LOUISVILLE –This fall, the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary is launching a one-day initiative called “Operation: Preach the Word.”
The goal is to serve the churches of the Kentucky Baptist Convention by sending out its best trained seminarians on September 28th to “Preach the Word.”
All across Kentucky, the churches of the KBC proclaim the Word of God from their pulpit and support the work of God through the Cooperative Program. The sacrificial giving of the church to Cooperative Program is then invested in the seminary training of the next generation of church leaders. When a church participates in “Preach the Word,” they will see first hand how their investments in the Cooperative Program are used to train and equip those who have been called into ministry.
Dr. Greg Wills, Dean of the School of Theology at Southern Seminary called this, “a fantastic opportunity for our students and Kentucky Baptists to know one another’s heart for Christ and His great commission and to experience their mutual love and joy in His service.”
The heart of this initiative is the preaching of a “Great Commission” sermon on Sunday morning, September 28th. The preachers who are sent out for this special service are doing so as an expression of appreciation to the local church with the hope of adding to the ongoing call to faithfulness in proclaiming Christ and His saving message.
Jim Stitzinger, the Director of The Bevin Center for Missions Mobilization at Southern Seminary, said, “this partnership will not only deepen the investment the churches of the KBC make in aspiring pastors, but it will cultivate a greater relationship for future service to those same churches.”
Kentucky Baptist Convention Executive Director Paul Chitwood said “I’m happy to endorse this initiative, and I encourage our churches to take part.”