“We did not meet the goal of $2.4 million, but it is the highest offering total in the offering’s history,” reported Vickie Anderson, executive director of Tennessee Woman’s Missionary Union. Tennessee Baptists gave $2,227,367 last year to GOTM.
There were 1,134 churches contributing to GOTM in 2023 compared to 1,123 in 2022. This 11 church gain was a result of 172 new churches donating and 161 who donated in 2022 but not in 2023, according to Joe Lovell, chief financial officer of the Tennessee Baptist Mission Board.
Anderson expressed appreciation to Tennessee Baptists for giving “faithfully and generously to the state missions offering.
“It is exciting to see Tennessee Baptists working together to reach our state for Christ through financial gifts, prayers and doing hands-on missions and ministry in neighborhoods, communities, associations and across the state,” she said.
Randy C. Davis, president and executive director of the TBMB, echoed Anderson’s sentiments. “For almost a decade, Tennessee Baptists have been setting new records in their giving through the Golden Offering for Tennessee Missions,” he observed.
“This past year it happened again. While we celebrate this incredible accomplishment, we have a challenging goal right in front of us,” he said.
“Here is my personal challenge: that each of our churches increase its GOTM offering by 20 percent. We will reach our new goal of 2.7 million and then continue to do all we can to win Tennessee together,” Davis said.
The Week of Prayer for State Missions (suggested dates of Sept. 10-17) is currently under way. The 2023-24 GOTM goal is $2.7 million and will be collected from Sept. 1, 2023-Aug. 31, 2024. This year’s GOTM theme is “All Things Tennessee.” B&R