Baptist Commentary

What will it take to see a renewal of evangelistic boldness?

Find out at REACH Evangelism Conference


Pastors, are you struggling to get your people to share the Gospel with others? If so, you’re not alone.

Many pastors feel the frustration of silent church members who just don’t seem very concerned for the lost. Maybe you’ve tried multiple ways to encourage and challenge your folks towards a great evangelistic passion, but little seems to change. And let’s be honest, many pastors struggle to practice personal evangelism in their own lives so casting a vision for an evangelistically driven church seems nearly out of reach. We all know evangelism is vitally important so how do we move forward with courage and faith to do what Christ has called us to do?

Let me offer you one way I believe you might be able to take a big step in the right direction. I want you to invite you to join with me and other church leaders from around Kentucky for two days of laser-focused evangelism equipping called REACH.

REACH Evangelism Conference has been inspiring and equipping church leaders towards a greater evangelistic passion for many years. I believe REACH 2019 will be no exception. This two-day, statewide conference will take place at Severns Valley Baptist Church in Elizabethtown on March 18-19. REACH will feature a line-up of top evangelistic leaders from around the country. Each one has unique evangelistic experiences to share, experiences that will help Kentucky Baptist church leaders move towards a greater vision and passion for reaching lost people. Speakers include James Merritt, Steve Gaines, Joel Sutherland, Matt Queen, Scott N. Smith and many more.

REACH will feature a mix of inspirational worship, powerful preaching, engaging panel discussions, personal testimony, and practical training through multiple breakout offerings. There’s literally something for every pastor, church staff member, associational leader and lay evangelism leader who attends.  

The theme for REACH 2019 is, “I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth” (1 Cor. 3:6). The conference will be centered on that theme and this question, “What will it take to see a renewal of evangelistic boldness in our day?” Large group session topics include leadership, intentionally, dependence, effort, calling, and strategy. REACH attendees will also be able to choose two multiple 50-minutes breakout sessions or one three-hour specialty breakout. Breakouts are listed on the REACH registration page.  

I am excited that REACH will be hosted once again by Severns Valley Baptist Church. The folks of SVBC have always been such great hosts for KBC events and we are especially excited that REACH will be the very first KBC event in their new worship center.

While the purpose for REACH is to encourage and inspire you as a church leader to be more personally evangelistic, and to help you effectively guide your churches to become more evangelistically driven, REACH will also provide you with an excellent opportunity to just get away, reconnect with ministry friends, and network with leaders who really get you and who care about the same things you care about.

I hope you will make plans to join us for REACH. It won’t be the same without you!      

REACH costs $10. To discover more about REACH or to register, go to or contact Andy McDonald at .

Andy McDonald is the church evangelism strategist for the Kentucky Baptist Convention's Evangelism, Church Planting, and Collegiate  Ministries team.


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