotel accommodations.  See http://thechn.org

Truett McConnell College has two furnished apartments available free of charge to pastors & church leaders.  Contact Dr. David Drake (Dir. of Church Relations) at ddrake@truett.edu to make a reservation.

Georgia Baptist Conference Center in Toccoa (http://mytoccoa.com) offers a reduced rate for pastors seeking a prayer retreat or personal planning retreat.  Call for rates:  (706) 886-3133

Camp Pinnacle in Clayton, Ga. (http://www.pinnacleretreatcenter.com) maintains a cabin available to ministers & ministry leaders (reservation only.)  Call for rates:  (706) 782-3231

Ridgecrest Conference Center has a “Minister’s getaway” package @ $44 per night.  http://ridgecrestconferencecenter.org

Staffing/Team Helps

Looking for a staff member?  Contact Dr. Thomas (jojo@cbamissions.org) or call the CBA office to access current resumes.  Also, check out the Church Minister Relations Department at GBC:  http://gabaptist.org/churchministerrelations/

Click this link for current compensation averages according to position, church size, or budget size:  http://compstudy.lifeway.com/

Need to better understand the personalities, gifts, and passions of your team members?  Click here for one of the best tools available:  http://www.placeministries.org

Church Revitalization

CBA offers focused help for church health & revitalization via the Strengthening Churches Team.  Click here for support & details.

Worship Evaluation

CBA will provide/assign one or more teams of “secret shoppers” trained to evaluate the Sunday morning experience & generate a written report.  (See sample form below.)   Call our office or email joan@cbamissions to schedule a team.

Helpful Links

Apologetics:

Overview of other worldviews/major religions – www.4truth.net

Worldview training for students – http://www.summit.org

Issues/Current Events:

GBC Ethics & Public Affairs – http://gabaptist.org/publicaffairs/

SBC Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission – http://erlc.com

Church Planting:

Overview/training for some of the basic challenges of planting – http://sendnetwork.com

Discipleship:

Building a Discipleship culture – http://www.disciplingculture.com/

Perspectives on Ministry:

Helpful articles & resources – http://pastors.com

Current trends & church growth issues – http://thomrainer.com

Journals/Magazines – http://www.christianitytoday.com/le/ http://ministrytodaymag.com

Study & Preaching Helps:

Sermon planning – http://www.sermoncentral.com

Moblie app – https://www.bible.com

Study software & resource library – https://www.logos.com

Developing presentation skills – www.preachingrocket.com

Favorites from CBA Pastors:

Resources from R.C. Sproul – http://www.ligonier.org

Dictionary & translations – www.wordreference.com

Current trends – http://www.christianitytoday.com & http://www.worldmag.com

Broad range of church resources – http://www.sharefaith.com