The Tennessean.com posted a story today about cutbacks at the Woman’s Missionary Union. It was reported that they won’t ask for additional donations for operating costs. Instead they are slashing personnel expense. The article mentions unpaid furlough for employees, a hiring freeze, no raises, and pension cuts. This is a strong contrast from the “bailout” mentality that is dominating our culture.
It was their rationale that caught my attention. Here’s the quote:
Julie Walters, communications specialist at the union’s headquarters in Birmingham, Ala., said the organization’s priority is raising money for missions, not funding its own existence.
As Southern Baptists, we can learn a good deal from that statement. God didn’t commission us to perpetuate our denomination. Our priority is Christ and making him known.
I kept reading and caught another great quote from Wendy Norvelle at the IMB. She said, “We’ve tracked this over the years, and it’s been our experience that Lottie Moon weathers recessions.”