Cooperative Program revenues are down. Every church I know is behind budget. Some state conventions have steeply declining revenues. Our two mission boards are millions behind in revenues. Rather depressing.
How about an SBC statistic that is not declining?
Here’s one: GuideStone raises comprehensive medical insurance coverage 25% over last year. My premiums have increased about 60% in the past two years. Rather depressing. The packet containing my 2011 medical re-enrollment has been sitting on my desk for a couple of weeks. I just now got the nerve to open it.
For about $15,000 per year, my wife and I get comprehensive health insurance which means that above the premiums we get to limit our annual out-of-pocket health costs to $11,600. To be clear, that is about $27,000 for the year in the event of major health care expenses. Such a deal.
Yeah, yeah. I know the problems, the reasons.
Yeah, I know that by-passes and knee replacements, etc. cost big bucks.
No, I didn’t expect Obama to fix anything.
Sure, I’m grateful to my church for paying my insurance, although most of us have understood for years and years that steeply increasing insurance premiums have eaten up any salary increases.
No, I don’t know of a decent alternative outside of getting a job where group insurance is available.
The telemarketers are already calling the church to try and get us to drop GuideStone and buy theirs. Give them credit for knowing when SBC pastors might be in a mood to switch.