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KBC Mission Board endorses budget,
Bagdad—Kentucky Baptist Convention Mission Board members voted last week to endorse the details of a $23.5 million Cooperative Program budget for 2010-11.
Meeting May 3-4 at Cedarmore Camp and Conference Center, board members also named a new KBC staff team leader and approved the creation of a multiethnic missions and ministries department.
The CP budget goal, approved by KBC messengers last November, is a 4 percent decrease over the current $24.48 million budget. It does, however, represent a 2.1 percent increase over the $23 million working budget the KBC has been operating under this fiscal year because of the economic downturn.
The KBC downgraded next year’s budget goal in order to get in line with giving during the current economic slump, noted Lowell Ashby, KBC’s business services team leader.
The 2010-11 budget does, however, include a 0.63 percent increase in Cooperative Program funds being shifted from Kentucky Baptist to Southern Baptist Convention causes. The percentage allocation will be 62 percent for KBC ministries, while SBC ministries will receive 38 percent.
The budget proposal came amid a slightly more positive report that Cooperative Program receipts had moved ahead of last year’s by about 1.6 percent.
According to Ashby, CP giving through March is right in line with the $23 million adjusted fiscal year budget.
While a great deal of discussion at last week’s meeting centered on the Cooperative Program’s future in the wake of the Great Commission Resurgence Task Force’s May 3 report, Ashby reiterated Kentucky Baptists’ “high dependence” on CP.
“Nothing affects the work in Kentucky more than Cooperative Program,” he said, adding that 90 percent of the KBC budget comes from Cooperative Program gifts.
Board members also addressed a pair of personnel matters at last week’s meeting.
Larry Baker was approved as the KBC’s missions growth team leader. He has led the team in an interim capacity since January following the retirement of former team leader Randy Jones last year.
Baker has served as the KBC’s new work and associational missions department director since 2004, overseeing church planting and ethnic ministries across the state. He will maintain those duties in addition to his role as missions growth team leader.
“I was concerned about overloading him, but he seems to have the capacity to manage this with the help of a great team,” KBC Executive Director Bill Mackey said of Baker.
Prior to his convention work, Baker was director of missions for Christian County Baptist Association. He also served as an International Mission Board missionary to Ecuador and Peru.
In his new role, Baker will oversee the KBC’s new multiethnic missions and ministries department, which the Mission Board approved the creation of last week.
Ethnic work in Kentucky has expanded rapidly since the KBC began an intentional shift from ministry to church planting with Hispanics back in 2005, Baker said.
Since that time, “we have seen just a tremendous influx of other ethnic groups coming into Kentucky,” he noted, adding that the KBC currently is working with nearly 20 church plants of various people groups.
The department will be headed by Carlos De la Barra, whom the Mission Board approved unanimously as its director. De la Barra, a Chile native, has served as the KBC’s ethnic associate since 2008.
As director of the multiethnic missions and ministries department, De la Barra will supervise six Hispanic regional missionaries, a South Asian Indian missionary and a deaf missionary. He also will oversee four church planting specialists from the Nehemiah Project, a joint venture of the KBC, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and the North American Mission Board.
“I think it’s a historic day when we can say to all our Kentucky Baptists that we care about the people groups that we find right here in our own state,” Baker said.
Mission Board members also heard reports and up-to-date tallies from the statewide Find It Here campaign that culminated on Easter Sunday.
Ross Bauscher, KBC’s evangelism growth team leader, reported that as of late April, 1,939 response cards distributed through the door-to-door packets had been received by the convention.
Of those responses:
John Mark Toby, pastor of Beacon Hill Baptist Church in Somerset, reported that 1.4 million Kentucky households were reached through Find It Here; 68 of 71 state Baptist associations participated, encompassing approxmiately 1,700 churches; and as many as 2.8 million Kentuckians were reached at least three and a half times by the Find It Here advertising campaign.
“I saw a cooperative spirit—a sense of unity between churches, associations (and) state conventions,” Bauscher said. “I saw pastors cooperating with one another, not competing against one another. There was a kingdom mindset that has been renewed in Find It Here.”
In recognition of that cooperative spirit, board members approved a resolution of appreciation for Kentucky Baptists’ Find It Here efforts. The statement applauded the work of Kentucky pastors, directors of missions, church members, as well as the KBC staff and NAMB.
In other business:
Larry Baker and Carlos De la Barra
New worship center dedicated at Cedarmore
Bagdad—As part of last week’s Kentucky Baptist Convention Mission Board meeting, Kentucky Baptist Assemblies held a dedication ceremony for the new Calvin D. Fields Worship Center at Cedarmore Camp.
The 15,432-square-foot facility was completed in time to host the Mission Board, making it the first group to meet there.
The worship center is named for Calvin Fields, who served for nearly 16 years in the KBC’s Brotherhood (now Baptist Men on Mission) department. But, Fields may have been best known as leader of Cedarmore’s Royal Ambassadors Camp for many years.
Recognizing the long history of Cedarmore, Assemblies President David Melber said the numerous stories of Fields’ impact on children’s lives over the years should inspire all Kentucky Baptists.
“You think about how many kids … listened to (Fields) give direction, offer them correction and share the love of Christ,” Melber said. “And to hear people in this room today share the stories of what it meant for him to be their leader, it challenges me. It should challenge all of us to consider what we are doing with our time.”
Fields’ youngest son, Randy, a member of Crestwood Baptist Church, said his father, who also served as a pastor for several churches, “was not focused on big things.”
Randy said his father believed a church should grow to only 250 members and then split. With the worship center bearing his name capable of seating 750 people, Randy joked that the facility would have violated one of his father’s fundamental principles.
Noting that more than 10,000 students and adults will attend Crossings Camps at Cedarmore and Jonathan Creek this summer, Randy Fields said, “The exciting thing for me is the opportunity for more people to continue to be reached for His kingdom in this facility. It just thrills my heart.”