By Roy Hayhurst
DALLAS — Mission:Dignity® Sunday, set each year by the Southern Baptist Convention for the fourth Sunday in June, is moving for 2020 only to the last Sunday in August due to lingering effects of COVID-19.
The annual emphasis is set aside so that churches can celebrate, and raise a special offering for, the GuideStone® ministry that provides financial assistance to retired Southern Baptist ministers, workers and their widows near the poverty line.
“We recognized that many churches who are not meeting are also struggling to meet budget needs,” GuideStone President O.S. Hawkins said. “By moving Mission:Dignity Sunday to the end of August, we hope that many churches will have returned to a sense of normalcy in meeting, scheduling, and budgeting, and thus allowing them to participate more fully in this important annual emphasis.”
Mission:Dignity Sunday materials, available for free from GuideStone at MDSunday.org, are undated so churches can use them anytime they wish.
“Many churches celebrate Mission:Dignity Sunday during a missions emphasis Sunday or month; our goal is always to make it as easy as possible for churches to participate in this important ministry that we believe is near to the heart of the Lord,” Hawkins said.
In 2019, more than 3,000 churches participated in Mission:Dignity Sunday.
“Each week, we hear from retired pastors, and in many cases their widows, who tell us the difference their Mission:Dignity grant makes in their lives,” Hawkins said. “It often means the difference between eating or not. For many, it means they are able to pay for medicines or other needed medical or dental care.”
To learn more about Mission:Dignity, to refer a retired pastor or his widow in need, or to give, visit MissionDignity.org.
Roy Hayhurst is director of denominational and public relations for GuideStone Financial Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention®.