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Wednesday, June 15, 2011

"Great Commission Giving" Affirmed By SBC

Mark Kelly at Baptist Press reports that seven recommendations from the SBC Executive Committee were approved by messengers during the opening session of the SBC annual meeting in Phoenix on June 14, 2011. Of the seven recommendation approved at this year’s convention, four were related to the "Great Commission Resurgence Task Force Report" that was adopted at the 2010 annual meeting in Orlando, Fla. I only want to mention just one; “Great Commission Giving”.

Here is the recommendation that was approved by the messengers to the convention:

-- Adding a new Annual Church Profile reporting category called "Great Commission Giving" to highlight each church's financial commitment to Southern Baptist mission enterprises. The recommendation also reaffirmed the Cooperative Program as "the most effective means" of missions outreach and asked churches to increase their Cooperative Program contributions by 2.5 percent of undesignated receipts by the end of the 2013 calendar year.

If you listened to the “Doomsday Bloggers” here, here, and here... you would come away thinking that affirming "Great Commission Giving" in the SBC would be the death of the Cooperative Program. It is quite refreshing to see that the vast majority in the SBC do not agree, and that the vast majority of Southern Baptist believe that we should celebrate "All" that our churches are doing to fulfill the Great Commission.

Today is a very good day in the SBC!!!

Grace for the Journey,

1 comment:

Brent Hobbs said...

I agree. It's been a very good convention so far. Hope today goes as well as yesterday and the pastor's conference.