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

Tenn. approves 50/50 CP split

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

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.