LOUISVILLE –With help from ministries made possible by gifts through the Cooperative Program, Kentucky Baptist churches can develop a discipleship strategy that extends from preschoolers to adults, and in the process possibly change the spiritual landscape of the commonwealth.
“We are missing the young-adult generation, but we have missed them because we have not connected with them when they were children, middle- or high-school students,” according to Brian Combs, collegiate evangelism strategist for the Kentucky Baptist Convention.
“We need to be equipping and mobilizing our children, middle- and high-schoolers and adults to engage their sphere of influence with the gospel.
“For the school-aged, this means engaging their campuses as a missionary,” he explained. “For the person in the workforce, this means engaging their workplace as a missionary.”
The Kentucky Baptist Convention Mission Board staff and Crossings Ministries (formerly Kentucky Baptist Assemblies) can help churches develop a ministry strategy without any gaps between preschool, children, middle school, high school, college/career and adults.
- KBC Church Consulting & Revitalization Team’s John Bennett, firstname.lastname@example.org, provides free consultations for churches seeking to improve their ministry to children and families.
- The Crossings Center for Youth Ministry also provides consultation, training and networking for anyone interested in engaging students with the gospel and discipling them as new believers. Among the center’s services is a leadership retreat Sept. 27-28 at Jonathan Creek Camp & Conference Center in West Kentucky. For details, visit, http://www.gocrossings.org/event/ccym-leadership-retreat/
- Combs, email@example.com, a member of the KBC Evangelism & Church Planting Team, works with more than 20 campus missionaries (formerly known as campus ministers) through Kentucky Baptist Campus Ministry.
- As KBC’s consultant for Sunday school and discipleship, Darryl Wilson, firstname.lastname@example.org, can help pastors and other leaders develop a church-wide plan of biblical education and discipleship.
For Combs, the resulting vision of a comprehensive approach to discipleship is clear: “Imagine a Kentucky Baptist campus missionary getting a call from an incoming student asking where he or she can live on campus to be the most effective light for Jesus, rather than a mom or dad calling to ask where the Christian dorm is located so that his or her child can be safe and protected?
“That vision is about more than an incoming college freshman’s attitude,” he said. “It reflects a profound change of attitude from pastors, parents and the entire church.”
The services provided by the Kentucky Baptist Convention Mission Board staff and Crossings Ministries are made possible by Kentucky Baptists’ gifts through the unified giving fund known as the Cooperative Program. Learn more at www.kybaptist.org/cp.
Story by KBC Communications