“CBF is only two decades old and during those years we have seen enormous changes in our culture and in our churches,” said Pat Anderson, CBF interim executive coordinator. “Those changes naturally bleed over into our organization and require a proactive response in order to remain effective and efficient. The implementation of the 2012 Task Force Report is an exciting next step in a nimble fulfillment of the changes envisioned for the Fellowship’s future.”
Anderson and CBF moderator Keith Herron, pastor of Holmeswood Baptist Church in Kansas City, Mo., are setting the implementation process in motion. Their first step was putting together the Implementation Team and asking Dave Odom, executive director at Leadership Education at Duke Divinity, to provide leadership to the team meetings.
Members of the 2012 Task Force Implementation Team include:
• Ruth Perkins Lee; Minister of students, Auburn First Baptist Church; Auburn, Ala.
• Dave Odom; Executive director, Leadership Education at Duke Divinity; Durham, N.C.
• Bill McConnell; CBF moderator-elect and partner at Rogers & Morgan; Knoxville, Tenn.
• Keith Herron; CBF moderator and pastor of Holmeswood Baptist Church; Kansas City, Mo.
• Renée Bennett ; CBF Recorder and assistant to the coordinator for finance, CBF of Georgia; Macon, Ga.
• Colleen Burroughs; CBF immediate past moderator and vice president of Passport, Inc.; Birmingham, Ala.
• Susan Fendley; Attorney (retired) for Tennessee Valley Authority; Knoxville, Tenn.
• Pat Anderson; CBF interim executive coordinator; Atlanta, Ga.
• Connie McNeill; CBF coordinator of administration; Atlanta, Ga.
• Bo Prosser; CBF coordinator for missional congregations; Atlanta, Ga.
• Jim Smith; CBF interim global missions coordinator; Atlanta, Ga.
“One of the recommendations of the 2012 Task Force is about being better partners with our partners and developing a seamless community,” Herron said. “Dave has great organizational savvy, and we’ve called on him to lead us through the process of implementation.”
After its October work retreat, the Implementation Team will share its initial report with the CBF Coordinating Council, which meets Oct. 25-26. With feedback from the Council, the team will continue to work on a proposal for implementation, presenting to the Council again in February and to the CBF Advisory Council in May. At the 2013 General Assembly, being held June 26-28 in Greensboro, N.C., the team will share a summary report.
“There’s always a sense of loss and hope related to any change,” Odom said. “In that regard, CBF is like any other human organization. One distinct advantage is CBF is a relatively new organization that doesn’t have as much weight as one of the historical denominations that would need to be adjusted. It’s already a network and it’s already a fellowship. We need to discover how to adjust our systems to, in some ways, be even more of the organization we already are.”
Learn more about the implementation team and 2012 Task Force report at www.thefellowship.info/2012taskforce
CBF is a fellowship of Baptist Christians and churches who share a passion for the Great Commission and a commitment to Baptist principles of faith and practice. The Fellowship’s mission is to serve Christians and churches as they discover and fulfill their God-given mission.