The Three Forks Baptist Association, located in Hazard, Kentucky, is passionate about our role in serving as a resource and promotor of positive growth to further empower Southern Baptist churches to carry out their mission of fulfilling God's passionate plan and purpose to see all people come to a saving knowledge of Him.
Mission Statement: The Three Forks Baptist Association exists to assist its member churches to maximize their effectiveness in fulfilling the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20).
Motto: A family of churches on mission together.
Core Values: The following core values embody the recognition of the historic and continuing value of autonomous Southern Baptist churches voluntarily cooperating in order to do more for the Kingdom of God together than each could do on its own.
1. Leadership Development: We value leaders. We believe that churches will be most effective when pastors and lay leadersdevelop their leadership and ministry skills to their fullest potential. We believe the success of churches depends heavily on quality, spiritual leadership.
2. Missions: We value missions. We believe that churches should be committed to the Great Commission as given by Christ and that this commitment should be evidenced in giving to missions, praying for missions, and going on mission. The fulfillment of this value will often necessarily involve various forms of evangelism, witness, and ministry.
3. Church Revitalization: We value church revitalization. We believe that existing churches that are experiencing difficult days or challenging ministry contexts can be reinvigorated with fresh purpose and vision.
4. Church Planting: We value church planting. We believe that healthy churches should participate in starting new churches in places where they are needed, both locally, in Kentucky, throughout the United States, and overseas.
5. Stewardship: We value financial cooperation. We believe that the churches of the Association can cumulatively make a greater impact on the advance of the gospel of Jesus Christ locally, in Kentucky, and in the nations through consistent and sacrificial giving to the Association, through the Cooperative Program of the Southern Baptist Convention, and through the annual seasonal mission offerings.