LOUISVILLE, Ky. (KT) — The Eliza Broadus Offering (EBO) for Kentucky Missions is a month away from its primary emphasis week, and the Kentucky Woman’s Missionary Union (WMU) is hopeful that giving will pick up heading into the primary emphasis week of Sept. 12-19.
Liz Encinia, WMU state executive director-treasurer, said giving to the multi-faceted EBO is about $63,000 behind last year’s total. The goal is the same as last year — $1.25 million — although that goal has not been reached in several years. “We’ve been close, but we’ve never reached that goal,” noted Encinia, stressing that the offering helps fund various aspects of ministry, including evangelism, missions mobilization and church revitalizations.
“EBO funds really impact every area of our convention,” Encinia said. While people can give to the offering any time during the year, the Season of Prayer in September is the suggested time for churches to heavily promote it.
Every association can apply for a $500 grant. “All we ask is they request it and send us feedback on what they did with that. The offering helps fund special ministries, such as Re:Center in Louisville and Freedom Forever in Paducah, in addition to associations and churches that have their own evangelistic and mission initiatives.
“Churches who are doing things to reach their communities can request money as well. We hope to support every part of Kentucky Baptist life through these EBO dollars. We have voted to increase the KBC allocation by about $10,000 and have yet to meet that full goal. We hope to accomplish it in the next few years, and we are definitely excited about that.”
EBO funds also play a significant role by providing $20,000 to fund the Capitol chaplain’s work.
The offering is named after a woman who moved with her family to Louisville in 1877 and joined Walnut Street Baptist Church and became a member of its missionary society. The next year, Kentucky formed a Central Committee and Miss Broadus was elected to serve on that committee. She continued to serve as an active member of Kentucky’s Central Committee, later known as the Executive Committee, for 50 years.
Offering receipts of $885,000 are allocated to KBC, helping to fund state missionaries, church and community missionaries, a mercy ministry initiative, metro ministry centers, Disaster Relief ministry, DR training, recertification, equipment and maintenance, refugee ministry and other mission endeavors. Funds also go toward church planting, Multiply East and West initiatives, bivocational pastor and spouse retreat, a host of evangelism strategies and conferences, Baptist Campus Ministry assistance and other programs.
Special ministries allocations amount to $135,000, including the $500 association grants and special grants to ministries in a number of associations.
A total of $240,000 is designated for WMU activities involving missions education, leader development, missions events, Kentucky Changers and Changers Kids.
WMU promotional materials say the EBO is a way to “maximize a church’s impact through helpful resources and is a tangible expression of the common bond we have in Christ and the common mission we have to advance the gospel in our state.”