Kentucky Baptists say baptisms, giving to churches increased in 2014

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LOUISVILLE, Kentucky — Kentucky Baptists say their churches baptized more than 14,000 people in 2014, an increase from the year before.

The Kentucky Baptist Convention says Baptist leaders have been focusing on evangelism and growing ranks by building new churches and reviving existing flocks.

"We can't help but be humbled by these reports from our churches," Convention executive director Paul Chitwood said in a release. "In one year, we saw enough people saved to populate a mid-sized Kentucky city."

About 20 percent of the 2,400 member churches did not submit baptism numbers, according to the release. The convention recorded 14,223 baptisms in 2014, up from 13,975 the previous year.

Hillvue Heights Church in Bowling Green recorded 511 baptisms, the most in the state. Hawk Creek Baptist Church in London was second with 252, and Valley View in Louisville had 234.

The Baptist Convention said undesignated financial contributions to churches were up to $314.3 million in 2014 from $309.8 million the year before.

The convention said the growth gives the KBC "more influence on moral and political issues important to Christians."

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