Finding IT at Columbia BC

Section taken from Western Recorder – March 12, 2010. By Drew Nichter.  Full Article

Columbia Baptist kicked off Find It Here this past Sunday with a revival service that runs through Wednesday. KBC President Don Mathis is serving as evangelist.

And the church has invited the entire town—literally.

On the Friday and Saturday prior, several ladies in the church called every name in the Columbia phone book, inviting them to the church’s Find It Here revival. “That’s pretty aggressive outreach for a little town in Kentucky,” Taylor said.

They also have gotten the word out over the airwaves. Columbia Baptist’s Find It Here lay leader Kevin Jenkins used his disc jockey experience to put together a couple of 60-second radio spots which have been running regularly. He also has been making the rounds doing interviews at local stations.

Taylor said the church is pushing Find It Here so hard because “if we don’t take the gospel to the whole community, who’s going to do it?”

Columbia Baptist even has brought in a consultant to evaluate the church’s Sunday school classes “to position (them) for growth after Find It Here,” Taylor noted.

Campbellsville University School of Theology Professor Shane Garrison has been working with the church for several weeks now observing Sunday school to determine “what we need to do to reorganize and kind of get us unstuck so that we can follow up Find It Here with Sunday school growth,” noted Taylor, who also teaches at Campbellsville’s theology school.

Noting that Kentucky Baptists are in need of such an aggressive evangelistic effort as Find It Here, Taylor said he wants to see Columbia Baptist and others do everything they can to make the campaign a success.


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