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Messengers approve 7 EC recommendations
Mark Kelly, Baptist Press
June 15, 2011
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Messengers approve 7 EC recommendations

Messengers approve 7 EC recommendations
Mark Kelly, Baptist Press
June 15, 2011

PHOENIX — Seven recommendations from the SBC Executive

Committee were approved by messengers during the opening session of the SBC

annual meeting June 14.

Four recommendations related to the “Great Commission Resurgence” report

adopted at the 2010 annual meeting in Orlando, Fla.:

  • Providing additional funding for international missions by reducing the

    Executive Committee’s share of Cooperative Program funding and proportionately

    increasing International Mission Board funding. The proposal adopted by

    messengers calls for reducing the Executive Committee budget share from 3.4

    percent to 3.2 percent in 2011-12, with a goal of over time reducing it to 2.4

    percent.

  • Adding a new Annual Church Profile reporting category called “Great

    Commission Giving” to highlight each church’s financial commitment to Southern

    Baptist mission enterprises. The recommendation also reaffirmed the Cooperative

    Program as “the most effective means” of missions outreach and asked churches

    to increase their Cooperative Program contributions by 2.5 percent of

    undesignated receipts by the end of the 2013 calendar year.

  • Amending the International Mission Board ministry assignment to allow the

    organization to “provide specialized, defined and agreed upon assistance to the

    North American Mission Board in assisting churches to reach unreached and

    underserved people groups within the United States and Canada.” The current

    ministry assignment focuses IMB work outside the U.S. and Canada.

  • Rewriting the North American Mission Board’s mission statement and ministry

    assignment. The new mission statement refocuses NAMB on partnership with

    churches, associations and state conventions in “mobilizing Southern Baptist as

    a missional force” in North America. The new ministry assignment consolidates

    nine points to six and rearranges its priorities. Where appointing missionaries

    was the first assignment, planting churches now heads the list. A previous

    ministry assignment on “Christian social ministries” has been merged into an

    assignment to assist churches “in the ministries of evangelism and making

    disciples.” The assignments of “communicating the Gospel … through

    communication technologies” and “strengthening … and providing services to

    associations” have been eliminated.

Two recommendations related to the 2011-12 budget:

  • Adopting a $186 million 2011-12 Cooperative Program Allocation Budget that

    increases the International Mission Board’s percentage of budget receipts from

    50 percent to 50.2 percent and decreases the Executive Committee’s percentage

    proportionately to 3.2 percent.

  • Adopting a $7.47 million 2011-12 SBC Operating Budget that allocates $2.2

    million to administration expenses and $5.26 million to operations expenses.

    The budget represents a reduction of more than $1.2 million over 2010-11.

The final recommendation was a response to motion made during the 2009 annual

meeting, directing the Executive Committee to study greater involvement in the

convention by ethnic churches and leaders. The proposal offered 10 specific

points “designed to foster conscious awareness of the need to be proactive and

intentional in the inclusion of individuals from all ethnic and racial

identities within Southern Baptist life.”

The points included encouragements to make committee appointments and select

program personalities that represent the diversity within the convention, “particularly

ethnic diversity.” A failed attempt to amend the recommendation, brought by

Channing Kilgore of South Whitwell Baptist Church in Whitwell, Tenn., would

have replaced ethnicity with “Gospel minded” as the criterion for selecting

committee appointees.

(EDITOR’S NOTE — Kelly is senior writer and assistant editor for Baptist Press.)