Kentucky Baptists were giving more to the Cooperative Program at a time when the world was reeling from an economic uncertainty spawned by the coronavirus.
In June of 2020, Kentucky Baptist churches sent $1,887,209.59 to fund ministry and missions at home and around the world. Since March of this year, with the restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic, Kentucky Baptist churches have continued their support of state and national gospel ministry.
The June amount was the highest month on record since January of this year and was substantially stronger than June 2019. At this point in the year, Kentucky Baptists have met ninety-seven of our agreed upon budget projections through June. This is reason to praise God for His faithful provision and thank Kentucky Baptist for their continued support of cooperative ministry.
What happens when Kentucky Baptist churches support ministry and missions through the Cooperative Program?
- Missionaries continue to share the gospel: Through the International Mission Board, Southern Baptists are represented by more than 3,800 of some of the best of the Lord’s servants working in difficult places around the world. Their work is enabled to continue through the faithful and sacrificial giving of Kentucky Baptists.
- Churches continue to be planted: Through Kentucky Baptist Church Planting and our North American Mission Board we are involved in planting churches here in the commonwealth and across the country. This work is funded by the ongoing giving of Kentucky Baptists and others.
- Children continue to receive care: Sunrise Children’s Services provide foster care and residential treatment for many of the 10,000 children in Kentucky’s foster care system. That work is supported through the Cooperative Program.
- Students continue to hear the gospel: Your Kentucky Baptist Convention has representation across the state seeking to reach out to many of the 200,000 plus college students who attend these schools. Those campus ministers can have a presence on secular campuses because of the faithful giving of Kentucky Baptists.
- Pastors and Christian leaders continue to be trained: Southern Baptists are blessed to have six of the best seminaries in the world, one right here in Kentucky, training those who have answered the call. Kentucky Baptists are also blessed to have Clear Creek Baptist Bible College continuing to fulfill their mission of providing education for Christian service. Once again, the Cooperative Program helps fund this work.
- Kentucky Baptists continue to organize to get the gospel to every home in the commonwealth: One of the great initiatives of the Kentucky Baptist Convention this year, in cooperation with 69 local associations, is a plan to get the gospel to each of the 1,728,681 homes in our state. This effort continues to move forward because of the support of Kentucky Baptists.
- Much more cooperative gospel ministry continues moving forward: The work of Oneida Baptist Institute, Crossings camps, the Kentucky Baptist Foundation, and the Kentucky Woman’s Missionary Union all receive a portion of their ministry expenses from the Cooperative Program.
While there is a great work to be done, and the work is urgent, Kentucky Baptists have proven once again that they believe we can accomplish that work better together.
Thank you, Kentucky Baptists, for your faithfulness in giving. May the Lord use your gifts to further the message of the death, burial, and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ to the farthest reaches of the world.