These months leading up to our Kentucky Baptist Convention Annual Meeting have been anything but normal. We can all attest to that fact.
One thing for certain, though, has not changed. As I reflect on our upcoming time together as a convention, I can say without a doubt that Clear Creek Baptist Bible College is Better Together in cooperation with our Kentucky Baptist Convention churches.
Better Together … through your Cooperative Program support
Since 1946 Clear Creek Baptist Bible College has been a recipient of your Cooperative Program support through our Kentucky Baptist Convention churches. You are a major part of the blessings that support and sustain this ministry, and for that, we want to say thank you from all of us at Clear Creek Baptist Bible College.
Your gifts through the Cooperative Program are a blessing to Clear Creek. As you give through your local church to the Cooperative Program, Clear Creek receives a portion of those gifts designated for Christian education.
These gifts are a major portion of our operating budget and they enable us to fulfill our mission to equip God-called men and women for ministry. We could not do what we do without your Cooperative Program giving and we want you to know we are thankful for your support.
Your Cooperative Program support is the main reason we can keep our tuition rates so affordable for our students. Because of your Cooperative Program support, we are consistently recognized as one of the most affordable Bible colleges in the country. All of our students graduate debt-free to the institution because of the affordable rates provided through KBC CP support.
We make sure that our students know where their support comes from for them to be able to receive their ministry training. We teach our students about the importance of the Cooperative Program and missions in the classroom so when they leave us to go lead churches, they will lead their churches to do the same.
Our students participate every year in the Eliza Broadus, Annie Armstrong and Lottie Moon missions offerings. We want our students to know that we can do so much more together cooperatively than we can alone. Thank you for supporting the Cooperative Program through your local church!
Better Together … through providing ministry opportunities
Many of our Kentucky Baptist Convention churches provide ministry opportunities for our students throughout the year. Many of our students pastor or serve in leadership positions while they continue their studies at Clear Creek.
Clear Creek offers opportunities for our students to participate in associational-wide ministry opportunities in what we call the Great Commission Project. This is an opportunity for a KBC association to have a team of students minister in associational churches on a Sunday. We would love to partner with your association for a Great Commission Project. You can contact our College Relations Department for more information.
Thank you for these opportunities that provide valuable practical ministry experience for our students outside of the classroom. This practical ministry focus goes a long way in helping equip our students for God’s calling on their lives.
Better Together … through physical support
We are thankful for the many material blessings that are provided during the year for our students. Each year the Laurel River and Irvine Baptist associations provide groceries for our students through a food pounding.
They also provide a turkey and all the trimmings for each campus family so they have a turkey dinner for Thanksgiving. More churches, associations and individuals also provide additional turkeys and all the trimmings at Christmas for each campus family. Through your support of our Christmas shopping spree, our students can provide a Christmas for their children.
Better Together … to impact the kingdom
Through your support and partnership, our students have been given opportunities to make an impact for the kingdom throughout our Kentucky Baptist Convention churches.
This past academic year, our students were involved in 1,650 hours of servanthood evangelism through their Christian service assignments. These hours were logged in partnership with local churches who were intentionally engaging unreached and unchurched people beyond the four walls of the local church with a specific emphasis on facilitating gospel conversations.
Students logged these hours using a variety of servanthood evangelism outreaches such as Upward Basketball ministries, evangelism rallies, door-to-door evangelism, Celebrate Recovery ministries, chaplain ministries in hospitals and nursing homes, first priority and volunteering at public schools.
These Christian service assignments afforded our students:
• 1,591 opportunities to have gospel conversations and minister through various ministry opportunities such as:
— Personal evangelism
— Specific evangelistic outreach events
— Children’s ministry events
— Music ministry events
All of these opportunities to share the gospel resulted in:
• 597 professions of faith this past academic year.
Thank you for your support, Kentucky Baptists. We are Better Together!
Donnie Fox is president of Clear Creek Baptist Bible College.