Appalachian church plant getting support from other parts of KY


PIKEVILLE, Ky. (KT) – Creekside Church, a new congregation that started meeting in Kentucky’s Appalachian region in August, is getting support from other parts of the state.

Partnerships have been formed with Christ Baptist Church in Cold Spring, just south of Cincinnati, and with Elkton Baptist Church in western Kentucky.

Members of Christ Baptist Church delivered a load of supplies to Creekside in December to help minister to the physical needs of the rural Pike County community it serves.

“This partnership came as a result of the emphasis on church planting in the eastern part of Kentucky called Multiply East Kentucky,” said Todd Gray, evangelism leader for the Kentucky Baptist Convention. “Plans are already being made to have folks from Christ Baptist Church to come alongside the members of Creekside in the Fall of 2018 for an evangelistic event.”

In turn, members of Creekside have committed to go to Cold Spring to help Christ Baptist with an evangelistic outreach there.

Meanwhile, Elkton Baptist Church has voted to support Creekside Church financially as well as to help with evangelistic events.

“The partnership between Creekside Church and Elkton Baptist Church also began as a result of the emphasis on church planting in eastern Kentucky,” Gray said.

Creekside had a successful launch, with the parking lot jam-packed with cars on their inaugural Sunday.

In all, 266 people crammed into the new church plant, which is being sponsored by Pikeville First Baptist Church. It is only one of a series of new congregations planned for Kentucky’s mountain region, where surveys suggested that as many as 90 percent of the people in some communities don’t regularly attend worship services.

The Kentucky Baptist Convention is encouraging its 2,400 churches to help with new startups across the state.

Creekside is the first Southern Baptist church planted in Pike County in nearly 20 years.


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