Dear Governor Beshear,
Thank you for your tireless efforts, and those of your leadership team, to contain the spread of the COVID-19 virus and ultimately save lives in Kentucky. I can assure you that Kentucky Baptists are praying daily that God will supply you with needed wisdom for decision-making and strength and stamina for the duration of this pandemic.
As a convention of 2,360 churches that serves nearly 750,000 Kentuckians, we are striving to comply, as Scripture dictates in Romans 13:1-5, with not only your executive orders but also your heartfelt requests. Thank you for your leadership.
As you are finalizing your list of essential and non-essential services to remain open for business in the days ahead, I want to make the case for including church offices on that list.
While most every Kentucky Baptist church has ceased their corporate gatherings for the immediate future, all have not closed their church offices. Many are asking for a clear interpretation of your view of their work.
Here are three reasons I feel why they need to remain open during our state’s response to this pandemic:
Governor Beshear, I submit this request to you respectfully on behalf of 2,360 Kentucky Baptist churches. Clear communication from you addressing these concerns would be very helpful to the pastors and church leaders who are doing their best to follow your leadership as they serve their communities.
Thank you for considering this request. Please know that I am praying for you daily.
Dr. Todd Gray
Executive Director-Treasurer for Kentucky Baptist Convention