A post by Les Puryear (and the subsequent comment thread) got me to thinking about what would happen if we (the SBC) did only give through one method.

**The assumption made **(which probably bias the results!): the same amounts of money and the same patterns of giving would result if we all lock-step follow the one method. If you feel compelled by this post (“paying the thought forward”), please analyze if that would be not be true (i.e. as I say in Puryear’s comment thread, whether direct giving correlates to CP distribution by the states)

All page numbers from 2009 Book of Reports (the free-bound copy, not the one a part of the SBC Annual)

**The cash flow**:

States share of CP: $343,819,507 (p.5)

SBC share of CP: $204,385,592 (p.5, same as p.32)

Total designated gifts: $203,016,164 (p.32)

**TOTAL money** (CP/designated): **$751,221,263**

**Scenario 1: states split 50/50, everyone gives only to CP**

States share: $375,610,631 (+31,791,124)

IMB (50.00%): $187,805,315 (-56,392,179)

which translates to **1,139 FEWER missionaries**

if states and SBC Operating contributes their surpluses, then only **811** fewer missionaries

NAMB (22.79%): $85,601,663 (-20,993,019)

**which would be covered now by the states**

SWBTS (4.80%): $18,029,310 (+8,090,751)

which translates to **934** students fully supported (pro-rated annual cost, p.82-83)

SBTS (4.80%): $18,029,310 (+8,115,241)

which translates to **629** students fully supported (pro-rated annual cost, p.82-83)

NOBTS (4.35%): $16,339,062 (+7,411,138)

which translates to **739** students fully supported (pro-rated annual cost, p.82-83)

SEBTS (4.31%): $16,188,818 (+7,271,598)

which translates to **655** students fully supported (pro-rated annual cost, p.82-83)

GGBTS (1.92%): $7,211,724 (+3,270,638)

which translates to **238** students fully supported (pro-rated annual cost, p.82-83)

MBTS (1.74%): $6,535,625 (+2,956,730)

which translates to **225** students fully supported (pro-rated annual cost, p.82-83)

Seminaries Total: +$37,116,096 (**3,420** students fully supported)

HLA (0.24%): $901,465 (+409,741)

ERLC (1.65%): $6,197,575 (+2,681,788) = **76.3% increase**

SBC Oper. (3.40%): $12,770,761 (+5,409,517)

**Net effect: more money kept in America and fewer missionaries**

**Scenario 2: bypass states and follow CP distributions** (give directly to Nashville)

States share: $0 — *time to push that state missions offering!*

IMB (50.00%): $375,610,631 (+131,413,136 from p.32)

which translates into **2,668 MORE missionaries!**

NAMB (22.79%): $171,203,325 (+64,608,643)

which would cover only **18.8%** of the states’ new need

SWBTS (4.80%): $36,058,621 (+26,120,062)

which translates to **2,947** students fully supported (pro-rated annual cost, p.82-83)

SBTS (4.80%): $36,058,621 (+26,144,552)

which translates to **2,026** students fully supported (pro-rated annual cost, p.82-83)

NOBTS (4.35%): $32,678,125 (+23,750,201)

which translates to **2,368** students fully supported (pro-rated annual cost, p.82-83)

SEBTS (4.31%): $32,377,636 (+23,460,416)

which translates to **2,113** students fully supported (pro-rated annual cost, p.82-83)

GGBTS (1.92%): $14,423,448 (+10,482,362)

which translates to **764** students fully supported (pro-rated annual cost, p.82-83)

MBTS (1.74%): $13,071,250 (+9,492,355)

which translates to **724** students fully supported (pro-rated annual cost, p.82-83)

Seminaries Total: +$119,449,948 (**10,242** students fully supported), this also constitutes **34.7%** of formerly states’ money

HLA (0.24%): $1,802,931 (+1,311,207)

ERLC (1.65%): $12,395,151 (+8,879,364) =** 252.6% increase!**

SBC Oper. (3.40%): 25,541,523 (+18,180,279)

which would cover only **5.3%** of the states’ new need

**Net effect: more missionaries, but severe cuts to state budgets/programs**

**Scenario 3: bypass states and follow designated distribution** (give directly to entities = neo-societal)

States share: $0

IMB (69.95%): $525,479,273 (+281,281,778)

which translates into **5,680 MORE missionaries**!

NAMB (29.56%): $222,061,005 (+115,466,323)

which would leave only **31.9%** to cover the states’ new need (see below at SBC Oper.)

Seminaries **combined** (0.21%): $1,577,565 (-43,640,188)

which would cover only **44.1%** of Midwestern Seminary’s income (the smallest of the 6)

HLA (0.0006%): $4,433 (**-99.10%** of budget) – **inevitably closed down!**

ERLC (0.07%): $525,855 (-2,989,932) = **85.0% DECREASE**

SBC Oper. (0.20%): $1,502,443 (-5,858,801)

which could be covered by NAMB…(this year’s Convention at Alpharetta!)

**Net effect: shuttering of many domestic ventures, including the state programs, in order to double the number of international missionaries**

Perhaps the recommendation under Component #5 (p.27 of the GCRTF report), with some (obviously brillant!) modifications is so bad after all….

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