BIRMINGHAM (TAB) — The International Mission Board (IMB) announced today it is closing down its Richmond, Virginia-based communications office, which provides the main news and feature coverage for the IMB.
Thirty of the 40 staff members serving on the Richmond communications team will lose their positions as of April 29. Ten are being transferred to other positions. IMB did not report which 10 positions are being transferred nor to where. The Richmond staff members are not considered missionaries.
IMB also noted the communications office is being eliminated as it currently exists, but no further explanation was given of what that means for a possible reinvention of a new communications staff.
This move follows the Voluntary Retirement Incentive option offered to missionaries in the fall in order to recover financially from a budget not able to sustain its current level of activity. A voluntary resignation option for missionaries and staff also was announced Jan. 14.
The story about the communications team being eliminated first broke on social media on Jan. 13, but IMB’s release came out the afternoon of Jan. 14 after numerous phone calls were made to the Richmond office asking for clarification and information. IMB leaders said they will share the number of missionaries and staff who leave IMB in February.
A full story will be in the Jan. 21 issue of The Alabama Baptist.