The International Mission Board (IMB) is the largest mission sending agency in the history of the world. We are privileged as part of the Southern Baptist Convention to support over 4,000 missionaries serving among the unreached.
Ashland is in the top 1% of churches in per capita giving to the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering each year. Last year we gave 40,000 to mission work through the Lottie Moon Christmas offering.
On top of our giving to the IMB, Ashland supports missionaries through direct involvement in North Africa, East Asia, Peru, and Louisiana.
Central to the Great Commission is church planting. Not only do we support missionaries among the unreached who are involved in church planting, as a church we have are also engaged in personally planting churches in Kentucky and around the world. In October 2017 we launched The Ashland Church as an autonomous sister church in Richmond KY. They were nurtured as a campus of our church from 2010-2017. In November 2016, we began another church planting work, Ashland Mission Oldham County. We partner with a church plant in New Orleans called Lakeshore Church, and are striving to support the church we planted in Cordova, Peru.
The Nations Among Us
We delight in the diversity of the cultures and languages of the world, and that many of them are represented in this multi-ethnic city of Lexington. We recognize that God has given us a great blessing in that he has brought the nations to our own hometowns in Central Kentucky in the form of international students, visiting scholars, and refugees. We delight in getting to know and welcome these guests and new friends, being able to show them Christ’s heart of hospitality and share with them the good news of Jesus.
Our present work in Peru is an effort to plant churches among the Quechua people of the Andes Mountains, where at this point there are no churches preaching the biblical gospel. The villages we are taking the gospel to have been dominated by ancient paganism mixed with a mystical form of Catholicism for hundreds of years. Our prayer is to start a church planting movement where baptized believers are continually teaching others the commands of King Jesus as revealed in Scripture throughout the Andes. The long-term vision for this work is not to plant one church in Cordova, but to start a church planting movement in Cordova that will spread throughout surrounding villages.
The churches established in the Andes will be simplistic in organization and rigorously biblical in practice. All churches established must practice the ordinances of baptism and the Lord’s supper as defined by the BFM 2000. They must recognize the offices of pastor and deacon with a desire to fill these offices with men who meet the biblical qualifications. They must be committed the Great Commission, which will mean reproducing churches with their own resources throughout the Andes.