NAMB is the big newsmaker this week. Here's a day's worth of random plods about them.
One of the major problems at NAMB for the past many years is bad employee morale. Now we have a NAMB trustee saying that Kevin Ezell's election as new CEO will not be so good for NAMB employees. That oughta help.
New CEO commits to moving NAMB to the place where 50% of their funds go into church planting. Well and good. I await the formula for getting there.
NAMB trustees want our money but they don't want us to observe them as they make major decisions. Is it possible that the latter makes the former more difficult?
Donor "A" gives to church "B" who sends it to state convention "C" who sends it to denominational office "D" who sends it to agency "E" who sends it to state convention "F" who spends it on ministry "G." It stands to reason that the deeper in the alphabet the less connected the donor and recipient is.
NAMB looks at the alphabet and intends to reduce the above by two letters, the state conventions, twice, "C" and "F".
State conventions have looked at the alphabet and can reduce it by three letters, denominational office "D", agency "E", and the redundant state convention "F".
Which has a better chance of success?
Big losers this week? State conventions, again. The two presidents who asked serious questions about the CEO nominee were ignored. The new NAMB CEO pointedly said he wasn't interested in sending his church's money to his state convention. The GCRTF and our new SBC president are both, uh, lukewarm or worse about state conventions at their present funding levels....but churches still send the great majority of their giving to the states. So, who's in the driver's seat?
Mark the calendar for our new leader's first meeting with state executives. Ought to be interesting.
Plodder is still interested in what Ezell will say to the churches about sending NAMB money through the Cooperative Program and Annie Armstrong offering. Trustees defended his record by saying that he was "just doing what he saw to be most effective," that is, to eschew cooperative giving. OK, I'm all ears.