Kentucky Baptists will focus on the urgent need to share the good news of God's love during the 171st Kentucky Baptist Convention annual meeting Tuesday, Nov. 11 at Immanuel Baptist Church in Lexington.
The annual meeting will include an address by 30-year-old mega church pastor David Platt, senior pastor at The Church at Brook Hills in Birmingham, Ala. in its final session on Tuesday night as well as the election of new convention officers and an address by Convention President Bill Henard.
Messengers will also set a new budget goal for the Cooperative Program and consider a formal definition of what constitutes a gift to the missions funding program of the convention. The annual Distinguished Cooperative Program Leadership Award will also be presented.
More than 1,500 messengers from churches across the state are expected to meet for convention business, fellowship and inspiration. The theme for the annual meeting will be "Kentucky Baptists Connect: Sharing Christ with Urgency," continuing the Kentucky Baptists Connect emphasis, which began at the 2004 annual meeting.
Kentucky Baptists Connect is a five-year initiative focused on renewing commitments to evangelism, missions, leadership training, church growth, networking and relationships with Baptist agencies and institutions. This year's convention will put an emphasis on encouraging churches to make a strong push toward achieving the Connect goals.
Three convention sessions are planned - Tuesday morning (8:20 a.m. to noon), Tuesday afternoon (1:25 to 4:45 p.m.) and Tuesday evening (6:50 to 8:35 p.m.). Convention messengers voted last year to forgo routinely holding a Wednesday morning session and no Wednesday session is scheduled for this year.
The Tuesday morning session will feature an address by Henard, who also currently serves as the first vice president of the Southern Baptist Convention, having been elected by SBC messengers in Indianapolis this past June.
Tuesday's afternoon session will include the election of a new KBC president. John Mark Toby, pastor of Beacon Hill Baptist Church in Somerset, is currently the only announced candidate for president.
The election of other convention officers - first vice president, second vice present, secretary and assistant secretary - will also be during the Tuesday afternoon session. Candidates for these offices have yet to be announced.
The Rev. Kevin Smith, pastor of Watson Memorial Baptist Church in Louisville, will also bring the convention's annual sermon on Tuesday afternoon. Smith, an assistant professor church history at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, served as first vice president of the convention in 2007.
Platt's message will be the focus of the Tuesday evening session. The senior pastor at the 3,500-member Church at Brook Hills since 2006, he has traveled extensively nationally and internationally to teach the Bible in churches, seminaries, the underground church and even under shade trees in Africa and Latin America.
"I believe that God has uniquely created every one of his people to impact the world," Platt says. "Some may count it as idealistic, but I believe it is thoroughly biblical, rooted in Psalm 67:1-2, yet covering scripture from beginning to end. God is in the business of blessing his people so that his ways and his salvation might be made known among all people."
For more information about the annual meeting, go to www.kybaptist.org/annualmeeting.