Our Approach

  • Envision — KLA envisions all followers of Jesus that they are called to full-time ministry where they work and where they live.
  • Connect — KLA connects (1) individuals to small groups where they work and where they live; (2) similar small groups into networks; (3) diverse networks into an alliance.
  • Empower — KLA empowers collaborative initiatives and working partnerships that emerge from the alliance to take on our community’s most pressing needs.

Process – Click here for a PDF version of the 7 Steps Chart

Community transformation involves envisioning, connecting, and empowering people and can be seen as a three-phased process comprised of seven steps.

Envision: Step 1: Envision all followers of Jesus that they are called to full-time ministry where they work and where they live.
Connect: Step 2: Connect by similarity, first in small groups, then similar small groups into a network.
Step 3: Connect diverse networks into a community-wide alliance.
Empower: Step 4: Develop collaborative initiatives and establish working partnerships.
Step 5: Pursue excellence.
Step 6: Take on the giants, the most pressing needs of a community.
Step 7: Communicate and celebrate.

ENVISION

STEP 1: Envision all followers of Jesus that they are called to full-time ministry where they work and where they live.

All believers in Jesus have been called by God to full-time ministry. They are to impact their spheres of influence by fervent prayer, extending love, showing practical care, and sharing faith. They are to influence everyone around them through effective leadership, exemplary conduct, and pursuing excellence.

CONNECT

STEP 2: Connect by similarity, first in small groups, then similar small groups into a network.

Small Groups

Small groups connect believers for encouragement, prayer, and to answer the question, “How can we effectively serve Christ in our field of work and in our neighborhood?”

Small groups can be defined professionally (an identifiable group within a field of work or a workplace itself) or geographically (a gathering of neighbors).

KLA seeks to recognize existing small groups and encourages the creation of new groups in all spheres of influence and geographic areas of our community.

Networks

Professional or geographic networks are formed by linking together similar workplace or neighborhood small groups. A network of such groups enables the sharing of information, the harnessing of a broader range of skill and creativity, and the enlarging of the scope of vision.

STEP 3: Connect diverse networks into a community-wide alliance.

Alliance

An alliance brings together the diverse insights and resources of the networks with the aim to raise the quality of life for all in a community.

Connect People Where They Work
Professional Small Groups and Networks:

  • Faith: pastors, prayer leaders, evangelistic ministries, parachurch ministries
  • Family: family support services, counselors, therapists, recovery, foster care, adoption
  • Education: teachers, professors, administrators, school board members
  • Government/Law: local, county and federal government, including law enforcement and emergency response
  • Media: television, radio, internet, communications, public relations
  • Arts/Entertainment: music, drama, arts, sports
  • Marketplace: business, finance, professional services, medical, technology

Connect People Where They Live
Geographic Blocks, Quadrants and Areas:

For the city of Bakersfield, the four geographic areas are themselves composed of four quadrants(neighborhoods), which in turn are made up of many blocks (small groups of neighbors).

  • Area 1 (NW): North of Brundage Ln/Stockdale Hwy, West of Airport Dr/99 Hwy
  • Area 2 (NE): North of Brundage Ln/Stockdale Hwy, East of Airport Dr/99 Hwy
  • Area 3 (SW): South of Brundage Ln/Stockdale, West of Airport Dr/99 Hwy
  • Area 4 (SE): South of Brundage Ln/Stockdale Hwy, East of Airport Dr/99 Hwy

EMPOWER

STEP 4: Develop collaborative initiatives and establish working partnerships.

KLA proposes collaborative initiatives that effectively utilize resources to address the most pressing needs of the community. This is accomplished from the distinct vantage points and contribution of the various professional and geographic networks. Included in these initiatives would be unified prayer movements, selected joint evangelistic efforts, and a comprehensive range of community services.

From the collaborative initiatives flow working partnerships. KLA partnerships address the most pressing needs of our community by coordinated mobilization of the resources and capabilities of various networks. Initiatives and solutions can be implemented either on a community-wide issue or for a locale-specific need.

STEP 5: Pursue excellence

Kern Leadership Alliance Services (KLAS) is the strategic development and resource arm of Kern Leadership Alliance (KLA). As appropriate, it will provide support and assistance to KLA initiatives through:

  • leadership development and capacity building for faith-based non-profits
  • accessing and providing private and government funding and resources
  • asset development to maximize the benefit of available resources
  • research and development to apply best practices to community needs
  • volunteer mobilization around a community need or to a specific neighborhood
  • community awareness through media relations and participation in local agencies, neighborhood collaboratives, and community-wide efforts.

For KLA collaborative initiatives and working partnerships, KLAS facilitates acquisition of both private donations and government resources.

STEP 6: Take on the giants, the most pressing needs of a community.

Every Promised Land has its share of giants — ancient, entrenched powers that must be expelled. Through the united strengths, wisdom and resources of believers in a community, lasting impact upon the most critical areas of a region’s spiritual, social, and practical needs can occur.

STEP 7: Communicate and celebrate.

Sharing information and inspiration are critical to long-term progress. Efficient and effective forms of communication must be invested in and sustained in order to mobilize prayer, provide ongoing direction for efforts in progress, and build morale and hope through encouraging success stories and testimonies.