Independent Baptist Missions-Is it failing? The article talks about how hard it is for an independent missionary to raise support. Each missionary needs an average of 100 churches for full support. They need to make thousands of phone calls to visit - say 250 - churches. Remember all churches do not always financially support a church. He may spend 3-4 years on deputation to raise the amount he needs. When a missionary is on the field - and a church splits or disbands, how does the missionary make up that lost funding? With an average of 100 supporting churches, he will need to visit at least 2 churches per week on his one year visit back to the States. Maybe the SBC has something going with its co-op program. Let me mention, I have been a member of Independent Baptist and SBC churches. So I have seen the advantages and disadvantage of both. I am not saying one is better than the other. However is there a way we can take the best of both? While I was in Germany, our the BIMI pastor at our English speaking (military*) church was mission supported. Our church help support three other BIMI missionaries in Europe. In addition the churches of those three pastors gave mission support to our pastor. Exactly what sense did that make - other to say that we supported more missionaries. I believe that it would have been better for our church to pay our own pastor. Thoughts Salty * I only say military is because the church was made up of military families. The Army had no control over our church.