LOUISVILLE, Ky. (KT) - Kentucky Baptists will gather this week for their annual meeting. It’s the 182nd gathering of the largest protestant denomination in Kentucky. The event is scheduled for Tuesday at Immanuel Baptist Church in Lexington.
It will be the first time the convention has gathered since electing Todd Gray as the executive director-treasurer in late July. Gray says he expects the meeting to be a time of encouragement for Kentucky Baptists.
The Kentucky Baptist Convention is comprised of 2,350 churches. Around 900 messengers are expected to attend the meeting and will serve as voting representatives of local Southern Baptist churches. The meeting features votes on general business including the convention’s annual budget. Annual reports from the convention’s agencies, such as Sunrise Children’s Services, Clear Creek Baptist Bible College and Oneida Baptist Institute will be presented.
Messengers will be voting on resolutions dealing with issues important to Kentucky Baptists. At the forefront are statements on gambling, sexual abuse, and biblical justice. The latter two issues were addressed on a national level by the Southern Baptist Convention this summer in Birmingham, Ala. The KBC Committee on Resolutions says they want to address the issues at a ground roots level.
Officers for the upcoming year will also be elected at the daylong convention. Chad Fugitt, pastor of Central Baptist Church in Corbin, is the only candidate that has been announced to be nominated to serve as president. Others announced to be nominated are Wes Fowler, pastor of First Baptist Church Mayfield, nominated for first vice president, and Greg Gilbert, pastor of Third Avenue Baptist Church in Louisville, nominated for second vice president. Nominations may be made from the floor of the meeting at designated times.
The Kentucky Baptist Pastors’ Conference precedes the annual meeting on Monday at Immanuel Baptist Church. The conference will contrast the Christian’s identity in Christ as pertaining to race, politics and sexuality. Bruce Ashford from the Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, Denny Burk from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Kentucky Baptist Convention’s Curtis Woods are scheduled to speak at the event. The keynote speaker is J.D. Greear, pastor of Summit Church in Durham, N.C., and the president of the Southern Baptist Convention. The event begins at 2 p.m. on Monday.
Messengers to the meeting may register at kybaptist.org/annualmeeting. The page also features event information and links for the live streaming of the pastor’s conference and annual meeting.