How can my church request a KBF Missions Asset Map presentation?
Click the link below to submit a request for a KBF representative to visit your congregation on a Sunday, Wednesday, or any fellowship gathering to lead a presentation about the KBF Missions Asset Map. For more information, contact us here.
Why did KBF create the Missions Asset Map?
At the March 2011 KBF Coordinating Council meeting, the Missions Workgroup decided to create a KBF Missions Asset Map. Chaired by Renee Purtlebaugh (Highland Baptist, Louisville), the group determined that this map was needed as many of our KBF congregations do not have a working knowledge of the abundance of resources, strengths, and connections we share in our state.
How did the project start?
The project started with a simple question: "What two missional things does your church do well locally in your community?" The question was asked through email by our KBF office targeted to key missional people in KBF congregations. A wider net was cast in later months as the question was asked in a few email newsletters.
How did KBF follow-up with congregations?
The Assset Map followed an 18-month journey. From May 2011 through August 2012, Josh Speight, four KBF Interns, and the Mission Work Group followed up every email response with face-to-face conversation about the responding church. Dialogue was held about the assets of the congregation, ways the church is connected to the larger KBF/CBF family, and mission advocates were identified. Through these conversations, members of KBF congregations were able to express pride for their missional leadership.
What's next for the Missions Asset Map?
When the KBF Missions Asset Map went live on August 17, 2012, it launched incomplete. KBF realizes many congregations have incomplete information. In fact, there are quite a few KBF congregations who have are not represented on the map - yet are doing tremendous ministry in the world on behalf of God that should be reflected in the map.
What is the underlying philosophy of the Missions Asset Map?
We believe that as people we are integrated wholes - body, mind and spirit. As such, we are to share our gifts and abilities in order to be the face of Christ to a world in need. The KBF Missions Asset Map will function as a tool to better enable us to realize the Great Commission. Our mandate is to give of ourselves, living a lifestyle of mission as part of the Kingdom of God.
How does the Missions Asset Map relate to the overall mission of KBF?
The Kentucky Baptist Fellowship is a fellowship of churches and individuals who share a commitment to the Great Commission of Jesus Christ. Our mission is to equip and empower Kentucky Baptist churches and Christians, cultivate partnerships, and engage in missions.
- Equip and Empower
- The map provides an interactive resource to identify missions assets in the KBF community
- The map enhances the sharing of information between congregations and with the KBF office
- The map provides a witness to the collective effort of KBF Missions throughout the state and beyond
- Cultivate Partnerships
- The map makes visible the connection between KBF and CBF missions communities
- Mission Communities: Poverty and Transformation; Education; Justice and Peacemaking; Disaster Response; Church Starts and Faith Sharing; Healthcare; Economic Development; Internationals
- The map keeps KBF congregations connected with each other, especially with clusters
- Clusters: Western KY; Elizabethtown/Mt. Washington/Shepherdsville; Louisville and Surrounding Area; Northern Kentucky; Lexington and Surrounding Area; Southeastern KY
- The map keeps the KBF office up-to-date with individual church ministries and vice versa
- Engage in Missions
- The map shows where/how KBF and KBF congregations are engaging in missions
- The map connects individual church ministries within the larger KBF mission and narrative
- The map helps the KBF office to establish a 12-month focus for sharing the missions narrative