CPR: Giving Life to the Great Commission

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Churches of the Kentucky Baptist Convention have a long history of making a sacrificial commitment to the Great Commission. They support in-state colleges and universities and Southern Baptist seminaries training the next generation of Great Commission Baptists. And they support the Southern Baptist mission boards commissioning them. They believe Great Commission work begins in Kentucky and extends to all the earth. And they seek to obey the Acts 1:8 mandate that keeps them focused on their Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria, and the ends of the earth.

That is why Kentucky Baptists have embraced the Great Commission Resurgence. And that is why Kentucky Baptists have chosen to invest their missions dollars in ways that evidence their Great Commission commitment.

Over the next two fiscal years, the KBC mission board will vote on transitioning a higher percentage of Cooperative Program receipts to SBC causes, the majority of which will find their way to the international mission field. We are painfully aware that, due to budgeting shortfalls, the mission force serving through the International Mission Board has been reduced by more than 700 missionaries in the past few years. We want to do everything we can to reverse that trend.

Once the transition is complete, Kentucky Baptists will send 46.5% of every CP dollar outside of the state. Another 46.5% will be spent on in-state mission work.

What about the other 7%? That money will be used on behalf of the SBC and the KBC to promote CP. We refer to those funds as Cooperative Program Resourcing funds. Or, as I like to put it, “CPR: Giving Life to the Great Commission.”

Without CP, much of the Kingdom work of Southern Baptists will die.

Since these funds are being spent on behalf of the SBC and the KBC, we state that we are embracing a 50/50 split of CP funds, with 7% of those funds designated for CPR.

Historically, the role of the state convention in CP promotion has always been valued. The Great Commission Resurgence proposals, adopted by the SBC in 2010, called upon state conventions to accept a renewed responsibility for that role.

How does the 50/50 split impact our work in Kentucky? A reorganization of the KBC Mission Board resulting in a current staff headcount 37 percent smaller than just a decade ago (net loss of 41 positions) has helped position the KBC to move more funds to the foreign field. A newly proposed $700,000 reduction of the CP allocation to our in-state agencies and institutions will help further.

These sacrifices help balance our Great Commission work. We are investing half of CP funds in the mission field of Kentucky and half beyond Kentucky. And we are undergirding CP.

Thank you, Kentucky Baptists, for Great Commission faithfulness!

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  1. Posted May 8, 2013 at 8:44 pm | Permalink

    In response to, “We want to do everything we can to reverse that trend.”

    Immediately pull all missioonaries off the field. Your guidelines for missionaries need to be rewritten completely with the following in mind:

    1. Stop sending people with children onto the mission field. It is a waste of resources and they are completely ineffective not to mention that it endangers the children both physically and spiritually.

    2. Stop choosing missionaries that pass your psychological tests. None of the prophets or apostles would have passed those exams. It’s okay to give the test so that you know what you are dealing with and can prepare for it but for example, I have bipolar disorder which disqualifies from service which is absurd.

    3. Stop supporting vehicles. A missionary can disciple 12 people at most without extreme stress being placed on their life. I am pretty sure there are 12 people living within walking distance of the missionary. If not, get a bike.

    4. Stop supporting building programs. We are not sent to build buildings, churches, fix roofs, etc. We are sent to make disciples which is a matter of spiritual warfare.

    5. Stop supporting programs and start supporting family like relationships. We are to come alongside and walk with people through difficult times, not invite them to a stupid picnic with blow up crap.

    6. Test your missionaries biblical knowledge in the area of prayer and spiritual warfare. Don’t sit them down in a classroom and teach it to them and expect that they know how to do it. TEST them, in front of other people. OFTEN and out loud. If they can’t do it around their friends how will they ever do it in the midst of their enemies and in a foreign language.

    7. Test your prayer partners ability to pray and when I say pray I mean intercede and engage in spiritual warfare. The best way to do this is put the prayer team online for the first 6 months and have them type out every prayer to prove their ability to pray. You will discover that most do not know how. I recently invited 34 people who are Godly men and women to be on a new prayer team. Using the method above it became quickly apparent that only 3 knew how to intercede for others and engage in spiritual warfare. I had so many problems with prayers teams over the years that I resorted to this technique out of desparation. Now I will spend 6 months training this prayer team. I expect about 1/2 of them to really get it and about 1/2 of them to actually prayer regularly. Prayer teams need to be evaluated regularly as well and tested. It sucks when you are on the field getting pummelled by the enemy and know without a doubt that if people had actually been praying you would not have experienced such brutality. Ironically, when you go home to heal you are expected to inspire others and regale them with stories of triumph and number of people snatched away from Satan. Wrong. Prayer partners have to be better trained and held accountable or missinaries get hurt.

    8. Test your partner churches. Sadly, for the most part the only thing they are good at is giving and as you know they don’t do a good job of that. Do they even know the names of the missionaries they are supporting? Do they even know where the country is of what the dynamics are there? They also do not know how to pray and should be taught this foundational matter immediately. All other programs should be banned until each member learns to truly intercede for others for our battle is not….you know the rest…or maybe you don’t

    That will be $200,000. ($10,000 for each year I have served without you because you couldn’t get this very basic principal and apply it in the mission organizations.) Personally I think that is a bargain. A judge would award me millions for pain and suffering caused by the failures of the church. Good news is…I’m not wrong…I’m and INTJ and just shared my God given talents with you so you still have a chance to make things right.