In its July 12, 2018, issue, The Alabama Baptist published annual statistics on both the state and national Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) relevant to growth and revenue. Data reveals a decline in membership but millions in offerings.
So, what does this say about us Baptists? Are we being good stewards of God’s resources? Christianity Today in a Feb. 27 article disclosed that smaller churches spend six hours or less weekly using church facilities while the remaining 162 hours per week buildings are sitting empty. Small churches with 1,000 members or less make up the vast majority of churches nationally.
What are we doing as a faith to meet the needs of the homeless, abused families, indigent, the aged, veterans and drug rehabilitation? Where is our consciousness when reaching out to our fellow man?
I implore you to assert yourselves and work toward better and more Christian use of your tithe and donation dollars. Perhaps try reading 1 Peter 4:10, “as each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace.”
James W. Anderson