...from Saint Paul's First Letter to the Special Fund Raising Task Force of the Evangelization Committee of the First Mammon Street Church of Corinth...
"You can't have a vision that doesn't have a funded budget,"
... or so says John Avant, former vice president of evangelization at the Southern Baptist Convention's North American Mission Board (according to USAToday.com). And he's not alone...
In his resignation letter sent to Hammond and to state evangelism leaders, Alan Quigley cites funding as a key frustration. In particular, Quigley, an evangelism specialist for Oklahoma Baptists, worried that the mission board did not plan to buy any national advertising to support the GPS initiative.
"The decision by Geoff Hammond not to purchase media time has undermined the entire strategy," Quigley wrote. " … This and other areas of the National Evangelism Initiative that are virtually unfunded make the idea of embracing NAMB's attempted strategy unlikely."
Now, this is not at all to pick especially on Baptists. The same disease - a bureaucratic mindset and a worldly view of reality - have infected the Catholic Church at various times and places, and plague her in much of the West now.
Many Christians act as if the first thing Jesus did after his resurrection was to establish a Committee and charge them with outlining new fundraising strategies so they could better serve the community by offering night basketball and Mother's Day Out.
Yet, somehow, the real apostles - twelve common laborers with no experience in ministry - managed to, you know, change the world... with no national advertising and not an Evangelization Specialist among them.
We are the evangelization committee... otherwise known as The Church. As has often been the case, it may be time for the good Lord to work through the rank-and-file to once again rescue the Church from the good intentions of Middle Management.
As they say in regard to war, what it comes down to in the end is "boots on the ground".