Question: I hear at least 8 million people in Illinois do not know Jesus. That number is overwhelming to a small church. Are we responsible for the eternal fate of 8 million people?
Answer: We are responsible to share the gospel in our Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria, and to the ends of the earth (Acts 1:8). Indeed, it is an overwhelming task, which is why we gather together with almost 1,000 other Southern Baptist churches in Illinois, plus 46,000 in America, to support thousands of missionaries around the world.
Reach your community with the gospel and continue to give through the Cooperative Program. Then pray for the Lord to raise up new churches all across Illinois and trust many of the 8 million will be reached as believers partner together!
Question: Health insurance costs are forcing me to consider going bivocational. I need benefits for my family, but it’s getting harder for the church (or me) to pay for them. Are there any alternatives?
Answer: Unfortunately, insurance costs have skyrocketed, and some churches have found they can only help subsidize the cost—or not provide it at all. Many pastors count on their wives’ place of employment to provide their family insurance.
Some Christian organizations allow families to join at a reduced rate, and when a medical problem arises, every member pays in a small portion to offset the bill. Taking on a higher deductible may also save money, if you’re able. Contact your insurance agent and ask them to research the best price possible.
Pat Pajak is IBSA’s associate executive director for evangelism.