INDEPENDENCE—A 216-year-old church lies in the heart of Kentucky’s third largest city by land, where 85 percent of the population is unchurched. The Kentucky Baptist Convention designated Kenton County as one of the most strategic places in the state for church planting.
Yet, Hickory Grove Baptist Church in Independence, averages 650 each Sunday, is engaged in a building program, and intentionally reaches out to their community on a weekly basis. They’re thriving. Their secret: prioritizing reaching “their Jerusalem.”
“Our mission statement is that we exist to do whatever it takes to help every person take their next step with Jesus. We’ve really leaned into that phrase ‘whatever it takes,’” Bill Clark, pastor at Hickory Grove for the past nearly eight years and staff member for almost 20 total years, said.