On another thread, a link to Rick Thompson's blog is given. In his comments on the International Mission Board and baptism, Thompson wrote the following: IMB & baptism blog Is the IMB of the Southern Baptist Convention "the most effective missionary organization with the most effective strategy in the history of Christianity"? I do not know every missionary organization in the history of Christianity, nor the stragety of such. Neither am I positive that I would be qualified to judge them. But on first thought, I draw back from this statement like from an unripe persimmon. Surely the early New Testament church under the apostles might be near the top of this category?