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

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

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.”