Published December 18, 2008
Your Nov. 22 issue raised many concerns about NAMBís lack of funding for evangelism.
People are upset about something not difficult to understand: Funds were not set aside on a regular basis to cover the cost of the GPS evangelistic program.
That should not be a surprise, itís just a fact. According to your article, the new leaders at NAMB are trying to duck the facts by pointing to their entire budget instead of stating that the funds arenít there.
Given how political some of our institutions can be, thatís not a surprise either. It takes courage to state the facts when they are uncomfortable or unpopular.
Wringing our hands and pointing fingers will not reach anyone with the gospel. Letís have some love and grace towards NAMB because it is a valuable missions organization.
If we really need the funds then our churches will have to contribute. While $5 million seems like a lot of money, realize that thatís only $0.32 for every member we claim to have. If every church gave $120 then it would equal $5 million.
We need to spend less time arguing and placing blame, and more time actually reaching people with the gospel. Letís simply be honest about where we are and look for a way to move forward in the future.
Source: http://www.sbc.net/aboutus/default.asp ďSince its organization in 1845 in Augusta, Georgia, the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) has grown to over 16 million members who worship in more than 42,000 churches in the United States.Ē
$5,000,000 / 16,000,000 members is approximately $0.32 per member.
$5,000,000 / 42,000 churches is approximately $120 /church.
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