Church Health


About Church Health Development Ministries

Church Health Development (CHD) exists to do just as its name implies, offer assistance for the further development of the church as a healthy organization and the staff as healthy Christian servants and individuals.

Most of CHD's services are a part of their Church Consultation Ministries. Policy Development, Capital Fund Programming and Conflict Mediation/Reconciliation are examples of the consultation services provided. Literature and other resources are also available. Learn more

Are You a Revitalizer?

By Sylvan Knobloch, Director, IBSA Church Health Ministries
God clearly called you into the ministry. Your prayer is that God would use your life to make a difference. Your dream is to revitalize the church; however, bringing change to an existing church is a difficult struggle. At times you may feel alone in this battle asking, “Where can I find help?” If this describes you, then you are a “Revitalizer.” Read more

Church Security

Greeters, ushers and administrative staff are often the first contact guests have with your church. Their actions can become deciding factors for whether individuals and families will return to your services. They also provide essential security for your church. Read more on ushers, greeters and administrative staff in these articles by Olivia Johnson, DM.

Redefining Workplace Violence

Considerations When Selecting Greeters and Ushers

The Importance of Greeters and Ushers in Security Planning

Placement, Training, and Risks for Greeters and Ushers


GuideStone is a diversified, Christian financial services provider, offering retirement, insurance, investment management, property and casualty coverage, as well as executive planning products and services to the Southern Baptist and wider evangelical Christian community. GuideStone sponsors the nation’s largest Christian-based, socially screened, registered mutual fund family, GuideStone Funds.

GuideStone is also on a “Mission” to provide “Dignity” to retired Southern Baptist ministers, workers or their widows. Mission:Dignity currently helps more than 2,000 people with extra money needed for housing, food and vital medications. It has also ensured a well-deserved dignity, independence and, often, the ability to continue serving.

Check out GuideStone Financial Services for information on retirement. Retirement information is also available and here for Spanish  Download the Preparing for Retirement workbook

Health Care Reform Questions

Personnal Insurance plans

Group Insurance plans

Frequently Asked Questions

Wellness Plan


Retirement Frequently Asked Questions

Sylvan Knobloch

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Get the free Ministers' Tax Guide for 2014 Returns

The 2015 edition of GuideStone’s annual 'Tax Return Preparation and Federal Reporting Guide, Ministers’ Tax Guide for 2014 Returns' is now available. Both active and retired ministers will find step-by-step instructions, sample forms and detailed help in understanding the latest tax laws. Additionally, church treasurers and other church leaders will find a valuable resource in the special section about important federal requirements for churches. Get it free by visiting or by calling 1-888-98-GUIDE (1-888-984-8433).

Resilient Call Retreat 2015

Join us April 13-14 for the Resilient Call Retreat! This retreat was formerly known as Revitalizers.

The objective of the retreat is to create a fresh awareness of your strengths and to leverage this awareness to impact your ministry. As pastors, we desire to finish our ministry well. The Resilient Call Retreat will provide time for you to reflect on how God is at work in your life.

REGISTRATION IS FULL! If you are still interested in attending this event please contact me to get your name on a waiting list. or 217-391-3142.

Is your church experiencing difficulty? Find out how we can help

Many churches today are experiencing difficulty. Maybe your church is one of those. If you have been working on areas to address the lack of growth but not finding a solution, would you consider becoming a part of a pilot project? Sylvan Knobloch, IBSA director of Church Health Ministries is seeking ten churches to participate in a project to determine a successful intervention strategy for declining churches. The process is intended to be customized by the church to meet their specific goals. Read more

Church Openings and Resumes

Submit a church ministry position opening, search for ministry position openings, submit a resume, download the “Step by Step Pastor/Staff Search Manual,” get the 2012 SBC Compensation Survey results and more on our Church Staff Connection page.

GuideStone Announces New Enrollment Guidelines for Medical Personal Plans

By Roy Hayhurst

DALLAS | GuideStone has new guidelines for enrollment in its medical Personal Plans, effective July 1.  Churches and ministries eligible to offer GuideStone’s medical Personal Plans will be able to add new employees and their families to the Personal Plans within 60 days of employment.

For the first half of 2014, due to the uncertainties in the health care market as a result of the Affordable Care Act, GuideStone imposed temporary guidelines that limited enrollment to participants experiencing HIPAA special enrollment events, such as marriage, birth, adoption or loss of coverage.

Under the new guidelines, new employees of an eligible Personal Plan church or ministry can enter the health plan within 60 days of employment or HIPAA special enrollment event. Further, covered individuals may continue to add dependents to the health plan due to such events.

Church employees who began their employment between January 1 and July 1, 2014 may enroll themselves and eligible family members through August 1, 2014.

“The Affordable Care Act has created unprecedented changes and challenges for all health plans, including church health plans,” said GuideStone President O.S. Hawkins. “GuideStone has been diligently seeking legislative, regulatory and judicial recognition of the unique nature and needs of church plans, with the continued goal of keeping the plan strong and stable. At the same time, GuideStone continues to explore ways of providing coverage to new enrollees in a manner consistent with that goal. GuideStone has determined that this change will enable us to balance ministry objectives with good stewardship.”

More Enrollment Opportunity for Personnal Plans

Notice of Special Enrollment Rights

Special and Late Applicant Enrollment Form for health Care Coverage

The Church Renewal Journey experience

Lay Renewal Weekends offer churches a way seek to grow in Christ and reach others for Him. The weekends provide an opportunity for churches to re-awaken to their purpose and passion, and are the first step in the five-part Church Renewal Journey.

The weekends, which are led by trained lay renewal volunteers, begin on Friday with small group times for church members. Saturday sessions include both small and large group sessions.

The wrap-up session on Sunday is the morning worship service with songs and testimonies only. On Sunday night, the church holds an evaluation session to reflect on the weekend and begin steps to turn ideas and plans into action.

For information, contact IBSA Church Renewal Coordinator Mark Shipley at (309) 361-3566, e-mail or visit

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