Among his statements was this:
...there's now an incredible capacity to tap into those who have disengaged. There are thousands of pastors who are ready to re-engage if we provide them a compelling vision and show them how we're going to efficiently and effectively use the money that they encourage their people to give through the Cooperative Program and Annie."It is stating the obvious that this comment by the new NAMB CEO shows that he has clearly, quickly, and totally coverted to a supporter of the Cooperative Program and Annie Armstrong offering. Not that he has a choice. The new leader of NAMB has to find a way to make these two funding streams work, since they provide most of what he has to work with.
"We will do the best for every dollar Baptists send us," he said.Avoiding such disastrous things as trips to London to see movies, ice sculptures, and lavish severance agreements will be a step forward.
Ezell, recognizing his credibility gap in not being much of a NAMB supporter as a pastor said:
"One thing I regret is that years ago, when I examined the system, I got frustrated and I disengaged. Thousands of churches also disengaged because they looked at the system and considered it broken.A regret of his since, say, this past summer? Well, never mind. He's engaged now and hopes to stimulate the engagement of the thousands of churches. I would like to believe him to be accurate in saying that there is an "incredible capacity" waiting to be tapped for NAMB support. Time will tell. I think the climb is rather steep towards significantly increasing church support of NAMB. Retooling NAMB to reallocate present levels of funding is a good way to start.
"It's been a regret of mine that I disengaged..
I hope he succeeds.