CBF leader seeks to rally churches to make up missions-offering shortfall
While various SBC voices proclaim the beginning of the end of the Cooperative Program if the Great Commission Resurgence Task Force recommendations are passed, as if a funding stream greater than a half-billion dollars will dry up, the CBF is heading southward from five million dollars and field missionary personnel are in danger of losing the ability and funding to "perform their jobs adequately." Precipitous might be a good word to use concerning the CBF budget drop.
The SBC's venerable Cooperative Program has been declining (as a % of church offerings) for two generations. That may be lamentable, but at least it can be put that in perspective.
The other noteworthy thing in the ABP piece linked above is this quote from Rob Nash, global missions coordinator of the CBF:
"The truth of the matter is that churches are telling us that they want to fund missions differently," Nash said. "Certainly they want to continue to have career field personnel who are fully funded by CBF. However, churches also want to support field personnel directly."
What? The CBF listens to what churches want and how churches want to do missions? Sounds so "bottom up" doesn't it?
It might be heresy but maybe the SBC, especially some of those who are so eager to condemn change and reestablish the SBC of the 1950s, could learn from the CBF.