Pastor’s Toolbox

Being Southern Baptist

The SBC maintains a fraternal, cooperative relationship with forty-two state and regional Baptist conventions in the United States and its territories. These state conventions provide multipleservices for, with, and among the cooperating churches in their respective states or regions. The dominant focus of the state conventions is to assist their cooperating churches in evangelism, church planting, volunteer partnership missions, leadership development, disaster relief mobilization, and spiritual growth and prayer support.

Cooperative Program Digital Kit

Contained within this kit is a set of resources to help you as you call your church to greater financial stewardship and support of missions and ministry through the Cooperative Program.

Church Leadership

Church Safety

Church Insurance

ERLC Resources

Pastoral Care Line

Southern Baptist pastors struggling through personal or professional crisis have a confidential place to turn, thanks to a partnership between the North American Mission Board and Focus on the Family.

The care line — dedicated exclusively to Southern Baptist pastors, chaplains, and missionaries — is toll-free at 1-844-PASTOR1. Calls are answered by Focus on the Family’s Family Help Center and remain completely confidential. No information about the name of the pastor or the church will be provided to NAMB.

Guidestone Financial Resources

Pastors/churches are able to establish retirement accounts, as well as apply for the Pastor Protection Plan and Mission Church Assistance Fund by enrolling over the phone: 1-888-98-GUIDE (1-888-984-8433) Monday-Friday, 7 a. m. to 6 p.m. CST or go to the GuideStone website at


Mission:Dignity is looking for retired Southern Baptist ministers, workers and their widows whose income is insufficient to meet their daily needs to see if they might be eligible for assistance from our Mission:Dignity ministry.

Online Worship

Constituting a Church

Dissolution of a Church

Strategic Planning

Most church strategic planning processes are too intense to be practical for the smaller church. We make it harder and longer than it needs to be. People get bored and tired. By the time the planning process is complete no one has any enthusiasm for the work that needs to be done. By contrast, Dr. Leo Endel’s plan calls for the planning to be completed in one or two three-hour meetings with the church leadership. This enables the church to quickly move on toward implementing the plan while interest is still high.

Dr. Leo Endel – Where Do We Go From Here?

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Legal Considerations


Other Resources