Kentucky Baptists coming in big numbers for annual meeting

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (KT) – Kentucky Baptists from all corners of the commonwealth will be converging on Lexington over the next two days.

Immanuel Baptist Church will be the site as the Kentucky Baptist Convention has its 182nd annual meeting on Tuesday.

But leading off on Monday will be an intriguing Pastors’ Conference that features Southern Baptist Convention President J.D. Greear, pastor of The Summit Church in Durham, N.C.

He will be one of four speakers throughout the day who will take on the topic of the Identity of Christ. The daylong conference starts at 2 p.m.

Ray Green, the lead pastor at Immanuel Baptist Church, welcomes fellow Kentucky Baptists to the church and to Lexington itself.

“We hope everyone in attendance will have the opportunity to explore and enjoy all our wonderful city of Lexington has to offer,” he said. “We pray our time together as Christian brothers and sisters will be filled with encouragement and challenge from God’s Word and unification around God’s calling to reach Kentucky with the gospel of Jesus Christ and support the kingdom work taking place throughout the world.”

More than 1,000 Kentucky Baptists are expected to participate in the annual meeting after one of the largest pre-registrations in years.

The pastors’ 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, and Kentucky Baptist Convention’s Curtis Woods are scheduled to speak prior to Greear, the keynote speaker.

Tuesday’s annual meeting will be the first since Todd Gray was called to serve as the executive director-treasurer of the Kentucky Baptist Convention.

Messengers, representing local Southern Baptist churches affiliated with the KBC, will be voting on resolutions and electing officers for the upcoming year along with taking care of general business matters, including a $22,150,000 budget.

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