William Carey

759 Words Apr 24th, 2014 4 Pages
Describe how “The Seventy-Five Million Campaign” affected the Southern Baptist Convention.
The Seventy-Five Million Campaign was the Southern Baptist effort to raise $75 million for various Baptist causes during the five years spanning 1919-1924. It initially began to strengthen Baptist education, but evolved into a campaign to aid all Baptist causes. The SBC appointed a Campaign Commission was chaired by George Truett and was complimented by directors from each state, association, and local church. The commission then launched the most “intense campaign of publicity and promotion that Southern Baptists had ever known, with a campaign calendar.” The campaign was an early success with pledges exceeded the goal with a total of
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Second, the Baptist churches also experienced a spiritual renewal with baptisms exceeding more than any other time before which led to thousands of young women and men stepping forward for Christian service. As young people stepped out in faith, Baptist schools saw an increase in enrollment which led to an influx of young, new pastors and church ministers. Fourth, the campaign also brought about a spirit of unity which gave new and broader vision to possibilities of Baptist work. Lastly, Baptists generally became more aware of the importance of stewardship which led to many churches to adopt a budget system to manage local church finances.

What is the Cooperative Program and what does it do? Discuss the effectiveness of this program.
In 1920, the SBC developed the Conservation Committee to preserve the funds that were collected from the Seventy-Million Campaign. In 1925, this Committee launched the Cooperative Program to continue in meeting the financial needs of the convention. The program called for churches to send their offerings directly to their state conventions where each state would retain a portion for their own needs and the rest would be forwarded to the SBC office in Nashville. Leaders insisted that this mechanism was both scriptural and fair.
The success of the program was dependent on trust, mutual confidence, and for churches to forego designated…