Join CBM as an existing camp, ministry, or organization
1. Credibility: Being part of a National Organization gives additional credibility to a local work.
2. Governing Board: The Executive Director from each area is a member of CBM’s National Cabinet. At each of the quarterly National Board meetings, two cabinet representatives are asked to attend to give impact to governing total ministry.
3. Annual Directors’/Cabinet Conference: A 3-day/2-night annual conference is held at the National Office for Directors and key leaders for each area for a time of networking, fellowshipping, growing, and learning.
4. Prayer Calendar: A monthly prayer and birthday calendar is e-mailed out from the National Office to the entire CBM family, giving praises and prayer requests from each area.
5. Encouragement: The National Office seeks to give encouragement and insight by way of phone calls, prayer, letters, and visits to each area.
6. Support for Local Boards and Staff: CBM National works alongside of Local Boards and staff to help prevent or resolve conflicts or to help strategize, create master plans, etc.
7. Opening new areas: CBM National will help to bear the expense of opening new ministry areas.
8. BEST endowment fund: CBM National manages and promotes this camper scholarship fund. Once a year, dividends are sent to all CBM areas.
9. Promotional brochures: Released Time and CBM brochures are given to each area (up to 100 of each at no cost).
10. Public Relations: CBM areas are represented by the National Office at colleges, churches, Missions Conferences, and events for the purpose of increasing the awareness of CBM and recruiting summer and full-time staff for each area.
11. Retirement program: CBM National manages the retirement accounts of all full-time staff, who send it 5% of the W-2 salary to invest in this fund. (Opt-outs must prove enrollment in retirement elsewhere.)
12. GROW Training Program
- An 8-day pre-field training program is conducted at the National Office for incoming missionaries/staff. Cost is $275/singles; $500/couples. Non-CBM members are also welcome. Cost is $300/singles; $550/couples. (Costs include meals and lodging but not travel.)
- A 3-day field refresher course is conducted at the National Office for existing missionaries/staff in need of refresher training, mostly focused on new techniques in partner raising. Cost for CBM missionaries is $50/singles; $90/couples. Cost for non-CBM members is $175/singles; $325/couples. (Costs include meals and lodging but not travel.)
13. Annual Conference: An annual conference is held each Labor Day weekend for all CBM missionaries and their families, as well as part-time staff, volunteers, and local Board members, if they desire. Fees are established each year depending upon the location, and cover room, board, and children’s speakers. All other expenses are covered by the National Office.
14. Fellowship in the Smokies (FITS): CBM missionaries may choose one out of the three or four designated FITS weeks to spend at the National Office at Tuckaleechee Retreat Center in Townsend, TN for rest and relaxation. 4 nights’ lodging and breakfast is included. Other times for R&R are made available at Tuckaleechee Retreat Center for CBM missionaries at a steep discount.
15. Service awards: Awards are presented each year at the National Conference for years of service.
16. Character Building Materials: a 4-year curriculum is provided to all CBM areas at no cost. This can be used for after-school Bible Clubs or Released Time classes.
17. National Volunteer Program:
- The National Volunteer Director recruits volunteers and assigns them to projects at CBM areas throughout the year. Within the database of volunteers are retired, skilled laborers in many fields, including, but not limited to: construction, plumbing, woodwork, cleaning, A/C work, tiling, roofing, and so much more.
- An online inventory of donated items is being collected. CBM areas will be able to access this member log-in area and “claim” items that they need. They will also be able to list items other CBM areas may need that they want to offload.
18. National Internship Program: The National Office will send interns to the various CBM areas throughout the year for interns to be trained and to assist. The National Office will work with the Executive Directors to determine which area interns are sent to, when, and for what length of time.
19. Website: The National Office maintains an up-to-date website that represents all CBM areas. Benefits include a Job Board and Events Calendar with local area listings, as well as a members-only log-in area (currently in development).
There is currently no fee to be affiliated with CBM. We expect this to change for years 2015 and beyond.