The new staffing structure at the Kentucky Baptist Convention is designed to accomplish the mission described by our new mission statement: “The Kentucky Baptist Convention—Created by churches, for churches, to help churches reach Kentucky and the world for Christ.” Our goal is to keep the local church at the center of everything we do.
Why? Revelation 19 reminds us that the Lord Jesus is coming again not to claim denominations, mission organizations, Christian schools or homeless shelters. When gospel-centered, all of these can be effective ministries of the church but, agai71n, Christ is not coming for these.
Christ is coming for his bride! The shouts from heaven declare: “Let us rejoice and be glad and give him glory! For the wedding of the Lamb has come.” (v 6-7)
The heavens then proclaim: “…his bride has made herself ready. Fine linen, bright and clean, was given her to wear.” (v 7-8) For the glory of Christ, we want to do everything we can to ensure the Bride, i.e., the church, is ready for her wedding day. To that end we serve to help encourage, strengthen and multiply churches.
To accomplish this mission, our new structure includes the addition of a Church Consulting & Revitalization Team as our largest ministry team. The team consists of five regional consultants along with eleven ministry consultants. The regional consultants are available to help directors of missions, associations, churches and church groups, but they are particularly assigned to help pastors. The five regional consultants live in the regions where they are privileged to serve. Here’s a list of these five men:
- Jeff Crabtree – South Central Region
- Alan Dodson – South Eastern Region
- Todd Gray – West Region
- Ronny Raines – North Central Region
- Alan Witham – Central Region
In addition to the regional consultants, the CCR team has eleven ministry consultants. These consultants serve the entire state in their specialized ministry fields. They are available to work with directors of missions, associations, churches, church groups and pastors. Here’s a list of these eleven consultants:
- Karl Babb – Transition/Conflict Resolution
- Peggy Berry – Ministry Transition
- John Bennett – Preschool/Children
- Shelly Johns – Women/Senior Adults
- Don Spencer – Church Financial Benefits
- Darryl Wilson – Sunday School/Discipleship
- Jason Stewart – Worship/Music
- Roger Palmer, Joe Ball, Patrick Greer, David Rouse – Youth (all serve with Crossings Ministries)
Team Leader Steve Rice, a long-tenured pastor whom God used to strengthen and revitalize the churches he served, gives credible and gifted leadership to this team and is also available to assist churches. If the CCR Team can help you in any way, please contact them at (866) 489-3571 or at (502) 489-3571 or through www.kybaptist.org/church-revitalization.