By Eva Wilson
In 2021 the Kansas-Nebraska Convention of Southern Baptists will raise its giving to the national Cooperative Program by one half of 1 percent to 30 percent.
The 2020 KNCSB annual meeting was cancelled due to the coronavirus. So the KNCSB Mission Board acted on annual meeting business when it met Friday, Oct. 16, at CrossPoint Church, Salina, Kan.
Plans called for celebrating KNCSB’s 75th anniversary during the 2020 annual meeting. That celebration has been postponed until the 2021 annual meeting.
Board members approved the 2021 KNCSB budget of $3,955,260. This is a decrease of one-tenth of 1 percent from the 2020 budget.
The coronavirus crisis has brought many challenges. But KNCSB Executive Director Bob Mills praised Kansas-Nebraska Southern Baptists for their faithfulness in giving to the Cooperative Program.
“I am grateful for how our churches and directors of missions are supporting the Cooperative Program,” Mills said. “We’re blessed. Our people are faithful.”
In other activity, the board approved David Manner as the new KNCSB executive director. He will succeed Mills who will retire Feb. 28, 2021. He will be the fifth executive director in KNCSB’s 75-year history.
Manner joined the KNCSB staff in 2000 with as director of worship and administration. He has served as associate KNCSB executive director since 2012.
Meeting participants also were challenged to pray for heart renewal and revival in Nebraska and Kansas.
The challenge came from Andy Addis who is the new KNCSB volunteer evangelism team leader.
Addis is a past KNCSB president and will continue to serve as lead pastor of CrossPoint Church, Hutchinson, Kan. Jon Sapp retired in June after serving 10 years as KNCSB director of evangelism and collegiate ministry. Addis is filling the role of volunteer evangelism team leader.
Robbie Nutter is the new KNCSB director of collegiate ministry. He continues to serve as director of Christian Challenge at Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kan.
Georges Boujakly, KNCSB missions director, is retiring in December after serving 20 years on the KNCSB staff. Ryan Johnston is assuming that position as lead church planter catalyst for KNCSB. The position is funded by the North American Mission Board.
The Mission Board approved only one resolution:
WHEREAS, the Word of God is perfect and complete, giving us all we need for life and godliness (2 Peter 1:3); and
WHEREAS, the Word of God makes clear that from the beginning of life to the end, all human beings, both male and female — of all ethnicities, colors and ages — are created in the image of God and thus have equal dignity and worth (Genesis 1:27); and
WHEREAS, we know that people from every nation, tribe, people, and language will one day gather around the throne of God (Revelation 7:9).
Therefore, be it RESOLVED, That we lament the pain that racism and racial discrimination have caused people in our nation and world; and
Be it further RESOLVED, That we denounce racism, in all its forms, including white supremacy, as deplorable sin; and
Be it further RESOLVED, That we commit ourselves to the eradication of racism in all its forms from Southern Baptist life and ministry; and
Be it finally RESOLVED, That we pledge our commitment to the Great Commission task of making disciples of all people (Matthew 28:19), confessing that in the church God is calling together one people from every tribe and language and people and nation (Revelation 5:9).
The present KNCSB officers were asked to serve another year and they agreed to do so.
President: Voyt Lynn, director of missions in South Central Baptist Association in Kansas. He previously was pastor of First Baptist Church, Douglass, Kan.
Vice president: David Martinez, associate pastor of Northern Heights Baptist Church, Norfolk, Neb.
Recording secretary: Bryan Jones, pastor of Tyler Road Southern Baptist Church, Wichita, Kan.
Assistant recording secretary: Susan Pederson, member of Prairie Hills Southern Baptist Church, Augusta, Kan.
Historian: Tony Mattia, pastor of Trinity Baptist Church, Wamego, Kan.
The board also welcomed three churches into the convention:
- Sower Church, Lincoln, Neb.
- Kansas Chin Christian Church, Kansas City, Kan.
- First Baptist Church, Linwood, Kan.
Other churches that joined KNCSB this year were Fellowship Church, Rose Hill, Kan., and Neighborhood Church, Overland Park, Kan. They were voted in during the Mission Board meeting on March 6.
Future KNCSB annual meetings will be held:
2021 — Oct. 11-12 at Webster Conference Center, Salina, Kan. The meeting will celebrate KNCSB’s 75th anniversary which was postponed from 2020.
2022 — Oct. 10-11 at First Southern Baptist Church, Garden City, Kan.
2023 — Oct. 9-10 at Westside Church, Omaha, Neb.