I was privileged recently to join Pastor Thomas Webb and Buck Creek Baptist Church for their bicentennial celebration. Buck Creek originated as a plant from Beaver Dam Baptist Church and made its mother church a grandmother eight times over during its first century in existence. In addition to planting churches, Buck Creek was instrumental in the founding of the Daviess-McLean Baptist Association.
Although 200 years old, Buck Creek is still reaching people with the gospel of Jesus Christ. A renewed commitment to church planting is also evident at Buck Creek. According to the church history printed for the bicentennial celebration, over 100 years had passed since Buck Creek planted a church. That drought, however, has recently come to an end. In partnership with the Kentucky Baptist Convention, Buck Creek is currently sponsoring the plant of Life Community Church in Owensboro, under the leadership of Kenny Rager as planter.
Pastor Webb shared with me that Buck Creek is committed to starting other churches in the future. My prayer is that other established churches will follow the lead of Buck Creek and congregations like her who are committed to reproducing themselves for the sake of the gospel.
In other news worthy of celebration, I just received a wrap-up report from summer camps at Crossings Ministries. Once again, the bar was raised with record setting numbers.
According to Crossings president, David Melber, salvation decisions at camp totaled 702. Another 744 students indicated they were hearing God’s call to ministry. In a tangible response to the challenge they received to share Christ with the world, campers gave an offering from their snack money totaling over $100,000!
Since Crossings is funded in part through Cooperative Program giving, every KBC church can celebrate the opportunity to be a part of such impactful ministry. Life Community Church in Owensboro is also a recipient of funds from the Kentucky Baptist Convention, meaning every KBC church can celebrate being a partner and supporter of this new plant.
The results of churches partnering together to reach Kentucky for Christ are visible all across the state. The Kentucky Baptist Convention: Created by churches, for churches, to help churches reach Kentucky and the world for Christ!