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Western convention execs concerned about GCR reportcomment (0)

April 15, 2010

Executive directors from nine Southern Baptist state conventions in the West and Canada have told the Great Commission Resurgence Task Force that its proposed restructuring of the North American Mission Board (NAMB) would severely curtail their ministries.

Leaders from California, Colorado, the Dakotas, Kansas/Nebraska, Montana, New Mexico, the Pacific Northwest, Utah/Idaho, Wyoming and Canada met in Denver March 15–16 to discuss and share concerns regarding the “progress report” released by the task force Feb. 22. Task force chairman Ronnie Floyd, of Springdale, Ark., and member Roger Spradlin, of Bakersfield, Calif., attended the meeting to field questions and solicit feedback for the committee.

Following the meeting, Bill Crews, executive director for the Northwest Baptist Convention, said the group decided to draft a document addressing their concerns, particularly how dissolving the “cooperative agreements” between NAMB and the state Baptist conventions would affect the work of smaller conventions such as those in the West and Canada.

Baptist state conventions currently operate under agreements with NAMB in which Cooperative Program funds are returned to each state convention for missions and ministry. Those understandings, known as cooperative agreements, would be phased out over a four-year period until NAMB would be free to unilaterally appoint missionaries, rather than through shared funding with the states.

Several Western state conventions have gone on record saying such an agreement would severely curtail their ministries since they are largely dependent on NAMB funding for their ministries. (BP)

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