KBC leader offers encouragement, speaks of change in face of crisis

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (KT) - Calling the past 10 days crazy may be the understatement of the decade, according to the leader of the Kentucky Baptist Convention.


Dr. Todd Gray, KBC executive director-treasurer, released a video on Monday offering encouragement and updates on the KBC’s ministry work considering the coronavirus pandemic.


Gray encouraged Kentucky Baptist church leaders as they face unprecedented challenges while serving their churches from a distance. He asked Kentucky Baptists to do all they can to make extra efforts to “provoke one another to love and good works,” according to Hebrews 10:24-25.


He said the Kentucky Baptist Convention will be canceling, postponing or moving all equipping events to an online format through at least April 30. He said all spending will be cut 30-35% for the foreseeable future. Gray also talked about other changes being implemented during a time of uncertainty.


In the video, he said the KBC mission board staff will continue to reach out to pastors and church leaders as their ministry is not on hold as many of them “are used to working from home.”


Gray said webinars and live video events are planned to help pastors deal with issues they're facing during this crisis. The events will be released later this week via social media.


Kentucky Baptist Disaster Relief continues to be actively involved in serving as needed, Gray said, pointing to the 11,500 N-95 medical masks they’ve distributed across Kentucky.


During the video, Gray highlighted ways Sunrise Children’s Services, Oneida Baptist Institute, Clear Creek Baptist Bible College, the Woman’s Missionary Union, and Crossings camps are addressing the crisis.


He also spoke about the ways leaders at the International Mission Board, North America Mission Board and other Southern Baptist entities are leading through the pandemic.


Gray reminded Kentucky Baptists that God is “our provider and He will take care of us. These are difficult days,” he said, “but our God is greater than any challenge we’re facing, and He will see us through.”


To see the full video visit kybaptist.org/coronavirus.

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