STUDENT MINISTRY PARTNERSHIPS
According to the Kentucky Baptist Convention, 60% of students walk away from their faith after high school, and 95% of students in the state of Kentucky ages 12—24 do not profess to be active Christians! These stunning statistics are deeply disturbing. Clearly “business as usual” has not been working. That’s why we have chosen to make campus ministry a key priority for our association of churches.
TBCA is a mission partner with Jeff Prosser, the Kentucky Baptist's Convention's Regional Campus Missionary. In addition to overseeing the Baptist Campus Ministries at Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond, Jeff also directs our region's Twelve24 Initiative, an effort to reach the 12-to-24-year-old population for Christ by spiritually engaging every area middle and high school campus.
Statistics show have a narrowing window of time to reach people with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. According to Barna Research, most persons (67%) accept Jesus as their savior before age 21. Each passing year that a person does not respond to God’s call on his or her life closes that window a bit.
The Twelve24 Initiative is an effort to reach the most un-evangelized demographic in Kentucky—the 12-to-24-year-old segment of our population. The Twelve24 Initiative seeks to:
- Help every student on every campus have a chance to hear and respond to the Gospel
- Help each of our churches to develop their own strategy to reach, equip, and mobilize their students to engage their campus as a missionary
- Help each TCBA church to intentionally adopt and engage at least one local middle school or high school campus.
HOW TO GET INVOLVED
- Connect with Jeff Prosser and our Regional Twelve24 Team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Encourage your church to make reaching 12-to-24-year-olds a priority.
- Recruit a Twelve24 leader for your church and organize your own Twelve24 team.
- With assistance from our Regional Twelve24 Team, seek to develop your church’s own Twelve24 strategy.
- Choose a local campus to adopt and engage.
- Recruit and develop a core team of student missionaries in your church.
- Begin to engage your campus!
BAPTIST CAMPUS MINISTRY OF EASTERN KENTUCKY UNIVERSITY
Baptist Campus Ministry at Eastern Kentucky University exists to reach students with the gospel of Jesus Christ, connect them to a local church community, and disciple them toward spiritual maturity. We achieve these purposes through various events and the relationships we build with college students. We seek to provide a place where students can be known and encouraged during their collegiate years. This includes things like small group Bible studies, large social events, worship and trips during the year. We desire that students have a meaningful and rewarding college experience full of personal and spiritual growth.
HOW TO GET INVOLVED
The EKU BCM is open Monday—Friday from 9:00 a.m.—11:00 p.m. We close at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesdays to encourage students to be plugged into a local church.
There are several ways TCBA churches can support the BCM at EKU.
- Providing meals at different events throughout the year
- Financially supporting us monthly or perhaps a one time gift. All of our year long programming comes from local TCBA churches.
- From time to time, we'll have some light construction projects that need to be done in our building.
- Your presence and willingness to be involved in the lives of college students (being a mentor, leading a Bible Study, adopting a student, etc.)