Illinois is big in geography (55,518 square miles), big in population (13 million), big in diversity (2,000 people groups speaking 200 languages), and for those sharing their Christian faith, big in responsibility (at least 8 million people do not know Jesus Christ).
With IBSA’s national ministry partners focusing almost exclusively on church starts, Baptists in Illinois must target outreach that includes our big cites, but also other missions and evangelism works that are important to people here.
“We simply have to have more aggressive evangelism, church planting, collegiate ministry, ministry centers – all these kinds of efforts to get out into the lostness of our state,” IBSA Executive Director Nate Adams said in a interview for one of the new missions videos.
The statewide goal for the 2013 Mission Illinois Offering is $475,000. After last year’s giving totaling $434,765, raising an extra $40,000 this fall will require big goals from participating churches. It will also require more churches to join the effort. In 2012, only about half of IBSA’s 1,000 member churches gave to the state missions offering.
All of the gifts to the state missions offering stay in Illinois.