The 2019 Pastors' Conference will be held the day before the Kentucky Baptist Convention Annual Meeting at Immanuel Baptist Church in Lexington on November 11.
Pastors' Conference President Brandt Lyons has brought together an exciting selection of speakers to explore the concept of Identity in an ever-increasing, self-centered world. What is our identity in Christ? And how does that belief translate in a world that defines itself in sexual, racial and political terms?
J.D. Greear is president of the Southern Baptist Convention and pastor of The Summit Church in Durham, North Carolina. He is author of several books including Above All: The Gospel Is the Source of the Church’s Renewal and Gaining by Losing: Why the Future Belongs to Churches That Send.
Bruce Ashford serves as provost and professor of theology and culture at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He co-authored One Nation Under God: A Christian Hope for American Politics and wrote Every Square Inch: An Introduction to Cultural Engagement for Christians and Letters to an American Christian.
Denny Burk joined the faculty of Boyce College and Southern Seminary in 2008. He serves as the director of the Center for Gospel and Culture and is the author of a book on sexual ethics titled What Is the Meaning of Sex? and co-authored Transforming Homosexuality with Heath Lambert.
Curtis Woods is the KBC associate executive director for convention relations and the assistant professor of applied theology and biblical spirituality at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He co-authored the book Gospel in Color.
Beginning at 2 p.m., hear from Denny Burk on the subject of sexual identity followed by a panel discussion with Burk, KBC's church planting associate Job Juarez, Immanuel pastor Ray Green and moderator Todd Robertson, Louisville Regional Associational Mission Strategist.
Next up is Bruce Ashford, who will expound on political identity and then participate in a panel discussion on the topic with KBC legislative agent Tom Troth, Capital Commission chaplain and Farmdale Baptist pastor Steve Weaver, Bellevue Baptist pastor Greg Faulls and moderator Brandon Porter, director of communication at KBC.
After a quick dinner on your own, grab a seat by 6:30 p.m. for the second half of the Pastors' Conference featuring KBC's associate executive director Curtis Woods. He will take on the topic of racial identity and afterward join in a panel discussion with Forest Baptist Church pastor Nate Bishop, Lone Oak First Baptist Church pastor Dan Summerlin and moderator Todd Gray, KBC's executive director-treasurer.
Wrapping up the evening is Southern Baptist Convention president J.D. Greear as he explores our ultimate identity as that of being in Christ Jesus.
Worship throughout the conference will be led by Bo Warren, worship pastor of Immanuel Baptist Church. The conference is scheduled to conclude at 9 p.m.
The Pastors' Conference will be conducting two elections on Nov. 11, 2019, to select presidents for 2020 and 2021.
Kenny Rager, who was elected to serve as Pastors' Conference president in 2020, resigned from service after accepting a position on the Kentucky Baptist Convention Mission Board staff.
A limited number of free books will be available for pastors in attendance on a first-come, first-serve basis.
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