Small SBC Churches and the GCR

I just finished an article on the GCR website that held my interest long enough to read completely; and written by a guy that’s not in his 50’s too… Getting to my favorite quote…

The churches you and I serve don’t want the money we sacrificially give to the Cooperative Program to go to big buildings; we want it to be on the mission field.

How unappealing is it to see a small attendance congregation sacrificing thousands of dollars to give to a thick bureaucratic system? The church I serve would rather see less big denominational government and more money reaching unreached and underserved peoples.

I attended a very stereotypical SBC church a few years ago in NC. I thought that it was important to participate in body life, even the business meetings. I listened to the pastor explain to the “voters” that the current building project is paramount to the life of the church. He added it would finally afford him the opportunity to host the annual baptist associational banquet at [his] church. The total cost of the project had already risen above 3% of IMB’s annual operating budget. Though I rightfully could have voted for (or against) the motion by standing, Anna and I both remained seated during the voting, partly in shock of the money being promised by so few people, partly due to visions of such amounts possibly being given towards missions – local or internationally…

I’m curious enough to see what may come of this renewed interest in the Great Commission and the efforts of the GCR, but I’m not waiting around for them to forge a document to tell me that we should all be about the Father’s work, whatever capacity that may be…

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