I’ve been crunching the numbers from the 2012 annual Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) meeting.
The reports continue to show a drastic decline in our foreign mission force, which is supposed to be our best effort to win the 6 billion lost folks in the world. The number of international missionaries sent out by the SBC fell again in 2011 from 5,031 to 4,857, a drop of 174 or almost 4 percent. This follows the drop of 2010, in which the total was 5,031, down from 5,441 in 2009, a net loss of 410 missionaries or over 7 percent of the foreign mission workforce.
In the last two years, our foreign mission force has gone down by 584 missionaries, a loss of 11 percent.