Baptist churches are notorious for setting goals. I guess all non-profit organizations are these days.
I specifically remember as a little girl watching the progress of our Lottie Moon Christmas Offering goal. The Women on Mission organization would come up with some tangible and up-front way for the church to see our monetary goal for missions giving during that Christmas season. Then they would set up either a thermometer or a map with little Christmas lights plugged in to where we had missionaries around the world and we’d watch the progress as the mercury went up or the lights came on.
I never really knew where the goal amount came from, but I felt compelled, as did many others in our church, to meet that goal. Most years we did, a few we probably didn’t.
When I married a pastor (22 years ago tomorrow) I became a little more intimately acquainted with the process of setting these missions offerings goals. I came to realize they were usually based on a simple formula: