At Ebenezer Baptist Church, where I serve, various ministry groups visit and we often take up special offerings for them. Many times we would find out months later that some members continued to send money to that particular ministry, designating it through the church. But we eventually took a stand and set a policy that the church would only forward funds to outside ministries specifically approved by the whole body and we asked individuals to send contributions to their special interest ministries directly and without the imprimatur of the congregation.
We felt it was inappropriate to tie the church to a ministry without the consensus support of the entire membership.
Now Southern Baptists have learned that the North American Mission Board is not using this same type of discretion in the distribution of church planting funds Southern Baptists have contributed through the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering.