LOUISVILLE, Ky. (KT) -- The Mission Board of the Kentucky Baptist Convention held their May meeting on Monday. Though the meeting was held virtually due to the ongoing COVID pandemic, the meeting's tone was positive as leaders celebrated the faithfulness of Kentucky Baptists during a challenging year.
Dr. Todd Gray, KBC executive director-treasurer, thanked Kentucky Baptist churches for their faithful giving during an uncertain year. He also noted the "good work of the Kentucky Baptist Mission Board staff" in serving KBC churches during the past year.
Gray presented several initiatives KBC mission board staff will focus on during the year ahead. Among them were the ongoing Gospel to Every Home emphasis, an effort to re-engage disengaged churches, and an initiative to abolish legalized abortion in Kentucky. He focused on two new initiatives, the Cooperative Program (CP) Training Kit and The Church in the Search.
The Cooperative Program Training Kit features a KBC-produced small group style video series to help Kentucky Baptists understand how Cooperative Program funding is used. The kit features videos, a leader guide, student guides and a new CP overview brochure.
Gray announced an initiative called The Church in the Search to help churches search for a lead pastor. He believes the time of leadership transition is an important time for any church. Gray called the season of search "a critical time in the life of a congregation."
KBC Church Consulting and Revitalization Team Leader Steve Rice has been tapped to lead the effort. "When a pastor leaves for another assignment, there is a vacuum of leadership," Rice said. "If the church receives the right advice from godly leaders during this period, the church will continue to minister well during the transition and be positioned well for their next pastor."
Resources for The Church in the Search features a ministry job board, Pastor Search Team Guide, search team training and consultation, interim pastor training, pulpit supply and more.
Rice said the new ministry job board had received more than 8,000 searches since going live in February. To access the board, visit resume.kybaptist.org.
In other business, the Mission Board also passed a 2021-2022 Detailed Ministry Budget of $22,000,000. James Carroll, chairman of the Business and Finance Committee, believes the budget should motivate Kentucky Baptists.
"This budget is encouraging for at least two reasons. First, after aggressive action in 2020 to reduce spending in the interest of good stewardship, this budget reflects a return to near pre-pandemic levels. To this end, it will more fully resource our cooperative efforts to reach Kentucky and the world for Christ. Second, this budget is possible because Kentucky Baptists continue to give faithfully to support local churches, and through them, to support our Cooperative Program. We could construct and approve it because God's faithfulness is on display through his grace to provide the resources to justify it," Carroll said. Carroll is the senior pastor of Parkway Baptist in Bardstown.
The Administrative Committee announced the hiring of Ian Carrico as an evangelism associate to the eastern region of the state. Carrico is scheduled to begin the role on June 16. He has been serving as the pastor of Beulah Baptist Church in Fancy Farm.