Jerry Daly, chairman of the Administration Support Committee, is presenting the proposed BGCT budget for 2008. The recommendation is for a $50.1 million budget. The Texas Cooperative Program portion will be $43.3 million.
Second, it calls for the percentage allotment of the adopted budget to continue at 79% BGCT, 21% worldwide, with each church selecting the recipient(s) of the worldwide portion.
Charles Wade is now speaking to this proposal.
Paraphrase of CW: We have had to face the fact that we cannot maintain the staff level that we have enjoyed the last few years. That is painful. This has been a difficult process. … About $1.6 million dollars had to be made up, which translates to 25-30 staff positions being eliminated. … Our staff needs your prayers. Those who will continue to have jobs will have the pain of losing some of their good friends who have been faithful and excellent. … I will not tell you we can lose the people and not be affected in what we do. … Where we could combine some tasks, we’re headed in that direction. … The severance will be generous… placement help available. … There are going to be some efficiencies affected here. Some things are going to be improved. … There are positions that need to be filled; where we can we’re going to wait for the new executive director to fill those. … We can’t postpone dealing with these financial issues. … In regard to missions and ministry. That board committee feels like you took the brunt of the hit. Your area has more to it, so more comes from it. … Next time you hear anyone disparage our work, you ought not join in that criticism. … I’m reminding you that this work is major, complex, difficult; but there is no work anywhere I would rather be a part of. … God is at work in this convention. Our vision is right. We need churches to begin to recognize they have a larger ministry and need to fall in love again with the idea that together we can do more.
Discussion is beginning.