A Letter from the Treasurer and Interim Director (2011)
Dear Pastor and Church Messenger:
Greetings from SBC of Virginia!
I write to encourage you and the members of the church you serve to attend the 15th Annual Homecoming of the SBCV this year. The meeting is scheduled for November 13-15 at Grove Avenue Baptist Church in Richmond, VA.
Registration will begin on Sunday evening at 5:30 PM at the church. It was in this great church 15 years ago that messengers unanimously voted to establish a new state convention affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention. This year, we will celebrate and gratefully acknowledge what God has done in and through the churches of the SBCV and praise Him for His excellent work and His generous hand of blessings since our inception. Plan now to pre-register, if you have not already, and join us for Annual Homecoming. Go to www.sbcv.org/annualhomecoming to pre-register and obtain program details and other information about the meeting. You may also call the SBCV mission support center at 1-888-234-7716.
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR AND SEARCH COMMITTEE: Following the resignation of Dr. Jeff Ginn (August 1) it has been my privilege to serve as treasurer and interim executive director until the Executive Director Search Committee completes its work sometime next year. Dr. Kelly Burris, senior pastor of Kempsville Baptist Church, Virginia Beach, is the chairman of the search committee. The committee has announced that it will be receiving résumés through November 30, 2011. Please remember to regularly pray for the search committee. Anyone desiring to recommend someone for the committee to consider should mail the résumé or recommendation to the following:
Dr. Kelly Burris, Chairman
SBCV Executive Director Search Committee
PO Box 65490
Virginia Beach, VA 23467
TREASURER AND INTERIM EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR’S REPORT: I will be presenting the Treasurer and Interim Executive Director’s Report on Monday afternoon at homecoming. I will highlight the administrative and financial work of the convention.
COOPERATIVE PROGRAM REPORT: We have received $6,465,342 in Cooperative Program contributions from SBCV-affiliated churches and individuals during the first three quarters of 2011, compared to $6,446,801 or 0.3% more than for the same period last year, and -4.2% below budget. However, a comparison of the last 12 months (October 1, 2010 through September 30, 2011, $8,621,760) with the previous 12 months (October 1, 2009 through September 30, 2010, $8,896,573) shows a net decrease of $274,813 or a -3.2% decrease. Our prayer is that the downward giving trend will not continue and that CP contributions in the churches and to the state convention will return to the historic giving levels prior to the 2008 economic financial crisis. We remain optimistic and trust that God will provide the resources needed to advance His work in Virginia and beyond.
PROPOSED 2012 MINISTRY INVESTMENT PLAN: The Proposed Ministry Investment Plan for 2012 in the amount of $9,000,000 is to be funded by undesignated Cooperative Program contributions from the churches. The 2012 plan is the same as last year’s ministry plan. By the end of this year, 2011 Cooperative Program contributions are projected to be approximately $9,000,000, which will fully fund the ministry plan. Footnotes to the Proposed 2012 Ministry Investment Plan will provide additional information and help explain a recent paradigm shift at the national and state convention levels regarding promoting, processing, and funding Cooperative Program and stewardship. Almost every state convention is facing major funding and organizational challenges as a result of actions taken by the Executive Committee of the Southern Baptist Convention. You may download the proposed ministry plan and the accompanying footnotes. Call the mission support center at 1-888-234-7716 to obtain copies of the Proposed Ministry Plan and footnotes if you so desire. We will mail or fax the information to you.
Q&A Breakout Regarding Proposed Ministry Investment Plan: Following adjournment of the Monday afternoon session at 4:45 PM, I will be available in room 105 to answer questions and provide additional information concerning the Proposed 2012 Ministry Investment Plan. We will discuss the paradigm shift and the changes that have taken place as a result of the Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee’s decision to give the responsibility for Cooperative Program and stewardship promotion back to state conventions.
We are all extremely grateful for your prayers, participation, and faithful financial support through the Cooperative Program, which make it possible for us to assist SBCV churches in their task of fulfilling the Great Commission. We exist only to faithfully serve you and always glorify God in our service.
God has given us a great strategy and the financial resources to spread the Light of the World, Jesus Christ. In Acts 1:8, as Jesus was approaching His ascension, He gave the Church a battle strategy. The Church would move out in concentric circles, starting in Jerusalem, then to Judea and Samaria, and then to the ends of the earth. Jeremiah 29:11 reminds us, “For I know the plans I have for you…plans for your welfare, not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” (HCSB)
Treasurer and Interim Executive Director