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"The Baptists' best bounce for their buck is through CP. With the
Cooperative Program, everyone can. Your dollar works seven days a week, 24
hours a day, 365 days a year, all around the world, non-stop even when you're
snoring asleep, it's still working."
Bobby Welch, in his final sermon as SBC
"Prayer is not simply a way to bless the strategies and methods of our
missionaries. It is the foundation of the strategy. Missionaries go to tell the
story and to reap the harvest, but if the doors are to be opened, the barriers
are to crumble, if hearts are to be softened, it's our responsibility to pray
them into the Kingdom."
Jerry Rankin, IMB President, giving the IMB Report at
"It occurs to me that church planting as a mindset rather than an exotic
specialty is closer to the book of Acts than what I normally see around."
Andrée Seu on observing healthy, missional churches
reproducing themselves as part of an authentic New Testament
Sources: Baptist Press and World Magazine, August 5,
"Preach abroad… It is the cooping yourselves up in rooms that has dampened
the work of God, which never was and never will be carried out to any purpose
without going into the highways and hedges and compelling men and women to come
Studies show only 8 to 10 percent of Christians regularly share Christ with
others. Why do you believe that is? In a recent poll taken at www.onmission.com, readers of On
Mission answered this question. Here's how they responded.
This fall the U.S. population reached 300 million and is predicted to reach
400 million by 2050. The U.S. population is growing by one person every 11
seconds. A baby born today is more likely to live longer, delay adulthood, and
have fewer siblings. He or she is most likely to be named Jacob or Emily and
most likely will be raised in the suburbs. Compared to children born 50 years
ago, today's children will grow up in a diverse environment. They are more
likely to get a college degree, earn more and retire later. They also are more
likely to live alone or cohabit before marrying. They are most likely to own
their own home, enjoy more creature comforts and live a healthier life.
Source: Fox and Friends, October 18, 2006 and New York
Times, October 8, 2006
1. Anti-Christian culture2. Divorce3. Busyness4. Absent father figure5. Lack of discipline6. Financial pressures7. Lack of communication8. Negative media influences9. Balance of work and family10. Materialism
1. Anti-Christian culture
4. Absent father figure
5. Lack of discipline
6. Financial pressures
7. Lack of communication
8. Negative media influences
9. Balance of work and family
To find additional information about the survey go to www.lifeway.com/top10.
Source: Facts & Trends, May/June 2006
Despite now having more than 5,000 missionaries in 184 countries, there is
still only one missionary for every 1.6 million people. "We will never reach
the world through missionaries alone," says Jerry Rankin, president of the
International Mission Board (IMB) speaking to Tennessee Baptists as they
celebrated 25 years of partnership missions. Rankin added that volunteers are
essential for reaching a lost world with the message of Christ. Your church can
support international missionaries by giving to the Lottie Moon Christmas
Offering® this winter.
Source: Baptist Press, October 16, 2006
73% Adults who believe in miracles
79% Women who believe in miracles
66% Men who believe in miracles
It's no surprise that today's young men and women are bombarded in the
battle for purity. Consider that the Internet pornography industry generates
$12 billion in annual revenue-larger than the combined annual revenues of the
three major television networks. And, Internet Filter Review reports that the
largest group of viewers of Internet porn is youth, ages 12-17. But temptation
doesn't just lurk online. A report in the August issue of Pediatrics claims
that teens who listen to sexually charged lyrics start having sex earlier than
those who listen to other types of music.
Source: Tactics by Fred Stoeker (WaterBrook Press,
65% of those polled said they oppose the idea of overturning Roe v. Wade, but
nearly an identical percentage said they would like to see more legal
Source: Time, January 30, 2006
Closing the generation gap
76% of parents say they are closer with their kids than they were with their
parents at the same age.
71% say they talk to their kids more than their parents spoke to them while
they were growing up.
Source: Newsweek, May 22, 2006
Nearly 60% of U.S. homeowners don't have enough insurance to rebuild if their
home is destroyed in a hurricane or other natural disaster.
Source: USA Today and The Week June 30,
By the numbers28% of Americans believe the Bible is
literally true, down from 38% in 1976. 19% view the Bible as an "ancient book
of fables," up from 13%.
Source: Gallup Poll and Time, June 12, 2006
Bringing home babies
American couples adopted 22,728 orphaned children from abroad last year-triple
the number in 1990. Most of the children are from China and Russia, but there's
been a recent surge in adoptions from African nations.
Source: The Boston Globe and The Week, June 2,
A single adult living alone is now the most common type of household in the
United States, making up 26% of the population. Living alone means missing out
on the major emotional, spiritual and even health benefits of community.
According to the Institute for American Values "meeting our basic need for
connection is essential to health and human flourishing." Unfortunately many
people in our culture today view loneliness as an acceptable price to pay for
the freedom to live as they please. Remember to reach out to this group during
the Christmas season, when the independence of solitude isn't as great as it
Source: Prison Fellowship,www.pfm.org
Charitable giving neared a record high last year, ?according to the Giving
USA Foundation. Americans gave an estimated $260.3 billion in 2005, close to
the inflation-adjusted record of $260.5 billion in 2000. Much of the surge in
gifts went to victims of the Asian tsunami, the Pakistan earthquake and the
Gulf Coast hurricanes. Southern Baptists donated $26.3 million dollars to North
American disaster relief in 2005-2006 through NAMB and $22.5 million to
international disaster relief through IMB in 2005.
Although 52% of Americans say lying is never justified, 40% say it's
acceptable to exaggerate a story to make it more interesting. 33% say it's okay
to lie about your age, and 33% say it's okay to lie about being sick to take a
day off of work.
Source: The Week, July 28, 2006
In 2006 1,556 Southern Baptists volunteered through the Paint the Town
initiative in New York City. Volunteers painted 13 schools in New York City and
New Jersey. Volunteers also participated in evangelistic efforts, distributing
988 Bibles and holding seven block parties with more than 2,000 people in
attendance. As a result of these ministries, 117 people accepted Christ.
Source: Baptist Press, September 7, 2006
Photo by Jim Veneman
Gary Shows, executive pastor
of Temple Baptist Church in Hattiesburg, Miss., does some trim work at a New
York City school as part of the Paint the Town initiative.
According to a 2005 Pew Hispanic Center report, there are 11 million
unauthorized immigrants in the United States (including 6 million Mexicans and
1.7 million children under the age of 18). This is an increase of 700,000 from
a year earlier. In California alone, there are approximately 2.4 million
undocumented immigrants. This influx is creating economic, social and political
pressures as well as ministry opportunities and dilemmas for churches near the
border as pastors, many of whom are immigrants, are forced to decide where
ministry ends and harboring illegals begins.
Source: Christianity Today, March 2006
According to a Pew Poll, 53% of respondents say that people in the country
illegally should be sent home, while 40% believe they should be granted some
sort of legal status.
Source: Time, April 10, 2006
Rates of teenage smoking, drinking and sex are declining. The Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention found that 54% of high school students have
smoked cigarettes, down from 70% in 1991; 74% drank, down from 82%; and 47% had
sex, down from 54%.
Source: Los Angeles Times and The Week, June 23,
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