Executive Committee approves 2013 budgetby BSCNC Communications
The Executive Committee (EC) of the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina (BSCNC) met Thursday, July 12, to hear the proposed 2013 Cooperative Program budget and other reports.
The proposed $33.5 million budget presented by the Budget Committee does not reflect an increase over the 2012 Cooperative Program budget approved by messengers during last year’s annual meeting in November.
The budget does include an additional one-half percent increase in the percentage of Cooperative Program receipts that are sent to the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC). This is the eighth year in a row that the BSCNC has increased this percentage by one-half percent. The proposed allocation to the SBC is 36 percent.
The budget also includes a two percent cost of living increase for Convention staff.
In order to accommodate these increases, Convention ministry team leaders reduced their 2013 program budgets by 3-5 percent. NC Baptist Hospital, NC Baptist Foundation and Biblical Recorder allocations are reduced by three percent in the proposed budget.
The EC approved the budget as presented. If the Board of Directors approves the budget during its Sept. 25-26 meeting, the budget will then be presented to messengers for approval during this year’s annual meeting Nov. 12-13.
Beverly Volz, BSCNC director of accounting services, brought the financial report. Cooperative Program receipts through June 30 totaled $14,797,875.11, which represents a change of less than one percent as compared to the same time last year.
Strategic development committee update
Milton A. Hollifield Jr., BSCNC executive director-treasurer, updated the EC on the three staff committees helping study and make recommendations regarding issues raised in the Vision Fulfillment Committee report. The communications and church planting/existing churches committees have completed their work. The strategic development committee’s work is underway.
“I am humbled, thankful and pleased that you, our Executive Committee, expressed confidence in the BSCNC staff in order to hand the responsibility of addressing issues raised in the Vision Fulfillment Committee report over to us,” Hollifield said. “We are doing that. We are trying to hear from God and to evaluate what we have been doing as a Convention and how we can help our churches, so that we can have the greatest impact for the Kingdom that this Convention has ever had.”
The strategic development committee originally anticipated bringing a report to the Executive Committee in August, but in an effort to allow more time for praying and seeking God’s direction, the committee is extending its work.
“This committee is very committed to prayer. We’re spending a significant amount of time in meetings praying and waiting before the Lord,” Hollifield said.
The committee is working to prepare a long-term ministry strategy for the Convention, keeping at the forefront of the strategy the Convention’s mission, vision and core values. The committee is also keeping in mind that a ministry strategy must help reach North Carolina’s growing diversity.
“We are very concerned about the growing diversity of the North Carolina population, while there is such a continuing lack of diversity in the Convention and in the churches. Within the next 10-12 years, if not sooner, research tells us that the Anglo population – which is the majority population of our churches – will no longer be the majority population in our state.”
Hollifield said the committee is focusing its work on strengthening existing churches, and planting new churches that will become spiritually healthy reproducing churches.
Vision Fulfillment Story
Cameron McGill, pastor of First Baptist Church in Dublin, shared with the EC about his congregation’s involvement in New York City through the Office of Great Commission Partnerships.
McGill shared how he recently came to realize that he needed to lead his church to be involved in missions. “Everything we were doing was about us, and what we could do to grow our church and get people to come to our church. God convicted me that I needed to be more missions minded. Our folks thought we were doing missions because we were giving money,” he said.
McGill challenged First Baptist Duplin to make 2012 a year focused on missions locally, nationally and internationally. The church has adopted a church in New York City and they are partnering through prayer and financial support, as well as by sending teams to serve alongside the church.
McGill said that being from a small town, New York is never a place he thought about going or wanted to go.
“God broke my heart with a burden for these people in New York. New York City is a place I don’t belong, but a place God wants me,” he said. “Look and seek; fulfill the vision God has given you.”
Committee on Nominations
The EC approved the following recommendations from the Committee on Nominations related to appointments on the BSCNC Board of Directors: Logan Dagley, The Summit Church, Yates Association, to fill the 2014 unexpired term of David Horner; Eric Griffin, Hocutt Church, Johnston Association, to fill the 2013 unexpired term of Timmy Blair; Bill Sanderson, Hephzibah Church, Raleigh Association, to fill the 2014 unexpired term of Brian Langley; and Randy Storz, Mount Olive Church, Pilot Mountain Association, to fill the 2014 unexpired term of Barry Clement.
The Committee on Nominations recommended Robert Ivey, Freedom Biker Church, New South River Association, to fill the 2014 unexpired term of Tony Brewington on the Biblical Recorder Board of Directors. The committee also recommended John Porter, Riegelwood Church, Columbus Association, to fill the 2013 unexpired term of Brandon Blair on the Committee on Convention Meetings.