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ABSC Cooperative Program budget approved for 2019

ABSC Cooperative Program budget approved for 2019

May 25, 2018

Related links:
– 2019 ABSC and agency budgets PDF (large file)     
– 2019 ABSC Executive Board team goals and strategies PDF
– 2017 ABSC and agency annual reports PDF

LITTLE ROCK – The 2019 Arkansas Baptist State Convention (ABSC) unified Cooperative Program (CP) budget of $21 million was approved unanimously by the ABSC Finance Committee May 15.

The 2019 budget is the second year of a new five-year budget formula approved by messengers in 2016, which increases the amount of CP dollars sent out of state to Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) causes from 43.77 percent to 45.82 percent by 2022. The 2019 budget increases the convention’s percentage to 45.22 percent.

The increase in the amount of CP funds sent out of state includes 1.05 percent from ABSC Executive Board ministries, with the remainder coming from ABSC institutions and agencies for a total of 2.05 percent. The increase from the institutions and agencies amounts to a .2 percent increase to the SBC each year of the five-year budget formula period.

The percentage of what the ABSC calls Out-of-State Missions is 2.58 percent for a total of 47.80 percent in 2019, projected to grow to 48.40 percent in 2022 under the new five-year formula.

The Out-of-State Missions percentage includes funds allocated to ABSC to connect churches to SBC strategies, CP promotion and administration and the SBC Executive Committee. The SBC budget allocation from ABSC totals $9,496,200.

ABSC programs and related entity budget allocations for 2019 are $11,503,800 – which is 54.78 percent of the total CP budget (For individual agency allocations, see related table above).

CP funds received in excess of the annual budgeted amount will be split 50/50 between the International Mission Board and ABSC at the end of the fiscal year and distributed to each state entity based on the established budget formula.

The Finance Committee recommendation will be voted on by the ABSC Executive Board Aug. 14, before being sent to messengers for consideration at the state convention annual meeting Oct. 23-24 at Central Baptist Church in Jonesboro.

The budget moves the ABSC closer to achieving a historic 50/50 split in the portion of its CP receipts given to SBC missions and ministries versus what it keeps in the state.

Additional reports

In other reports, the board:

– Heard from J.D. “Sonny” Tucker, ABSC executive director, who told the committee in reference to the resources God entrusts Arkansas Baptists with to carry out the work across the Natural State: “Our work shouldn’t be exciting just because someone is worked up (about something).”

Tucker told committee members and guests that, when asked by a pastor how best to do missions, he responded, “The best way to do missions is to do what God is leading you to do.” Later, in reference to Acts 1:8, Tucker added, “We have the responsibility to do all (missions) at the same time – to reach everyone at the same time – regardless of church size.”

– Heard “team impact” stories from Ricky Lattimore, pastor of Tabernacle Baptist Church, Dermott, about how God is using block parties to reach the lost in the Delta region of Arkansas, and from Robert and Debbie Jose of First Baptist Church, Cabot, about how a couple’s retreat for youth workers has strengthened their ministry.

– Heard a Terminated Pastor/Staff Assistance Committee report from Melvin York, pastor of First Baptist Church, Des Arc. York said from May 1, 2017, through April 30, 2018, seven ministers received one-time assistance totaling $6,200.00, and one minister received assistance of up to four months in the amount of $986.97, for a total amount of assistance provided of $7,186.97.

Program Committee meets

Also May 15, the ABSC Program Committee met to hear an overview of 2017 Executive Board team goals and outcomes and to approve 2019 Executive Board team goals and strategies.

During the meeting, Tucker led discussion groups comprised of committee members to address the following topics: 1) What issues/barriers keep church members from being soul-winners? 2) As pastor/staff, what do you need to equip people in evangelism? and 3) As lay leaders, how can we help you impact the discipleship ministry in your church?

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