Thursday, November 11, 2010
The Holy Grail 50/50 Cooperative Program split: When Pigs Fly?
Recent action by the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina seems to hit all the necessary notes: Hollifield commits to 50/50 CP split with SBC
1. The BSCNC will move to a 50/50 split on Cooperative Program money they receive. Currently, the split is more like 65/35.
2. “It is imperative that we all understand that a move to increase the SBC portion must be accompanied by an increase in CP support by our churches,” This from the BSCNC’s chief executive, Milton Hollifield.
3. CP giving has been down six of the past eight years in NC.
4. “Hollifield pointed out that if churches had maintained their CP giving percentage of 1995 $15 million more would have been available for missions throughout the state and world annually.”
5. “Hollifield said lower gifts in churches and from churches “is just a symptom of a larger problem of church health. When this problem is solved then stewardship will naturally be addressed with our people.”
As I read this, I do not blame BSCNC executives for desiring to maintain what they have but why wouldn’t a BSCNC church hear these things and conclude:
1. We are blamed for not giving to the CP.
2. The BSCNC leadership is saying we will be blamed if the CP split doesn’t move to 50/50 because we do not give more in the future.
3. It's all our fault...it will be all our fault...let's go home and eat worms.
I commend the call to move to a 50/50 split but am looking for a reason to think that the BSCNC is serious about moving in that direction. Hollifield’s description of the BSCNC making that move “over a protracted period” is not the language of any real commitment to doing so.
I am curious if any BSCNCers have a higher degree of optimism about this.