Q&A 7: How Do We Promote Faithful Giving to the Great Commission?

10.4.2011

Question: In light of your work with the Great Commission Resurgence, what are some things, other than faithfully giving to our local churches and missions agencies, that we can do to promote giving money to reach unreached people groups worldwide?

Reply: Rob, I think there are a number of things that you can do that will help promote the Great Commission Resurgence in your particular church. First, do encourage your people to continue to give to the various missions offerings and to increase their Cooperative Program giving. It really is the lifeblood of all that we do together, and the fact that we have seen it decrease so rapidly in the last several decades has been devastating to the work of getting the gospel to our nation and the nations. Second, I believe you can encourage your local association and state convention to send a greater percentage of their monies to the work of the International Mission Board and North America Mission Board through the Cooperative Program. Many are beginning to do this. Third, and most importantly, get on the mission field yourself and lead your people in taking short-term mission trips. I would particularly challenge you to get your men out of America and into an international context. The number of males and females on the mission field is staggering in its disproportionate nature. Recently I was informed that we have almost 700 singles on the mission field. 533 are women. I thank God for every sister in the Lord who has given her life and has the courage to go to the nations that women and children might here the gospel. Note very carefully what I just said. In many contexts around the world a man will only be won to Christ by another man. In Muslim contexts, in particular, women are simply not able to share the gospel with a man. It is unacceptable and therefore it will never happen. I am convinced that the great need of the day with respect to international missions is getting men to stand up and play the man. It is time for men to be the men God saved them and has created them to be. Therefore, I would do all that I could do in my church to motivate and mobilize my men to get passionate for the gospel and for the nations. Further, I would regularly challenge my people from the pulpit to consider that God might be calling them to the international mission assignment. I fear that far too many pastors do not put this challenge regularly before their people. Therefore, it should not surprise us that it takes nine Southern Baptist churches to produce one international missionary. So, these are a few things I would encourage you to do. Finally, you can do as my wife and I have done, and put some SBC agency in your will. We plan to continue to serve the Lord in this way after we have gone to heaven if Jesus tarries His coming. Therefore, I would encourage all Southern Baptists to respond to one of the Great Commission Resurgence challenges by putting some mission agency or theological institution in your will that you might be a part of God’s work even after you have been translated into glory. You will not be disappointed that you did when you stand before our King!

Southeastern Family Gives Over $60,000 So That “All Peoples May Know Him”

Southeastern family gives over $60,000 so that ‘all peoples may know him’

8/28/2009

by Lauren Crane

Southeastern Seminary students, faculty and staff were blessed this week to be able to donate money and gifts in excess of $60,000 to support the International Mission Board in a time of economic hardship.

The school, under the leadership of President Daniel Akin, was challenged to give to the International Mission Board during a special time of offering. On Tuesday, August 25, and Thursday, August 27, the Southeastern family gave financially to support the work of foreign missions, hoping to provide some relief to a nearly $30 million dollar giving deficit.

The most poignant gift to appear in the offering plates was a diamond engagement ring, a matching wedding band, and a note, featuring a picture of Lottie Moon, with the words, “For Lottie.” The ring set, which is being appraised, was only one example of the sacrifice students made to make sure that all people who have been called may have the chance to go to the nations, so that all the nations may have the chance to hear of salvation in Jesus Christ.

“I have always known that Southeastern is a Great Commission seminary that has the nations on her heart. Still, I underestimated the sacrifices this family is willing to make to see that the unreached peoples of the world have the opportunity to hear the gospel of King Jesus,” Akin said.

In June, Akin announced his intentions to host a special offering during the convocation service at Southeastern, and the opportunity to give to the IMB was extended into Thursday’s chapel service. During Tuesday’s service, which was led by David Nelson, senior vice president for academic administration, those gathered gave $22,410. On Thursday, the giving amounts increased, with the offering buckets being filled with $24,735. Additionally, more than $11,000 was given to Southeastern by donors and designated for the offering.

“The fact that gifts to reach the lost included an engagement ring and wedding bands caused me to weep tears of joy. I am still rejoicing!” Akin said. “I do not have the words to express my thanksgiving for what happened this week on our campus.

“God is doing something wonderful among his people as we refocus on His glory and the good of the nations,” Akin said. “My prayer is this spirit will spread like a wildfire across our nation and around the world – that all may know of a savior whose name is Jesus.”