NASHVILLE (BP) — SBC Executive Committee President Ronnie Floyd announced a new five-year initiative in conjunction with multiple entities to reach every person with the Gospel in every town, every city, every state and every nation.
In his address Monday night (Feb. 17), Floyd presented this Convention-wide initiative to members of the EC and a packed crowd in attendance for the group’s February 2020 meeting.
“Vision 2025 is not a slogan or rallying cry,” Floyd said. “It’s a path forward to help us reimagine a new future together of reaching the world for Jesus Christ — every person, every town, every city, every state and every nation.”
Vision 2025 contains five major strategic actions for the SBC to take on over the next five years:
— Increase the total number of full-time, fully funded missionaries by a net gain of 500, giving the SBC 4,200 full-time, fully funded missionaries through the International Mission Board (IMB).
— Add 6,000 new churches to the Southern Baptist family, giving the SBC more than 50,000 churches.
— Increase the total number of workers in the field through a new emphasis on “calling out the called,” and then preparing those who are called out by the Lord.
— Turn around the ongoing decline in the SBC in reaching, baptizing and discipling 12- to 17-year-olds in the prime of their teenage years.
— Increase SBC-wide annual giving in successive years to reach and surpass $500 million given through the Cooperative Program.
Joining the call for this new vision in the SBC were the presidents of both mission boards.
“I know of no better way to bring His presence into a community than with a new, evangelistically focused church,” said Kevin Ezell, president of the North American Mission Board (NAMB). “We have to stay committed and focused on planting Gospel-proclamation outposts where they are needed most in North America.”
The SBC currently boasts more than 47,000 churches across the United States. The goal of 6,000 new churches allows for growth through church planting, new affiliations, and multisite campus multiplication, as well as retention through replanting and revitalization.
Paul Chitwood, president of the IMB added: “We live in the most populous century in the history of humanity where 155,252 lost people die every day. By growing our mission force by 500, and many of those 500 being devoted to training churches overseas to send their own missionaries, Southern Baptists will see an exponential impact from their Great Commission faithfulness.”
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Source: Baptist Press