To all Southern Baptist members. I’m sure you have heard the wonderful Southern Baptist campaign “Everyone Plant One”. This is a campaign to plant new Southern Baptist churches. Statistics show that over the last 50 years, SBC churches are declining as population grows. This campaign is to try to offset this trend. One problem, in my opinion, with this campaign is the fact that the North American Mission Board has in place a blanket policy that excludes partnership or financial assistance for church planters who have been divorced. They do not take into consideration any factors for the divorce, whether or not it may have been a biblical divorce or not. All the literature that I have personally read says that a planter does not have to be a pastor. A planter can be a lay person. Where in scripture is a person excluded from planting churches if they have been divorced? How is it biblical for a God called church planter to be excluded from funded partnership with the NAMB? I was told that the SBC would gladly partner with me to plant a church, only I would not be funded. They would be glad to take 8% of our undesignated funds for Cooperative Program work. What about the 50% plus membership within the SBC who are divorced? They gladly take their divorced dollars and put them to work. Is this not double minded? Is this more narrowing of cooperation from an already pharisaical mission board? I was divorced over twenty three years ago. My wife deserted myself and my son. I raised my son with the help of my wonderful Christian wife of twenty years. My wife and I are raising our adopted daughter. We are so blessed by the Lord. I was not without fault in my divorce. I was lost when I was married to my first wife, but I did want to be married and did not want to be divorced. Divorce is a horror for anyone to go through. According to God’s great mercy and grace, He saved me. I was born again and the old person who used to be exists no more. I am a new creation in Christ. Everyone who knows me can tell you the great difference in my life. I went back to school, through the Ministry Training Institute, and was called by God to plant a church. I felt God’s strong calling to plant a new church which embraced the doctrines of sovereign grace. This new church would strive to put God in the center, and stress His sovereignty in all things including salvation. This church seeks to do His will for His glory. I have never drawn a salary. I do not seek a salary. I do seek financial help to get the church started. I wonder how long those who work for the SBC, would do so without a salary? For a year the church has met in our home. We still meet in our home on Wednesdays. We have recently been using the local association office to meet on Sunday. I’m patient and seek God’s will for our new church start. My question for you Southern Baptist is this. Do you know that our NAMB will not support a new church start, if the planter has been divorced? Has the NAMB become too narrow in their biblical viewpoints of what may not be biblical at all? If you have been divorced will you keep giving them your divorced dollars?