Newsletter October 2023

Coming Events and Information

Apologies for late delivery!

A Word from Charles

Happy October Everyone,

This coming Wednesday October 4, we are having the NKBA Dessert and Gaither Concert at Hebron Baptist Church. We will have a Dessert and Coffee at 1 pm. The Concert will begin at 2 pm. It will last for about 45 minutes. Bro. Mark Swadley will be leading the 55+ Notes of Joy Choir from the Lone Oak Baptist Church from Paducah, Ky. I had this choir when I was at Zion’s Cause and my church really enjoyed them. Come on out, enjoy the fellowship, and praise to God in the Concert. Also, on October 26, we will have a NKBA Pastor Appreciation Dinner at Burlington Baptist Church at 6 pm. We invite all our pastors to come out to this event and bring your wife!

October is Pastor Appreciation month. I am reminded of what the Apostle Paul said to the church in Thessalonica in I Thessalonians 5:12-13. Paul said, “And we urge you, brethren, to recognize those who labor among you, and are over you in the Lord and admonish you, and to esteem very highly in love for their work’s sake.” (NKJV).  Pastor Appreciation month is a time we honor our pastors for the work that they do. Most will never know what a pastor does from week to week. Preaching is primary as a pastor but there are several tasks that he will perform in a given week that is not even connected to preaching. Here are the top 12 responsibilities that congregations will rank for prospective pastors.; Sermon Preparation, Counseling, Visiting Prospective members, Leadership/Administration, Personal Bible Study and Prayer, Personal soul-winning, Visiting members (which includes the sick, homebound, and those in crisis), attending denominational meetings (association, state and national), Civic affairs, Promoting church ministries/programs, Reading, and Continuing Education. These are the top 12 listed on a questionnaire. There are many more responsibilities that are not even covered in this list. I was reading another list that gave reasons why you should honor your pastor. A pastor should be honored because he works long and hard hours. A pastor should be honored because he deals with tough stuff. A pastor should be honored because he deserves it. A pastor should be honored because he needs rest. A pastor should be honored because he needs ENCOURAGEMENT.

I encourage every church to honor their pastor or pastors this month. There are several ways that you can do that. I have seen some churches do a fellowship and give the pastor and pastors a gift. I have seen churches honor the pastors every Sunday with letters and gifts. Giving meaningful cards and messages, a gift tree, have you kids ministry do thank you projects and gifts, give a weekend off or plan a trip for the pastor and his family. Some of these things take planning and not just a last-minute preparation.


As a church take care of your pastor or pastors. They care for the needs of the church. They shepherd the congregation. They provide leadership and direction. They minister. . .



Bro. Charles 

Garden of Hope

Project Resurrection Meeting Invitation

Cooperative Leadership Planning Meeting

Saturday, October 14, 8:00 a.m.- noon.

St Augustine Church, 1839 Euclid Avenue, Covington, KY

Breakfast Items will be provided.

Covington's Garden of Hope has fallen into disrepair and is in desperate need of tender loving care. We believe that you have the means as a valued community leader to help us bring it back to life.

This is an organizational/planning meeting with other civic and church leaders. All are welcome. This is a community wide service project.

For more information, please contact Brother Ed Kirkwood, Pastor Garden of Hope, 859-866-1546.

Please share this information with the Missions groups of your church.

Ball Family at Southside Baptist Church

Saturday, October 14

3:30 p.m.

Free Concert! Love Offering Taken


Monday, November 6, 3:00 p.m.

Burlington Baptist Church

Dr. Chuck Lawless will be our keynote speaker.

The day will also include Dr. Lawless meeting with pastors beginning at 10:00 a.m., including lunch, and a Q&A session concluding at 2:00 p.m. before the start of our business meeting.

To Register for Pastors Conference with Dr. Lawless, contact Lori at [email protected].

To Register for the Fall Meeting, use the registration tab on the NKBA website and include the name of the church and the names of those attending the meeting in the comments field of the page. Click on this link for the church registration page.

Pastor Search
First Baptist Church of Ludlow

The family of believers at First Baptist Church of Ludlow, KY, is prayerfully seeking the man God has set apart to be our next pastor.

For context, our beloved former pastor, David Dauwe, passed away unexpectedly in 2022, leading our church into a time of mourning and a certain amount of uncertainty. Our initial course of action was to open our search relatively soon after this tragic event; however, we felt God leading us in a different direction and paused our efforts to heal and consider the future more carefully. During this time, we have reflected on both where we have been and where God wants us to go next. As a result, we are currently clarifying our church’s Mission and Vision statements and updating our bylaws to provide more flexibility and clearer guidance on how to accomplish them and feel led to re-open our search.

We would prefer to have a full-time pastor; however, we are open to this being a bi-vocational position and are willing to discuss schedules accordingly. In either instance, our primary goal is to find someone willing to partner with us as we seek to grow God’s kingdom here and elsewhere through evangelism and sound doctrinal teachings. 

Please apply by emailing a resume that details your beliefs and background to [email protected] by October 31, 2023.
Pianist Needed
East Dayton Baptist Church

East Dayton Baptist is in need of someone to play piano for their services. They do hymns and anthems from the hymnal. If you are interested, please contact Bro. Dave Simpson at [email protected].

Oak Ridge Baptist Music Assistance Requested

Bro. Don Whitis of Oak Ridge Baptist Church is in need of assistance for:

  1. The Accompaniment CD for the music program "Jesus, There's Something About That Name". It is part of the Ready to Sing Series, from 2006, Russell Mauldin.
  2. Part-time Pianist for evenings and choir practices.

If you can help Bro. Don, please call him directly at 859-242-3433.

Mark Your Calendars:

October - Pastor Appreciation Month

October 26 - Pastor & Wife Appreciation Meal, Burlington Baptist

November 6 - NKBA Fall Meeting, Burlington Baptist Church

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