The answer is always pretty much the same. The words may vary, but the meaning is the same. How much is enough? I don’t know, but more. It is always more. A little bit more. There are more than 42,000 churches in the Southern Baptist Convention. I will only speak to this denomination, because I am a part of it. I wasn’t born into a family that was Baptist. I grew up going to church, but I made the choice to be a part of this denomination.
There are 17 million of us, or so they say. Someone once told me there were more Baptists in the state where I live than there are people. I don’t know who make up the rest, whether they are snakes, or cows, or trees. (Come on, laugh. I am kidding).
Our denomination has been undergoing a paradigm shift in the way we do missions. We are inviting local churches to move from being “mission minded” to being missional. Suddenly well-trained volunteers are serving in cross cultural contexts and God is blessing. And yet there are 3600 unengaged people groups.
What does that mean? That means there are billions of people who have no witness to the Gospel in their midst. We aren’t big enough. We aren’t talented enough. We have too limited a budget. There are hundreds of excuses. But consider this. If every church would embrace a people group in prayer, and if every church would seek partnership with other churches, no person on this planet would have to do without a witness to Jesus Christ.
How can we have more money, more people, more churches than ever in history, and it is still not enough to get the job done? It is unacceptable. We are too self focused, too self centered, too unaware, TOO MANY, BUT NOT ENOUGH.