Southern Baptist Should Worry about Missions or Membership 1st?Posted: June 15, 2010 Filed under: Southern Baptist 1 Comment
Sad thing is they argue about missions and evangelism… like they need anymore of that. Over 16 million members in the SBC and over 42,000 churches. The largest Protestant denomination on paper in the USA, maybe in the world… yet, less than 26% of SBC total membership attend church regularly. They need to address discipleship & church discipline. Over 3 million of their members have not given one cent, not one penny in the last year, and they are worried about spending more money towards missions? Thus, only taking money away from the local church to reach more people with the gospel? Good idea? really? Only if you addresses the church membership issue 1st!
Last time I checked both discipleship and evangelism were a part of the great commission.
16 Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. 17 And when they saw him they worshiped him, but some doubted. 18 And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
I tend to agree, and would go one step farther and suggest that they consider what the gospel message they’re spreading with their mouths AND with their methodology is – because more of the same just gets you … well, more of the same.