Executive Committee hears ministry updatesby BSCNC Communications
The Executive Committee (EC) of the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina (BSCNC) met Nov. 11 in conjunction with the 2013 BSCNC Annual Meeting in Greensboro.
First on the agenda were committee reports. Phil Addison, chair of the Evangelization Committee, shared that North Carolina Baptists across the state participated in the “My Hope America” outreach through the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and saw God at work. Addison and other EC members shared testimonies of how their friends and neighbors joined them in their homes for “My Hope” and as a result, lives were changed through the gospel presentation. Resources are still available at www.myhopewithbillygraham.org.
The Evangelization Committee, as well as the Congregational Services Committee, is in a time of transition as the BSCNC moves toward beginning implementation of the new five-year strategy, “Impacting lostness through disciple-making.” To learn more about the strategy visit www.ncbaptist.org/strategy.
Wanda Dellinger, chair of the Christian Social Services Committee, reported that the annual Thanksgiving Offering for Baptist Children’s Homes of North Carolina is underway. This year’s goal is $1,475,000 and the offering theme is “Blessed,” based on Mark 10:16. The week of prayer is Nov. 17-24 and free promotional resources are available at www.bchfamily.org.
Dellinger also reported that through a partnership with the Office of State Fire Marshal, the North Carolina Baptist Aging Ministry (NCBAM) makes it possible for churches to receive free, 10-year smoke detectors for installation in the homes of aging adults. Through a grant from the National Fire Protection Association, all NCBAM staff are trained to teach an evidence-based fall and fire prevention workshop to aging adults.
All members of the BSCNC Board of Directors will have opportunity to participate in a free fall prevention and fire prevention for seniors training session during the January Board meeting.
At the request of Administration and Human Resources, the EC approved updates to the Convention employee handbook.
Chuck Register, executive leader for church planting and missions development, reported that the North Carolina Missions Offering (NCMO) is seven percent ahead as compared to the same time last year. This year’s NCMO theme is “Compelled by Christ: Proclaiming release, relief & redemption,” based on Luke 4:18. The goal is $2 million. NCMO helps support the work of NC Baptist Men, as well as church planting, mission camps and associational ministry efforts. For more information visit www.ncmissionsoffering.org.
Beverly Volz, director of accounting services, reported that Cooperative Program receipts through Oct. 31 totaled $23,778,639.31, which represents a decrease of 2.3 percent as compared to the same time last year.
No old or new business was brought before the committee.
The next scheduled EC meeting is Jan. 28, 2014, at Caraway Conference Center.