President’s Letter

August 13, 2021

Dear Friends,

The Arena

The most famous arena ever built in the Roman Empire was the Colosseum. After eight years of construction, the 50,000-seat arena was completed in 80 A.D. and opened with great fanfare. For approximately four centuries, the arena hosted gladiator combats and public entertainment events. It weathered storms and earthquakes, slowly deteriorating until it was eventually abandoned for use.

Physical arenas for boxing matches, rodeos, and other public events are temporarily entertaining, but like the Roman Colosseum, they are not eternal. Only God’s Kingdom is forever. God gives believers arenas in which we are called to “fight the good fight of faith” (1 Timothy 6:12). The Baptist Church Loan Corporation (BCLC) strives to fight the good fight in its designated arena by equipping churches and, thereby, assisting Kingdom growth each and every day.


BCLC has been blessed through the years because God has placed partners in our God-given arenas to help us. One such partner was Domingo, a man living in the Texas Rio Grande Valley who provided assistance to us through his local Baptist association. Domingo provided us with knowledge of the churches and the needs in the Rio Grande Valley. He consistently introduced us to churches in need of financial assistance. Through our partnership with Domingo, BCLC was able to serve many churches in South Texas. Domingo was successful because he was willing to step into the arena daily in order to grow the local church and the Kingdom of God.

BCLC believes that God will continue to provide partners like Domingo so that we can do our part to grow the Kingdom by providing financial assistance to churches in other arenas across the country.


The most popular portion of one of Theodore Roosevelt’s most well-known speeches (“The Man in the Arena”) appears throughout our 2021 Annual Report. The speech focuses on those who battle daily, on those who are actually in the arena striving for a worthy cause.

BCLC believes that our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, gives all of us access to arenas in which we can have eternal impact. Some days we are successful with our efforts to fight the good fight of faith. Other days, our lack of faith discourages our efforts. The most important thing is that we remain strong, stay in the arena and continue the good fight of faith.

Thank you to the many men and women who have volunteered their time and skills to serve on the BCLC Board of Directors.


Gerald R. James, Jr.

President/CEO, Baptist Church Loan Corporation

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