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Spring 2016
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Celebrate 25 Years!
KBF Spring Gathering: April 22-23
Join us at Campbellsville University as we celebrate include a Leadership Conference entitled “Reclaiming

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25 years of being a Fellowship, April 22-23, 2016. The
theme for this year’s Spring Gathering celebrates our
common purpose: “Living as Covenant Community.”
On Friday night, we will install Rhonda Blevins and
Kristin Belcher in their new leadership roles at KBF.
Saturday we’ll enjoy fascinating breakout sessions and
live as covenant community as we worship together.

Preaching throughout the gathering will be Rev.
Karen Thomas Smith, chaplain at Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane, Morocco
and president of the Protestant Church in Morocco
(EEAM). Karen serves as
president of CEI, a ministry
with refugees and migrants,
and is co-president of the
Al Mowafaqa Ecumenical
Theological Institute. A Kentucky native, Karen and her
husband, Kevin, are graduates of Georgetown College. She holds an MDIV from
Candler School of Theology and an MA in Theology
from St. John’s University. Karen and Kevin have one
daughter, Claire.

Coming up . . .
February 22-24, 2016
ChurchWorks! Conference
Asheville, NC

April 30, 2016
Godly Play Introduction
First Baptist Frankfort

February 29, 2016
EmpowerWest Summit
The Half Has Never Been Told
Highland, Louisville

June 12-18, 2016
Extreme Build XI
McCreary County

March 5, 2016
Coordinating Council
Midway Baptist
March 18-19, 2016
Young Adult Retreat
Broadway, Louisville
April 15-17, 2016
Youth Missions Weekend
Broadway, Louisville
April 22-23, 2016
Spring Gathering
Campbellsville University

June 20-24, 2016
General Assembly
Greensboro, NC

The weekend kicks off with a Fellowship Luncheon at
noon; all are welcome to attend. Pre-Gathering events

August 3-6, 2016
Selah Vie
Nashville, TN
October, 2016
Morocco Partnership Trip
Date, TBD
October 21-22, 2016
Shift Learning Experience
for Church Staffs and
Leadership Teams
Location, TBD


Cooperative Baptist Fellowship
General Assembly

“For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the
body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ.” 1 Cor. 12:12

Greensboro, NC

Pre-Gathering Workshops

June 20-24, 2016

Track 1: Leadership Workshop
“Reclaiming Evangelism for the 21st Century”
$10 includes lunch

4000 Brownsboro Road, Louisville, KY 40207 . 502-426-1931 .

Evangelism for the 21st Century,” led by Rev. Steven
Porter, coordinator of CBF Global Missions. New this year is a networking and continuing education
event (3 CEU’s) for chaplains and
pastoral counselors entitled, “Human Trafficking and the Christian
Response” led by Dr. Candace Hansford, associate professor in the Carver School of Social Work and Counseling at Campbellsville University.
Each workshop runs from 1:30 - 4:00
pm; see registration information below for the luncheon and workshops.
Breakout sessions include:
• “What’s New with CBF Global
Missions?” with Steven Porter
• “Responding to the Refugee Crisis” panel discussion with Steve Clark & Annette
Ellard, Karen Thomas Smith, and Alix Davidson
• “The Fight Against Predatory Lending” with Sharon Felton
• “EmpowerWest: What We’re Learning “ panel discussion with Jason Crosby, Joe Phelps, Kevin Cosby, and others
• “Human Trafficking” with Candace Hansford

Track 2: Chaplains/Pastoral Counselors
“Human Trafficking and the Christian Response”
$10 includes lunch; 3 CEU’s available

To Register:

For your convenience, KBF has
set up room blocks in two hotels.
The rooms are available by request under the name “Kentucky
Baptist Fellowship” at a reduced
rate. Call today to make your reservation!

Holiday Inn Express
Reserve by 3.20.16
Best Western
Reserve by 4.8.16

@ revb l e v

Young Baptist Ecosystem in Kentucky

From the Executive Coordinator

As I write today, snow covers the
ground bringing the usually bustling
city of Louisville to a virtual halt, but
KBF Global remains busy gearing up
for a wonderful year of equipping, empowering, and engaging in missions!

priority for KBF. I’m so glad to have Kristin leading that
charge, ensuring the future of our movement.
April also brings us our annual Spring Gathering and
a chance to celebrate 25 years of being Kentucky Baptist Fellowship with the theme “Living as Covenant
Community.” We welcome Karen Thomas Smith once
again as our keynote speaker. Friday pre-gathering
workshops include
“Reclaiming Evangelism for the 21st
Century” led by
Steven Porter, CBF
Global Missions Co- Dr. Frank Smith (center) with the
ordinator, and “Hu- Simmons College.
man Trafficking and
the Christian Response” led by Candace Hansford, associate professor at Campbellsville University. We have
a strong slate of breakout sessions. Please feel free to
copy and distribute the enclosed insert; help us make
our 25 year anniversary something to remember!

