RESOURCES

Prayer

These resources are offered with the intention of strengthening your practice of prayer. We want to encourage you in every way possible to have a lifestyle of increasing intimacy with God through prayer. These materials are provided for your own personal use, the use of your leaders, and for the encouragement of prayer among the members of your congregation. If there are resources that you have found useful, please let us know. Click here for more.

Church Assessments

What does a Church Assessment consist of? There are four steps: 1) data collection, 2) data review and evaluation, 3) focus group meetings and interviews, and 4) preparation and delivery of a report to the church. Click here for more.

Crisis Intervention/Mediation

Unfortunately there are times when a local church is in crisis. At these times CB Northwest can provide help to churches in a number of ways. Click here for more.

Relational Elders Training

Healthy churches require healthy church leaders. Leaders who are spiritually mature and skilled in applying the truth of the gospel to the harsh realities of people's lives (including their own). These types of leaders must be intentionally developed in knowledge, experience, skill, and maturity.

To assist churches in the "what" and "how", CBNW has developed a training program to be used within local churches to intentionally disciple elder-level leaders. We call it "Relational Elders Training" (RET). Click here for more.

Affiliation

Here is information that outlines the process of affiliation. The Identity Document sets forth the doctrine, polity and philosophy of ministry statements that are the foundation for the covenant community of CB Northwest churches. Agreement with the Identity Document is the cornerstone of affiliation with CB Northwest. Click here for more.

Language/Ethnic Ministries

We help churches provide culturally relevant ministries to targeted language and cultural groups. Our goal is to incorporate everyone into the local fellowship while meeting cultural identity needs. In this way churches can reach a larger segment of their communities. Click here for more.

Placement

CB Northwest does not post open positions online. We do provide a variety of helps to churches and pastors on both sides of pastoral placement. Click here for more.

Licensing & Ordination

The purpose of a ministerial credential is (1) to acknowledge God's call upon a person's life for ministry; (2) to verify that this person meets the qualifications and standards of the CBNorthwest association of churches for ministerial credentials; and (3) to provide legal status in the exercise of that person's ministry. Click here for more.

Polity

A church's "polity" is expressed in written form in their "bylaws". These bylaws provide the framework for how the church is organized and functions. The goal is to have bylaws that clearly guide the parameters for healthy ministry, without being too restrictive or inflexible. Click here for more.

Brotherhood Mutual Insurance Company® is one of the nation's leading insurers of churches and ministries. In business since 1917, Brotherhood Mutual provides property, liability, commercial auto, workers' compensation, mission travel insurance, and payroll services* to ministries throughout the United States, including:

  • Churches
  • Church day nurseries
  • Christian camps
  • Schools
  • Association/Denomination offices
  • Colleges and universities
  • Other related ministries

Brotherhood Mutual is represented by independent agents who subscribe to a code of ethics based on scriptural principles and serve in churches and ministries of their own. The company consistently earns an A (Excellent) rating from A.M. Best, a leading authority in rating insurance companies.

We recommend our partner in ministry, Brotherhood Mutual represented by James Reed & Associates, for your insurance needs.

Retirement

CB Northwest has a 50-year commitment to a secure retirement investment platform for our churches, their pastors, staff, and missionaries. Our retirement plan is a defined contribution (DC) plan designated in the Internal Revenue Code as a section 403(b)(9) plan. Eligible employees must receive taxable income from a participating CB Northwest, CBAmerica church or ministry in order to participate. This retirement program is very flexible and allows the local church/ministry to set participation parameters. Contributions can be made by the employer, employee or both. Click here for more.

Stewardship and the Kingdom

Our primary focus as a staff at CB Northwest is serve our covenant community of churches. One of the ways we do that is by providing connections to resources that will assist our churches in fulfilling their mission. One area of resource is help with stewardship, both for the church and those who are part of the local body. Click here for more.

Taxes and Stewardship

When most people think of taxes, they think it's a once a year event ending April 15th. Even if individuals utilize a budget for their finances, most do not include their tax obligations in the budget. Taxes are an "out of sight-out of mind" issue for most people. Just as knowing things like average income and necessary expenses help to define a budget, taxes should be addressed alongside things like tithe, mortgage or rent, electricity, food and such. Most people fill out a W-4 with their employer when they get hired and don't think about it again. When it comes time to file taxes they either expect a refund, or are surprised they owe, or don't know what's going to happen. As good stewards of our finances we can learn what we need to know to get the most from our finances. Click here for more.

Tax & Legal FAQ

Please know that this information is intended to be purely informational and does not constitute an official endorsement by CB Northwest of any individual, organization, or resource tool. If you are searching for assistance in one of these areas, we would encourage you to go through a responsible "due diligence" process in praying and seeking the Lord's direction to the service provider(s) best equipped to meet your specific need. Click here for more.

Ministry Helps

If you are seeking assistance in a number of areas, such as Attorney/Legal Counsel, Estate Planning, Insurance,and more you may wish to contact the individuals or agencies on this page. Click here for more.

Ministry Retreats or Getaways

Part of being healthy requires times of rest. There are a handful of places that are designed for rest for ministers of the gospel. Below is a list of some locations we know that have been especially made available to the CBNW Covenant Community. Click here for more.

Reference Publications & Resources

Please know that the items on this page are not official recommendations from CB Northwest. They simply reflect resources that have come to our attention and/or that have proven helpful and useful in the past. We realize that each ministry and each of our churches is unique in terms of operation and staff background/expertise. Therefore, we hope that the contents of this page will provide a sound, positive, and constructive starting point in your search for the best possible tools to answer your questions and meet your needs. Click here for more.

Logos

CB Northwest logos for use by your church in flyers, newletters, onscreen announcements, etc. Click here for more.

Partners

Links to some organizations we partner with. Click here for more.