LOUISVILLE, Ky. (KT) -- Kentucky Baptists continue to make kingdom investments despite the financial challenges due to the coronavirus pandemic.
A six-month report of the Cooperative Program shows giving levels prior to the economic shutdown. Kentucky Baptist churches give through the Cooperative Program to accomplish the work of the Kentucky Baptist Convention and the Southern Baptist Convention.
“I could not be more proud of Kentucky Baptists and their continued commitment to funding 3,700 missionaries, the work of church planting and evangelism, the work of our seminaries, and much more,” said Todd Gray, KBC executive director-treasurer.
Just before the outbreak of the coronavirus that led to the shutdown of much of Kentucky, a six-month report on Cooperative Program giving was posted to the KBC’s website. The six-month CP update can be found at kybaptist.org/cp.
“Churches will be able to discover the kingdom investment they’ve made through the Cooperative Program as they study the report,” Gray said.
Jim Donnell, KBC associate executive director for convention operations, says the report offers churches a way to assess their giving through the mid-point of the fiscal year. “This is a great way for churches to double-check for any discrepancies before we get to the end of the KBC fiscal year, “ said Donnell.
One of the institutions most affected by the giving of Kentucky Baptists is Clear Creek Baptist Bible College in Pineville. Clear Creek President Donnie Fox says CP giving brings great benefit to the school. “The CP helps us to keep our tuition costs at a very affordable rate for those God calls to ministry training.”
Fox says it’s one of the primary reasons the college receives national recognition, “Our KBC CP support is the main reason Clear Creek is consistently ranked as one of the top 50 most affordable Bible Colleges in the United States.”
Ministry funded by the Cooperative Program also benefits the KBC’s regional consultants as they work directly with churches across Kentucky. Alan Dodson, KBC southeast region consultant, believes the generosity of KBC churches allows his work to continue through the coronavirus crisis.
“Because of the CP, I have had every resource, technological and otherwise, to stay in touch with and serve my assigned pastors and churches," Dodson said. "We have been able to stay connected, share best practices, and make better decisions because we have chosen to work together.”
In addition to Clear Creek Baptist Bible College, in Kentucky, the Cooperative Program provides resources for Sunrise Children’s Services, Oneida Baptist Institute, Clear Creek Baptist Bible College, Crossings Camps, Kentucky WMU, and the Baptist Foundation as well as the vitally important of the Kentucky Baptist Mission Board Staff.
Gray is encouraged by the generous giving of Kentucky Baptists and has faith they will continue. “Funding ministry and missions through the Cooperative Program has been a priority of Kentucky Baptists before COVID-19 and will continue to be afterward. One of our distinctions as Southern Baptists and as Kentucky Baptists is that we believe we can accomplish more together than we can alone.”