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North Metro a pacesetter in state missions giving


Scott Barkley/Index

Frank Cox, pastor of North Metro First Baptist Church in Lawrenceville, presents a check for $108,094.01 to GBC Executive Director J. Robert White for the State Missions Offering. The amount represents nearly eight percent of the total given by all Georgia Baptist churches.

LAWRENCEVILLE — North Metro First Baptist Church, under the leadership of pastor Frank Cox, has become a pacesetter among Georgia Baptist churches in giving to the state missions offering. The church gave $59,691.80 in 2005, but the check did not arrive in the Convention financial offices until after the books were closed in early January of 2006. Recently the Convention received a check for $48,402.21 for the state missions offering for 2006.

When both figures are added together (since they actually came in the same year) the total is $108,094.01. Interestingly, the combined amount represents almost 8 percent of the $1,416,323 given by all Georgia Baptist churches to state missions through the last of December 2006. (The books for 2006 had not been closed as of the writing of this article).

“The money given for state missions goes directly to preaching and teaching the gospel throughout Georgia,” explains J. Robert White, executive director for the Georgia Baptist Convention and a member of the Lawrenceville church.

“It is very significant that such an outstanding state missions offering has come from a church where so many of the GBC staff are members,” White added. “I know that they share my joy about this.”

White continued, “Janice and I are thrilled to be a part of a church that has the missions commitment demonstrated by North Metro. It is also a joy to be part of a church that gives more than 13 percent of its undesignated offerings to Georgia and Southern Baptist causes through the Cooperative Program.”