Is your church interested in being part of the Kentucky Baptist Convention?

We want to help walk you through the process. Read important information and check out the links below to get started:

The Kentucky Baptist Convention (KBC) is a partnership of Baptist congregations, Baptist associations, and convention staff who cooperate; share resources and energy; and engage in state, national, and international mission, and ministry endeavors as they collectively discern God’s leading.

This body (convention) consists of (1) “Baptist churches cooperating with the Convention … and sympathetic with its purposes and work” who are “understood by the Convention to be local congregations of scripturally-baptized believers in general agreement with any of the historic Baptist confessions of faith (By way of example, churches which act to affirm, approve or endorse homosexual behavior would be deemed not to be in cooperation with the Convention.) And (2) Has been a bona fide contributor through the Cooperative Program during the fiscal year preceding. (Article IV)

This body. . . “shall serve and assist the churches in their sovereign capacity by the providing of resources and the facilitating of cooperation so that both the Body and the churches may fulfill the Great Commission,” Matthew 28:18-20. (Article II)
The convention recognizes that the cooperation is voluntary and the convention “has no jurisdiction over the local churches or district associations and shall exercise no authority over them.” (Article VI)

Read KBC Constitution & Bylaws

We encourage churches seeking affiliation to gain an understanding and appreciation of the Cooperative Program (CP), our method for promoting missions and ministry endeavors in Kentucky and around the world.

There are two primary reasons we desire for churches to establish consistent, regular support through the Cooperative Program:

  1. It is a criterion used to determine each church’s representation at the annual meetings of both the Kentucky Baptist and Southern Baptist conventions.
  2. It is perhaps the best indication to the Committee on Credentials that the prospective church seeks to be in full cooperation with the convention.

In addition to financial support through the Cooperative Program, affiliation with the Kentucky Baptist Convention carries with the responsibility to report church data yearly as part of the Annual Church Profile.

Learn about Cooperative Program

The Baptist Faith & Message 2000 is an important document that captures our theology and convictions. Be sure to read it by clicking on the button below.

Read BFM 2000

1. Read the Information & Guidelines for Churches Seeking Affiliation with the Kentucky Baptist Convention. 

This document is an excellent starting point. It outlines the purpose and process to affiliate with us.

Download Info & Guidelines


2. Complete Church Request for Affiliation with the Kentucky Baptist Convention.

Churches interested in affiliating with us must complete and return this form to our Committee on Credentials by April 30 or August 31. The committee meets to consider all affiliation requests each May and October.

Click here to complete online form

Click here to download printable form


3. Turn in remaining documents needed for affiliation.

In addition to the Application for Affiliation, please include any church-approved documents that describe your church’s mission, such as constitution; rules of governance and/or bylaws; a doctrinal statement; information about the church’s participation in missions and/or ministries; organizational documents; or any other information that will help the Committee on Credentials get better acquainted with the church.

Email Forms Here

Contact the KBC Executive Office
(502) 489-3577
(866) 489-3577 (toll free in Ky. only)