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History of the Golden Offering

A Brief History:

1902 – Recognizing the urgency of the needs in Tennessee and feeling all Baptists should know about them, Mildred Golden (Mrs. W. C.) suggested a special season of prayer with an offering for state missions just as churches prayed for and gave to foreign missions and home missions. Dr. W. C. Golden was State Missions Secretary at the time; together they prepared and distributed the materials from their home. The first offering received was $800.

1943 – Tennessee Woman’s Missionary Union officially named the state missions offering in honor of the Goldens; it became the Golden State Missions Offering (GSMO).

1952 – The offering goal was $35,000. Allocations included camps, rural work, women missionaries, and preachers’ schools.

1962 – The goal of $75,000 included allocations for an international student retreat, student aid at Harrison-Chilhowee Academy, and a church lot fund.

1972 – More than doubling in a decade, the goal of $170,000 included gifts to native Tennessee missionaries, ministry to the deaf, student summer missions, mission center ministries, and special rural and mountain ministries.

1982 – The offering goal was $550,000. Student scholarships were identified for church-related vocations, medical and Acteens. Disaster relief, language missions ministries, ministry to the handicapped, resort missions, scripture distribution, and world witness through the World’s Fair in Knoxville were some of the allocations.

1992 – The offering topped a million with a goal of $1,050,000. Tennessee had a population of 4.9 million. Allocations included homes for the developmentally disabled, mega-focus cities, a site fund for new churches, and seminary extension.

2002 – In the centennial year the offering name was changed to the Golden Offering for Tennessee Missions to clarify its purpose and still honor the legacy of Dr. and Mrs. Golden. One-half of the offering of $1.6 million focused on starting new churches.


Reaching Tennesseans for Christ through...


  • $3 provides an evangelistic Frisbee with gospel message to give away at the Jesus Tent at Bonnaroo
  • $10 provides Bible study materials for a camper at Journey and Impact Camps
  • $10 provides lunch for a participant on a City Reach vision/ministry tour
  • $100 will provide a full scholarship for a camper to attend All Nations Camp


  • $6 provides a MasterLife workbook for a prison inmate
  • $25 purchases Bible study curriculum for released prisoner transitional ministry
  • $50 provides a box of staple food items for a family living in poverty
  • $100 helps send a blind person to the Tennessee Baptist Fellowship Blind Retreat
  • $100 buys basic home repair materials for Disaster Relief teams
  • $350 provides a full scholarship for a camper to attend Special Friends Camp


  • $25 pays for a church planting team member to participate in Basic Training for Church Planters
  • $150 provides a scholarship for a pastor to attend a Church Revitalization Boot Camp
  • $500 helps start a Harvest Plant African American church
  • $850 aids with a semester of study for a pastor or church leader pursuing their seminary degree
  • in a non-traditional setting
  • $1,000 helps a church plant sponsor a basic block party for 420 participants
  • $2,000 helps a TBC church begin a church planting training center, internship, or residency
  • $3,000 helps cover the costs of a series of Church Revitalization Orientations across the state


  • $5 provides 15 evangelistic tracts to be used with various people groups
  • $10 prints a student manual for literacy missions programs
  • $20 provides four New Testaments for a non-English speaker in their native language
  • $50 will assist with lodging for an ethnic pastor to attend a leadership training conference
  • $300 provides scholarship assistance for a language pastor to attend seminary extension class


  • $10 provides gloves and safety glasses for a college student to use on a Disaster Relief mission trip
  • $100 covers the cost of training and preparing one summer missionary to share the Gospel in
  • Tennessee and beyond
  • $300 provides travel assistance for a missionary kid (whose parents are Tennessee natives and
  • serving as IMB missionaries), to attend the MK Re-Entry Retreat in August prior to
  • entering college as a freshman
  • $1,000 provides a scholarship for a Tennessee Baptist undergraduate or seminary student
  • $5,000 provides a full-time Campus Missionary at two state college campuses for one school year

All materials and information provided by the Tennessee Baptist Mission Board. For more information, go to

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