DALLAS—Messengers to Texas Baptists’ annual meeting will consider a $35.1 million total Texas 2020 budget—a slight decrease from this year’s $35.9 million budget.
The proposal approved by the Baptist General Convention of Texas Executive Board at its Sept. 24 meeting projects a $32.58 million net Texas budget—based on Cooperative Program giving and investment income—for 2020, compared to $33.25 million in 2019.
The recommended budget depends on $27.5 million in Texas Cooperative Program receipts from churches, compared to $28.35 million in the 2019 budget.
Jim Reed, BGCT controller and acting chief financial officer/treasurer, reported $16.6 million in Texas Cooperative Program giving through July 31, compared to $16.9 million at the same time last year.
The recommended 2020 budget anticipates slightly more than $5 million in investment income, compared to $4.9 million in the 2019 budget.
The budget proposal also includes more than $2.5 million in additional revenue from conference and booth fees, product sales, the Southern Baptist Convention’s North American Mission Board and other sources.
The recommended budget reflects a 5 percent reduction in support for institutional ministries.
Messengers from Texas Baptist churches will vote on the budget proposal at the Nov. 17-19 annual meeting in Waco.
The board also recommended continued division of undesignated receipts from affiliated churches, with 79 percent allocated for the BGCT and 21 percent for worldwide causes. Each church determines the recipient or recipients of its worldwide giving.
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The board proposed $1.15 million for Texas worldwide missions partnerships and initiatives in 2020. They include missions mobilization, River Ministry/Mexico missions, Texas Partnerships, Baptist World Alliance, intercultural international initiatives, Go Now Missions, Hispanic Education Task Force and chaplaincy.
Newly elected officers of the BGCT Executive Board are Ward Hayes, senior pastor of Valley Grove Baptist Church in Stephenville, as chair and Donna Burney of First Woodway Baptist Church in Waco as vice chair.
Former BUA property sold for $2.88 million
Hayes, who has chaired the board’s finance committee, reported the sale of the Baptist University of the Américas property, vacated when the school relocated across the freeway in San Antonio. The property sold for $2.88 million, a loss of nearly $2.3 million.
Five years ago, the BGCT Executive Board purchased the property for $4.37 million to help relieve the school’s financial burden.
Subsequently, the buildings on the property required more than $421,000 in asbestos abatement and demolition. Other expenses included property taxes, commissions, mowing and utilities.
Although the property sold at a significant loss, BUA has continued to provide valuable training for cross-cultural ministers—particularly Hispanic church leaders—and is much more stable financially today than it was several years ago, Hayes noted.
Both he and BGCT Executive Director David Hardage referred to a report BUA President Abe Jaquez presented to the board’s executive committee.
Two years ago, the BGCT Executive Board approved a $1 million loan, a $250,000 grant and a $250,000 challenge grant for BUA. At the time, the school had $260,000 outstanding letters of credit, $268,000 outstanding for building maintenance contracts and $180,000 in past-due accounts payable and payroll taxes.
In the two years Jaquez has led BUA, the school has streamlined operations, cutting $2 million from its budget.
“There is hope. There is stability. The future of BUA is bright,” Hardage said.
Board approves other recommendations
The Executive Board allocated $259,000 of J.K. Wadley Mission Fund investment income to church starts and $110,000 to fund campus missionary interns.
The board also allocated $117,000 per year of funds from the Henry and Annie Borchers Trust earnings be transferred to the Cooperative Program budget to fund the Center for Ministerial Excellence in 2020, 2021 and 2022.
At the recommendation of the institutional relations committee, the board recommended a revised relationship agreement between the BGCT and the Baptist Church Loan Corporation to allow some out-of-state representation on the corporation’s board. The agreement will be submitted to messengers at the annual meeting for their consideration.
The board filled vacancies on the board of affiliated ministries by electing Karen Tinsley from Park Cities Baptist Church in Dallas and James O. Murray from First Baptist Church in San Antonio as trustees for Baptist University of the Américas and Glenn Hodge from First Baptist Church in Salado as a trustee for the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor.
In other business, the board filled vacancies on commissions and councils by electing:
- Tedrick Woods from Living Word Fellowship Church in Dallas, Erica Currie from Pioneer Drive Baptist Church in Abilene, Danny Cancino from Primera Iglesia Bautista Mexicana in Dallas and Laura Rodriguez from Erez Church in Greenville to the Christian Life Commission.
- Sylvia Villareal from Cliff Temple Baptist Church in Dallas, Eladio Puente Jr. from Primera Iglesia Bautista Getsemani in Fort Worth, Ana Asencio from First Baptist Church/Puertas Abiertas in Longview and Nathan Escamilla from Erez Church in Grand Prairie to the Hispanic Education Initiative Council.
- Micaela Comacho from Iglesia Bautista Calvario in Fort Worth, Wayne Stevenson from First Baptist Church in Plano, Dean Dickens from South Garland Baptist Church in Garland, Joel Allison from First Baptist Church in Waco, Buster Snellgrove from First Baptist Church in O’Donnell, Henry Beyer from Sugar Land Baptist Church in Sugar Land, Clint Bateman from Tallowood Baptist Church in Houston, Jack Woodworth from Park Cities Baptist Church in Dallas and Steve Hartwick from First Baptist Church in Corpus Christi to the Texas Baptist Missions Foundation Council.
- Marcy Grun from Bluff Creek Cowboy Church in Winters, Dan Jones from Triple Cross Cowboy Church Hood County in Granbury and Pete Pawelek from Cowboy Fellowship of Atascosa County in Jourdanton to serve on the Western Heritage Council.
- John Hall from Field Street Baptist Church in Cleburne and Bobby Broyles from First Baptist Church in Plano to the Theological Education Council.
- Ed Rogers from First Baptist Church in Georgetown and Jordan McKinney from Highland Baptist Church in Waco to the Baptist Distinctives Council.
- Golden Davis from Singing Hills Baptist Church in Dallas and Davey Gibson from Sugar Land Baptist Church in Sugar Land to the BaptistWay Press Council.
- Robert Rodriguez from Primera Iglesia Bautista in Harlingen to the Cultural Engagement Council.