The Kentucky Baptist Convention’s Equip Tour played to large audiences last month.
Nearly 1,200 Baptists in Kentucky participated in a five-session training, with the last taking place Thursday in Owensboro at First Baptist Church with registration at 6:30 p.m.
Equip is a way for Kentucky Baptists to learn from highly trained personnel in the following areas: Assimilation, Children’s Ministry, Cooperative Program, Deacon Ministry, Discipleship, Evangelism, Finance, Missions, Revitalization, Social Media, students, Sunday school, women union missionaries, women’s ministry, worship and music.
Steve Rice, team leader of KBC’s Church Revitalization and Counseling team, said it has been a good season for EQUIP.
“This year is just special. Six locations across Kentucky. We knew we would have a decent turnout but, after COVID, we were really shocked at how many people came to each location,” Rice said. “In the first four (locations), we trained about 1,000 people. Tonight (Tuesday) we expect to have about 180 here in Erlanger, one more in Owensboro on Thursday so that we can train 1,300 or 1,400 Kentucky Baptists helping them to be equipped to serve in their local church.
“Of course, we can do that through cooperation in our missions through the cooperative program,” he added. “We are very grateful to all of our churches who give faithfully to this cause.”
Rice said the attendance figures reflect those who signed up to take a course and not the large number of volunteers from various churches who helped organize the events. He said he was grateful to the six churches that hosted sites for Equip.