ALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP)–The number of Southern Baptists serving through Home Mission Board volunteer opportunities increased in 1996. An estimated 85,386 volunteers served in Christian ministries through the agency last year, a 5 percent hike from 1995.
Youth volunteers comprised the largest category, with 38,351 individuals. College volunteers increased to 5,185 individuals, up 1,440 compared to 1995. Mission Service Corps volunteers grew by 90 to a total 2,283.
More than 28,500 adults served last year in short-term volunteer projects coordinated through the Home Mission Board. Volunteers coordinated through the agency’s evangelism section and language church starting division totaled approximately 11,000.
Volunteers serve in a variety of ways, from resort ministries and language missions to church starting and evangelism. More information about volunteer missions opportunities is available from association missionaries, state volunteer coordinators or the Home Mission Board at 1-800-HMB-VOLS.