Over the past twenty-four years it has been my blessing to pastor some of the most giving people I have ever seen. The Camden First Southern Baptist Church is a testimony that you can never out give the Lord! Sunday, August 6th, God blessed as we gave to the Ray Roberts State Mission Offering to help support the work of Mission Ohio. Our goal was set at $2,020.00 for several reasons. It would take some work to get there, and symbolically based on the SCBO challenge over the years in starting new works, and coming alongside established churches it seemed right. What we didn’t realize once again is that God does things His way and on His scale. What a blessing it was that day to report to our folks and share with our State Convention that God blessed as we gave $6,284.00! It is awesome that it took place toward the end of the summer when many experts say churches don’t do anything.
The first question asked to me was, “How did you promote it?” Our strategy is pretty simple. Put it on the calendar, put it in print, challenge from the pulpit, and let God work. We use a Victory March format, calling people to come forward at the end of a service in a specific day, August 6th this year. Marcia Sullender, our Worship Ministry Director will play Victory in Jesus and the folks come. Pastor, it is up to us to lead by example with staff following.
One takeaway that puzzles me is the number of churches that don’t do anything when it comes to the Ray Roberts State Mission Offering. Southern Baptists do more together than anyone can do by themselves. I encourage all pastors to challenge your people to continue to support the work of our great State in challenging times. I am grateful for a man named V.B. Castleberry who had a vision in 1949 to plant a church in this small village. Now it is our responsibility and our turn.
Psalm 71:17-18 (NKJV)
17 O God, You have taught me from my youth; And to this day I declare Your wondrous works. 18 Now also when I am old and grayheaded, O God, do not forsake me, Until I declare Your strength to this generation, Your power to everyone who is to come.
Until He comes…we will go!
Pastor Greg F. Jackson, Camden
Pastor, it is up to us to lead by example with staff following.