A return to normal for the 2021 Kentucky Baptist Convention annual meeting also means a return of Crossover – a series of outreach events taking place before the meeting in Elizabethtown.
Crossover is designed to connect with unreached and church-less people in Hardin, LaRue and surrounding counties.
“As a perfect example of why we’re better together, Crossover provides an opportunity to rally volunteers and additional resources to support the continued efforts of local churches to reach out to their communities,” said Rob Patterson, Head of ‘evangelistic team. “The coordination of these churches provides a natural follow-up for lasting impact. We pray that hundreds of Kentucky Baptists will consider joining us for Crossover 2021. ”
Nathan Whisnant, Associative Mission Strategist for the Daviess-McLean Baptist Association, speaks to the value of Crossover’s activities. Last year, many Crossover events were canceled due to the pandemic, but a Gospel to Every Home activity remained on the schedule.
“Several people from across the state came and helped deliver the packages (GTEH),” Whisnant said. “People went to multi-ethnic communities and I was part of a team that included Burmese and Spanish speakers. We had other teams who only spoke English. We really appreciated the help of others, it multiplied our efforts.
With additional volunteers available in other regions, the effort was able to reach around 1,000 households.
“We saw at least one person being saved during the event itself, but there were several contacts and follow-ups by local churches that would not have happened without these people who came for Crossover.”
The events are:
• Crossover Campus Outreach: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. November 4 at Elizabethtown Community and Technical College. This is the time to walk in ECTC prayer and engage in critical inquiry questions with students. Volunteers are needed to ask critical questions of students, walk the campus in prayer, and serve coffee.
• 5 km run / walk: 8 a.m. to noon on November 13 at First Baptist Hodgenville. The cost is $ 20 for the 5 km run or $ 10 for the 5 km walk.
• Wintering of houses: from 8:30 a.m. to noon. November 13. Share the gospel and your story while wrapping windows, caulking doors, and caulking gaps. It will be held at two locations on the same date and time at Rineyville Baptist Church and Ovesen Heights Baptist Church.
• Oil Change for Single Mothers and Widows: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 13, Ovesen Heights Baptist Church. Share the gospel and tell your story with women who are waiting for an oil change.
• Gospel to Every Home Mobilization: 9 a.m. to noon on November 13, Central Avenue Baptist Church. The goal is to pray for and identify possible homes and / or people of faith to be interested in the church and to share the gospel.
• International Soccer Outreach: 2 p.m.-6 p.m. November 13, Bluegrass Sportsplex, Elizabethtown. A fast-paced football tournament for the international community. There is room for eight teams of six players. Trophies and gifts will be awarded. A special guest will address the players and participants.
• Crossover Student Gathering: 7 to 9 p.m., November 13, Stithton Baptist Church. Experience large-group games and comedy, gospel-centered worship, and empowering teaching from Shane Pruitt, National Director of NextGen Evangelism for the North American Mission Board. This event is aimed at middle and high school students and their leaders.
To learn more or to sign up for Crossover activities, visit kybaptist.org/crossover.