ALEXANDRIA – Empowering Kingdom Growth (EKG) is to be a three-year emphasis in Louisiana, LBC Executive Director David Hankins told leaders last week at the annual Associational Leadership Planning Conference, which took place at Calvary Baptist Church.
By Karen L. Willoughby
ALEXANDRIA – Empowering Kingdom Growth (EKG) is to
be a three-year emphasis in Louisiana, LBC Executive Director David
Hankins told leaders last week at the annual Associational Leadership
Planning Conference, which took place at Calvary Baptist Church.
“What do Louisiana churches need?” Hankins asked. He
spoke of renewal both in belief and in behavior, and of the need for a
The EKG Louisiana emphasis will have three phases, Hankins said.
• Am I a Kingdom person? Is my church a Kingdom
church? Holiness, obedience, trust, purpose and passion are involved in
“We want people to get serious about Bible study,
Kingdom principles and a refocus on Jesus,” Hankins said. “We are
Kingdom people, but I think we’ve lost focus.”
• Phase 2, the Acts 1:8 Challenge process, is
designed to get churches to develop strategic plans for missions and
ministry locally and globally.
• Phase 3 involves the wholehearted implementation
of Kingdom living and Kingdom giving, a true stewardship of life.
“We want to challenge churches to take a year and
work through all three phases in order,” Hankins said, adding that he’s
looking for 50 churches to set the pace in 2007, 400 in 2009, and the
rest in 2010.
Each of 16 areas of associational life had its
individual workshop at the planning conference, from moral/social
concerns to men’s ministries, plus Sunday school, evangelism,
discipleship, prayer, stewardship, music and several more.
Participants received a 2006-07 planning guide,
which will be sent the first week of June to every pastor in the state,
said LBC Executive Assistant Beau Colle, who arranged the conference.
These guides are designed to help churches and associations limit
schedule conflicts, as well as guide the planning process.
“Planning is so important to the health of the
church,” Colle said. “This [conference] is a kickoff to the planning
“Look to the future, and ask the Lord how it is to be done,” he said.