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May 2, 2013

Kentucky National Guard Seeks Partners in Care

LOUISVILLE – Located 15 miles west of Fort Knox, Buck Grove Baptist Church already reaches out to military families. However, the Ekron church will soon join a new effort to provide assistance to National Guard soldiers.

Pastor Dave Campbell will attend a launch ceremony in Frankfort May 6 for Partners in Care, designed to match Kentucky congregations with National Guard enlistees needing help.

“Right now, it’s food, but it can develop into other things,” Campbell said of Buck Grove’s benevolence efforts. “Offering transportation might be one thing we can do. As we learn what other churches are doing, it may spur us on to say, ‘Hey, we can do that.’”

Started in 2005 by a chaplain in the Maryland National Guard, Partners in Care has since spread to 18 states. Kentucky is one of 15 more slated to affiliate with the program during 2013.

Through this grassroots program, churches, synagogues and other groups sign an agreement to provide services to Guard employees regardless of their religious beliefs. Placed in a database, they will be matched with requests for assistance from Guard members, based in all but one Kentucky county.

This can include such outreach as food and clothing, emergency financial assistance, auto repairs or child care. Each group decides what services it will offer.

Two other Kentucky Baptist congregations will be represented as new partners at the May 6 launch, and about 10 others have expressed interest, according to Chaplain Maj. Jerry Shacklett.

The help is greatly needed, he said, noting that the 8,000 Kentucky Guard personnel face such problems as unemployment, marital discord and post traumatic stress disorder.

Some units have been deployed overseas three times in the past decade, said Shacklett, who pastored two Kentucky Baptist churches before becoming a fulltime Guard chaplain.

With the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan winding down, some may think that Guard members are facing less stress but that isn’t necessarily true, Shacklett said.

“It may appear that way but a lot of soldiers come back and have a problem getting jobs,” said the chaplain, explaining that some weren’t employed before going overseas.

Even though this is an inter-denominational initiative, Eric Allen of the Kentucky Baptist Convention said it offers KBC churches a chance to act as Christ’s hands and feet.

“If chaplains are willing to refer enlisted men and women to the local church for assistance, we must be ready to seize this ministry opportunity,” said Allen, leader of the KBC’s mission mobilization team. “It may only come once.”

Chaplain Col. William Lee, the Maryland minister who designed Partners in Care, expressed excitement over its growth.

The four churches that originally signed up have expanded to 92 in all 23 Maryland counties. Last year, they helped 138 families; emergency food assistance was the number-one need.

“We weren’t sure what the Lord was going to do with this idea,” Lee said. “It’s given churches the opportunity to live out their faith in a very practical way and touch folks who live in their community.

“They can meet people at their point of need with love and compassion,” he continued. “A lot of churches have veterans (as members) and this allows them to be involved.”

It is spreading beyond the National Guard, said Wayne Stinchcomb, a weekend Guard chaplain who attends a Southern Baptist church in suburban Baltimore.

For example, Stinchcomb recently received a referral from the Veterans Administration. He provided a $150 grocery store gift card to a retired Navy veteran who had lost his civilian job.

“He was elated and so grateful there was an organization out there to give him a hand up,” Stinchcomb said. “These folks like a hand up, not a handout.”

In addition to his chaplain duties, Stinchcomb is president of Praise N Thunder, a nine-year-old evangelistic group of Christian motorcycle riders.

Praise N Thunder joined Partners in Care in 2010 and last year aided nearly 20 Guard families. That included distributing $400 in gift cards and half a dozen food baskets during the Christmas season.

“What a great way to minister outside your four walls,” said Stinchcomb, who encourages Kentucky Baptist churches to volunteer for the program.
“As Southern Baptists, our desire is to preach the gospel verbally, but this is preaching the gospel with action,” Stinchcomb added. “People are moved by it. A lot of times people think we’re doing actions because we want something. This says, ‘We don’t want anything.’”

Even though the program is open to all faiths (or no faith), and help is extended to everyone, churches aren’t prohibited from sharing about Jesus Christ, Shacklett said.

“A church still has the right to ask, ‘Would you be interested in us telling you about Christ?’” Shacklett said. “Our hope is people (receiving help) will get connected to a church.”

