Next Steps

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by John Lepper, KBF Coordinator

Josh Speight, Associate Coordinator for Missions, has resigned effective at the end of our Spring Gathering in April.  After six years of ministry with us, he is transitioning to Cooperative Baptist Fellowship (the national office) where he will provide leadership for spiritual formation, leadership development and congregational resourcing of congregations, partners and constituents. As we say goodbye to Josh and as we affirm his excellent work with us, we also move forward in this transition.
 
Transitions always provide heightened anxiety but also provide many challenges and opportunities. The Coordinating Council met just a few days after learning of Josh’s resignation—the meeting was our regularly scheduled spring meeting.  This gave us an opportunity to address the vacancy and begin to develop processes and procedures related to Josh’s departure. 
 
I assured the council, and want to assure you, that I will work with the Coordinating Council and existing staff and volunteers to manage this staff transition. I will take on many of Josh’s responsibilities in order to continue the vital ministries already established. The council made some proactive decisions which will help the transition go more smoothly.
 
First, a Study Group is being formed to study the overall staffing needs of KBF as well as our financial capabilities.  Any future search committee will be established in light of the results of this study. We will publicize the names of this group’s members once they have been enlisted.  It is hoped that a preliminary report will be brought to the coordinating council at their August 2014 meeting.
 
Second, a five-member succession planning group was named by the administrative work group.  Members of this group are: Bob Fox, chair, Don McFadden, Terry Lester, Laura Colliver and Alice Mull.  This group hopes to bring a report to the coordinating council at their April meeting.
 
Third, Laura Barclay has agreed to help with the transition. She was recently hired as Assistant for Communication and Networking on a part-time and temporary basis (10 hours per week). In this capacity, she has taken responsibility for the weekly “Three Things” eNews, production of the occasional print newsletter, and other communication needs, such as writing articles for publication and managing KBF’s social media presence.
 
As was reported in last weeks “Three Things” eNews, Laura will continue her role in Communication and Networking while providing some leadership in missions during this interim.  Her new title is: Communication and Networking Associate and Interim Missions Associate. She will work 20-25 hours per week; her additional hours will be used to maintain some of the area formerly managed by Josh Speight.
 
As we move through this transition, please know that I am grateful for your support, especially your prayer support for the ministries we accomplish together.