Kentucky Baptists adopt missions plan
    December 2 2010 by Drew Nichter, Baptist Press

    LEXINGTON, Ky. — Messengers to the 173rd annual meeting of the Kentucky Baptist Convention (KBC) adopted a plan to send more money “to the nations” and honored an executive director nearing the end of his tenure.

    Kentucky Baptists embarked on a course that eventually will lead the convention to an equal division of Cooperative Program (CP) funds between state and Southern Baptist causes.

    After nearly an hour of discussion, the report of the Great Commission Task Force (GCTF) containing four key recommendations was passed by nearly two-thirds of messengers Nov. 16 at Immanuel Baptist Church in Lexington, Ky. — but not without some last-minute adjustments.

    Delivering the report on behalf of the task force, chairman Hershael York, pastor of Buck Run Baptist Church in Frankfort and a Southern Baptist Theological Seminary professor, announced significant changes to the task force’s second proposal.

    In it, the group originally called for the KBC to move to a reallocation of Cooperative Program funds to an even 50/50 allocation between Kentucky Baptist and Southern Baptist Convention missions and ministry causes within seven years.

    That target date was extended by three years, aiming now for an even split by the 2020-21 fiscal year.

    The change “gives a little more wiggle room, a little more time to strategize and flesh out exactly what this would mean,” York told messengers.

    The task force amended the report’s proposal No. 2 even further, decreasing the required across-the-board budget cuts for the KBC and its partnering entities, institutions and auxiliary from 6 percent to 5 percent.

    In addition, the extra 7 percent deduction for the convention’s two liberal arts colleges — Campbellsville University and University of the Cumberlands — was dropped to 6 percent, resulting in an approximate 11 percent overall budget reduction instead of the initial 12.58 percent.

    The rest of proposal No. 2 was unchanged, including the elimination of the KBC’s contribution to the annuities of pastors and church staff members (approximately $400,000) and a reduction of Mission Board staff by 12 percent.

    The task force’s proposal No. 1 is the three-year “More for Christ” emphasis, described in the GCTF report as “an intentional time of repentance, renewal and redirection for the future” of the KBC.

    Proposal No. 3, meanwhile, urges all Kentucky Baptist churches to increase their Cooperative Program giving by at least 0.25 percent of undesignated receipts per year, which would result in a 3 percent bump in convention-wide CP gifts annually.

    Proposal No. 4 allows for the Great Commission Task Force to remain in place and report to KBC messengers each year over the next decade.

    The much-discussed Great Commission report likely precipitated a significant bump in the messenger count for this year’s meeting. With 1,185 messengers registered, it was the first time since 2006 that KBC registration reached four figures.

    Many of those messengers were on hand to honor longtime KBC executive director Bill Mackey, who will retire May 31, 2011.

    (EDITOR’S NOTE — Nichter is news director for the Western Recorder, newsjournal for Kentucky Baptists.)  
    12/2/2010 9:18:00 AM by Drew Nichter, Baptist Press | with 1 comments

Ron Caulder
Too much jumping on the band wagon. Economically, times are already tough for most, if not all of our state conventions. Most are having to cut back ministries and dollars already. Kentucky is having to reduce ministries and pastors are loosing supplement from the state for retirement. Perhaps we will see in the future this was a wise move from our state conventions. However, I don't feel this certainty. We're becoming too centralized. Many complain about the federal government doing this. And yet, we're going down the same road. More emphasis should be given to promoting better stewardship among our people so that there would be more finances to have a strong state ministry as well as a strong SBC.
12/4/2010 12:38:24 AM

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