The Kentucky Baptist Convention’s RESET conferences are coming along at the right time for church leaders, says KBC evangelism team leader Rob Patterson.
“Summer always provides the perfect opportunity for churches to reevaluate and sometimes hit a ‘RESET’ on evangelism strategies as they gear up for the fall,” he said. “Coming out of the pandemic, most Kentucky churches need a major reset to be ready for back-to-school 2021.”
Evangelistic pastors Ian Carrico and Josh Schmidt will be sharing practical ideas on how they are leading churches to reset in their evangelism strategies. The conferences are at seven different sites over four days beginning Monday.
“It’s the opportune moment coming out of the pandemic,” said Carrico, a member of the KBC evangelism team who is from Graves County. “We’ve had a season of lockdown and, beyond that, a season of reacclimating ourselves. It’s a new season of ministry.”
Strategies on making evangelism a priority in churches will also be a focus.
“Post-COVID and Gospel to Every Home (an evangelistic initiative of the KBC) give us one of the best times ever for evangelistic strategy,” Carrico said.
With COVID at least partially in the rearview mirror, churches are trying to reconnect with some of the members that still haven’t returned. With back-to-school only a couple of weeks away, setting a strategy that works is vital for churches to enter the fall with a stronger step.
“Back-to-school time will be part of RESET and what that looks like for churches,” Carrico said. “Many times we operate the church calendar off the school calendar because families work that way. The sense of normalcy will be at its highest since early 2020.”
Many churches throughout the state have already participated in Gospel to Every Home, but there will be something for them and the churches that are just getting started with the initiative.
“We’ll be talking a great deal about follow-up for those who have started Gospel to Every Home or to think through evangelism,” Carrico said. “Follow-up, as we’ll emphasize in our sessions, is a long-term practice. It’s the essence of making disciples who make disciples. Evangelism is the spearhead.”
The session will be friendly and interactive, he said, including a panel discussion at the end of every location. “The panel discussion should be a real shot in the arm,” Carrico said.
Schmidt, the pastor of First Baptist Church in Grayson, has a reputation as an outstanding evangelistic pastor. He also brings with him a great sense of humor, Carrico said.
“There’s going to be a lot of laughter,” he said. “Brother Josh brings a ton to the table, and I can’t wait to hear him myself.”
Patterson said RESET is an event that pastors and church leaders should embrace.
“Ian Carrico and Josh Schmidt are highly evangelistic pastors,” he said. “They will share practical ideas and resources that come from years of leading their own churches that I believe can be helpful to many.”
Locally, the site is at Blood River Association in Hardin from noon-2:30 p.m. Monday, July 19.