Our church lost a wonderful lady last week. Mrs. Barbara Moncrief went to her heavenly rest after a wonderful life. In her late seventies she went on a mission trip to South Africa to teach Vacation Bible School to missionary kids.
At her funeral I told the story of how she had asked the same question every year during our annual meeting to present the budget. When we came to the area of our budget addressing our church’s investment in the Cooperative Program (for you non-Southern Baptist readers, this is the name to our giving strategy for cooperative endeavors through our Convention of churches) Mrs. Barbara raised her hand. After being recognized, she asked, “Is this the best that we can do?”
I came to love that question. It’s a great question for a lot of areas of life. We should always be asking the question, “Is this the best that we can do?” I challenged those in attendance at her funeral to ask that question about their discipleship, their relationships, their church attendance, their work, their school work, their “whatever.”
Today, I again ask my Louisiana Baptist family, in the same context Mrs. Barbara asked her church—in reference to the Cooperative Program? Louisiana Baptists, in your church, about the Cooperative Program, “Is this the best that we can do?” Can you imagine if every Louisiana Baptist church asked with honesty this question? This is what I have been asking through the Pledge.
If you have not yet heard about The Pledge, we want to challenge our friends to increased support to the Cooperative Program. Our plan will be a variation of the SBC 1% Challenge. Here is the challenge.
If current CP giving is …
o Less than 3%, the challenge will be to go to 5%.
o 3-8%, the challenge will be to increase 2%.
o 8-9.9%, the challenge will be to get to 10%.
o greater than 10%, the challenge will be to not decrease and to increase “as God leads.”
We want to realize these gains by 2020, so the jump does not have to be made all at once.
Would you consider taking The Pledge? Here is what we are asking?
1) Take the challenge to lead your church to increased CP giving according to the above chart.
2) Seek out 1-3 pastors in your network to challenge to join you in taking the Pledge.
3) Be at the annual meeting in Bossier City to participate in a public display of this commitment.
If you would like to be a part of the Pledge, simply e-mail me at Steve.Horn@fbclaf.org.
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