These are from David Currie, executive director of Texas Baptists Committed.
The idea that Texas Baptists should become self-supporting, and do their own thing apart from other Baptists isn’t really new. I believe that there was talk at one time of the BGCT becoming the center of a Baptist Convention of the Americas, in the wake of the conservative resurgence in the SBC. I guess the vision for that has not yet been followed through.
I don’t believe the BGCT could compete, even within Texas, with the SBC and CBF in its bid to get churches to support its own world missions enterprise at the same level that the SBC and CBF support theirs. If the option to forward were not available to the SBC and CBF churches, I think the vast majority of them would continue to support their national causes at the same level, and either quit the BGCT altogether, or give minimal amounts to its causes. I don’t believe the resources would be there for the BGCT to sustain much of a world missionary effort.
Without the pass-through option, in which churches can determine their own giving to state and national causes, I don’t think the BGCT would be able to raise enough funding to support what it does now, much less its own world missions enterprises.