HOUSTON (BP) – The coalescing factor behind a record missions gift by Houston’s First Baptist church is that it truly was an act of worship by the entire congregation, said Senior Pastor Gregg Matte.
The World Mission Offering – given in addition to regular tithes – is undertaken annually and primarily in support of the International Mission Board, North American Mission Board and Southern Baptists of Texas Convention. The 2021 goal of $1.4 million was not only met, Matte reported on Easter Sunday (April 4), but exceeded significantly with a cumulative gift of more than $2.4 million. On that day and those to follow, however, members gave an additional $220,000, bringing the total to $2,628,946.
Obviously, the total is important and how it helps efforts to share the Gospel around the world. But to church leaders, equally notable is that the gifts came from 2,820 individuals, couples and families – 433 of them first-time givers to the church.
“We felt if everyone got involved, the amount would take care of itself. I preached it, and we emphasized that we needed 100 percent commitment,” Matte said, adding that commitment included those worshipping in person as well as online.
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Source: Baptist Press