Some reflections/fragments, if not random, from my time at the Great Commission Resurgence Task Force meeting. These show why we need a Great Commission Resurgence:
Here's some good news:
- In 1970, there were over 7000 "unreached" people groups (groups with no
access to the Gospel) that numbered over 1 million in population. Due
to a massive missions movement in the US and elsewhere, that number is
now down to 400!
1997, church planters in the IMB were training only 30,000 national
believers in church leadership/church planting. Today that number is
over 250,000! The Great Commission is not the white man's burden. It is
the property of believers in every nation, and we are recognizing that!
But here's the bad news:
- Currently, 1.48 billion people have NO access to the Gospel. 3.06 billion have little (or nearly no) access to the Gospel.
- Southern Baptists have only one missionary on the field for every 1.6 million people out there.
- Southern Baptist churches report about $12.5 billion in revenue. Overseas work gets less than 2.5% of that.
- Southern Baptists spend $1.31 per person for missions in North America, and
spend $0.04 per person for missions to reach the world. (Source)
"The Gospel is only good news if it gets there in time." Carl F. H. Henry
And more bad news:
"The SBC is a bureaucracy that seems to have a passionate commitment
to mediocrity at best, and to our own self-destruction at worst." (I've
got to let this one remain anonymous).
self-perpetuation holds no legitimate place in a world of scarce
resources; institutional mediocrity should be terminated, if not
transformed into excellence."
Go to pray4GCR.com to pray for a much needed Great Commission Resurgence in the SBC!