by Bob Fox
KBF Moderator & Pastor, Faith Baptist, Georgetown
One of the greatest pleasures I have as moderator for KBF is getting to better know our congregations and their leadership. I am consistently amazed at the quality and commitment that I find all across our state. We have probably the most outstanding group of young ministers of any state. Women and men, those who serve our churches are universally spiritually motivated and creatively inspired..
I remember years ago, as KBF was still forming, that I was pastor of a small church in Western Kentucky. A place so small that the nearby "town" had a population of less than 300. It was 30 minutes away from the nearest McDonalds on 55 mile an hour roads.
Sometimes, I felt very isolated and out of the loop. The "big" churches in Louisville and Lexington had conversations to which I wasn't privy. I'd find out about important things that happened often two weeks after they had occurred.
In the same way, my youth added to my sense that I was on my own. The people who led the organization I cared about were all accomplished and I always felt a sense of awe around them. I wondered what someone of my age and experience had to add to the conversation.
But, at that time, several of the ministers from the generation above me reached down and invited me to take part. They didn't forget me just because I was out of the way. Their encouragement helped me to find the courage to participate and serve on one of the first if not the first KBF council (before it even had a name).
I think about that often when I am visiting some of the churches and their ministers who are outside the denser groupings of moderate Baptists in our state. What would have happened if those who went before me didn't reach out to me? What would have happened if I hadn't reached back to them?
This is the power of our Fellowship. We provide a network of friendships and service that transcends age or geography. Whether our churches are multi-staff or single pastor, we are a fellowship. Whether our churches are urban or rural, we are a fellowship. Whether our churches are on the left or the right, we are a fellowship. We are a fellowship and that means everyone of us is important.
This Thanksgiving, I would like for everyone who reads this to take a moment to send a note or e-mail to someone in our Fellowship who has reminded you that you are loved and not forgotten. Maybe you can write a note of encouragement to one of our young ministers. Maybe a word of thanks to someone who encourages you on your way. When we do that, we are a fellowship.