LOUISVILLE, Ky. (KT) - Getting the gospel to every home is a key focus for Kentucky Baptist Convention leaders in 2020. On Thursday, dozens of church leaders gathered to think through ways to bring evangelism to the forefront in Kentucky Baptist churches.
The Associational Partnership in Evangelism Gathering featured speakers who are on the front lines of ministry across the commonwealth. Ideas, strategies and initiatives aimed at sparking the imaginations of Associational Missional Strategists from across Kentucky were offered as they encourage churches to share the good news of Jesus Christ.
Danny Davis, associational mission strategist for the Tates Creek Baptist Association, shared how he led his association to set a goal for baptisms in 2020. “It’s about putting the emphasis before people constantly, so they are reminded to have gospel conversations,” Davis said.
He said the initiative allows churches to remain focused and to celebrate when God works in their own church or in one of their neighboring churches.
Todd Gray, KBC executive director-treasurer, asked AMSs to walk closely with pastors who are leading in evangelism, “If you have evangelistic pastors in your association, you can know for certain they are constantly in spiritual warfare and they are constantly battling discouragement.”
Gray believes the local pastor must be intentional if the church is going to be evangelistic. “The church will drift into fellowship, but it must be led into evangelism.”
The gathering featured details about training events and upcoming initiatives.
Rob Patterson, KBC evangelism team leader, told the group they would be asked to assist in putting together a strategic plan for The Gospel to Every Home campaign scheduled to be unveiled later this year. “How exciting would it be if God would allow us to get the gospel to every home in Kentucky between the Annual Meetings of 2020 and 2021?”
There are 69 local associations across Kentucky serving 2,360 churches affiliated with the Kentucky Baptist Convention.
Kentucky Baptist church leaders can find resources at kybaptist.org/evangelism.