Messengers vote to increase Cooperative Program giving

Kansas-Nebraska Southern Baptists voted to increase their giving to the national Cooperative Program by 3 percent.

The action came during the annual meeting of the Kansas-Nebraska Convention of Southern Baptists held Oct. 10-11, 2016, at LifeSpring Church, Bellevue, Neb., on the south edge of Omaha. The meeting drew 214 messengers and 22 registered visitors.

“Better Together,” based on Ecclesiastes 4:9-12, was the meeting theme.

“It is important for us to work together toward Kingdom causes,” KNCSB

Executive Director Bob Mills said as he began the 2017 budget presentation.

Mills thanked the crowd for supporting the Cooperative Program. “It is our lifeblood.”

Messengers approved the 2017 KNCSB budget of $4,444,056. This is a decrease of slightly less than 1 percent from the 2016 budget.

Cooperative Program giving for 2017 is projected to be $2,730,000. Giving to the national Cooperative Program was increased by 3 percent to 27 percent.

Fifty percent of CP receipts above the budget will be sent to the national Cooperative Program.

Mills expressed his desire for KNCSB to keep increasing giving to the national Cooperative Program.

He cited great challenges in Nebraska and Kansas. In Nebraska, 55 counties do not have a Southern Baptist presence. Kansas has 33 un-entered counties. Evangelical work exists in some of these counties.

“I want to challenge the churches in Kansas to think about planting something in Nebraska,” Mills said.

All KNCSB officers were re-elected by acclamation:

  • President: Joe Stiles, pastor of First Southern Baptist Church, Lawrence, Kan.
  • Vice president: Derrick Lynch, pastor of Blue Valley Baptist Church, Overland Park, Kan.
  • Recording secretary: Bryan Jones, pastor of Tyler Road Southern Baptist Church, Wichita, Kan.
  • Assistant recording secretary: Susan Pederson, member of Prairie Hills Baptist Church, Augusta, Kan.
  • Historian: Tony Mattia, pastor of Trinity Baptist Church, Wamego, Kan.

In other activity:

  • The crowd prayed for Haiti in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew. This came at the request of Kesner Guillaume, pastor of Haitian American Baptist Church, Kansas City, Mo. The church was voted into KNCSB during the 2015 annual meeting.
  • Mills told of changes being planned in KNCSB communications. The Baptist Digest, the convention’s newsjournal, will end its print publication with the December edition. The Digest will switch to an electronic format in 2017.
  • Messengers adopted only one resolution—a resolution of appreciation to the host church.

Future KNCSB annual meetings will be:

  • 2017—Oct. 9-10 at Webster Conference Center, Salina, Kan.
  • 2018—Oct. 8-9 at First Southern Baptist Church, Pratt, Kan.
  • 2019 - Oct. 14-15 at Parkview Baptist Church, Lexington, Neb.