The facts highlight the need for leadership from venture capital philanthropists to encourage a movement in churches to do something big: help meet the goals of reducing the under-5 mortality rate by 2025 .
CHAMPAIGN, Ill., May 18, 2021 / PRNewswire-PRWeb / – The facts in the new Empty Tombs book point to worrying trends. The State of the Gift of the Church through 2018 saw declines in the Church in the United States, as well as continued deaths from treatable causes among children under five around the world.
The book searches for possible answers and documents trends in problems.
Reality: Every 30 seconds, a child under the age of five dies from treatable causes around the world.
Fact: These children are located in 40 countries and are almost all “colored”.
Reality: World leaders pledged in 1990 and 2000 to reduce child mortality rates, but failed to meet reduction targets, resulting in these 1.2 million child deaths each year.
Fact: The greatest number of deaths are in newborns. The three leading causes of death among those who survive birth are pneumonia, malaria and diarrhea, all of which are treatable in much of the world.
Fact: Churches in the United States saw a decline in giving as part of income between 1968 and 2018, the latest year available.
Fact: 34 Protestant denominations, some of the fastest growing in the United States, plus the Roman Catholic Church made up 45% of the American population in 1968 and 33% in 2018.
Fact: Of the increase in per member donations to churches between 1968 and 2018, 84% went to congregational finances, congregational operating expenses for current members. A church maintenance approach can be a staging event for observation by the former Archbishop of Canterbury, Lord George carey: “So many people don’t see the average church as a place where great things happen…”
Fact: Churches have traditionally contributed to the greater social good. For example, a Washington Post article noted that 62% of participants in a major national food bank network were faith-based organizations. In the same article, Brad fulton, associate professor of nonprofit management at the University of Indiana-Purdue University, Indianapolis, reported that religious congregations “ask people to give once a week, week after week. They inform people about volunteer opportunities once a week, week after week. There is no other social institution. like them.”
Plot: Children under five, mostly of color, are dying at a rate of two per minute, while the church in the United States shows evidence of death, harming the greater social good.
Proposed solution: entrepreneurial philanthropy.
The United States is known for its creative approach to problem solving. In The State of Church Giving through 2018, empty tomb proposes that an entrepreneurial approach be taken to the twin problem of child death and a dying church.
For starters, The Empty Grave is looking for three to ten venture capitalists to provide leadership to reverse both child deaths and the decline of the church. The plan would be to mobilize Christian congregations to do something big: help stop, in Jesus name, 1.2 million child deaths per year by 2025.
In the first year of 2021, this small group would provide a total of $ 9.412 billion, whose 8 billion dollars would be matched by Christian congregations in the United States. Through the Empty Grave Mission Match project, congregations would apply for matching funds to undertake a project in one of 40 countries, through any delivery channel of their choice. The aim of each project would be to help reduce the infant mortality rate in this country. Venture capital philanthropists would see 85% of their donations matched by congregations, resulting in the $ 16 billion estimated annual amount as needed to help meet under-5 mortality rate reduction targets.
In the second year of 2022, other venture capital philanthropists would be invited to participate, reducing the required contribution from each of the biggest donors.
Meanwhile, efforts are reportedly underway to create a broad grassroots movement for contributions. By 2025, these contributions would be the primary source of Mission Match matching funds available to congregations for their projects to achieve, in Jesus name, the goal reduction goals.
More information about Mission Match is available at missionmatch.org.
The State of the Church in 2018: What if Jesus Returns in 2025? (30th edition, December 2020) is available at Wipf and Stock editors.
Infant Mortality Rate, 2018: The State of the World’s Children 2019 (new York: UNICEF, 2019), p. 190-191.
Causes of death of children under 5: Ties Boerma, Jennifer requejo, and Cesar Victora; “Monitoring progress towards universal coverage for reproductive, newborn and child health“: The 2017 report; Countdown to 2030: maternal, newborn and child survival; Washington DC: United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and World Health Organization (WHO); 2017; created on 29/1/2018; 78 to 239; 08/18/2019 to print.
Lord George carey comments: John bingham, Editor-in-chief of religious affairs; “Christianity is in danger of dying out in a generation, Warns Lord Carey“; The Telegraph, United Kingdom; 11/18/2013; p. 1, 2 of 11/26/2013 4:47 p.m. to print.
Washington Post article: Bob Smietana; “As organized religion shrinks, faith-based charities worry about the future“; The Washington Post; 10/23/2020; p. 3 of 24/10/2020 2:26 p.m. to print.
Sylvia Ronsvalle, empty tomb, inc., (217) 356-9519, [email protected]
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