Our North American Mission Board squandered millions, millions of our dollars.It is hard to argue with our new leader's assessment that NAMB did a world of things, none terribly well.
For a stretch trustees were asleep at the wheel with respect to watching our penultimate agency.
Trustees hired, praised, then forced a leader to resign. Who knows how much we lost on that.
NAMB built a showpiece HQ in suburburn Atlanta and filled it, packed it, with perfectly good people for the most part, so much so that critics imply that the happy HQ was sucking the air and funding out of their primary role.
NAMB seemed to me to be a classic case of unchecked bureaucratic inertia. What were we getting for $140+ million dollars? Not what we should.
The jury is still out on all the spiffy new strategies and policies. After a time let's see if, (a) Annie goes up indicating increased confidence in NAMB from churches (I have predicted that this year will not yield an Annie increase), and (b) there is any significant increase in North American missions in a statistically honest assessment of such.
NAMB did a good job of squandering the trust of many of us. It will take time to regain it. I'm all for trying something different that NAMB has tried the past decade or so.