Jill Duggar and Derick Dillard are rejected as missionaries by the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) and the International Mission Board (IMB) for lack of qualifications. The couple’s controversial organization, Dillard Family Ministries, has been the subject of criticism almost since its inception. Many presumed that they were supported in their work by their local Baptist church or the IMB. Now it is revealed that those presumptions are false.
When the Duggar family reality series, 19 Kids and Counting, was pulled from the air by TLC on May 22 after Josh Duggar’s alleged incestual molestations were revealed Derick Dillard quit his job in the accounting department of Walmart corporate headquarters in Rogers, Arkansas. (TLC had been a cash cow for the couple since their first meeting, which was filmed for an episode of the reality series, Going the Distance for Love.) The Dillards then filed incorporation papers for their non-profit on June 17. They immediately began to solicit funds from donors for a non-disclosed purpose in a non-disclosed location.
Three months down line, the Dillards have yet to set up a foreign mission. After watching Jill Duggar and Derick Dillard jet-setting to and from Central America and the U.S. for the past three months, many disillusioned donors to Dillard Family Ministries asked for a refund of their donations.
Ambiguous messages posted by Jill and Derick on social media led many people to believe that their self-described missionary activities were supported by the SBC, because of their association with Cross Baptist Church and an Instagram post by Derick Dillard on September 6.
“We are so grateful for the support of our church fellowship Cross Church as we were officially commissioned during the morning service today.”