As if we needed to be reminded, the recent decision by the International Mission Board (IMB) reveals once again the complex and complicated world we live in today.
Perhaps like you, I am concerned at what is seen by some as a “drawdown” of missionaries around the globe and how the move could impact Southern Baptist efforts to reach the world for Jesus Christ.
In recent days, the Arkansas Baptist News staff has contacted Southern Baptist leadership to request clarification on a number of items related to the IMB’s announcement.
There is not enough space to go into all of the details here, but essentially leaders explain that the move by the IMB is being fueled by a dramatic downturn in giving since the recession of 2008.
That event, coupled with a trend of decreased overall giving to churches and the fact that dollars given don’t buy what they used to, has resulted in a crisis.