We finished 2015 with #GivingTuesday, raising over $8,500 in one day
through the generosity of churches and individuals.
January brought two CBF Student.Go interns, both Simmons College students, to assist with capacity building
work through our EmpowerWest initiative, as well as
an exciting gathering
featuring renown scholar, Walter Brueggemann,
prompting us to think
deeply about the racial
divide in our country.
Make plans now to read
The Half Has Never Been
Told during February, Kristin Belcher, Paul Sims,
Carrie Bearden enjoy fun
Black History Month, in and
fellowship on #GivingTuesday.
preparation for a discusFinally, make plans to participate in Extreme Build XI,
sion at Highland Baptist on February 29 with author
June 12-18. You can read about the cousins who have
Edward Baptist.
worked for over two years to become our next Extreme
Operations coordinator, Kristin Belcher, has planned an Build partners.
exciting lineup of events for our young Baptists beginning with a young adult retreat in March, youth mis- “We can go it alone, or we can be a Fellowship,” chalsions weekend in April, and a children’s ministry work- lenged Suzii Paynter, CBF Executive Coordinator. I am
shop in April (see next page). As Kristin and I toured so glad you have chosen to be a Fellowship. What we
the state in October, young Baptists emerged as a top do together matters for the Kingdom.
Rhonda Blevins

Rhonda Abbott Blevins

Extreme Build XI: Meet Esther & Geneva

Esther McCartt and Geneva Yancey are cousins who were raised like
sisters. Geneva’s parents bought property in McCreary County when
she was an infant. When Esther’s father passed away, she and her
mother moved into the Yancey home to be closer to family. Esther and
Geneva have been together ever since. Geneva worked in Somerset
as an LPN for years, and eventually purchased the family homestead
from her siblings in 2010. She and Esther have lived there since. On a
December Wednesday in 2012, as the two were getting ready to go to
church, the house caught fire and significant damage to the home was
sustained. Before Extreme Build XI, the old family home will be demolished, thanks to a generous grant. Then we will come alongside Esther
and Geneva to build a new house. Make plans now to participate in
Extreme Build XI, June 12-18, 2016.

As we seek to cultivate our
young Baptist ecosystem,
we will tend to the needs of
different groups within that
system. For our youngest,
we will hold an introductory session on Godly Play for
Children’s ministers and volKristin Belcher
unteers.  Youth from all across the state will
come together for a weekend of Bible study,
worship, fellowship and mission.  College
students will attend Selah Vie, a retreat that
offers a chance to pause, reflect and discern a
path for their lives. Finally, we will hold a retreat that encourages young adults to become
who they were created to be. I hope you will
find a way to join us as we grow our young
Baptist ecosystem throughout the state of

Godly Play Introduction
Children’s workers are invited to an introductory session on the Godly Play method, which
helps children explore “faith through story, to
gain religious language and to enhance their
spiritual experience though wonder and play.
Based on Montessori principles and developed using a spiral curriculum, the Godly Play
method serves children through early, middle
and late childhood and beyond.” (
Youth Missions Weekend
“Face Your World,” KBF Youth Missions
Weekend, is a retreat for church youth groups
offering students opportunities for fellowship, worship, and mission work. Held at
Broadway Baptist Church in Louisville April
15-17, with the opportunity for groups to worship at the church of their choice on Sunday.
Selah Vie
Selah Vie is an end-of-summer retreat that allows college and graduate students to pause
in the midst of life in order to reflect, listen,
seek guidance and discern God’s purposes
and direction. Specialized tracks give attention to the different life stages in which students may find themselves.
Young Adult Retreat
Kentucky Baptist Fellowship is holding a retreat for young adults. It will be a time of spiritual renewal and a chance to discover who
you were created to be. Devita Parnell, Young

Children’s Ministry
April 30, 2016
First Baptist Frankfort
Cost: $10 per person. First Baptist
Frankfort, 9am-2pm. For more details and registration, go to www.

“Face Your World”
Youth Missions Weekend
April 15-17, 2016
Broadway Baptist, Louisville
Cost: $35 per person, payable to KBF
by April 10. Registration includes:
four meals, worship and support staff, Bible study, mission
site supplies, t-shirt & water bottle, lodging at Broadway
Baptist Church. Register at


College & Graduate Student Retreat
August 3-6, 2016
Joe C. Davis YMCA Outdoor Center, Nashville
Cost: $75 per individual, which includes 5 meals from
dinner on Monday through breakfast on Wednesday, as

well as 2 nights lodging.

Young Adult Retreat
March 18-19, 2016
Broadway Baptist Church, Louisville
Cost: $15. Hotel reservations can be made at the Breckinridge Inn, (502) 456-5050, at the rate of $72.95 for the
night. Tell the hotel you are with the Kentucky Baptist
Fellowship. Register at:

Baptist Ecosystem Manager from the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, will lead the retreat. Post-college ages through fortyyears-old are encouraged to attend.