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"If you want to see your church develop a passion to reach its Jerusalem,
you've got to give them a heartbeat for the world. If you give them a target
big enough, they'll start hitting it. The target is the world; when you begin
to shoot for the world, you can reach it all."
Ken Hemphill, the Southern Baptist Convention's
national Empowering Kingdom Growth strategist, addressing students during a
Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary Chapel service
"The Cooperative Program is our channel for being obedient. Sacrificial
giving is a principle we model at the local church level and at the state
convention level. It's not a matter of giving only when you like what is going
on, or not giving when you don't like the way a vote went. It's giving that
honors God, because it's the right thing to do as a part of the family."
David Waltz, Executive Director, Treasurer Baptist
Convention of Pennsylvania/South Jersey
Source: Baptist Press, May 1, 2006
"I realized I live my life so removed from the pain of people. I've got to
invest in the lives of people that I walk and breathe with, just like people
here in [New Orleans] are doing. It's about walking with people in their
Stewart Moody, college minister at First Baptist
Church in Statesboro, Georgia, speaking about his experiences clearing debris
from homes in New Orleans during Spring break.
Source: Baptist Press, March 22, 2006
WHEN ASKED BY ELLISON RESEARCH "how would your church spend an unexpected
financial windfall?" a quarter of all SBC clergy and laity agreed their top
spending priority would be missions and evangelism. However, they differ on how
the funds should be allocated. SBC clergy would like to see focus placed on
local outreach with 16% given to local missions and evangelism and 6% each
being given to North American and international outreach. SBC laity would like
to see North American outreach be the top priority allocating 11% to this
category while giving 7% to local outreach and 9% to international.
Source: Facts & Trends, May/June 2006
In 2005 Southern Baptists fed more than 5.6 million people in the U.S. and
Canada through gifts to the SBC World Hunger Fund. The North American Mission
Board distributed $1.6 million dollars to feed the hungry across North America.
Some 58,000 volunteers shared the gospel with 569,768 people, and more than
33,000 of those made professions of faith.
MANY PEOPLE TODAY are choosing investments that line up with their religious
convictions. A recent poll conducted by the Mennonite Church found that
investors from many different denominations would "dump" mutual funds or
individual company investments in favor of those more aligned with their
Source: Discipleship Journal, January/February
26% of American women say they "always feel rushed" for time during the day,
compared to 21% of men. Working women in particular feel constant time
pressure, with 33% saying they're rushed all the time.
Source: The Week, March 17, 2006, and Pew Research
47% SBC churches with a website
23% SBC churches that utilize email prayer chains
18% SBC churches with an email newsletter
27% SBC churches that don't use the Internet
Source: Southern Baptist Texan, January 23,
On average, every 1.6 seconds a new English-language Bible is
Source: Newsweek, May 22, 2006
45% of Americans younger than five belong to a racial minority group, compared
with 33% of the overall population.
Source: Time, May 22, 2006
Praise for churches
A Louisiana State University survey of local residents scored church relief
efforts higher (8.1 on a scale of 1 to 10) than state and local agencies (4.6)
in their response to Hurricane Katrina. Southern Baptist Disaster Relief
volunteers were among the first to respond after Hurricane Katrina.
Source: Citizen, February 2006
More than $1 billion has been given through the Annie Armstrong Easter
Offering® since it began in 1895.
Transformed but not reborn
50% of Americans say they have had at least one religious or spiritual
transformation. 35% of those transformed said they were not "born again."
Source: Christianity Today, March 2006
6,000 U.S. employers administer "integrity" tests to root out dishonest job
Source: Time, April 3, 2006
The number of mega churches with weekly attendance of 2,000 or more doubled
over the past five years. The nation's mega churches, which now number 1,210
(16% are Southern Baptist), draw nearly 4.4 million people a week and collect
more than $7 billion a year in donations. The study Mega Churches 2005 found
that most mega churches share the common traits of a dynamic senior pastor,
emphasis on conservative values and building small groups to offset their
Source: The Week, February 24, 2006, Associated Press
and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, February 15, 2006
A Gallup analysis reveals the percentage of members who attended services
weekly or almost weekly, by denomination:
Source: World magazine, April 29, 2006
74% of Americans say they encounter profanity in public either frequently or
occasionally, according to a recent AP poll. 66% say they believe people swear
more than they did 20 years ago. So is cussing becoming acceptable? Not likely.
74% of women and 60% of men are bothered by hearing foul language.
Source: Associated Press and Ipsos Poll and The Week,
April 21, 2006
THREE OUT OF FOUR American teens have participated in at least one kind of
psychic or witchcraft-related activity beyond watching a television show about
it or reading their horoscopes.
Source: Baptist Press, February 10, 2006, and Barna
AS FAMILIES GET BUSIER in the fall with homework and shuttling kids from one
activity to the next, eating together tends to go by the wayside. Many families
trade quality time for time-saving convenience. A recent study shows eating
together as a family five times a week can have a positive impact on teens long
after the dishes have been put away.
Teens who eat with their families are less likely to…
Teens who eat with their families are more likely to…
Source: Web MD, September 16, 2005
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