Taking the good news of Jesus Christ to every home in Kentucky may seem like tall task, but it's one Kentucky Baptists aim to accomplish in 2021. It's such a prominent idea that Kentucky Baptist Convention leaders are introducing the initiative as the theme of their 2020 Annual Meeting in Owensboro on Nov. 10.
"The message is too urgent for us to wait for the residents of those homes to come to us. We must go to them," said Todd Gray, KBC executive director-treasurer. The goal of taking the gospel to every home is Gray's vision for leading the KBC.
He believes the time is right for an endeavor such as this.
"Kentucky Baptists have historically been an evangelistic people. We believe in the mission of taking the gospel to our neighbors. We are ready to be mobilized for an effort of this magnitude. While we always need more churches, we have enough churches in the state to get the gospel to every home."
The theme of "The Gospel to Every Home" is something Rob Patterson, KBC evangelism team leader, believes will unify Kentucky Baptists around a significant task.
"We live in a time of extreme distractions and polarizing divisions," he said. "Without gospel centrality, Kentucky Baptists can easily become distracted and divided over secondary issues. Getting the gospel to every home in Kentucky is too urgent to allow ourselves to be distracted."
Patterson sees the task as an extension of what Kentucky Baptists have been doing for years. "The gospel has always been our motivation for cooperation. It is why we gather, and in fact, only the gospel can bring together so many people from such diverse backgrounds and perspectives in one place with a shared purpose."
"The Gospel to Every Home" campaign, made possible through gifts to the Cooperative Program, will be released in the coming months.
The 2020 Annual Meeting is scheduled to take place at Bellevue Baptist Church in Owensboro.
Plans are in place for an evangelistic crusade called Here's Hope Owensboro on Sunday evening, Nov. 8, at the Owensboro Sportscenter.