Partnering and fellowship were among the main methods highlighted while developing the theme of “building community” during the 2011 Spring Gathering of the Kentucky Baptist Fellowship. Breakout workshops explored the theme in relation to Muslim neighbors, young preachers, other Baptists, and the wider church through the Kentucky Council of Churches.
The Kentucky Council of Churches (KCC) was featured in several ways. KCC Executive Director Marian Taylor was the featured preacher at both the Friday evening and Saturday worship services. Her sermons were calls to experience wider community through "holy envy" of other Christian traditions and "holy courage" to seek justice. In addition, at Council suggestion Sister Mary Schmuck led the workshop on advocacy in cooperation with the KCC. The KCC exhibit drew attention to the new clergy peer learning groups program called HHOPE.
Spring Gathering kicked off on Friday, April 29 with the 2nd Annual Pastor's Luncheon. Dr. Chuck Bugg, KBF/CBF Leadership Consultant, was the featured speaker. Steve Graham of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship led the annual Leadership Institute helping participants connect their faith narratives with those of their congregations.
Baptist Seminary of Kentucky celebrated their ninth year as they held their annual banquet. Dr. Greg Earwood gave an annual report while first year student, Brittany Krebs (Minister of Music at Buechel Park Baptist in Louisville) spoke of her experience as a student. Living Faith Baptist Fellowship of Elizabethtown received the "Church of the Year" award. Andrew Noe, Minister to Students at Buechel Park Baptist in Louisville, received the annual KBF-BSK student scholarship.
The younger crowd (and young-in-heart) carried on the tradition of the KBF After Party as a group of 25 met for food and fellowship at Mark's Feed Store after the business session on Friday night.
KBF's Spring Gathering for 2012 will be held at Georgetown College April 20-21, 2012. Matt Cook, pastor of Second Baptist Church in Little Rock, Arkansas will be the featured speaker.