"We're looking at everything at NAMB. We've also just reduced NAMB's travel budget by 50 percent across the board."This was at the tail end of the Baptist Press article but it caught my eye. An SBC leader who cuts staff and staff travel is an unusual bird. Good for him.
"The staff reduction led to a savings of $6 million," Ezell said. "We cut another $8 million in our internal budget for a total savings of $14 million. Everything we've taken away is flowing back into church planting.
I'd like to know where in the budget he found more millions in cuts than in the cost of the 99 staff who left.
Sure, neither of these are the main thrust of what's going on at NAMB but such things resonate with the folks who give them their money.
Other notable things:
"We're not putting little 'Nambies' out there or buying buildings. We're not building a huge bureaucratic infrastructure in the regions," Ezell said. "It's not very glamorous."Good. Very good.
Ezell said some 200 jointly funded ADOMs will see their job title change to "church planting catalyst."NAMB borrows an old but apt mission term - "catalyst," "catalytic."
Ezell did do a little chastising:
Ezell told the associational and church planting leaders that skepticism and negativity must end among NAMB, some of the 42 state conventions and some of the 1,200 associations.
The negativity had a solid foundation in the actions of NAMB over the past decade or so. It is to be expected that our new CEO would like for all to forget the past and be positive about the future.
I'll happily meet him half way on that.