Board approves 2013 budget, hears other reportsby BSCNC Communications
After reading a devotion about prayer Michael Barrett drew an imaginary circle around himself, stepped inside and then prayed for God to begin a spiritual renewal in his heart.
Other pastors also stood and prayed, asking God to cleanse their hearts and burden their hearts for people who do not know Jesus Christ as their personal Savior.
During the recent Baptist State Convention of North Carolina (BSCNC) Board of Directors meeting Board president Barrett led in a time of prayer for spiritual awakening and revival.
“Awaken” is the theme for the BSCNC annual meeting Nov. 12-13 in Greensboro. North Carolina Baptist churches across the state are encouraged to begin praying now for spiritual awakening.
“We don’t do that because the state convention is asking us to do it. We do that because of what our God means to us and is calling us to do,” said Milton A. Hollifield Jr., BSCNC executive director-treasurer. “Jesus said if we love Him we will keep His commands. I want us to see a fresh outpouring of God’s Spirit on our churches.”
Throughout the meeting the Board heard testimonies and reports of how North Carolina Baptists are praying for God to awaken hearts to His Kingdom purposes.
The Board approved the proposed $33.5 million Cooperative Program budget, which does not reflect an increase over last year’s Cooperative Program budget. The 2013 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.
Messengers will vote on the proposed budget during the annual meeting in Greensboro.
Beverly Volz, director of accounting services, reported that Cooperative Program receipts through August 31 totaled $19,712,090.39, which represents a change of less than one percent as compared to the same time last year.
Jimmy Adams brought two motions to the Board from the Business Services Committee. The first related to changing the 2015 annual meeting dates so that the meeting can be held in the Koury Convention Center. BSCNC bylaws state that the annual meeting should begin the Monday after the second Sunday in November; however, the Koury Convention is unavailable at that time in 2015.
The Board approved the motion to move the 2015 annual meeting from Nov. 9-10 to Nov. 2-3.
Adams also brought a motion related to Hollifield Leadership Center. Last year the Board approved a recommendation from the Business Services Committee to sell Hollifield Leadership Center, as Hollifield is unable to operate in the black and the Convention cannot justify expenses related to operating the facility.
If the property is not sold by the end of the year, the Board approved the motion to cease full time operations and only operate as a weekend retreat center. Contract labor will be used to fulfill staffing needs, with the exception of the facility operations manager, who will remain full time until the property is sold.
Fruitland Baptist Bible Institute
Students now have easier access to a Fruitland Baptist Bible Institute education through satellite campuses across the state. Students can attend classes in Rocky Mount and Monroe, and Hispanic classes are offered in Wilmington, Statesville, Winston-Salem and Sylva.
President David Horton also reported that the first online course begins in October, and the possibility of accreditation is being explored.
Mike Ivey of the Fruitland Nominating Committee reported the following appointments to the Fruitland Board of Directors: Lee Pigg, pastor of Hopewell Baptist Church in Monroe; Brandon Ware, pastor of Walker Road Baptist Church in Morganton; Peter McDonald, associate pastor of Midway Baptist Church in Columbus; and Vance Yoder, lay person of First Baptist Church in Hendersonville.
Fruitland Board of Directors chairman Ben Whitmire addressed a motion presented to the BSCNC Board during the May meeting “asking the Convention Board to forgive the debt related to the expansion of the chapel at Fruitland.” While both Whitmire and Horton expressed appreciation for the desire to help Fruitland, they said the Fruitland Board takes the responsibility to repay the debt very seriously.
Therefore, the BSCNC Board approved a proposal from the Fruitland Board to launch an 18-month “One in a Million” fundraising campaign that would involve: direct appeal to BSCNC churches to ask them to receive a special offering in October 2013; campaign promotion through the BSCNC website and Biblical Recorder; and a letter from the BSCNC executive director-treasurer endorsing and encouraging churches to support the offering.
The campaign begins January 2013. The campaign is built on the idea that if 1,000 donors pledge $1,000, then $1 million will be raised for Fruitland.
Great Commission Partnerships
“I believe that everyone in this world deserves at least once a chance to hear the gospel of Jesus Christ,” said Michael Sowers, consultant for the Office of Great Commission Partnerships. Based on Romans 10:14-15, Sowers shared that purpose of Great Commission Partnerships is to help take the gospel to people who have not heard about salvation through Jesus Christ.
On Nov. 8, Great Commission Partnerships is sponsoring a lunch at Caraway Conference Center so that pastors and leaders interested in partnering in Moldova can meet with leaders from the Baptist Union in Moldova. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dates for the 2013 vision tours to Boston, metro New York and Toronto are now available at www.ncbaptist.org/gcp.
Allan Blume shared with the Board that the Biblical Recorder exists to tell the story of North Carolina Baptists. “We’re on your team,” he said. “We’re here to stand with you in reaching the nations and ministering for the glory of God.”
Blume became Biblical Recorder editor in May 2011 after 17 years as senior pastor of Mount Vernon Baptist Church in Boone. Since that time the Biblical Recorder has experienced changes such as a new logo, paper format, website, e-newsletter and managing editor.
Blume said the publication has also experienced a “fresh identity and restored value in Baptist life,” with its purpose fulfilled in three goals: being biblical, focusing on the Great Commission and glorifying God. Blume wants the Biblical Recorder to be a strong ministry resource for churches that helps strengthen the vision of the local church.
North Carolina Baptist Men
North Carolina Baptist Men (NCBM) volunteers have served 424 days and provided 780 meals during Hurricane Isaac recovery. NCBM president Dana Hall reported that volunteers have also responded to 12 disaster relief efforts for 9,422 total volunteer days this year.
Students served in Kenya, Cuba, South Africa and New York through the Transform122 mission trips, sponsored by NCBM and BSCNC collegiate ministry. They also served in North Carolina at the Shelby and Red Springs mission camps.
During 14 weeks of Deep Impact youth camps about 1,600 people participated in serving and sharing the gospel.
Baptist Children’s Homes
Baptist Children’s Homes (BCH) president Michael Blackwell asked North Carolina Baptists to pray for and support their annual Thanksgiving offering. This year’s offering theme is “Sharing Hope,” based on Romans 8:24, and the goal is $1,450,000.
Featured in offering promotional materials is the story of Travis, whose life was changed after he came to BCH’s residential wilderness camping ministry known as Cameron Boys Camp.
The Baptist Children’s Homes also coordinates the North Carolina Baptist Aging Ministry, which is launching a new outreach to North Carolina pastors age 65 and older. For more information call (877) 506-2226.