Illinois Baptist 03 28 2016 E Edition Page 3 3 March 28, 2016 THE TICKER Follow the latest Illinois Baptist news Ford, who is Williamson Association director of missions, recalled asking Adams if he would stay in Illinois at least until his hair turned gray. Looking towards Adams and chuckling, Ford said, Begin your second term and stay in this position until your hair falls out or you pull it out. Adams offered some reflection on IBSA's victo- ries during his decade of service, and a few chal- lenges ahead, all in the form of a top ten list. 10. Goals and measurements. IBSA now has a consistent, annual pattern of evaluating churches' needs (surveys), measuring churches' progress (ACP), setting focused, organizational goals, and measuring effectiveness through multiple, strategic metrics. Our goals are based on facts and feedback, not programs or preferences. Everything from annual budgets to the Annual Meeting theme are driven by purpose and strategy. 9. Strong church participation. Over the past 10 years, IBSA churches baptized 49,584 people and planted 242 new churches. Mission trip participation is up 23% to more than 24,000. Nearly $90 million was given to missions, includ- ing more than $64 million through the Cooperative Program (CP). This growth in church participation is in spite of fewer total churches and members. 8. Financial frugality, stability, and health. Over the past 10 years, annual income over expense has averaged $395,000 or around 5% (in 2006 it was $36,608). IBSA's Cooperative Agreement with the Baptist Foundation of Illinois (BFI) has helped it to grow and for the CP subsidy of BFI to be reduced from a peak of $153,000 to $35,000 in the 2016 IBSA budget. While 2015 CP giving was $411,000 less than 2009 and NAMB revenue was $252,000 less, IBSA has avoided involuntary lay-offs, and modest com- pensation increases have been possible each year. 7. Updated and renewed facilities. In 2012, IBSA completed a $1.9-million renovation of its Springfield building and grounds, debt-free and on schedule. The building now hosts groups of up to 250. In 2014, Lake Sallateeska expanded and renovated its dining hall and two other buildings. 6.Stafficiencyandstrength. IBSA has trimmed, restructured, and right-sized its staff to adjust to available resources, increased person- nel costs, and the evolving needs of churches. Part-time zone consultants are the most notable example. Today, the IBSA staff is not only more diverse, but far more field-based and closer to churches than it was 10 years ago. 5. Effective change management. IBSA has weathered significant economic and social change, from the secular culture, to the national SBC, to local associations and churches themselves. Many organizations and state conventions in particular have had traumatic adjustments to these changes. By acting early, budgeting conservatively, and an elastic restructuring, IBSA has for the most part been able to manage a gradual altitude adjust- ment with minimal negative consequences to IBSA churches. Changes at both the national SBC and local association level present IBSA with new op- portunities and challenges for the future. Those are the victories of the past 10 years. Now the challenges ahead: 4. IBSA churches' relatively low net im- pact on lostness in Illinois. While 242 church- es have been planted, the net IBSA congregation count has dropped from 1,032 to 957. IBSA church- es baptized 4,400 in 2015, yet dropped 3,352 in Sunday School attendance. 3. Reversing health and growth trends among churches. Annual baptisms are down 18% from the 2009 level. Overall worship atten- dance is now basically the same in 2016 as 2006, though it rose as much as 9.3% (in 2008). Overall Sunday school attendance in 2016 was 17.4% lower than in 2006. 2. Rekindling the passion and renew- ing the power of cooperation. Some younger leaders and those without Baptist backgrounds do not always understand or buy in to the cooperative missions model. After dropping to 6.8% in 2013 and 2014, the CP giving percentage rebounded to 7.1% in 2015. Nationally, the average is 5.5%. En- gagement is key for IBSA's future. 1. Raising the bar of leadership. Most of the challenges and problems with which IBSA churches struggle are rooted in leadership issues. As the 2015 Midwest Leadership Summit and 2016 Illinois Leadership Summit demonstrated, there is a hunger for leadership development among IBSA churches and leaders. NEWS From the front: 10 for 10 - a list of victories and challenges Continued from page 1 Springfield The IBSA Board approved a 0.25% increase in Cooperative Program giving to the national SBC in 2017. The quarter-point increase will mean an additional gift of ap- proximately $15,000 for cooperative missions next year. The shift keeps the state association in line with the commitment toward increased sup- port for missions, especially inter- national missions, while adequately funding work in Illinois, still consid- ered a pioneer state with 8 million or more lost people. The adjustment means IBSA will forward 43.5% of all CP gifts to the national SBC Executive Commit- tee. The remaining 56.5% will be used in Illinois to strengthen exist- ing churches and to plant new ones. Among the 42 state conventions, IBSA forwards to the national SBC the eighth highest CP percentage. The board approved the Resource Development Committees recom- mendation to accept the 2015 audit report from the Chicago area ac- counting firm of Capin Crouse. In its irst year as IBSA's auditor, the firm pronounced the audit clean and commended IBSA's business prac- tices with just a few tweaks. > Executive Director Adams gave a report to the board, reporting green lights on most IBSA goals and offer- ing a summary of his 10 years in the position (see article above). > Eight new board members were introduced: Alma Bonner, Jeanette Cloyd, Danny Donato, Randy John- son, Vickie Munton, Jacqueline Scott, Heath Tibbetts, Kirk Rowe. > Two new staff members are re- turning International Mission Board missionaries: Jeff Deasy, Church Co- operation Team associate executive director, who served in Brazil, Tan- zania, and Kenya; and Mike Young, Streator Baptist Camp manager, who served in Czech Republic. Board adjusts CP giving ratio PIECE OF CAKE IBSA Executive Director Nate Adams acknowledged the considerable contributions of his wife, Beth , and their three sons in his service through IBSA. The Adamses were honored with gifts, flowers, and a cake.

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