OFFICERS OF THE GENERAL ASSOCIATION OF BAPTISTS IN KENTUCKY
DR. BERNARD CRAYTON
The General Association is an assembly of some 525 Black Missionary Baptist Churches throughout the Commonwealth of Kentucky, representing approximately 175, 000 members of the Christian faith community.
The Mission of the General Association of Kentucky Baptist is encouched in the whole of the New Testament, which we believe. The Bible speaks to the whole man. When the Founding Fathers gathered in Louisville! Kentucky, in 1865, the purpose was clear, to form an Association, to do collectively what they could not do as individuals. That being to establish a School to educate the people. Second, to have a newspaper for communication and information, and to inaugurate a Mission Program to help promulgate the Gospel or Jesus Christ.
Specifically, the Mission of the General Association is to Strengthen the churches of our Association so they can carry out the great commission (Matt. 28: 19-20). The strengthening is ongoing. The purpose is to support missions at every level of the Association. But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen they brethren” (Luke 22:32). Also:
I.Continuing for the Faith
(a)to maintain churches to communities that are populated by minorities
(b)to assist in providing a preaching ministry for churches needing a minister for
(c)to provide spiritual counseling, guidance and religious
instruction, both one – on-one and in the forms of
seminars and workshops at the request of the pastor and church.
(d)to help trouble churches when they are experiencing difficulty
(e)to address issues that affect the community (ie., social, moral, economical,
political action and racial)
The mission is carried out through the American Baptist newspaper, Simmons Bible College and the State Mission Board, in addition, a political action committee as well as the State of the County, Needs of the Race Committee. The auxiliaries have the responsibility of furthering the mission! by teaching, promoting missions in churches on the field, in associations, in units and keeping the churches informed of events and demonstrating the ability to meet the needs of our constituents.
It shall be the work of the staff of the objectives, and auxiliaries to provide the churches, pastors, associations, and church departments with written material, program planning materials in order to help the church to meet her commitments to the local community and to carry out the great commission.