Churches of the Kentucky Baptist Convention have a long history of making a sacrificial commitment to the Great Commission. They support in-state colleges and universities and Southern Baptist seminaries training the next generation of Great Commission Baptists. And they support the Southern Baptist mission boards commissioning them. They believe Great Commission work begins in Kentucky and extends to all the earth. And they seek to obey the Acts 1:8 mandate that keeps them focused on their Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria, and the ends of the earth.
That is why Kentucky Baptists have embraced the Great Commission Resurgence. And that is why Kentucky Baptists have chosen to invest their missions dollars in ways that evidence their Great Commission commitment.
Over the next two fiscal years, the KBC mission board will vote on transitioning a higher percentage of Cooperative Program receipts to SBC causes, the majority of which will find their way to the international mission field. We are painfully aware that, due to budgeting shortfalls, the mission force serving through the International Mission Board has been reduced by more than 700 missionaries in the past few years. We want to do everything we can to reverse that trend.
Once the transition is complete, Kentucky Baptists will send 46.5% of every CP dollar outside of the state. Another 46.5% will be spent on in-state mission work.
What about the other 7%? That money will be used on behalf of the SBC and the KBC to promote CP. We refer to those funds as Cooperative Program Resourcing funds. Or, as I like to put it, “CPR: Giving Life to the Great Commission.”
Without CP, much of the Kingdom work of Southern Baptists will die.
Since these funds are being spent on behalf of the SBC and the KBC, we state that we are embracing a 50/50 split of CP funds, with 7% of those funds designated for CPR.
Historically, the role of the state convention in CP promotion has always been valued. The Great Commission Resurgence proposals, adopted by the SBC in 2010, called upon state conventions to accept a renewed responsibility for that role.
How does the 50/50 split impact our work in Kentucky? A reorganization of the KBC Mission Board resulting in a current staff headcount 37 percent smaller than just a decade ago (net loss of 41 positions) has helped position the KBC to move more funds to the foreign field. A newly proposed $700,000 reduction of the CP allocation to our in-state agencies and institutions will help further.
These sacrifices help balance our Great Commission work. We are investing half of CP funds in the mission field of Kentucky and half beyond Kentucky. And we are undergirding CP.
Thank you, Kentucky Baptists, for Great Commission faithfulness!