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  • Paul Chitwood elected unanimously as IMB president

    November 16 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Paul Chitwood elected unanimously as IMB president

    About a decade ago, Paul Chitwood became convinced God was calling him to mobilize missions and missionaries, he told International Mission Board (IMB) trustees. That call culminated Nov. 15, he said, with his election as IMB president. “Being a member of this board for eight years changed my ministry and it changed my life …

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  • Kentucky Baptists cut ties with dually aligned churches

    November 14 2018 by Kentucky Today and Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Kentucky Baptists cut ties with dually aligned churches

    The Kentucky Baptist Convention (KBC) will cut ties with a small group of churches that remain dually aligned with a missions network that took steps earlier this year to allow the hiring of LGBT staff members. Messengers to the KBC annual meeting voted Nov. 13 to accept a recommendation from the Credentials Committee …

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  • IMB taps Paul Chitwood as presidential candidate

    November 6 2018 by Julie McGowan, IMB | with 0 comments
    IMB taps Paul Chitwood as presidential candidate

    The International Mission Board (IMB) trustees’ presidential search committee announced Tuesday (Nov. 6) that the committee will recommend Paul Chitwood, 48, to be elected as the 173-year-old entity’s 13th president. The vote to elect Chitwood is scheduled for the Nov. 15 plenary session during their IMB board meeting in Richmond.

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  • Appalachian church boosted by Kentucky congregation

    October 22 2018 by Kentucky Today staff | with 0 comments
    Appalachian church boosted by Kentucky congregation

    A small church outside the Appalachian town of Booneville has received a huge boost from a fellow Kentucky congregation five hours away in the far western part of the state. Lerose Community Church, which serves one of the most impoverished communities in the U.S., needed a church bus to get local residents to and from services.

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  • KBC, Sunrise win dismissal of adverse legal settlement

    June 4 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    KBC, Sunrise win dismissal of adverse legal settlement

    A federal judge has thrown out a legal settlement that would have allowed the American Civil Liberties Union to review whether a Southern Baptist foster home uses state funds to proselytize children. The settlement in a lawsuit the ACLU filed against Sunrise Children’s Services, the Kentucky Baptist Convention …

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  • Gov. Bevin honored by Kentucky Baptists

    February 13 2017 by Roger Alford, Kentucky Today | with 0 comments
    Gov. Bevin honored by Kentucky Baptists

    Gov. Matt Bevin has been honored by the Kentucky Baptist Convention (KBC) for his leadership in getting laws passed to protect the state’s children, including the unborn. Paul Chitwood, executive director of the 750,000-member KBC, presented Bevin the “Guardian of Life Award” at a rally in the Capitol Rotunda.

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  • Kentucky Baptists increase CP, denounce trafficking

    November 22 2016 by Todd Deaton, Western Recorder | with 0 comments
    Kentucky Baptists increase CP, denounce trafficking

    A report of increased giving through the Cooperative Program and a denunciation of human trafficking were among the highlights of the Kentucky Baptist Convention annual meeting. Meeting at Florence Baptist Church, messengers also elected the pastor of the state’s oldest Baptist church as convention president and advocated foster care and adoption.

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  • Kentucky convention to hotels: Fight human trafficking

    September 23 2016 by Robin Cornetet, Kentucky Today | with 0 comments
    Kentucky convention to hotels: Fight human trafficking

    The Kentucky Baptist Convention will not do business with hotels that fail to train employees to recognize and report human trafficking, KBC Executive Director Paul Chitwood announced Sept. 21. Chitwood set forth the convention’s position in a letter to potential vendors and listed several resources for free training.

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  • NYC & Arizona church plants get boost from Kentucky

    August 19 2016 by Alison Pulliam, Kentucky Today | with 0 comments
    NYC & Arizona church plants get boost from Kentucky

    A Kentucky congregation gave an eye-popping $118,000 in a single day to support church plants in Arizona and New York. First Baptist Church in Mayfield collected the offering during its Founder’s Day service to share the gospel with Native Americans on reservations in the desert Southwest and with urbanites in the nation’s largest city.

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  • Seminary professor Kevin Smith called as Mid-Atlantic exec

    June 9 2016 by Shannon Baker, Mid-Atlantic Baptist Network | with 0 comments
    Seminary professor Kevin Smith called as Mid-Atlantic exec

    The Baptist Convention of Maryland/Delaware, has called seminary professor Kevin Smith as its executive director. Smith, 49, is assistant professor of church history and Christian preaching at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (SBTS); teaching pastor at Highview Baptist Church in Louisville; and president of the Kentucky Baptist Convention and chairman of its Mission Board.

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  • Kentucky Baptists elect first African American president

    November 13 2015 by Todd Deaton, Western Recorder | with 0 comments
    Kentucky Baptists elect first African American president

    Messengers to the 178th annual meeting of the Kentucky Baptist Convention elected an African American president, denounced federal funding of Planned Parenthood and launched a strategy gain influence at the state capitol. Messengers also approved a $21.5 million Cooperative Program budget goal, raising the bar by a quarter million dollars.

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  • Congregation’s sacrifice sparks ministry ‘rebirth’

    March 16 2015 by Baptist Press staff | with 0 comments
    Congregation’s sacrifice sparks ministry ‘rebirth’

    It was a bittersweet celebration for the few remaining members of Andrew Baptist Church as they met once more before handing the building keys to a multi-ethnic church plant a half-mile away. A handful of remaining Andrew Baptist members voted last September to disband and give their church facilities to Christ Fellowship Church ...

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  • Ky. advisory group proposes $700,000 CP shift

    April 30 2013 by Todd Deaton, Baptist Press | with 0 comments

    More than $700,000 in Cooperative Program (CP) funding will shift from Kentucky Baptist Convention (KBC) entities and institutions to support international missions and other Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) causes, if recommendations from a special advisory workgroup are approved when the KBC Mission Board convenes May 6-7 in Louisville.

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  • Ky. Baptists welcome new exec. director

    November 20 2011 by Todd Deaton, Baptist Press | with 0 comments

    FLORENCE, Ky. – “More for Christ” was the theme for Kentucky Baptists’ 174th annual meeting at Florence Baptist Church at Mt. Zion in Florence Nov. 15. In the first year of a three-year spiritual renewal emphasis, messengers were encouraged to take up the words of John the Baptist – “He must increase ... I must decrease” (John 3:30).

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