LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP) — The Kentucky Baptist Convention Mission Board has approved details of the 2013-14 budget to move Kentucky Baptists to a 50/50 allocation of Cooperative Program dollars between Kentucky Baptist and Southern Baptist causes.
When Kentucky Baptists, in 2010, passed recommendations from the Kentucky Great Commission Task Force, the goal was to reach the 50/50 allocation, minus Cooperative Program Resourcing (CPR) funds, in the next decade. CPR dollars are set aside to educate Kentucky Baptists on CP missions and to promote the unified giving approach among the state convention’s 2,400 congregations.
The new budget enables Kentucky Baptists to reach the mark seven years ahead of the schedule set by the Kentucky Great Commission Task Force.
The vote on the $22.5 million budget proposal was without discussion or opposition from board members during the May 6-7 meeting at the Kentucky Baptist Building in Louisville.
The leap forward is made possible by last year’s restructuring of the KBC Mission Board staff and changes in CP allocations to 10 Kentucky Baptist affiliated entities and institutions. Those changes were approved as part of the new budget, and over two years will shift approximately $700,000 in CP funds to the International Mission Board, North American Mission Board and other SBC causes.
The funding changes were developed by a 14-member study group formed last year of Kentucky Baptist pastors, church members and other leaders charged with assessing the relationship between the KBC and its affiliated entities and institutions. The KBC Mission Board’s administrative committee accepted the group’s recommendations in March.
Changes in CP allocation over the next two years for each Kentucky Baptist affiliated agency/institution are as follows:
— Baptist Health from $5,617 to $5,000
— Sunrise Children’s Services from $311,708 to $300,000
— Crossings Ministries (Kentucky Baptist Assemblies) from $339,752 to $330,000
— Western Recorder newsjournal from $341,079 to $275,000
— Kentucky Baptist Foundation from $296,146 to $235,000
— Kentucky Woman’s Missionary Union from $447,551 to $440,000
— Campbellsville University from $1,269,760 to $1 million
— University of the Cumberlands from $1,269,760 to $1 million
— Clear Creek Baptist Bible College from $540,323 to $535,000
— Oneida Baptist Institute from $360,215 to $355,000
In a report to the mission board, Daryl Cornett, chairman of the agencies and institutions committee and pastor of First Baptist Church in Hazard, noted that the organizations “are in a time of great transition.”
Cornett added that the entities are accepting the changes in CP giving “with a great deal of grace” in order for Kentucky Baptists, as a convention, to reach the goal of an equal distribution of CP dollars between KBC and SBC causes.
In addition to the proposed CP adjustments, the Mission Board approved three general recommendations for all KBC entities and specific recommendations for each agency or institution.
General recommendations include:
— Expecting authentic Cooperative Program promotion, including administrators, trustees and employees modeling CP loyalty.
— Inviting the executive director-treasurer to join their trustee boards as an ex-officio member.
— Striving to perpetuate an atmosphere that reflects a high view of Scripture, doctrine consistent with the Baptist Faith and Message and commitment to the Great Commission and cooperation.
Adam Greenway, chairman of the board’s administrative committee, said the recommendations to the entities and institutions are non-binding. They are suggestions compiled by the study group to re-evaluate the relationship between the KBC and its 10 affiliated entities.
Dannah Prather is marketing & media relations associate for the Kentucky Baptist Convention.