Sixty percent or more of Kentucky Baptist churches utilize bivocational pastors.

KBC churches are having great difficulty finding candidates to fill their bivocational pastorate positions. The Calling Out the Called initiative is a 3-year focus with the primary goal of raising up local men to fill those bivocational pastorates. In addition to the primary goal, this emphasis will encourage men and women in other ministry-related callings as well.

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5 Priorities of Calling Out the Called

Pray for the called
Pray for the called

The KBC will provide a variety of prayer resources that focus on men and women being called to ministry. Jesus himself identified prayer as the answer in Matthew 9:37-38.

Invite the called
Invite the called

Pastors and ministry leaders will be encouraged to appeal to listeners in their sermons and conversations to respond to God’s call on their lives.

Mentor the called
Mentor the called

Pastors will be given resources and strategies to provide on-the-job training by mentoring people through their local church. This will include an intentional discipleship strategy.

Teach the called
Teach the called

The KBC will assist the called by providing various training and curriculum specific to their callings.

Send the called
Send the called

The KBC will network with churches, associations, and organizations to connect the called with the ministries God has called them to.

Calling Out the Called Sunday

We encourage all KBC churches to observe a Calling Out the Called Sunday in 2023 where Christians are invited to respond to God’s call to ministry. We have provided resources to assist with this special day as needed. Email Steve Rice at steve.rice@kybaptist.org to let us know when your COTC Sunday is scheduled, and we will ask our COTC prayer partners to pray specifically for your church leading up to that Sunday.