Proposal to move State Board office from Montgomery to Prattville with ‘exchange of keys’ passes first hurdle

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State Board of Missions trustees (right to left) Carl Williams, John Nicholson and Tim Cox take a closer look at plans for the proposed Great Commission Ministries Resource Center in Prattville. Photo by Doug Rogers

SHOCCO SPRINGS (SBOM, TAB) — Trustees of the Alabama Baptist State Board of Missions (SBOM) have voted unanimously to recommend a proposal for what is being called an “exchange of keys” with Baptist Health.

If approved in November by messengers to the Alabama Baptist State Convention, SBOM ministry offices and staff would complete relocation by Jan. 1, 2018 — without any indebtedness — to a new building in Prattville to be built for SBOM by Baptist Health. Included would be just under four acres of land at the new location.

Once construction of the new SBOM facility is complete, the two Baptist organizations would essentially exchange keys.

The proposal for the relocation includes Baptist Health taking possession of the current SBOM facility, located at the corner of Narrow Lane Road and East South Boulevard in Montgomery — immediately next door to Baptist Medical Center South.

“The exchange of keys and property would happen so that no funds are exchanged,” according to Bobby DuBois, SBOM’s chief financial officer and associate executive director. “Since 2008 the SBOM has been debt-free and is committed to remaining as such for the future.”

SBOM leaders have been reviewing ways to move the Baptist Building to the Prattville area for almost a decade.

The size of the new SBOM building would be 39,900 square feet versus the present Baptist Building’s 87,500 square feet.

The proposal will be presented for consideration to state convention messengers Nov. 15–16 at Eastmont Baptist Church, Montgomery. If messengers approve, construction on the new SBOM facility would begin by Nov. 30.

For the full story, go to www.thealabamabaptist.org.
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