Churches interested in learning more or signing up can contact Shacklett at (502) 607-1232 or (502) 607-1563, or e-mail him at jerry.l.shacklett2.mil@mail.mil

The Kentucky Baptist Convention is a cooperative missions and ministry organization made up of nearly 2,400 autonomous Baptist churches in Kentucky. A variety of state and worldwide ministries are coordinated through its administrative offices in Louisville, including: missions work, disaster relief, ministry training and support, church development, evangelism and more.

For more information, visit the KBC website at www.kybaptist.org or find “Kentucky Baptist Convention” on Facebook or follow “kentuckybaptist” on Twitter.

Story by Ken Walker, KBC Communications
 
 

Survey: Most SBC Pastors Not Prepared to Die
by Russ Rankin on Monday, January 14, 2013
 
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — While the majority of pastors in the Southern Baptist Convention have a will, nearly 40 percent possess no type of estate planning document at all.A recent survey conducted by LifeWay Research on behalf of the Southern Baptist Foundation found 37 percent of SBC pastors do not have a trust, will, living will, electronic will, legacy story, or durable power of attorney with healthcare directives.
 

"Pastors know they can't take it with them when they die, but estate planning is really about good stewardship for your family," said Warren Peek, president of the Southern Baptist Foundation. "Basic planning saves a lot of headaches and ensures that assets are not lost."

