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Following is the percentage of SBC pastors who rated each CP-funded mission and ministry as essential or high priority:
►Sending and supporting overseas missionaries—68 percent
►Engaging in local ministry projects for evangelism—65 percent
►Developing and implementing an evangelism strategy for penetrating lostness in North America—59 percent
►Improving the vitality and health of existing churches—59 percent
►Educating and training future pastors, missionaries, church planters and other denominational leaders—57 percent
►Reaching ethnically and culturally diverse people—51 percent
►Promoting an ongoing program of missions education for all ages—48 percent
►Engaging in direct international missions—45 percent
►Conducting an ongoing program of leadership development—45 percent
►Intentional church planting in cities and towns across North America—44 percent
►Intentional church planting in large urban centers—43 percent
►Providing a Christian perspective and response about social, ethical and public policy issues—37 percent
“International missions is clearly a rallying point for the Cooperative Program, yet pastors also place a high priority on evangelism efforts in North America,” McConnell said.
Significant statistical differences emerged among pastors based on average weekly worship attendance and age. Older pastors are more likely to support the Cooperative Program and place a higher value on the ministries it supports.
Older pastors, 55-64 (57 percent) and 65-plus (60 percent), are more likely to indicate the entities use their Cooperative Program contributions effectively, compared to younger pastors, 18-44 (45 percent) and 45-54 (48 percent). Older pastors also are more likely than younger pastors to say the Cooperative Program supports SBC ministries and missions their church values: 65-plus (80 percent), 55-64 (77 percent), 45-54 (69 percent) and 18-44 (68 percent).
Pastors age 65 and over are the most likely to say improving the vitality and health of existing churches (41 percent) and developing an evangelism strategy for North America are essential (38 percent).
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