New ordering method for NCMO materialsby Mike Creswell
A new approach to ordering materials promoting the North Carolina Missions Offering (NCMO) is being followed this year.
Churches which ordered NCMO materials in either 2012 or 2011 will receive similar orders of 2013 materials during July without needing to place new orders.
The free packets include posters, videos, bulletin inserts and other materials to help missions leaders promote the offering within their churches. Churches can easily order new or additional materials as needed. Also, additional NCMO materials, such as a 30-day prayer guide, can be downloaded from the NCMO website.
Theme for NCMO this year is "Compelled by Christ: Proclaiming release, relief and redemption," based on Luke 4:18.
After the Cooperative Program, NCMO is the Baptist State Convention's second major funding program for missions, with a goal this year of $2.1 million.
More than half the offering will be used for the 14 ministries of NC Baptist Men, including disaster relief, medical/dental ministry, mission camps in Red Springs and Shelby, volunteer mobilization, prison ministry and much more. NCMO is the main funding source for the organization.
Volunteer teams were sent to Oklahoma promptly after tornadoes destroyed towns there earlier this year. Since Hurricane Sandy hit New Jersey and New York last October, NC Baptist men and women have prepared more than 600,000 meals and completed hundreds of recovery projects to help storm victims.
NCMO also provides about a third of the budget used by the Baptist State Convention's Church Planting Team to plant new churches. In 2012 that ministry helped plant 101 new churches across the state, including many churches for ethnics and international newcomers.
This ongoing ministry has started hundreds of new churches over the past five years and has been a major response of North Carolina Baptists to reach the estimated 5.8 million lost people in the state.
In 2012, new churches getting convention support made more than 111,000 evangelistic contacts and registered 3,036 professions of faith. Total weekly worship attendance in these churches averaged 5,848.
For more NCMO information, call (800) 395-5102, ext. 5547, or go to www.ncmissionsoffering.org