According to the survey, pastors age 18-44 are the least likely to have durable power of attorney with healthcare directives (12 percent), a will (32 percent), or a living will (13 percent).
Scott McConnell, director of LifeWay Research, said the survey reveals an apparent lack of education and awareness about estate planning and accompanying laws, which may contribute to pastors not having a plan in place.Nearly two-thirds of pastors surveyed agree with a statement that the court decides who will care for a child if the last parent dies without a will. Twenty percent disagree and 15 percent "don't know."
Regarding assets, the survey reveals a slight majority of pastors (52 percent) agree that if someone dies without a will, their family decides what is done with the assets of the deceased. Thirty-seven percent disagree and 11 percent "don't know."
"The fact is, in both cases – with property and children – the court decides what happens to them if there is no will in place," McConnell said. "But more than half of pastors misunderstand what happens to their assets by agreeing to this incorrect statement and 1 in 5 misunderstand what happens to children when parents die without a will."McConnell said it should still be a point of concern that so many SBC pastors do not seem to have a plan for their families and property after their death, especially since "the segment that should be most likely to be thinking about this issue – those with young families – seem to be the least prepared," he added.
Seventy-one percent of respondents have a child at least 18 years old and 35 percent are a parent of a child under age 18. Twelve percent have children below 18 and children 18 or older. Among pastors with a child under age 18, 58 percent do not have a will and 96 percent do not have a trust.The Southern Baptist Foundation was established in 1947 and serves as a subsidiary of the SBC Executive Committee to provide investment and estate planning services for SBC entities, institutions and individuals."The Southern Baptist Foundation and the state
foundations have tools to assist pastors in making their estate plans," said Peek. "It could be the easiest New Year's resolution to keep this year."
July 18, 2011
Volunteers Needed for New Disaster Relief Childcare Unit
LEXINGTON –Christian County Baptist Association is taking the lead in providing survivors of natural and man-made disasters a safe place to care for their children during the worst of times.
Christian County Baptists have outfitted a temporary childcare unit where volunteers can provide children fun, gospel-centered activities, allowing parents and guardians time to take those first steps toward recovery from a disaster.
Volunteers are needed for the new unit, and information and instruction are available at Kentucky Baptist Disaster Relief training July 23 at Porter Memorial Baptist Church in Lexington.
The child care unit is just one more way that Kentucky Baptists can share the gospel message and the love of Christ to people in need, said Coy Webb, disaster relief associate for the Kentucky Baptist Convention.
“Imagine you are a child who has lost everything in a disaster—your home, your toys, your clothes, your room,” he said. “This trailer is equipped with everything a team would need to respond to those needs and to share the love of Christ with hurting children.”
Brightly colored storage modules on wheels are organized with toys, games and other materials appropriate for children of different ages.
The modules themselves are useful, creating the “walls” of a portable classroom so volunteers can more easily keep watch over the children.
There is also a water heater, clothes washer/dryer unit, small refrigerator, microwave, double sink and a portable changing table.
Tom Westerfield of Crofton is a “blue cap” supervisor for Kentucky Baptist Disaster Relief. He is in charge of the emergency communications unit and now coordinates the childcare unit.
A member of First Baptist Church of Hopkinsville, Westerfield said he saw first-hand the need for a childcare unit several years ago in Virginia.
Survivors of a hurricane were coming to the disaster relief feeding unit for a meal.
“My duty one day was to stand at the front of the feeding line, greeting individuals and families as they came through, listening to their stories and offering understanding,” he recalled.
“A young lady with three little children came to the line. They were all grungy dirty, hungry and thirsty,” Westerfield said. “The mother told me that all they had to drink was water collected in cans in her back yard.”
The woman talked about the many things she needed to be doing to try to secure temporary housing, clothing and the other necessities of life for herself and her children, “but she had lost her childcare situation,” which made those tasks even more difficult to accomplish.
Westerfield said when he heard that Southern Baptist Disaster Relief ministries in other states were providing emergency, short-term childcare in disaster areas, he wanted to help equip Kentucky Baptists to meet that need too.
A disaster relief trailer that had yet to be outfitted was available. Westerfield shared his idea among his fellow Christian County Baptists. A financial contribution from a couple, also members of First Baptist Church of Hopkinsville, enabled the association to purchase the equipment and materials to make the unit a reality.
Now, what is needed most, are volunteers, Westerfield said.
For details about the new unit, or the July 23 training event in Lexington, contact Kentucky Baptist Disaster Relief by e-mail at dr@kybaptist.org or call (502) 489-3401 or (866) 489-3527 (toll-free in Kentucky).
In addition to the introductory course in Southern Baptist Disaster Relief, and Childcare Basic Training, recertification is offered at the July 23 event in safe food preparation, chain saw safety, how to “mud-out” flooded homes, and assessing disaster scenes.
The registration fee for current volunteers is $20 per person. New workers pay $40 per person. Online registration is available at www.kybaptist.org/dr. Click on the link under “training.”
Kentucky Baptist Disaster Relief is supported by Kentucky Baptists’ gifts through the Cooperative Program and direct support from individuals and churches.
Legacy giving opportunities are available to ensure that Kentucky Baptist Disaster Relief can provide Christ-centered help to coming generations. For details, contact the Kentucky Baptist Foundation at (502) 489-3533 or (866) 489-3533 (toll-free in Kentucky).
Through Kentucky Baptist Disaster Relief, more than 7,000 individuals have been trained to respond to natural and man-made crises with an array of services. Feeding units can provide thousands of meals on short notice. Volunteers in other units can move in with chainsaws to remove debris, remove mud from flooded homes and provide other assistance.
Kentucky Baptists are part of a larger network of Southern Baptist volunteers that comprise the third largest relief organization in the United States.
The Kentucky Baptist Convention is a cooperative missions and ministry organization made up of nearly 2.400 autonomous Baptist churches in Kentucky. A variety of state and worldwide ministries are coordinated through its administrative offices in Louisville, including: missions work, disaster relief, ministry training and support, church development, evangelism and more.
For more information, visit the KBC website at www.kybaptist.org, become a fan of “Kentucky Baptist Convention” on Facebook or follow “kentuckybaptist” on Twitter.
 

