|"Some people ask me if I’ll be disappointed if we fail, and I say, ‘There’s no way we can fail. Ask just one person who came to Christ as a result of Everyone Can … [and] they’ll tell you it was a smashing success.'” |
|SBC President Bobby Welch|
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)-The push for Southern Baptist churches to baptize 1 million people in a year will reach the halfway point at the end of March.
“I’m extraordinarily encouraged by what I’m hearing from all across the country,” Bobby Welch told Baptist Press, “because I’ve never heard so much positive talk about witnessing, winning and baptizing as I’m hearing now.”
Welch, with his election as president of the Southern Baptist Convention in 2004, initiated the “‘Everyone Can’ Kingdom Challenge!” to call Southern Baptist churches to "Witness, Win, and Baptize ... One Million" during the 2005-06 church year.
|The final results of the Everyone Can initiative will not be known until April 2007 when the compilation of Southern Baptists' Annual Church Profile is completed for the 2005-06 church year.|
“There’s no way to even remotely quantify how things are going numerically,” Welch said. “However, several churches that have told me they have baptized more than 100 people in a single baptismal service. Just about every day I’m hearing from small churches that they are breaking records in baptisms. Sometimes it’s only three baptisms and sometimes it’s only eight. But that’s more than they’ve ever done before and that’s a great thing.