Beyond Transitions: Building Community


by John Lepper, Coordinator

Have you ever felt like you were living life on hold?  Our family felt this way a few months ago as our daughter and her family (2 adults and 2 children) lived in our home for three months while awaiting resolution of their long-term visas.  It was a wonderful family time and it marked a significant transition – from temporary status to more permanent status as CBF Field Personnel in Slovakia. 

Kentucky Baptist Fellowship and Cooperative Baptist Fellowship have been in a transition for the past year.  At least two months of that time was spent awaiting installation of Internet and telephone services.  Speak of living life on hold!  To use my father’s words, we “made do” with what we had.  An argument can, perhaps, be made for the fact that life is lived in transition. But somewhere in all the transitions of life, we become productive, we live life, we relate, we decide our path and we move forward in that path.  So it is with Kentucky Baptist Fellowship.  We have settled into our current offices and, in that sense, we are beyond the transition.

The KBF has experienced some re-organizational transitions and is now moving beyond them. Last year, the coordinating council downsized from four work groups to three.  Doing so helped us better focus our work.  The Ministries group focuses on needs of congregations as well as assets in order to help us collaboratively provide resources to congregations.  The Missions group helps us pool our resources as we engage in missions—in places like McCreary County, Owsley County and Morocco. The Administrative group provides oversight for budget and personnel, which helps us accomplish our purposes.

This past Saturday the KBF Coordinating Council met at Midway Baptist Church—one of three face-to-face meetings each year.  Our March meeting takes place over the course of four hours.  Each of the three work groups meet to hear reports, as well as plan and set goals and projects for the coming year. We then come together in a large group for a time of reporting and conducting the business of KBF. 

I participated in and observed each of the work groups engage in lively discussion as they talked about how to better collaborate to share the Good News.  Each group dealt with some specific and sometimes mundane matters but the results are far from mundane.  We are living into the words of our logo as we build community and collaborate to touch our own communities and beyond in the name of and for the sake of Jesus Christ.