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Why increase missions? Doesn't the church in the U.S. already do a lot of missions?

In the 1920s, an average of 7¢; of every dollar given to a congregation went for denominational overseas missions. By 2005, it was down to 2¢. Some churches in the U.S. give close to 50 cents of each dollar to missions, and one church in South Korea gives over 70¢. But on average, the church has done less over time. Close

Why $48?

While gifts of more or less than $48 are welcome, the suggested amount is an amount anyone can afford. Close

Why is money hard to talk about?

Money is the last taboo for discussion in our society. Close

Are missions really that important?

Matthew 28:18-20, Mark 16:15, Luke 24:46-48, and Acts 1:8 all record that after His resurrection, Jesus talked to his disciples about the whole world hearing the Gospel. Before he died and rose, Jesus also talked about the Great Commandment, of loving God and our neighbor (Matt. 23:37-40, Mark 12:29-31, Luke 10:37). So it's safe to conclude that mission is the main purpose of the church. Close

What difference can $48 per person per year make?

True, it's not much more than it costs for two people to eat out. But when you pool all those $48, we start to have a set of money to challenge the church. And if the church becomes more faithful, the love of God will flow through us. Close

I already gave to my church's missions (other mission organizations). Why should I also give to Mission Match?

Denominational mission agencies and other mission organizations already reach out to people in need, particularly overseas. But these channels of compassion are underutilized. Total overseas missions activity for over 600 Protestant agencies in 2005 was $5.2 billion. Compare that to the carbonated soft drink budget of the U.S., which was $70.1 billion in 2006. And if Christians had given at the level of the tithe, that is, 10%, rather than about 2.5%, in 2004 there would have been an additional $164 billion for the work of the church. Mission Match is designed to help Christians reach more of their potential for missions giving. The money donated to Mission Match is used as an incentive for congregations across the U.S., Mission Match is designed to attract additional mission giving. Congregations will spend their new mission giving on projects the congregations select. The congregations might want to work through their denomination or carry the project out directly. By everyone giving a little to Mission Match, together we can challenge church members across the U.S. to increase missions giving, and thereby do a lot more than we are now. Close