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Kentucky Baptist Convention
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April 25, 2011
Developing Technology Brings New Copyright Concerns
LOUISVILLE - Modern technology makes copying music, printed scores, audio, or TV shows and film clips so convenient that many Christians think it must be all right.
Not true. And, with more churches podcasting or streaming video of worship services, copyright infringement issues could re-emerge 25 years after a $3 million lawsuit alerted Christians to the problem.
“I do think this is the next frontier,” Paul Herman, marketing manager for Christian Copyright Licensing International (CCLI), said of Internet-driven violations. “From what I understand, there are a number of lawsuits pending for things posted on You Tube.”
This frontier particularly impacts music, since digitization has challenged every part of the music industry, said Mike Harland, director of LifeWay Worship.
He said that churches must understand that music isn’t free and never has been.
Illegal copying of CDs and photocopied music diminishes the ability of its creators to develop more, the LifeWay executive added.
“The technology has developed faster than the laws governing copyright have developed, creating a harsh reality for owners of songs,” Harland said. “Studies demonstrate that a majority of music acquired today is done so illegally.”
He encouraged all Southern Baptists to evaluate the ways their ministries deliver copyrighted material and to comply with the law. For instance, even though CCLI recently began offering a podcast license that enables churches to post worship music online, there are certain limitations, Harland said.
“CCLI gives full explanations through its website that can help churches know what rights the license grants,” Harland said. “Any publisher would welcome a phone call or e-mail regarding use of one of their songs if there are questions.”
Copyright infringement by churches burst onto the national scene in the mid-1980s when a music publisher sued the Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago for photocopying sheet music without authorization.
Despite that landmark case and tens of thousands of licenses that OneLicense.net has issued since then, an official with the Chicago-based firm said confusion still exists in many churches.
“The main thing that people don’t get is because a church owns 800 copies of a hymnal they think it’s okay to make copies of any song in the book,” said Administrator Tim Redmon. “It’s not. You always have to ask.”
It isn’t only music that can catch Christians in a legal snarl. For example, CCLI offers licenses for week-long special events, a video license that allows churches to use film clips or sponsor family movie nights, and a mobile license for traveling evangelists and musicians.
What about making copies of a DVD or CD to distribute to homebound members or others? That also requires permission from the copyright owner, said Larry Brannin, a media production associate for the Kentucky Baptist Convention.
“When we use a song in one of our KBC videos, we have to pay a fee,” Brannin said.
“I get a lot of calls from folks who want to do it right but give up because they feel that complying with the law is too much trouble—or they just don’t get permission.”
However, some church concerns are addressed through the podcast license, which OneLicense.net has offered for three years and CCLI instituted in March. Alabama-based Christian Copyright Solutions has a streaming license for churches that covers numerous secular and Christian songs.
These licenses allow congregations that have restricted webcasts to their pastor’s sermons now to legally stream or podcast their entire worship service.
Fees are reasonable; a CCLI license for churches with fewer than 200 average attendees is $50 a year. That compares to a traditional music license that runs $109 for congregations of less than 100 and $185 for average attendance of 100-199.
The podcast license is required even when a church has a traditional license that allows it to store lyrics in a computer or project them on a wall or video screen if the church is also planning to post its services on the Internet.
With the Internet’s increasing prominence, staff members that have purchased a podcast license, or plan to investigate the situation, are delighted it is available.
Central Baptist Church in Corbin is in the process of upgrading its website. When launched, the site will include live broadcasts and podcasts of Sunday services, complete with hymns and praise songs.
Before he learned about CCLI’s new license, associate pastor of music Ron Green spent six months investigating how to legally post Central Baptist’s entire service online.
“We had a time getting that worked out,” Green said. “Now we’re ready to go. It’s a big answer to prayer. Before, it was cost prohibitive to broadcast your music online. This is something I would encourage more churches to get into.”
Although he fields many calls from churches in his KBC position, Brannin is also aware of copyright concerns as a volunteer tech minister at Crestwood Baptist Church in Oldham County. His church is planning to acquire a podcast license so it will be able to post more than sermons.
“Most churches that have done podcasts only did the sermon because there’s no copyright involved,” Brannin said. “This is going to allow churches to put the service online from the first song to the last and the pastor’s message.”
No matter what they post at their websites or do during services, though, Harland cautioned congregations to be as concerned with ethics as financial issues.
“We want to do everything ‘decently and in order,’” said LifeWay’s Harland, referencing 1 Corinthians 14:40. “That includes how we steward our use of the songs that today’s writers and creators are producing.”
The Kentucky Baptist Convention is a cooperative missions and ministry organization made up of nearly 2,400 autonomous Baptist churches in Kentucky. A variety of state and worldwide ministries are coordinated through its administrative offices in Louisville, including: missions work, disaster relief, ministry training and support, church development, evangelism and more.
For more information, visit the KBC website at www.kybaptist.org, find “Kentucky Baptist Convention” on Facebook or follow “kentuckybaptist” on Twitter.
 
Story by Ken Walker, KBC Communications
 
 
 
 
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