LOUISVILLE (KT) -- Kentucky Baptist Convention’s governing body is recommending a modest budget increase at the Nov. 13 annual meeting in Lexington. It will go before KBC messengers next month at Immanuel Baptist Church.
Todd Gray, executive director-treasurer of the Kentucky Baptist Convention, says he’s grateful for the funding that helps support the work of the Kentucky Baptist Convention Mission Board staff in their work “helping churches reach Kentucky and the world for Christ.”
“Some of our initiatives for the budget will include continual efforts to improve the services we provide to the 2,350 Kentucky Baptist churches, to impact the state through evangelism, and to partner with churches, associations, and church planters to plant more churches and reach more people in the commonwealth with the gospel,” Gray said.
The board is recommending a $150,000 increase in the 2020-21 budget from the 2019-20 budget. Jim Donnell, associate executive director for convention operations, says of the increase, “The Mission Board is committed to budgets that are both challenging and attainable. A Cooperative Program goal of $22,150,000 for fiscal year 2000-2021 represents a one percent increase in CP giving over what we actually received in fiscal year 2018-2019. We are confident that this goal meets both tests.”
Donnell says the budget recommendation reflects Kentucky Baptists’ desire to work together by sharing their resources. He says the budget process is a result of more than looking at dollars, “Kentucky Baptists should rest assured that much thought and prayer goes into making sure their CP gifts are used in an effective and efficient manner to help churches reach Kentucky and the world for Jesus Christ.”
Wes Fowler, senior pastor of First Baptist Church Mayfield and chairman of the KBC’s Business and Finance Committee, is excited about the increase because “when our churches are financially strong, ministry initiatives increase, which means gospel proclamation increases.”
He says more Cooperative Program giving means, “More training can be accomplished, more support can be offered, more churches can be planted, and more resources can be made available.”
Gray says the funds are also used to reach college students on campuses across Kentucky, for disaster relief efforts in Kentucky and across the nation, and to give Kentucky Baptists a voice in Frankfort through the Frankfort Initiative.
For more information on the Kentucky Baptist Convention’s Annual Meeting visit kybaptist.org/annualmeeting.