Texas Baptists Wonder Where the Money Went
The Baptist General Convention of Texas, hoping to compete against the Catholic church in the Rio Grande Valley, provided three pastors with $1.3 million in seed money to establish Baptist churches. The pastors claimed they set up 258 churches, but the Convention can only find five to ten.
It found that some monthly new church reports, which were used to obtain funding, were fabricated. In some cases, the money was used to enhance other mission projects unrelated to the new churches; in other cases, where the money eventually went remains unknown.
Complaints from parishoners and an FBI probe failed to motivate the Convention to conduct an earlier investigation. Even after the investigation, no disciplinary action has been taken against the pastors who received the money.
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