Since the mission of the Kentucky Baptist Convention is summarized by the statement: “Created by churches, for churches, to help churches reach Kentucky and the world for Christ,” how our Mission Board staff members serve our churches is of the utmost importance. To help ensure that we do our best, we have developed five core values to govern our character and conduct. The acrostic TEAMS helps us commit those values to memory. TEAMS means that we strive to be:
Trustworthy. We can be relied upon as a resource to ease ministry pain, not create more. “Like a broken tooth or a lame foot is reliance on the unfaithful in a time of trouble” (Proverbs 25:19).
Encouraging. We find joy in ministry and in helping others find joy in theirs. “Therefore let us not pass judgment on one another any longer, but rather decide never to put a stumbling block or hindrance in the way of a brother” (Romans 14:13).
Accountable. We strive to make a Kingdom difference, understanding that ministry is not simply about activity, but about proclaiming and expanding the Kingdom of God. “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving” (Colossians 3:23).
Mature. We are actively responsible our own spiritual formation. “Train yourself to be godly. For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come” (1 Timothy 4:7-8).
Sensitive. We listen humbly to diverse voices, seeking understanding and reconciliation. “Do nothing out of rivalry or conceit, but in humility consider others as more important than yourselves” (Philippians 2:3).
KBC churches deserve the best from their Mission Board staff. Thankfully, I could not be more pleased by the team of servants God has given us. Our staff members are a diverse group of men and women who love the Lord, His word, His churches, and His work. Each is uniquely gifted and feels a strong sense of calling to their ministry. I am humbled by the privilege of working alongside such a devoted group of servants.
We pray regularly God will use us to encourage pastors and leaders in their work. We long to see new churches birthed and existing churches strengthened. We desire for the lost come to a realization of the truth of the gospel and be saved. And we want very much for God to receive the glory He is due: “Ascribe to the Lord, all you families of nations, ascribe to the Lord glory and strength. Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name” (1 Chronicles 16:28-29).