1. How is CBF Kentucky related to the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship?
CBF Kentucky is one of 18 state and regional organizations that relate to the CBF. Like our churches, we are an autonomous body; we elect our own leaders and make our own decisions as to how we will operate. However, we receive resources from the CBF; we cooperate in mission and ministry with the CBF; we participate in CBF annual meetings as well as in many other opportunities sponsored by the CBF in which we can learn and share with other state/regional groups. Learn about CBF here.
2. Why does CBF exist?
During the ‘70's and ‘80's, the Southern Baptist Convention moved more and more toward Fundamentalism. In 1990, the moderate Baptists, whose voice had been stifled in SBC gatherings, held a conference in Atlanta to discuss the possibility of forming a separate organization. The basic disagreement centered on three things: 1) a hierarchical structure that threatened to erase equality among Baptists; 2) an interpretation of scripture that denied the possibility that God might call women to pastoral roles; and 3) an insistence that the Bible be held to a strict literalist interpretation, denying the right of the individual to draw conclusions about scripture based on his/her own prayerful study. The support for a separate organization was overwhelming, and in 1991, the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship was born. To learn more about CBF's core values, click here.
3. Is CBF a denomination?
People who align with the CBF believe that as Baptists, we adhere to such principles as the Lordship of Christ, the authority of the Scriptures, the priesthood of all believers, local church autonomy, separation of church and state, baptism of believers, and religious liberty. CBF has therefore not identified as a denomination, but as a fellowship of churches and individuals who hold these beliefs in common. These beliefs also include celebrating diversity, upholding women who are called by God to pastoral roles, and the non-authoritarian role of the pastor.
4. What does the CBF Kentucky do?
CBF Kentucky is a fellowship of churches and individuals who are committed to the Great Commission of Jesus Christ. Our mission is three-fold: 1) to help churches partner with one another and with other organizations that share a similar philosophy and goal; 2) to provide resources for churches and individuals as they do their work; and 3) to encourage involvement in missions and ministries in local communities, throughout the state, and globally.
5. How many CBF Kentucky cooperating churches are there?
Currently there are between 75 and 100 churches that cooperate with CBF Kentucky in varying degrees. Some churches support CBF/KY and CBF totally; others are dually aligned, sending some funds to CBF/KY and CBF and others to KBC/SBC. Besides these churches, there are also many individuals who support CBF Kentucky although they may be members of churches who do not support CBF Kentucky.
6. How can I find a KBF cooperating church near me?
7. What statewide events does CBF Kentucky hold?
The biggest event is the Spring Gathering, which is held in April on a Friday and Saturday. We also have periodic gatherings including children's mission days, youth missions weekends, young adult retreats, and Christian education conferences. Various mission events are held throughout the year, such as “Extreme Build” in early June.
8. How may a church or individual support CBF Kentucky?
There are two ways to support CBF Kentucky. One is through your involvement; the other is through your gifts. Attending the Spring Gathering is a first step in being involved. Taking part in other CBF/KY-sponsored events either as individuals or as a church helps to keep you aware of what is going on in CBF/KY life. Contact the CBF/KY office by email to be sure you are on the mailing list and that your email address is on file. Watch the web site for opportunities to be involved.Your gifts are necessary for CBF Kentucky to do its work. Churches may choose to put CBF/KY in their budget and send money regularly. Individuals and churches may send money directly to the CBF/KY office. Contact the office for envelopes.
9. With which theological schools does CBF/KBF partner?
Unlike other Baptist bodies, CBF and CBF Kentucky does not “own” any theological schools, but rather partners with them. There are currently 13 schools that provide the kind of theological education desired for those who wish to serve in a CBF-related church.
- Brite Divinity School, Baptist Studies Program (Ft. Worth, TX)
- Baptist Seminary of Kentucky (Lexington, KY)
- Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond (Richmond, VA)
- Campbell University Divinity School (Buies Creek, NC)
- Candler School of Theology, Baptist Studies Program (Atlanta, GA)
- Central Baptist Theological Seminary (Kansas City, KS)
- Duke University, Baptist House of Studies (Durham, NC)
- Gardner-Webb University (Boiling Springs, NC)
- Logsdon School of Theology, Baptist Studies Program (Abilene, TX)
- Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary Baptist Studies Program (Columbia,SC)
- McAfee School of Theology (Macon, GA)
- Truett Theological Seminary (Waco, TX)
- Wake Forest University (Winston-Salem, NC)
10. Does CBF or CBF/KY publish its own missions and Bible Study curriculum?
CBF does publish graded missions material. For a complete description of these materials and to find out how to order them, click here. For other study materials, CBF partners with Smyth and Helwys and Cokesbury. Also visit the links on this web site for more published material.
11. Does CBF/KY and CBF affirm women in ministry?
Both CBF Kentucky and the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship support and affirm women as ordained ministers.
An essential partner in our Baptist life is Baptist Women in Ministry or BWIM.
CBF Kentucky supports the annual Martha Stearns Marshall Month of Preaching. Held in February of each year, this event encourages churches to invite a woman to preach during one of the February Sundays. Click here for more information.