IBSA Executive Director Nate Adams appeared on a panel discussing Cooperative Program giving, just ahead of the start of the Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting in Baltimore.
“I think one of the greatest needs we’re facing is education for a new generation. Mission education channels that were there 20 or 30 years ago are not as prevalent as they once were, and so the places where young people and young pastors learned about the Cooperative Program, how it works, and how effective it is, are different today,” Adams said.
“One of the challenges is every state convention is different… We’re trying to step up and educate people in our state about how Cooperative Program works specifically in Illinois, as well as some broad strokes about how it works everywhere.”
SEBTS president Danny Akin added, “You’ve got to beat that drum again, and again, and again, and again, and again– because generations come and go more rapidly than they used to, things change more rapidly than they used to. You can’t assume that if we did this really well–getting the message out ten years ago or five years ago–that’s it’s sufficient for today. Oh, no, it’s not.”
(Pictured from left to right – Jon Akin, pastor, Fairview Church, Lebanon, Tenn.; Paul Chitwood, Executive Director, Kentucky Baptist Convention; Nate Adams; Jimmy Scroggins, lead pastor, FBC West Palm Beach, Fla.; Ronnie Floyd, senior pastor, Cross Church, northwest Arkansas; and Danny Akin, president, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary).