Kentucky task force calls for 50-50 CP split
    August 31 2010 by Drew Nichter, Western Recorder

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP) — After eight months of discussions, the Kentucky Great Commission Task Force is recommending the Kentucky Baptist Convention’s Mission Board move to a reallocation of Cooperative Program funds that results in a 50 percent split of CP receipts (after shared administrative expenses) between the KBC and the Southern Baptist Convention by 2017-18.

    The report, which will be voted on by KBC messengers at the annual meeting Nov. 16, calls for a dramatic 8.7 percentage point shift in the first year of implementation, if messengers approve the recommendation.

    The Kentucky Baptist budget that started Sept. 1 is divides CP receipts from churches 62 percent for Kentucky ministries and 38 percent for national and international ministries of the Southern Baptist Convention. The task force, chaired by Hershael York, calls for the KBC to move to a 53.28/46.72 percentage allocation between the KBC and SBC, respectively, for the 2011-12 CP budget.

    “That’s a pretty radical cut in the first year,” acknowledged York, pastor of Buck Run Baptist Church in Frankfort and an associate dean and professor of Christian preaching at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville.

    To accomplish that move, the KBC and all of its partnering entities would be required to reduce their budgets by at least 6 percent starting with the 2011-12 fiscal year.

    According to the task force’s report, there would be a KBC Mission Board staff reduction of 12 percent and a total Mission Board budget reduction of 9.85 percent.

    KBC institutions, Campbellsville University and University of the Cumberlands would absorb an additional 7 percent budget cut.

    The task force also recommends eliminating the convention’s annuity contributions for pastors and church staff members — a $400,000 reduction. York said the task force did not, however, opt to call for elimination of the $400,000 contribution that goes for ministers’ protection, disability and term life insurance.

    The report states that to achieve a 50/50 allocation split by 2017-18, the Mission Board would make incremental adjustments in years two through seven of the plan.

    According to the CP Distribution Plan document released with the report in mid-August, the CP allocation at the end of the seven years essentially would be a 48/48 percent split between the KBC and SBC, while factoring in 4 percent of shared expenses — money used by the KBC that simultaneously benefits the state and national convention.

    The Baptist State Convention of North Carolina makes no such allowance for “shared expenses” and divides every dollar with the SBC according to the percentage allocation approved annually by messengers. North Carolina messengers will consider in November a sixth consecutive one-half percentage point increase to the SBC, which would make the NC/SBC split 65-35.

    The task force also seeks to increase the size of the Cooperative Program pie by establishing a goal to increase Kentucky Baptists’ overall CP receipts by at least 3 percent per year through 2017-18. The task force calls on all KBC churches to increase their CP giving by 0.25 percent of their undesignated receipts each year for the next seven years.

    “We feel it’s wrong for us to merely vote to change the allocation and then not challenge our churches to give more” to the Cooperative Program, York said. If all churches were to accept the challenge, the report states, “the results for missions would be staggering.”
    8/31/2010 5:47:00 AM by Drew Nichter, Western Recorder | with 4 comments

Don't assume a state convention's desire to utilize CP funds for ministries within the state is "self preservation." State conventions do need to be responsive to their constituent churches, and they are and will be. Right now, the most vocal of those churches seems to prefer the national and international ministries of those agencies funded through the SBC. There may well be a silent majority of the "paying generation" that feels otherwise. Of course, if the silent majority remains silent -- if it exists -- and simply watches the sea change when they realize what happened they will likrly drop the "paying" part from the phrase that currently describes them. Will the group that advocates for more money going to the SBC respond by increasing their gifts?
9/3/2010 10:10:24 AM

Brent Hobbs
Rightfully so if state conventions value their own self-preservation over the desires and priorities of the churches they are supposed to serve.
9/2/2010 3:08:29 PM

Kentucky's bold step is giving state conventions everywhere nightmares.
9/1/2010 3:36:16 PM

Brent Hobbs
I'm glad to see Kentucky taking such bold steps. They are setting a great example.
8/31/2010 8:43:50 PM

 Security code