Attendees registered for the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship’s Virtual General Meeting approved a 2022 budget based on $ 14,575,891 in projected spending.
The approved budget is about $ 123,000 lower than the total originally forecast for 2021, but in line with actual expenses and income for the year.
It is based on conservative projected revenues of $ 14,595,606, compared to $ 14,723,483 for the 2021 budget.
Global missions represent the largest area of ââplanned spending at $ 6,226,453, based in part on a target of $ 3 million for the CBF offering for global missions, and $ 421,804 for expanding Together for initiatives. hope in some of the poorest counties in the country.
Ministry staff and support, including state and regional scholarships, outreach and growth, racial justice and leadership, advocacy, church renewal, partnerships and chaplaincy, represent 3 $ 958,218.
The 2022 budget includes $ 1,639,314 for advancement and communications and $ 2,330,102 for administration.
Budgeted travel and in-person spending, reduced for most of the current fiscal year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, is reinstated in Budget 2022. The budget includes an overall salary increase of 1 percent for staff and field staff, and includes funding for an anticipated increase in the cost of their health insurance.
Recognized and affirmed pastors
Rosalio Sosa, pastor of Iglesia Bautista Tierra de Oro in El Paso and founder of a network of migrant shelters, was one of three pastors who received the Emmanuel McCall Racial Justice Trailblazer Award from the CBF.
Other recipients of this award this year are Preston Clegg of Second Baptist Church in Little Rock, Ark., And Cheryl Adamson of Palmetto Missionary Baptist Church in Conway, SC.
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Carol McEntyre, pastor of First Baptist Church in Columbia, Missouri, told the general assembly that she never expected her entire term as CBF moderator to be in the context of a global pandemic .
At the same time, she affirmed ministers serving CBF churches across the country for the creativity and flexibility they have shown throughout the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and for the courage many have shown. proof in an age of racial calculation and a toxic political environment.
âYou did a good job,â said McEntyre, a graduate of Truett Theological Seminary at Baylor University and the Diana R. Garland School of Social Work.
She encouraged ministers to take care of themselves while carrying âa heavy pastoral chargeâ.
âPlease take care of yourself,â she urged. âBe a good pastor to yourself. “
Patricia Wilson, a professor at Baylor Law School, assumed the role of moderator at the end of the 2021 general assembly, after serving as moderator-elect for a year.
Elected council and council members
General assembly attendees claimed Debbie McDaniel, a lay leader of First Baptist Church in Huntsville, Alabama, was the elected moderator. McDaniel, a graduate of Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, served on the CBF Council of Ministries for five years and is a past president.
As recommended by the Fellowship Nominating Committee, General Assembly attendees approved two Texans for the CBF Missions Council: Anyra Cano, Minister of Youth at Iglesia Bautista Victoria en Cristo in Fort Worth and Coordinator of Texas Baptist Women in Ministry; and Hannah Coe, senior pastor at Calvary Baptist Church in Waco.
Two Texans were elected to the nominating committee on the recommendation of the CBF board of directors: Isa Torres, pastor of Cliff Temple en EspaÃ±ol and resident pastor at Cliff Temple Baptist Church in Dallas; and Patty Villarreal, co-founder of the Christian Latina Leadership Institute and member of the Woodland Baptist Church in San Antonio.
Chris Adcox, Certified Public Accountant and Fellow of Wilshire Baptist Church in Dallas, has been appointed to the Board of Directors of CBF Church Benefits.
In his report to the General Assembly, FCB Executive Coordinator Paul Baxley asked if, in the midst of a global pandemic, a political environment of division and racial injustice, the Holy Spirit could bring a renewal among the people of God.
“We are not losing heart,” Baxley said, highlighting the “risky sacrificial service” of CBF chaplains and pastoral counselors during a pandemic, field staff offering hope and help in difficult places, and congregations responding with creativity and agility to change times.
CBF Texas operates
During a virtual CBF Texas meeting, attendees elected Matt Walton of South Main Baptist Church as elected moderator for the state organization and Amy Wilkins of Valley Ranch Baptist Church in Coppell as secretary .
Participants elected Israel Loachamin of First Baptist Church in Waco for a two-year term on the board and five for three-year terms on the board â Carlos Valencia de Iglesia Bautista Victoria en Cristo in Fort Worth, Kan’Dace Brock of The Message Church in San Antonio, Christopher Mack of Trinity Baptist Church in San Antonio, Jake Maxwell of Second Baptist Church in Lubbock, and Kevin Pranoto of Cliff Temple Baptist Church in Dallas.
CBF Texas attendees approved a budget of $ 251,760 for 2022 and also voted in favor of a status change that shuts down CBF Texas regional teams and replaces them with ministry / mission affinity teams working through the Southwest Fellowship bias.