Southern Baptists Lose Almost 1,000 Missionaries as IMB Cuts Costs

"...the International Mission Board (IMB) of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) revealed [2/24] that it has lost 1,132 workers—almost twice as many as its low-end estimate."

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Jim's picture

One out of five Southern Baptist missionaries overseas - or nearly 1,000 total - have volunteered to leave their posts to help the denomination's mission board deal with its financial straits. That's in addition to the departure of a third of the staff of the International Mission Board, also mostly through a voluntary program.

"Obviously, this number exceeds what we needed," said its president, David Platt, at a trustee meeting this week. But he said the departure of 983 missionaries means the mission board will be in improved financial health.

Rob Fall's picture

is the system we non-SBCers are supposed to emulate?

Hoping to shed more light than heat..

WallyMorris's picture

Notice also that in order to encourage more people to be missionaries, the SBC missions agency changed its views on speaking in tongues. I can't help but think this reflects, to some extent, John Piper's influence among Southern Baptists (and perhaps even Fundamentalists).

Wally Morris

Charity Baptist Church

Huntington, IN