Definitions

Baptist: Unless otherwise specified, “Baptist” will refer exclusively to Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) entities such as local churches, associations, state conventions or national bodies (The Association of Religious Data Archives, n.d.). Self-identifying as Southern Baptist does not mean universal and comprehensive support for the SBC or contribution to the Cooperative Program (CP) (Wingfield, 2002).

Cooperative Program (CP): Launched in 1925, the CP is a central fund into which state conventions contribute money from their member churches to support the ministries of the SBC, including the budgets for the International Mission Board (IMB), North American Mission Board (NAMB), and six SBC seminaries. CP funds are also distributed to state conventions, and through them, local associations (What is the Cooperative Program?, 2011).

Director of Missions (DOM): This term will be used in place of all other titles designating the senior-most staff member of the Southern Baptist association such as Associational Missionary (AM), Associational Director of Missions (ADOM) and Executive Director (ED). When necessary to reference the equivalent position in secular associations, Executive Director (ED) will be used.

Messengers: Lay and/or staff leaders of member congregations elected or designated by the congregations to participate in associational meetings, though these people do not necessarily represent the churches themselves or obligate the churches to act in any way (Measures, 2000, p. 4).

Millennials: Persons born in the years 1980-2000 (Rainer & Rainer, 2011), although various starting points occur in the literature ranging from 1982-1985 (Howe & Strauss, 2000; Kinnaman & Lyons, 2008; Tapscott, 2009).

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