Episode 007

Churchgoers Satisfied; $425K Gift to Lottie Moon

Jan 11, 2022

A new study shows a strong majority of evangelicals are happy with their local church. Also, First Baptist Church Concord recently gave $425,000 to the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering.


Despite the up and downs of the recent COVID pandemic, a survey recently released by Infinity Concepts and Grey Matter Research says that strong majority of evangelicals are happy with their local church.

  • 85 percent are satisfied with the length of sermons and services;
  • 68 percent are satisfied with the amount of political involvement and/or political messages;
  • 77 percent are fine with the number of women in church leadership, including 78 percent of women;
  • and 74 percent are satisfied with the level of racial and ethnic diversity in their church.

Congregational satisfaction doesn’t necessarily indicate biblical correctness or church effectiveness, researchers said.

“This study reflects what evangelicals want in a church. Sometimes, what we want isn’t necessarily what we need or what’s good for us,” Great Matter Research President Ron Sellers said.

The study was conducted among 1,000 evangelical Christians in the U-S.

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First Baptist Church Concord near Knoxville, Tennessee presented the International Mission Board with a $100,000 check on the first Sunday night of 2022 for the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering to push their offering total to $425,000 in 2021. Overall, the church gave around $1.3 million dollars to missions in 2021, according to Pastor John Mark Harrison.

Harrison said the church is having a special worship night each Wednesday in January to celebrate the renovation of its worship center, and members wanted to emphasize the important of missions giving during the first service.

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