February 11, 2003
JEFFERSON CITY – Word & Way, the former newsjournal of the Missouri Baptist Convention (MBC), will soon leave the MBC state headquarters building (known as the Baptist Building) for another downtown location, according to Bill Webb, editor.
The publication will relocate by March 1, a move necessitated by the restructuring underway at the MBC.
The MBC is being reorganized into four teams, each with an associate executive director who will report to David Clippard, MBC executive director. The restructuring plan calls for the four teams to each occupy one floor, thus allowing the ministries comprising each team to be located together on the same floor of the eight-floor Baptist Building.
The seventh floor will continue to be occupied by Clippard, his support staff and the convention’s finance offices.
The sixth floor will house the Church Outreach Team, while the fifth floor will continue to be occupied by the Missouri Baptist Foundation.
The Church and Family Equipping Team will be located on the fourth floor with the Support Services Team housing the third floor. The second floor, which is the smallest in the building because it has an open area overlooking the main lobby on the first floor, will continue to be used as conference space and as a storage area. The first floor also includes the Gold Room, the convention’s largest and primary meeting facility.
The ground floor will become the new home of the Communications and Development Team led by Associate Executive Director David Waganer. The suite occupied by Word & Way will be occupied by Waganer and his support staff, along with the MBC communications, Cooperative Program and Stewardship departments. The Pathway will be located separately, across a hallway from the current Word & Way offices in the suite formerly occupied by the convention’s communications department.
Workers have already begun relocating with the exception of those destined for the ground floor. Staff members moving to the ground floor will begin relocating soon after Word & Way’s departure.