Monday, November 29, 2010
Lottie Moon: Get five times the bang for your mission buck
It's that time again - Lottie Moon Christmas Offering for international missions. The IMB has some "fast facts" on their LMCO website.
Here are some of my own fast facts:
While many state conventions are declaring a move towards a 50/50 split for Cooperative Program receipts, there will be no significant increase in CP monies forwarded to the IMB for years. If states follow through on this (an enormous "if") we are still talking about a protracted transition period with an end result that is not hugely significant for global missions. Call me a pessimist here.
The CP contributes about one third of the IMB's budget. That figure has been declining.
Correspondingly, the LMCO contributes about 54% of the IMB's budget.
A dollar in my church's offering plate that goes to the Cooperative Program yields about twenty cents to the International Mission Board.
A dollar in my church's LMCO offering envelope yields a dollar to the International Mission Board.
The LMCO goal for 2010 is $175 million. Last year's goal was the same. I suppose it is unrealistic to (a) lower the goal from last year, and (b) expect that the goal will be reached.
The LMCO theme of "Are We There Yet" is underwhelming.
The LMCO materials are very good. We will feature one of the videos each Sunday from now until into January.
My hope and prayer is that the LMCO exceeds last year's total.
[And, do you think someone could photoshop that old Lottie photo?]