In Luke 14, Jesus teaches us about the cost of discipleship, emphasizing our need to understand the cost even before we take the first step in his direction. Jesus first illustrates his point using the example of a builder: “Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Will he not first sit down and estimate the cost to see if he has enough money to complete it” (v28)? He then appeals to the example of a king: “Or suppose a king is about to go to war against another king. Will he not first sit down and consider whether he is able with ten thousand men to oppose the one coming against him with twenty thousand? If he is not able, he will send a delegation while the other is still a long way off and will ask for terms of peace” (vv31-32).
Jesus’ appeal to the wise virtue of counting the cost can be applied to many areas of life and ministry. Over the course of the past several months, I have been applying it to the work of the Kentucky Baptist Convention. While we will never ask our already defeated enemy (Satan) for terms of peace, the time has come to remodel the watchtower we have constructed. It was a magnificent and effective structure for many years but the needs of our churches and the financial realities of our day demand a new vision.
That vision can best be captured by asking three questions. First, we should ask “Why?” Why does the KBC exist? I believe that question can be answered like this—“The Kentucky Baptist Convention: Created by churches, for churches, to help churches reach Kentucky and the world for Christ.”
Next, we should ask “How?” How will the KBC carry out the vision of helping churches reach Kentucky and the world for Christ? I believe that question can be answered like this—“By fostering missions cooperation among churches and providing vital resources and services to assist churches in fulfilling the Great Commission.”
Then, we should ask “What?” What will the KBC be doing in order to fulfill the vision of helping churches reach Kentucky and the world for Christ?” The KBC will:
- Provide comprehensive ministry consulting for KBC churches;
- Facilitate training and networking opportunities for leaders and churches;
- Facilitate missions partnerships and church planting opportunities in Kentucky, North America, and to the ends of the earth;
- Facilitate relationships between Kentucky Baptist churches and their agencies and institutions;
- Promote and process Cooperative Program giving in order to assist churches in their Great Commission obedience; and
- Mobilize Kentucky Baptist churches to influence society with the Christian principles of righteousness, truth, and brotherly love.