Church Health

Find out about the cooperative program, supply preachers, revitalization and more!

Upcoming Events

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Taking a Stand Against Abuse

We desire to help churches take a stand against any kind of abuse, from mental abuse to child sexual abuse. We are joining together with the other Southern Baptist state conventions to offer training and resources to prevent abuse and minister to abuse victims.

Cooperative Program

Since its establishment 30 years ago, the Dakota Baptist Convention has been committed to fulfilling the Great Commission.

One of the ways we do that is through a collaborative initiative called the Cooperative Program. The Cooperative Program works by pooling the tithes and incomes of people across the nation to help support the work of God’s Kingdom.

The Cooperative Program begins with you giving back to your local church and being a faithful steward of the resources God has given you (Lev. 27:30, Mal. 3:10). From there, your church gives to the Dakota Baptist Convention.

The Dakota Baptist Convention supports ministries here in the Dakotas such as the Disaster Relief Program, aiding the displaced families from the Minot Floods in North Dakota. The funds have also been used on a global scale, bringing the Gospel to unreached people in Africa.

The money also goes to starting churches in the Black Hills around university campuses to train and equip future leaders and pastors around the Dakotas.

Finally, the Dakota Baptist Convention sends a percentage of our annual budget to the Southern Baptist Convention, as the convention supports impacting ministries and over 10,000 missionaries around the world.

Ultimately, by participating in the Cooperative Program, you can help fulfill the Great Commission. By graciously giving, you allow the Gospel to be spread right here in the Dakotas as well as across the globe.

If you are a DBC church in need of a blank remittance form or would like training on how to fill out the remittance form, please click here.

Supply Preachers

Looking for pulpit supply? Need someone who has been vetted and can be trusted to truthfully and honestly preach the Word of God while upholding the tenets of the Baptist Faith & Message? Perhaps you are in the Dakotas and would like to be a supply preacher. Either way, we have you covered!

We have a list of supply preachers who have been vetted by their pastors. We also have a sign-up form if you would like to be considered (and vetted!) for pulpit supply.

Bring a Mission Team to Your Church

The Dakota Baptist Convention hears from groups all around the United States who would like to help churches and ministries in the Dakotas over the summer.  Opportunities that you might want to consider include:  block parties, neighborhood surveys, church repairs, VBS or backyard clubs, youth retreat, or neighborhood clean-up.  The opportunities are limited only by your imagination. 


Doing the essential spiritual work that prompts a movement of God which propels the church into a state of health and wholeness that leads to growth and reproduction.

+ Here is a general overview of the process you can expect when you go through Revitalization: (Click '+' to see process)
  1. Prayer Emphasis – Your journey to revitalization starts with a focused season of prayer as a church body. There are several options we can provide, or you can create your own. We would recommend at least a week of intentional prayer focus before moving into the assessment process. Expect to hear from God in this time as individuals and as a church. One tool you can use is the LifeWay pdf, “Consecrate the People: Renewing Our Covenant Commitments to Jesus Christ” by Claude King.
  2. Assessment – We have two online assessment tools available for you to use. The first one is an internal tool and can be opened here. The second one is from Thom Rainer and is titled Church Health Inventory. Encourage several of your leaders and church members to fill out this simple assessment to create a better picture of where your church is at currently as this will help in the creation of a revitalization process that will be suited for your specific situation. There are also some offline assessments available or one of the DBC staff can come to your church to do an in-person assessment with your church.
  3. Customization – We will work together to help you develop a process to move your church toward revitalization based on the information that comes from prayer and assessment. You take the lead to determine how this will happen and how we can help you in the process. We also recommend a reassessment at 6 months or a year to determine how well the process is working.
  4. Implementation – Putting the plan into motion and seeing God at work. We will be available to help along the way. We also recommend a reassessment at 6 months or a year to determine how well the process is working and help to make adjustments as needed.
  5. Celebration – We look forward to celebrating with you and telling the story of how God has renewed His people and His church. Together we can, because God can.

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Protecting Your Ministry from Sexual Orientation Gender Identity Lawsuits:

A Legal Guide for Southern Baptist and Evangelical Churches, Schools, and Ministries

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20% off Religious Freedom Legal Membership for Your Church

Our culture is changing, and these changes are leading to changes in the law. As a result, churches are experiencing legal challenges to their religious freedom. Challenges are arising at the local, state, and federal level on several issues, including: 

  • Sexual orientation & gender identity laws: Elected officials have made attempts to prohibit churches and other employers from maintaining biblically based codes of conduct related to marriage and sexual behavior.    
  • Use of church facilities: Some government officials are attempting to dictate how churches can use their buildings, even if it means violating their beliefs. 
  • Unconstitutional regulations: Some states have attempted to force churches to provide abortions in their health plans, despite their deeply held beliefs about the sanctity of life. 
  • Equal access to government grants and property: Churches across the country have been discriminated against and denied access to neutrally available public benefits simply because they are religious. 

Your church needs to be prepared to face these, and other, religious freedom issues. But you don’t have to bear this legal burden alone – we’ve partnered with ADF Church Alliance  to equip you. 

ADF Church Alliance provides personalized and virtually all-encompassing religious freedom legal help for churches, whenever they need it, for a flat annual membership fee that’s based on church size.  

By joining ADF Church Alliance, your church can be prepared and protected for potential challenges, so you can continue to live out your faith and freely minister.  

Click here to learn more about the benefits of membership.

Because of our partnership, you get a 20% discount on this already affordable program. Enter code DBC20 when you apply. 

Become a member and have peace of mind knowing you have a strong legal advocate ready to stand with you. 

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