Versailles Church sees growth through bilingual approach

VERSAILLES—For years, Versailles Baptist Church in Woodford County has been supporting their Hispanic ministry, led by Emilo and Mirma Zapata. But in the last few years, it has taken off. And they’ve decided that instead of incorporating as a separate church, they’d become one congregation in every way possible.

The approach has been working, because in the last 12 months, 20 people with Hispanic backgrounds have been baptized and 32 have joined.

“An integrative, multicultural approach is possible, even when you speak different languages,” Michael Cabell, Versailles senior pastor, said. “The mindset is normally that you go plant a Spanish speaking church. Instead, we’ve said, let’s make our church multi-lingual. Within that, that has brought so much strength, and our church has just embraced that thoroughly.” Continue reading “Versailles Church sees growth through bilingual approach”


Mt. Washington churches saturate city to ‘help the hurting’

MT. WASHINGTON—Churches from Nelson Baptist Association gathered in Mt. Washington on Sept. 8 for their association’s Crossover event, Saturate Mt. Washington, preceding their annual meeting the following day.

The event involved 85 people from 12 area churches coming together to do service projects and community outreach, essentially “putting feet to” the annual meeting’s theme, “Helping the Hurting,” Stan Lowery, Nelson Association’s director of missions, said.

“It was an outreach event, that got our churches working together to do it, and so building the unity of our work together and spreading the Gospel,” Lowery said.

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Louisville Rescue Mission rebrands, expands ministry

Originally published at Western Recorder —

LOUISVILLE—Louisville Rescue Mission, one of the five oldest Gospel rescue missions in the United States and Louisville’s oldest, is rebranding, restructuring some aspects of their ministry, and expanding its ministry across the Ohio River into Indiana.

During a press conference and open house Sept. 18, LRM officials shared the new name for the ministry, Re: Center Ministries.

The branding change came for a number of reasons, Cory Bledsoe, Re:Center’s executive director, shared. Part of it, he said, is just helping the ministry understand, “our philosophy of ministry, where we’re trying to go, what our focus is, and marrying that with our brand.” Continue reading “Louisville Rescue Mission rebrands, expands ministry”