LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The Kentucky Baptist Convention’s (KBC) Mission
Board will eliminate five full-time and 19 part-time positions in its next
budget in order to send a larger percentage of church gifts to Southern Baptist
Convention (SBC) causes throughout the nation and around the world.
The reductions are being made in response to a KBC Great Commission Task Force
report approved by KBC messengers at the 2010 annual meeting in November. The
report recommended changing the formula for allocating Cooperative Program (CP)
gifts to an even 50 percent-50 percent split between the state convention and
SBC over 10 years with the bulk of that shift occurring in the 2011-12 fiscal
Three of the five full-time positions being eliminated are already currently
unfilled while the other two positions will become vacant due to retirements on
Aug. 31. The 19 part-time positions are a mix of filled and unfilled contract
positions. Seven other part-time contract positions will be reduced.
The staffing adjustments go into effect with the start of the new fiscal year
on Sept. 1. Lowell Ashby, the KBC’s Business Services Team leader, said
salaries of current staff will also be frozen for the new fiscal year at
KBC Executive Director Bill Mackey told the Mission Board’s Administrative
Committee Jan. 27 that the part-time position reductions will come largely from
two areas — the elimination of seven part-time campus ministry positions and
the elimination of funding for the part-time consultant positions from the
worship and music department.
Mackey said ministry in these areas would continue.
“We regret having to give up these positions and the ministry that takes place
through them,” Mackey said. “But we will do our best to meet these ministry
needs through effective and faithful volunteers and assignments to current
Evangelism Growth Team Leader Ross Bauscher said that in the case of several of
the seven campus ministry position reductions, the persons currently serving
will continue their work as volunteers. The college campuses affected are
Ashland Community College, Berea College, Centre College, Elizabethtown
Community College, Hopkinsville Community College, Mid-Continent University and
the University of Kentucky.
The UK position eliminated is a vacant intern position. That school will
continue to have a full-time campus minister. Ministry at Berea College will
continue through the work of a ministry intern based at Eastern Kentucky
University, Bauscher said.
In regard to the Worship and Music Department positions, Mackey said that the
five consultant positions being affected will actually continue at least
temporarily into the new fiscal year. The department director position is
currently unfilled but will remain in the inventory to give the KBC’s next
executive director flexibility in making decisions about the department. In the
meantime, the funds from that unfilled position will be used to support the
Mackey is retiring in May and a search committee is seeking his replacement.
Mackey said the staffing adjustments will result in a net savings of
There will be a total of 90 full and part-time
positions in the Mission Board’s job inventory at the start of the 2011-12
The CP allocation change is one of several funding challenges facing the
Additionally, the nation’s recession is now taking a toll on church giving.
Ashby reported that CP giving for the current year is running just over 9
percent behind pace for reaching this year’s $23.5 million CP budget.
Currently, 38 percent of CP gifts are sent to the SBC while 62 percent are used
for missions and ministries in Kentucky (36.4 percent by the Kentucky Baptist
Mission Board and 25.6 percent by KBC agencies and institutions).
(EDITOR’S NOTE — Reeves is communications director for the Kentucky Baptist
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