Ezell gives preview of new NAMB strategy
    January 28 2011 by Baptist Press

    ALPHARETTA, Ga. — North American Mission Board (NAMB) President Kevin Ezell will propose new strategy, new vice presidents and a staff reorganization when he meets with NAMB trustees at a board meeting scheduled for Feb. 9 in Alpharetta, Ga.

    The meeting comes almost exactly five months after trustees voted to call Ezell as the entity’s president last Sept. 14.

    Ezell issued a statement Jan. 28 in advance of the board meeting. (The complete text of the statement is available at the end of this story.)

    “I believe NAMB’s strategy needs to revolve around church planting that is focused on penetrating lostness in North America,” Ezell said.

    “We will mobilize churches to become part of this church planting effort. Then we will equip them for the task and help them get it done.”

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    When he meets with trustees Feb. 9, North American Mission Board President Kevin Ezell will propose a regional approach to NAMB’s strategy implementation.


    Ezell added, “This national strategy will be implemented regionally, working in close partnership with state Southern Baptist conventions in a way that prioritizes the largest areas of lostness. I am proposing that these five regions — Northeast, South, Midwest, West and Canada — each have their own leader who will report directly to me.”

    Ezell will present trustees with two candidates as regional leaders. Stephen Davis, who has served as executive director of the State Convention of Baptists in Indiana since 2003, is to be considered as vice president-Midwest Region.

    Davis “has provided great leadership at the Indiana Baptist State Convention since 2003 and has pastored for three decades,” Ezell said. “I could not be happier at the prospect of having Steve in this vital role.”

    In addition, Ezell will present Jeff Christopherson as vice president-Canadian Region. Christopherson currently serves in Toronto as a NAMB church planting missionary.

    “Jeff Christopherson has been one of our church planting missionaries and is at the forefront of those efforts in Canada. He has proven his great leadership and mobilizing abilities,” Ezell said.

    Ezell said he will present two other vice presidential candidates to trustees at the meeting as well.

    In addition to presenting new strategy plans and vice presidential candidates to trustees, Ezell will unveil a proposed organizational structure for NAMB that reflects the entity’s re-defined priorities.

    “As I have said over the past months, once we determine our strategy, we will need to realign our organization in a way that will let us best carry out that strategy. I will present that re-structuring to our trustees at February’s meeting,” he said, adding, “There are not any staffing reductions associated with this re-alignment.”

    In order to reduce staffing costs and place more money on the mission field, Ezell offered a retirement incentive package to Alpharetta-based NAMB employees in late 2010. Savings from the 99 people who retired or chose a severance package by year’s end is estimated to be $6 million.

    Ezell thanked those who have been praying for him and for NAMB and said, “These are exciting times, but also critical days as we forge ahead with what I believe can be a new era of effectiveness for Southern Baptists.”

    (EDITOR’S NOTE — Compiled by staff of the North American Mission Board.)  

    Full text of Ezell’s statement
    I will be presenting several items to our Board of Trustees when I meet with them February 9 and I wanted to share some of those details ahead of time.
    • Strategy and Approach
    I believe NAMB’s strategy needs to revolve around church planting that is focused on penetrating lostness in North America. We will mobilize churches to become part of this church planting effort. Then we will equip them for the task and help them get it done.

    This national strategy will be implemented regionally, working in close partnership with state Southern Baptist conventions in a way that prioritizes the largest areas of lostness. I am proposing that these five regions — Northeast, South, Midwest, West and Canada — each have their own leader who will report directly to me.
    • New Personnel
    I have been asking God and others to lead me to those who would be best equipped to provide leadership for these regions. I am happy to say that I will present two of those to our trustees in February.
      • VP — Midwest Region — Steve Davis I am proposing that Steve Davis, who has provided great leadership at the Indiana Baptist State Convention since 2003 and has pastored for three decades, should lead our efforts in the Midwest Region. I could not be happier at the prospect of having Steve in this vital role.
      • VP — Canadian Region — Jeff Christopherson Jeff Christopherson has been one of our church planting missionaries and is at the forefront of those efforts in Canada. He has proven his great leadership and mobilizing abilities. I will present him to lead the Canadian Region.
    These are the only two regional vice presidents we will be presenting to our trustees at this time, but I will present two other vice president candidates at our meeting.
    • Organizational Structure
    As I have said over the past months, once we determine our strategy, we will need to re-align our organization in a way that will let us best carry out that strategy. I will present that re-structuring to our trustees at February’s meeting. There are not any staffing reductions associated with this re-alignment.

    I want to thank all of those who have been praying for me and the North American Mission Board during these days of transition. These are exciting times, but also critical days as we forge ahead with what I believe can be a new era of effectiveness for Southern Baptists.
    Serving Together,
    Kevin Ezell
    President, North American Mission Board, SBC
    January 28, 2011

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