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CINCINNATI, Ohio – Church planters have a vision for Cincinnati and could really use the help of Kentucky Baptists to reach the city with the gospel. Estimates are that as many as 85 percent of the city’s 2.2 million residents are unreached and unchurched. “The lostness is pervasive, but lives can be changed when God works through His willing servants,” said Kentucky Baptist Convention Missions Strategist Doug Williams. Pastors, directors of missions and other church leaders are invited to discover ways their congregations can impact lives for Christ by meeting with church planters at the Send Cincinnati Vision Tour Sept. 29-30. North American Mission Board Send Missionary Travis Smalley will lead the two-day tour held in partnership with the Kentucky Baptist Convention. Smalley also serves as the lead pastor of Lakota Hills Baptist Church in West Chester Township, Ohio. Participants will share a meal Thursday, Sept. 29, and hear details about the Send City strategy in greater Cincinnati, which includes church plants that are part of Northern Kentucky Baptist Association. The following day, they will meet area church planters and tour Cincinnati’s inner-city. Williams said getting involved in the tour has a dual benefit because when Kentucky Baptists get excited about doing missions, churches get stronger. “One of the best ways to foster a culture of discipleship and sacrificial giving in our churches is to get members ministering in the lives of others,” he said. Registration for the Send Cincinnati Vision Tour is available at The cost is $50 and includes transportation during the tour, meals and lodging. Hotel accommodations will be made by KBC staff. Rooms are double occupancy and can be reserved through Aug. 28.

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LOUISVILLE, Ky.—Get much-needed fuel and spiritual refreshment at a women’s leadership retreat this fall when the Kentucky Baptist Convention presents Fueled at Springdale Community Church in Louisville. Hear encouraging speakers, uplifting music and attend workshops designed to equip women leaders seeking obedience to God’s call. “Regardless of our present situation or natural abilities, God can provide everything we need to fulfill His call on our lives,” said KBC Women’s/Senior Adult Consultant Shelly Johns White. Speakers include bestselling author Jennifer Kennedy Dean, executive director of the Praying Life Foundation, and Katie Orr, author of the “FOCUSed 15” Bible study series. “For Girls Like You” magazine founder Wynter Pitts and her 12-year-old daughter, Alena, also will be featured speakers. Alena is known for her role at Danielle Jordan in the movie “War Room.” The Fueled Women’s Leadership Retreat will be held Friday, Sept. 30 and Saturday, Oct. 1. The cost is $28. To register, go to

