'We let the Lord help us:' Pleasant Grove Baptist finds joy in GTEH

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OWENSBORO, Ky. (KT) – Pleasant Grove Baptist went by the book with the Gospel to Every Home and let God do the rest.


The results were astounding, said Pastor Jonathon Bonar, because the church "let God do something."


“It wasn’t just a program or campaign,” he said. “We implemented it significantly into the overall plan of our church as we approached Easter. Our goal coming out of COVID is that we wouldn’t return to normal, but we’d return to revival. We've been trying to push, let's not get back to normal but be something different and let God do something."


The church went through the 40 Days of Prayer guide and started a Thursday lunchtime prayer meeting that people could attend in-person or on Facebook. The pastor preached a three-week sermon series called “Contagious Faith” and provided ample training about door-to-door evangelism, and they were able to pack all of their Gospel to Every Home bags in a day.


They canvassed nearly 2,000 homes near the church and proceeded to have church attendance records on Palm Sunday and Easter. Teams that went out had gospel conversations with 18 recommitments and professions of faith made as a direct result between Palm Sunday and Easter.


“We were able to do more training than we thought,” Bonar said. “The second time we got together they had homework to present. They had to prepare their (salvation) story and be prepared to tell the group. We did more training before we went out to the community to distribute the packages and shared our faith.”


The church completely bought into sharing Jesus with the community.


They distributed material before Palm Sunday and saw a record 630 in that service, smashing a church record by nearly 200. Then on Easter, Pleasant Grove welcomed 1,100 over three services. For a church that started in 1835, that was the most to gather there on any Sunday. 


Bonar said the plan laid out by the Kentucky Baptist Convention for the Gospel to Every Home initiative and the resources the organization provided made his part easy.


“The KBC team has been phenomenal in providing so many fantastic resources for our churches,” Bonar said. “They’ve made it very easy for us to reach the community with the gospel. I’m so thankful, as a pastor, for this. The KBC is doing a tremendous job supporting us, resourcing us. I’m so thankful for Todd Gray’s leadership here in Kentucky. He has such a heart for evangelism.”


New student pastor Logan Lamb has also seen an increase in the youth at the church with more than 65 gathering at the last meeting, Bonar said. "We're even seeing a revival among our students."


Bonar, who came to Owensboro from South Florida nearly a year ago, said his family has fallen more in love with Kentucky, the community and the church family.


“We felt a supernatural calling that’s hard to explain to our friends,” Bonar said. “That calling has been totally confirmed by the move of God. We are seeing God do such wonderful things. We don’t know for sure what we’re doing, we just know it’s God. We are trying to stay out of his way as much as possible.”

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