few, and have lost sight of Jesus’ command. We may not all be able to go across the globe, but we can all send. Currently, Free Will Baptist International Missions has 76 missionaries in eight countries, all sharing the gospel in unreached territory. The sending power of IM is directly related to the churches that give collectively to this cause. What is your church doing to complete the Great Commission? • Doctrinal Purity. Over the years, Free Will Baptists have raised up some great leaders…of other denominations. Far too often, the most passionate, capable, and effective among us are lost to other groups because they are not taught Free Will Baptist doctrine from their youth. As a collective body, whether through Randall House Sunday School curriculum or by attending one of our Bible colleges, it is crucial to teach Free Will Baptist doctrine to people of all ages. Effective leaders in churches, hospitals, corporations, and government agencies are all trained in some fashion. This is something
almost impossible for a single church to do alone. Other denominational benefits not of a spiritual nature include (but are not limited to): tax exemption under the Federal IRS code and greater representation in that tax code, as well as representation to our national government. The bottom line is the benefits of involvement in the denomination far outweigh any drawbacks. When we are involved, united, and laboring together for the cause of Christ, we get more accomplished. Why run the risk of finding ourselves isolated on an island of ministry without the benefits of a collective impact. _____________________________________________ About the Writer: Chris Todd is executive secretary of the South Carolina State Association of Free Will Baptists: www.scfwb.org.
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