Zimbabwe trip seeks to foster racial reconciliation

ZIMBABWE—On Oct. 6-15, 13 Kentucky Baptists embarked on a mission trip to Zimbabwe, partnering with IMB missionary Nick Moore. Unlike a typical mission trip, their purpose was twofold: “to train pastors and lay leaders” and to “explore and model racial reconciliation,” according to Doug Williams, missions strategist with the Kentucky Baptist Convention.

Before the trip, each participant read “Removing the Stain of Racism from the Southern Baptist Convention” edited by Jarvis Williams and Kevin Jones. Practical racial reconciliation was a key focus of their time spent together as a team. Getting to know each other, learning about each other’s ministries and lives was a large part of travel time and nightly discussions. Continue reading “Zimbabwe trip seeks to foster racial reconciliation”

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Compton, former Cooperative Program champion, retires

Originally published in Western Recorder – www.westernrecorder.org

Mt. Washington—Billy Compton, pastor of First Baptist Church of Mt. Washington, is retiring after more than 50 years in the ministry on Dec. 31.

Compton, a graduate of Campbellsville University, Southern Seminary, and Fuller Theological Seminary was pastor of Severns Valley Baptist Church in Elizabethtown, Calvary Baptist in Glasgow, and Living Hope Baptist in Bowling Green, as well as First Baptist, Mount Washington, two separate times. He was ordained as a 17-year-old. Continue reading “Compton, former Cooperative Program champion, retires”

Clear Creek: ‘Doing one thing well’

Originally published in Western Recorder – www.westernrecorder.org

Pineville—Nestled on acres and acres of land in the mountains of Pineville, one might first mistake the campus of Clear Creek Baptist Bible College for a Bible camp—with the friendly and multi-generational staff, faculty, and students buzzing around the campus offering greetings and welcoming smiles, the secluded areas to study or meditate, the prayer chapel overlooking a brook, the picturesquely situated dormitories and married student housing, and the chapel, adorned with ornate stained glass that tells stories within the pictures.

But, as a visitor or prospective student enters the circular main classroom building, it is unmistakable that they are entering an institution with one purpose: to train men and women for ministry. Their foundation: the Bible. Continue reading “Clear Creek: ‘Doing one thing well’”