Executive Committee approves 2014 budget, sale of conference centerby BSCNC Communications
The Executive Committee (EC) of the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina (BSCNC) met Thursday, July 11, to hear the proposed 2014 Cooperative Program budget and other reports.
The proposed $30 million budget presented by the Budget Committee reflects a substantial decrease from the $33.5 million 2013 Cooperative Program budget approved by messengers during last year’s annual meeting in November.
“We are prayerful that we will end 2013 near our 2012 total receipts, but the Budget Committee felt that it was unwise to propose a budget that exceeds prior year receipts until we see a turn around in Cooperative Program gifts from our churches,” said John Butler, BSCNC executive leader for business services.
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 ninth year in a row that the Budget Committee has proposed the BSCNC increase this percentage by one-half percent. The proposed allocation to the SBC for 2014 is 36.5 percent.
The EC approved the budget as presented. If the Board of Directors approves the budget during its Sept. 24-25 meeting, the budget will then be presented to messengers for approval during this year’s annual meeting Nov. 11-12 in Greensboro.
In the proposed budget BSCNC institutions and agencies will receive approximately the same percentage of the budget as last year, but with an overall reduced budget, these percentages will reflect fewer ministry dollars.
Beverly Volz, BSCNC director of accounting services, brought the financial report. Cooperative Program receipts through July 5 total $14,711,914.10, which represents a six percent decrease as compared to the same time last year.
Hollifield Leadership Center
The EC approved sale of Hollifield Leadership Center, which has been for sale since January 2012.
Teen Challenge, a North Carolina Adolescent Program, offered $2.5 million for the property. Teen Challenge will make a 10 percent down payment and finance the remainder over a five-year period.
“Hollifield is the right size and environment for a Teen Challenge residential recovery facility,” Butler said. “It is a natural fit for that program.”
Proceeds from the sale of Hollifield will be applied to Caraway Conference Center’s capital campaign for facility expansion. The name of Wyndolyn Hollifield, who was the major contributor for the purchase of the Hollifield Leadership Center in 2000, will be applied to an appropriate building at Caraway when the expansion is completed.
Hollifield is located on a peninsula above the Oxford Dam on Lake Hickory, near Conover. The BSCNC has made major improvements and renovations since acquiring the property. However, with Hollifield unable to operate in the black, the Convention could no longer justify expenses related to operating the facility.
In personnel matters, Jonathan Yarboro, campus minister at Appalachian State University, was named western regional campus ministry consultant. Yarboro’s new position is part of the new Collegiate Partnerships Team, which will include three regional campus ministry consultants and two international ministry consultants. This team is being formed in an effort to help Convention staff more effectively implement the Convention’s new five-year strategy, which begins January 2014 (read more about the strategy).
Rick Trexler, current BSCNC campus ministry team leader, will serve as team leader for this new team and as eastern regional consultant. An individual will be hired to fill the central regional consultant position.
The Executive Committee approved an updated job title and description for Brian Davis. Davis currently serves as executive leader for the Administration and Convention Relations Group. Effective immediately, his new role is associate executive director-treasurer. In addition to current responsibilities, Davis will also supervise the work of the Office of Prayer, Strategic Focus Team and Cooperative Program Development.
Committee on Nominations
The EC approved the following recommendations from the Committee on Nominations related to appointments on the BSCNC Board of Directors: Herman W. “Buddy” Pigg, Mount Harmony Baptist Church, Union Association, to fill the 2016 unexpired term of Terry Casino; Vernon Eller, Union Baptist Church, Three Forks Association, to fill the 2014 unexpired term of Matthew Grindstaff; John Compton, Mountain Valley Baptist Church, Catawba Valley Association, to fill the 2014 unexpired term of Kevin Purcell; Don Warren, Parkwood Baptist Church, Greater Gaston Association, to fill the 2015 unexpired term of Scott Hardin; Danny Emory, Hopewell Baptist Church, Catawba River Association, to fill the 2105 unexpired term of Billy Shaw; and Howard Cloyes Starnes, Encouraging Word Baptist Church, Haywood Association, to fill the 2014 unexpired term of Danny Hedgepeth.