My friend David Montoya, the little Japanese/Texas bulldog, links the BGCT's proposed 2011 budget, the detailed one, 177 pages long. Whatever their faults and sordid recent history, give credit to the BGCT for giving access to a detailed budget.
While I have nothing to do with Texas Baptists, don't contribute a penny to the work there, and am many miles away, it is fascinating to peruse any Baptist entity's detailed budget. A few comments:
Seems like a couple of years ago David linked a previous budget and I was struck by the number of people whose salary was over $100k. I don't have that one to look at and am going on memory. In this budget I find only seven people salaried in six figures. The honcho Executive Director is highest $165k. Of course, add in benefits and most all of the directors are in a package that costs BGCTers over $100k. The pay levels look quite reasonable to me.
The directors of the African American and Hispanic Work departments are among the lowest paid among the three dozen or so listed directors. They are at $69k/yr. There are two others at $53k. To be fair here, there are a dozen or so just a little above the African American and Hispanic directors. Perhaps longevity increases or something.
The director of the Texas Baptist Mission Foundation gets about a 10% raise, to $104k. Must have been a good year.
This is the first time I've seen a director of "Western Heritage." Must be the cowboy church guy. He is at $73k.
"African Youth Camp" is budgeted for $3,000. Dont' know how you could get to Africa on that. "Asian Youth Camp" gets the same.
"Clergy Sex Misconduct" is budgeted at $3,504. Not anticipating much of this, I suppose.
"Cowboy School for Churches" is at $8,000. Bring your own horse?
One reason so many Baptist entities don't like to release a detailed document like this is because everyone can find something to take a shot at. Although I'm sure some surprises can be tucked away in a 177 page budget, I again give credit to the BGCT for being public on this.