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New NAMB funding model moves funds from Alabama comment (0)

October 24, 2013

TORONTO — A new funding model between the North American Mission Board (NAMB) and South Region state conventions — which includes Alabama — was announced during NAMB’s Oct. 9 board meeting in Toronto. The traditional cooperative budget agreement between NAMB and each South Region convention is transitioning to a grant system that is simpler, leaves more spending decisions to the states and will no longer include personnel, said NAMB President Kevin Ezell.

Bobby DuBois, associate executive director for the Alabama Baptist State Board of Missions (SBOM), said the new agreement eliminates the Cooperative Agreement (CA) that has been operated under for decades. “Under the CA, NAMB and individual state conventions agreed in advance what state and NAMB priorities would be jointly funded. NAMB no longer has CAs with individual states,” he said.

Previously NAMB and the Alabama Baptist State Convention — which is currently the top state convention in dollars given through the Cooperative Program — would share costs on ministries jointly agreed upon with a percentage formula.

But “the new agreement provides a flat funding amount for Deep South states beginning in 2015,” DuBois said. “The SBOM will receive fewer dollars than in the past but we will work hard to see that our missions and ministry priorities in Alabama do not go unfunded. Alabama will continue to seek ways to partner with Southern Baptist Convention entities where we can. Church planting and church revitalization are important ministries for Alabama, and we will work with NAMB in funding these ministries.”

Ezell said NAMB will be able to double church planting funds in 2015 in states such as Illinois, Indiana and Ohio with savings from the transition. The shift of funds from South to non-South regions also will allow NAMB to invest $1 million over four years for new churches in the Interstate 29 corridor stretching from the Dakotas to Kansas City. The funding shift also will provide an additional 15 church planting catalysts (CPCs) throughout North America.

Ezell also announced plans for three new national CPCs: for deaf churches to focus on starting 100 new churches for the deaf, for churches located near military bases and for missional communities to focus on forming cell groups or missional communities in Send North America cities.

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