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. –It’s back-to-school time for Kentucky Baptists looking to sharpen ministry skills and get equipped for the coming year. Registration for the Kentucky Baptist Convention’s premier church leader training conference, Equip 2016, is now open. The popular biennial event features more than 30 Southern Baptist experts in such fields as discipleship, evangelism and Sunday school. Church leaders, staff and volunteers will gain valuable insight in how to lead effective ministry programs for preschool/children, youth and women. Other classes to explore include worship/music, church finances, security and revitalization. Conferences run from Aug. 15 through Aug. 30 and will be hosted by 8 Kentucky Baptist churches. 15, Fitzpatrick Baptist Church, Prestonsburg 16, First Baptist Church, Russell 18, Parkway Baptist Church, Bardstown 22, Beacon Hill Baptist Church, Somerset 23, Calvary Baptist Church, Glasgow 25, First Baptist Church, Walton 29, Twelve Oaks Baptist Church, Paducah 30, Edgewood Baptist Church, Hopkinsville To register, visit The cost is $10 per person with a maximum fee of $50 per church. Conference class list CHILDREN’S MINISTRY Children’s Ministry Curriculum — Choosing a curriculum for your children’s ministry can be overwhelming. Let us help you select the best resources to help children and parents grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. Safety and Security in Children’s Ministry — Keeping children safe in our church is our number one priority. We’ll share best practices for having a safe and secure Children’s Ministry that every parent feels good about. CHURCH FINANCES Handling Money in the Church — Continuing through both conference hours, this conference is primarily for church treasurers, financial secretaries, and others who handle any part of church finances. Led by Don Spencer, CFP®, Director of the Church Financial Benefits Department of the KBC, the main focus will be on protecting a church’s financial integrity with appropriate internal controls, how to structure and report compensation for ministers and church employees, and issues regarding the handling of charitable contributions. DISCIPLESHIP No Destination = Lack of Discipleship — Many leaders and churches are immobilized due to lack of a discipleship picture or definition. Defining what a disciple looks like clarifies your target and destination and helps you develop a plan for moving in that direction. Steps Toward a Personal Discipleship Lifestyle —Does your discipleship lifestyle include these six elements: Jesus, intentionality, relationships, Bible, journey, and multiplication? Answer six questions to start discipling someone this year with confidence using practical ideas for these discipleship lifestyle elements. EVANGELISM Life Story—Learn how you can confidently share the story of your life in Jesus so that others may come to know Him too. LIFEproject—Use this evangelism strategy to guide your church through a prayerful process resulting in the engagement of one or more community affinity groups with the Gospel. REVITALIZATION Breaking Barriers in Smaller Churches — As smaller churches seek to experience greater health and growth, they often experience barriers that can result in plateau or decline. Learn the top ten barriers in churches of 100 or less in worship attendance and identify ways to address each of them. You will receive a resource that will help you evaluate your own church in light of the top ten barriers and plan for next steps in addressing them. SECURITY Developing a Security Plan for Your Church — This session will raise the awareness of church security issues for the small church, equip leaders to develop a church security team, and implement a basic security plan. SUNDAY SCHOOL Sunday School Adult Teachers Four Great Expectations — Expect new people every week. Prepare the room and your members to make great first impressions. Care enough to follow up with every guest. Expect people to say yes when you ask them to enroll, to prepare, to serve, to pray, and to try new things. Developing a Ten Most Wanted List — Focus your class efforts to reach out. Enlist an outreach leader. Lead the class to pray for lost and unenrolled people. Ask your class to suggest potential members. Pray, love, and care for those on your top ten to lead them to join! Sunday School Directors Turn Guests into Members — LEAD YOUR TEACHERS AND CLASSES TO… Identify, pray for, and invite guests (lost and unenrolled people). Expect guests every week. Welcome them and lead them to have great first impressions. Teach them to follow up and care for guests consistently. Four Foundational Principles — (1) Organize to care for every member. (2) Invite and expect guests and new members. Keep your group open relationally and with your curriculum choice. (3) Add more people to your ministry, fellowship, and prayer list. Enrollment PLUS care equals attendance. (4) Add more leaders to grow existing classes by expanding the span of care. WOMEN’S MINISTRY Evangelistically Focused Women’s Ministry — Women’s ministry can be an effective catalyst to help reach entire families for Christ. Set your church ministry foundation to enlist and equip Christ-followers who will engage others in your church, community, and beyond. Revitalize Your Faith and Ministry Through Conflict Reconciliation — As women leaders we experience emotions that need to be guided by the Holy Spirit in order to glorify God. Recognize and practice reconciliatory habits to reflect Christ’s love and forgiveness. WORSHIP AND MUSIC Do’s and Don’ts of Music Ministry — If you are like most Music Ministers, there are things you wish someone had told you before you began serving in music ministry. For example, don’t select hymns during Sunday School! Learn basic truths that will help you become the best worship leader you can be. Resources for Music Ministry & Open Forum — Come and experience new resources you can use in music ministry. Bring worship and music related questions for discussion. YOUTH MINISTRY Recruiting, Training, and Maintaining Volunteers — How do we effectively recruit and equip leaders (volunteers) for in-depth and long-term ministry? Come to this session and learn biblical principles to help your ministry team be strong and healthy. Twelve24: Every Student, Every Campus, Every Church — The 12-24 […]

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DALLAS (BP) -- Robert E. "Bob" Dixon, who pioneered Southern Baptist disaster relief ministry more than 50 years ago -- seeing DR deployments as "invitations from the Father" -- died May 10 at age 90.
SUTHERLAND SPRINGS, Texas (BP) -- Karla Holcombe, one of 26 victims to die in shootings at First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs on Nov. 5, 2017, walked the lot adjacent to the church often, praying for God to provide a place for expansion. Members said the two-acre tract was too expensive.
When Chaplain (CPT) Robert Boyles was in his second phase of the US Army Ranger School training, he met four strangers who he would later baptize. But, when the weather turned 15 degrees that night, Boyles was simply another Ranger in training, stomping his feet in his Army boots to keep warm.


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