Why Support Keith Burnett Ministries?
“Because we are effective, efficient, and evangelistic!” That’s what Dr. Ben Mathes, founder of Rivers of the World, has frequently said of our work. One purpose of this site is to support the effective, efficient, and evangelistic efforts of ROW.
Let me explain. Business people measure a rate of Return on Investment (ROI). How about an Eternal Rate of Return (ERR)? What results are taking place for the Kingdom because of this ministry? Sharing the Gospel is a command, not an option. God does not want any to perish but for all to come to repentance. That’s a BIG job. No one, and no single organization, can do it alone. It’s our job, those of us who comprise the Church of Jesus Christ. Among Southern Baptists, it takes 43 church members to see on person come to faith in Christ (43:1). That’s the total number of baptisms in all Southern Baptist churches divided by the total number of new Christians in a year.
Contrast that to the same ratio among the churches represented in our Pastor Training Schools – 5.4:1. In short, they are doing 8 x better at evangelizing their culture than we are in evangelizing our own.
Maybe it speaks a little louder if we illustrate with dollars and cents. An American church that baptizes 50 people in a year is said to be doing a great job. It’s rare to see a church baptize 50 people that doesn’t have 300 or more active members and an annual budget of 500,000 to 600,000. In terms of evangelism only (churches have other aspects of ministry), that is a way to measure the church’s ERR. ROW Evangelism has an annual budget requirement one fourth that of our example church but the evangelism results so far this year are six times greater.