By Jeff Huett
July 29, 2020
DECATUR, Ga. – Kasey Jones, whose current work at the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship includes both operations and outreach, will begin a transition to a role that focuses her leadership on the Fellowship’s outreach and growth initiatives, including CBF’s work for racial and ethnic diversity.
This shift in focus comes just weeks after a team of leaders from across the Fellowship released a report from the Discovery Phase of CBF’s Toward Bold Faithfulness initiative. In it, growth and diversity were identified as two of CBF’s greatest needs. The Toward Bold Faithfulness initiative was launched in September 2019 as the Fellowship began its fourth decade of ministry, to discover and then respond to God’s call for the Fellowship.
CBF Executive Coordinator Paul Baxley said this shift in Kasey’s role is both a response to Toward Bold Faithfulness and to the urgency of the work.
“Coming out of the Discovery Phase of Toward Bold Faithfulness, the Fellowship heard a call toward growth,” Baxley said. “Central to that growth will be inviting congregations and individuals from different racial, ethnic and geographic backgrounds not only to join us but to teach us and help us become much more fully who God is calling us to be. Also, in this moment, it is urgently important that we offer more focused leadership toward racial inclusion and justice.”
Jones expressed the importance of her focused attention to outreach and growth for the Fellowship.
“CBF’s increasing attention to growth, outreach and racial justice is significant,” Jones said. “I am grateful for the opportunity to shift the focus of my work to give leadership in these areas. While it has been an honor to serve the CBF staff through my operations responsibility, I look forward to the important work ahead responding with focus to some of the greatest needs identified in our churches, communities and the Fellowship.”
In the coming days, CBF will launch a search for an Associate Coordinator of Operations to lead the Fellowship’s daily operations. Jones’ transition to her focused role will be complete when the new operations position is filled. During the transitional months, Jones will give primary attention to the work of the Pan African Koinonia and the Emmanuel McCall Racial Justice Initiative. She will also continue some of her operations duties.
Baxley said the new Associate Coordinator of Operations position is critical to the thriving of the Fellowship. The role will focus on finance and accounting, human resources, information technology, office operations and business relationships.
CBF is a Christian Network that helps people put their faith to practice through ministry efforts, global missions and a broad community of support. The Fellowship’s mission is to serve Christians and churches as they discover and fulfill their God-given mission.