Tenn. approves 50/50 CP split
    November 24 2010 by Lonnie Wilkey, Baptist Press

    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee Baptist Convention (TBC) messengers overwhelmingly adopted a recommendation from the TBC Executive Board to begin moving toward a 50/50 distribution of Cooperative Program funds with the Southern Baptist Convention.

    Messengers also welcomed new Executive Director Randy Davis, adopted a $36.5 million budget, authorized a strategic planning team, extended two missions partnerships and a missions “connection”; and approved a resolution affirming the Cooperative Program.

    Attendance was up about 10 percent from last year to 1,283 messengers.

    The TBC budget currently provides 60 percent of Cooperative Program receipts for Tennessee Baptist missions and ministry endeavors, while forwarding 40 percent to the Southern Baptist Convention for national and international missions and ministries. The recommendation approved by messengers begins the process of moving toward a 50/50 distribution to begin “no later than the 2012-2013 budget year and continue in a manner and over a time frame so as to enhance, not inhibit, the ministry of the TBC as well as the SBC.”

    The six-part recommendation said the specific plan for achieving the desired allocation would be determined by a proposed strategic planning team. It also called on the convention’s Budget and Ministry Committee to “monitor the giving of TBC churches and the impact of adjusted percentage allocations through an appropriate subcommittee or other means.”

    The 2010-11 budget of $36.5 million was approved without opposition. The budget is $500,000 higher than the budget for the past fiscal year, which ended Oct. 31. Cooperative Program receipts for the past year were $1.46 million, 4.08 percent below budget.    
    11/24/2010 4:03:00 AM by Lonnie Wilkey, Baptist Press | with 2 comments

Ron Caulder
I'm still concerned that our Convention is moving to a more centralized entity much like our national government. In this move our state conventions may have to wait for funds to be redistributed to them for ministry needs and church planting in their own states. The thing that has made our SBC strong has been the faithful support of her state conventions. If we fail to strengthen our state conventions and to start new churches, we will all be losesrs in the future (in my opinion). And, remember, it all begins with the local church. I remember one of our executive leaders stating "that the headquarters is not in Cary (or in Nashville for that matter) but is in the local church. Our conventions exist to serve and strengthen the local churches and to help them minister in the ebb and flow of God's kingdom!
11/25/2010 10:18:07 AM

Brent Hobbs
RE: 50/50 CP Distribution... I'm grateful to Tennessee Baptists for leading in this area, for setting an example for other states to follow, and for their sacrificial willingness to take this kind of action. It's my hope and prediction that they will see CP giving increase as a result of this action.
11/24/2010 2:15:01 PM

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