Pastors get ‘fed’ on marathon day of preaching

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CANNONSBURG, Ky. — A marathon day of preaching is good for even a preacher's soul.

Liberty Baptist Church had its second annual "Day of Praise" service on Thursday where 15 preachers went from sunrise to sunset.

While the 12 hours of preaching is open to anyone to come and listen, it has become a way of "re-energizing the pastors in our area," said Dicky Tiller, the pastor at Liberty.

He wasn't going to have a second year after the event was sparsely attended last year.

"But I started getting emails and letters from pastors about how much it affected them in a positive way," he said.

Then he realized it needed to become a regular event on the calendar.

"It's to support the pastors," he said. "We don't get preached to a whole lot. We get to set all day long and hear the preached word and get fed. You get re-energized."

Pastors from the Greenup Baptist Association mostly filled the pulpit although Dr. Paul Chitwood, the executive director of the Kentucky Baptist Convention, took a turn and was there the entire day.

Chitwood was chatting up the pastors during a lunch break.

"He's the Rocky Adkins of the Kentucky Baptist Convention," Tiller said.

Chitwood carved time out of his schedule to spend the day with the pastors.

"I sense a good fraternity here," he said. "They're all cutting up with each other."

But when it came time to set into the pulpit, it was all business.

"It's a good time for pastors," Chitwood said. "There's still a few of these but not as many as there used to be."

The fellowship was good and several groups set up tables including Clear Creek Bible College, Southland Bible Institute, Gideons International and Amy For Africa.

Liberty supplies breakfast, lunch and dinner for the pastors and they have no limit when preaching.

"We want them to preach what's on their heart," Tiller said.

Even though there is a lot of upfront work to it, Tiller said the message he received from pastors was loud and clear. He expects to host a third event next year.

Preaching were: (morning session) Landon Copley, Eddie Barker, Mike Rice, Keith Clark, Jerry Foster; (afternoon session) Dan Russell, Donnie Fox, Joe Ed Rice, Jeff Ferguson, Chitwood; (evening session) Billy Howell, Mike Blankenship, Matt Shamblin, Jeremy Couture and Paul Badgett.

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