Posted: 10/14/15 at 10:00am.
Richmond, Va. – The Executive Board of the Baptist General Association of Virginia (BGAV) has proposed a 2016 budget of $10.5 million, a reduction from the 2015 budget of $11.5 million.
“I am thankful for the Executive Board’s willingness to faithfully align the 2016 budget with our anticipated Cooperative Missions receipts,” said David Washburn, treasurer. “I appreciate the effort and energy in crafting a reduced budget that still enables the BGAV to strategically and efficiently achieve the mission to which we have been called.”
The board also approved an organizational restructure with a renewed focus on field staff. “The new budget and retirements of key field strategists presented us with a unique opportunity,” John Upton, executive director, said.
BGAV staff will be divided into four teams: congregational field staff, mission development, growth & venture, and support ministries. Instead of one field strategist per region, the BGAV will now deploy multiple field staff in the regions across Virginia and beyond, with a combination of full-time and part-time staff.
“It all starts with relationships,” Upton said. “We are going to be more intentional about building relationships across the BGAV.”
Additionally, the campus ministers will also serve in the field as young adult strategists under the leadership of Welford Orrock.
Ken Kessler, former team leader of the empowering leaders team, will launch a Virginia Baptist coaching network. “Throughout the process, the importance of coaching for both staff and BGAV churches was evident,” Upton said. Susan McBride will be the team coordinator for the congregational field staff.
Caitlin Figura joins the mission development staff as community missions coordinator, where Dean Miller will serve as team coordinator. Fresh Expressions and V3 Church Planting will be with the new growth & venture team, led by Wayne Faison. A new venture, Mosaic, will now coordinate multi-cultural ministries.
In total, four full-time equivalent positions were eliminated. “A reduced budget certainly brings heartache and challenges,” said Upton.
Board members also handled other items of business, including approving:
- 2016 housing allowances for staff
- A resolution of appreciation for Gary Chapman
- 2017 Special Observances and Emphases
Citing slowed mail service, the finance committee recommended to allow BGAV churches to postmark their 2015 contributions through January 8. The motion passed.
The board development committee recommended the following nominees to serve on the Executive Board beginning next year: Pat Ellis, Laurie Harris, Ben Jamison, Wayne Maness, and Katie McKown. Additionally, they recommended Carl Johnson, currently vice-chair, to serve as chair next year. Both actions are recommended to the BGAV to approve at next month’s annual meeting.
Ann Brown, BGAV President and chair of the Executive Board, recognized and thanked Vivian Clingenpeel, Tommy McDearis, and Bill Nieporte as they rotate off after this year.
The next meeting of the Executive Board will be January 19.
The Baptist General Association of Virginia (BGAV) is a cooperative missions and ministry organization that consists of over 1,400 autonomous churches in the Commonwealth of Virginia, as well as churches from Seoul, South Korea, Toronto, Ontario, the District of Columbia, and the states of California, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Minnesota, New York, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Washington, and West Virginia.