ALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP)–Recently announced organizational changes in the evangelism group of the North American Mission Board reflect a “commitment to keep our structure and resources in line with our strategies,” according to John Yarbrough, NAMB’s vice president of evangelization.
The changes, some of which have already been implemented while others will not be completed until the end of the year, were summarized in an Aug. 23 letter from Yarbrough to state Baptist convention evangelism staff members.
The letter details the addition of three new national missionary positions, but deletion of three current missionary positions, as well as creation of two new staff positions at the Alpharetta, Ga., offices but elimination of five staff positions.
The three new national missionaries will focus on evangelism over the Internet, through welfare to work opportunities, and of women.
Eliminated are one national literacy missionary position and one interfaith missionary position. The third position was a general evangelism associate based in Fort Worth, Texas. Only one of the three positions is presently filled and that missionary will retire at the end of the year.
An employee in prayer evangelism and a support person were added to the NAMB staff earlier this year. Positions eliminated from the organization included one each devoted to special ministries, and event and multi-cultural evangelism. Combining two positions assigned to hunger and immigration ministries eliminated another job. And, a women’s evangelism staff position was changed to a national missionary.
Three of the employees serving in the deleted positions have transferred or will transfer to other NAMB positions, one will retire and one has been dismissed and given a severance package, Yarbrough said.
“None of these changes mean we’re abandoning any ministry,” Yarbrough explained. “In every case, we still have people doing these things. We’ve simply developed more efficient processes for resourcing these ministries so that we can take advantage of new opportunities to reach people for Christ.”