Soouthern Baptist Closing Richmond Missionary Office 01/19/2016

by David Roach,
NASHVILLE (BP) -- The International Mission Board has announced the closure of its Richmond Communications Center effective April 29 and the accompanying layoff of 30 stateside staff members, according to a Jan. 14 IMB news release. Ten additional communications staff members are being transitioned to other positions.

The layoffs were the result of "reevaluating systems and structures across the IMB not only because of IMB's financial realities," the release said, "but also to be the best possible stewards of resources that churches have entrusted to IMB to get the Gospel to the nations."

The affected communications employees represent about 6.5 percent of the approximately 450 stateside staff members at the IMB prior to the board's "organizational reset," which began in August with the launch of a voluntary retirement incentive for personnel 50 and older with five or more years of service.

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