Thoughts on the decline of Christianity in America, the need for revival, the tragedy of churches that do not see the importance of being theologically sound,nominal Christianity, and encouragements on pursuing reform and renewal from a Reformed perspective.
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Why I am not excited about David Platt (or anyone else) being president of the IMB.
IMB Budget for 2014 ---$299 million
Cost per 1 missionary for one year: $62,162.16
2012 Figures (most recent I can find)
Missionaries Salary: $4,150 a month ($49,000 year)
Number of missionaries supported: 4903
Total IMB expenditures 2011 - $307.6 million • Overseas missions - $260.8 million Missionary support - $206.7 million Field work - $53.8 million • Stateside - $47.1 million
Just look at the 2011 numbers for simplicity: Of the $307.6 mil only $206.7 went to missionary support. $100 mil. went some place else. $100 million!
The average missionary in 2012 made $49,000/year.
Median income for a household in the US was $51,000 for the same year.
Why do missionaries need almost 5 times the amount to live on as the average person they are ministering to?
And where is $100 million a year going to if not to the field? Wasted on administration.
In 2014 it is projected to cost over $62,000 to keep one missionary on the field for one year. Sorry but neither Platt nor anyone else is going to excite me about the IMB.
If I boast I boast in the Lord. I run a graduate level seminary with an average of 8 students for free. I support a church plant, salaries for 2 pastors, benevolence and assistance, produce tracts and feed a family of 3 (including a 16 year old boy) on about $1400 a month. No, sorry Platt & IMB, I am not excited.