I’ve been executive director for nearly four months now. From time to time I’m asked to speak on my vision for the BCI in Iowa. The reality is that I don’t think we need a new vision. For decades the mission of the BCI has been to start and support churches in Iowa. That has been the function of a state convention for over a century; this vision does not need to change. We do need to continue to improve the way that we execute the vision. With some staff retirements and other changes at the BCI office coming up in the next few months, we have the opportunity to evaluate how we are doing in starting and supporting churches and make some needed structural improvements.
I’m a firm believer in using most of our state mission funds for ministry and working hard to have a lean support staff. At the BCI office I’d like to eventually combine our four church planting and evangelism staff positions into two new positions: 1) Someone who focuses on facilitating new church starts, 2) Someone who focuses on helping existing churches to become and remain healthy and growing.
In addition to these ministries, I’d like to continue to support and expand what churches are doing to raise up leaders for the next generation. BCI churches continue to expand collegiate ministry and church leadership training. I’d like to come along side of churches to help host state-wide men’s retreats, women’s retreats, pastor and wife’s retreats, and other equipping events. I’d like BCI to lead out in additional state-wide evangelism projects, disaster relief, youth ministry through Impact University, the Baptist Friendship Center, and more.
We have limited resources. It is an art to balance staffing needs at BCI with funding needs for our churches locally and at the same time giving toward national and international missions. With some staff changes in BCI, this is a good time to evaluate and redirect our resources to best fit the needs before our and our biblically informed values.
Please call me or write me directly if you have input on these issues. Or feel free to contact any one on the executive board to share your opinions.