Baptist and Reflector
Though the total was the lowest total since 2014-15, it was still “an amazing amount given by Tennessee Baptists during a pandemic year when many churches weren’t meeting in the fall of 2020, the time of year most churches give to the offering,” said Vickie Anderson, executive director of Tennessee Woman’s Missionary Union.
“While the amount received for the state missions offering may be less, Tennessee Baptists were very active in prayer and doing hands-on missions and ministry in their community, association and across the state,” Anderson added.
“It is exciting that more than $1.7 million was given through the Golden Offering for Tennessee Missions in a year of COVID 19-created challenges,” agreed Randy C. Davis, president and executive director of the Tennessee Baptist Mission Board.
Both Davis and Anderson are optimistic that Tennessee Baptists will meet the $2.1 million goal for 2021-22. The new GOTM year will begin Oct. 1.
“I have a great expectation that because of so many Tennessee Baptist churches giving through the Golden Offering for the first time, we will surpass $2 million in this coming year for Golden Offering,” he said.
Anderson noted that “as we celebrate the 120th year of having a state missions offering, we believe that passing $2 million dollars given for the first time will be reached as well as going past our goal of $2.1 million.
“All it would take is 250-275 churches that did not give through GOTM last year to give at least $1,500 to the Golden Offering this year,” she said.
“It is a very realistic and doable goal,” she added. B&R