So, you figured me out pretty fast. I mourn the loss of the Old Tree but I don't want to lose the forest as well. We have six universities and three seminaries in Texas relating to our state convention and the Baptist University of the Americas. Exactly one (hint) they gather in Waco) does not need your money (but will take it, so fire off a check today).
All the others have growing needs, if not growing student bodies, right now. Most of them have growing student bodies as well.
Declining revenue dollars from the convention means something in Brownwood, Marshall, Plainview, Abilene, et al. It would be a catastrophe to lose any one of the culture transforming institutions that touch young people (and adults, throWeugh adult education programs).
I would personally mourn the loss of Free Church ties to those institutions. We all want our schools to be world-class. None of us wants them to be over-worldly, in the carnal sense. My wife tells me going to work at DBU is like going to church every day, by which she means a cultural sense of Christian values permeates campus life. I want Ivy League repute. I also want a top-down Christian culture on our campuses.
And I want students to be able to attend our universities without bankrupting themselves.
Too much money stops before it gets to our campuses. We have to deal with the middle man.
The Old Tree is dead. Let's save the forest.