I told you there'd be more of these:
Whereas the Great Commission has experienced no bubble bursting or market slide, AND
Whereas the Cooperative Program has worked well for Southern Baptist causes over the years,
BE IT RESOLVED that we, the messengers assembled at this gathering of the Southern Baptist Convention challenge each Southern Baptist Church to increase their Cooperative Program giving by 1% of their total church budget in the coming year.
There you go. That would be enough said, but I'll say more: For churches that give percentage, go up a percent. For churches that give a flat rate, figure up 1% of your budget and add it to your flat amount. And give it a cool title, like the 'Louisville Challenge' or something like that, and have a question on the ACP, "Did your church take the Louisville Challenge?" to see how many did it.
Now's not the time to back away, but to step up! Something I noticed watching football this year is that not all great quarterbacks scramble away from a pass rush. Some of the best step forward, between their linemen, and throw the ball, often for great gains. It's not time for Southern Baptists to scramble! It's time to step up, into the things we know have worked and do work, and keep going forward. (sorry for the sport metaphor, but it's the best I've got at the moment...
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