Texas Pastor Ryan Rush Says Spiritual Revival Is Key for Family Unit

Kingsland Baptist Church pastor Ryan Rush leads a service in the church’s 3,000-seat sanctuary. Submitted by church
Kingsland Baptist Church pastor Ryan Rush leads a service in the church’s 3,000-seat sanctuary. Submitted by church

More than 3,000 people of all ages worship each week at Kingsland Baptist Church in Katy, Texas. Bucking a decades-old national trend, children past nursery age sit with their parents during Sunday morning worship.

Family togetherness is a significant aspect of home life, church life and denominational life at Kingsland Baptist Church, where Ryan Rush has been pastor since May 2014.

“The family has been ordained by God as the foundational place for faith to take root and grow,” Rush told Baptist Press. “The decline in healthy home life, then, is a crisis with far-reaching implications that must not be taken lightly.”

Spiritual revival is key in achieving God’s design for the family, Rush said.

“This cultural decline of healthy home life is a problem too great for political or educational efforts to change. We must turn instead to spiritual revival, and we are convinced that God has prepared Kingsland for this important moment in history,” Rush said. “We have a vision of seeing 10,000 homes transformed by the power of the Gospel in the next 10 years through our ministry, church planting, missions endeavors, and providing resources to other congregations.”

Supporting the church family as a whole is accomplished through the church’s investment in a variety of local-to-global ministries entire families can support.

“We have teams out about 40 to 42 Saturdays a year serving the Greater Houston area,” said Omar Garcia, missions pastor for the last 10 years. “We mobilize our small groups to take ownership of local initiatives.”

The church’s commitment to the greater family of 46,000 Southern Baptist churches starts with its support of the Cooperative Program, which enables Southern Baptist churches to work together to support state, national and international missions and ministries.

Kingsland Baptist for the last 14 years has given 10 percent of its undesignated offerings to missions through the Cooperative Program, in addition to its hands-on support of several SBC-related national and international outreaches, and its generous support of seasonal offerings.

“If we can invest in something for the glory of God and not worry about who gets the credit, that’s really going to help us [Southern Baptists] advance much quicker,” Rush said. “The Cooperative Program allows us to give and trust others in our denomination to make a huge impact. That generates a lot of excitement in our people for missions.”

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SOURCE: Baptist Press
Karen L. Willoughby

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