One feature of the annual meeting of our beloved Southern Baptist Convention is a time for reports from entity heads. These leaders usually leave a short time for questions from the floor. While I’m not planning to be in muggy St. Louis next month, if I were and could stake out one of the floor mics here’s a question or two that I’d like to ask:
For David Platt, International Mission Board leader:
The locations of our overseas personnel has shifted over the past years to a greater proportion being in World A locations. I presume that these are more difficult and stressful places and would like to know some things about attrition rates:
- What is the attrition rate for our career personnel after 5 years, 10 years?
- Is there a difference in rates in World A countries and other locations?
- What is the IMB doing to reduce these rates?
- Has the IMB found that certain measures or methods of support from the home churches of personnel have reduced attrition rates.