The Kentucky Baptist Convention annual meeting was held on Tuesday, November 16th.  We had an encouraging and unifying day with lots of good reports of God at work around the state.  A good number of Kentucky Baptist churches are participating, or are planning to participate, in Gospel to Every Home.  It was good to hear the reports of gospel encounters around the state.  We, BBC, ended up hitting around 2,000 homes this year and I hope we can hit another 2,000 homes in the Spring.  We certainly want our neighbors to know the good news of the gospel. 

       I was humbled to be elected to serve as the KBC President for the coming year (starting yesterday and concluding on Nov. 15, 2022).  I certainly appreciate your prayers as I want to encourage Kentucky Baptist churches and pastors in their efforts in fulfilling the Great Commission and especially their efforts in reaching younger generations with the gospel.  KBC obligations will take a couple days a month but I want you to know that pastoring Burlington Baptist is my priority.  After my relationship with my Lord and my relationship with my family, pastoring Burlington Baptist is my highest calling and I do not want to neglect that calling.          

       My friend Jason Clark preached the convention sermon and talked about faithfully pastoring and shepherding the Lord’s church.  1 Peter 5:1-4 says, “So I exhort the elders among you, as a fellow elder and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, as well as a partaker in the glory that is going to be revealed: shepherd the flock of God that is among you, exercising oversight, not under compulsion, but willingly, as God would have you; not for shameful gain, but eagerly; not domineering over those in your charge, but being examples to the flock.  And when the chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the unfading crown of glory.”  I want to be found faithful when I stand before the Lord (the chief Shepherd).

       Jason mentioned 3 primary responsibilities of a pastor/shepherd.  First, we are to feed the sheep.  I want to guard my time at studying and preparing to preach the word each week.  In regards to pastoring, there is nothing more important than faithfully dividing the word each week to God’s people.  Second, we are to lead the flock and one of the primary ways we lead is by “being examples to the flock.”  Thirdly, we are to care for the sheep as a shepherd cares for his sheep.  I want to be faithful at feeding, leading, and caring for the folks at Burlington Baptist. 

       One of the priorities of the Kentucky Baptist Convention the next few years is “Calling out the Called.”  There are a number of smaller churches around the state who cannot find anybody to serve as their pastor.  The primary goal of this “Calling out the Called” initiative is seeing God call men to shepherd Kentucky Baptist Convention churches that do not have a pastor.  Many of these churches need to be led by bivocational pastors.  The five priorities of calling out the called are: praying for the called, inviting the called, mentoring the called, teaching the called, and sending the called out to serve the churches. 

       Thank you again for your faithful giving to the Cooperative Program and the Kentucky Baptist Convention.  Burlington Baptist is in the top 20 of churches in their giving to the Cooperative Program.  I would love for us to be in the top 20 in baptisms next year.  If we faithfully share the gospel, pray for our one, and look for evangelistic opportunities, God will bless our efforts and bring a harvest of souls.  I appreciate you allowing me to serve as the KBC President and your frequent encouragement.  Again, I so need your prayers and if you see me neglecting my pastoral responsibilities at BBC, you are welcome to kindly let me know.  It is a privilege to serve you.

 

Bro. Harold