My wife Sara was visiting church where a missionary speaker said the most surprising thing. “Thank you for sending you mission team last winter. I believe we accomplished some good things, but after you left, my wife and I thought to ourselves, ‘What could we have done with the $52,500 that it cost to bring you here?’”
That’s a very good question. There can be a fine line between short-term missionary vacation and missionary work. Studies show that trips do increase one’s missions understanding and commitment, but eve short-term mission agencies agree that trips can be inefficient and ineffective with the follow-up of a field missionary or church.
The Cooperative Program provides the foundation of Southern Baptist Great Commission giving throughout North America and the world. It provides the funding point through which local churches can leverage their weekly missions giving through personal involvement. For example, a church in Alabama can give through the Cooperative Program to help support 5,000 church planters in North America and the go invest themselves in a Vacation Bible School or block party alongside a supported planter in Minnesota. Likewise, a church in Mississippi could be supporting a missionary couple in South America and then go down to help them do evangelism on a mission trip.
Strategic mission giving through the Cooperative Program combine with mission trips leverage our missions investment and gives maximum impact. Giving and going make powerful partners.
“Why I Still Believe in the Cooperative Program”