Kentucky Baptists plan evangelistic outreach around annual meeting

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (KT) – A Louisville pastor who busted the longstanding myth in the church world that door-to-door visitation is out of vogue and no longer effective will play a key role in the Kentucky Baptist Convention’s evangelism efforts in conjunction with this year’s annual meeting.

Mark Bishop will lead Kentucky Baptists from across Kentucky in “front door evangelism,” knocking on doors and telling Louisville residents about Jesus on Nov. 11, three days ahead of the Kentucky Baptist Convention’s annual meeting, set for Nov. 14 at Highview Baptist Church’s east campus.

The hope is that hundreds of volunteers will be involved in the initiative, dubbed Crossover Louisville, which also will involve an outreach built around a soccer tournament, a medical clinic at Refuge Louisville, and hands-on ministry projects at Iroquois High School.

Bishop has baptized 37 new believers since became pastor at Highview Baptist Church’s Valley Station campus about six months ago. Church attendance has tripled in that time to nearly 300 people in that time, which he attributes to door-to-door evangelism.

“I think soul winning is easier caught than taught,” Bishop said. “When they see it working it becomes contagious.”

Bishop isn’t new to knocking on doors. As a teenaged preacher’s kid in Arkansas, he would ring doorbells on Saturday asking children if they wanted to go to his dad’s church.

“I would look for bicycles in the yard, anything that told me a kid lived there and then I’d pick them up on Sunday morning in the church bus,” Bishop said.

“There is nothing better than one-on-one contact when sharing Jesus,” said Kentucky Baptist Convention Executive Director Paul Chitwood. “While I am a firm believer in mass evangelism and pulpit evangelism, both will almost always involve one-on-one evangelism.”

Crossover Louisville is a partnership between Louisville Regional Baptist Association, Highview’s Valley Station campus and the evangelism team of the Kentucky Baptist Convention.

If you’d like to take part in Crossover Louisville, visit www.kybaptist.org/crossover.

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