Convention making plans for annual meetingby C. Walter Overman
The meeting will feature meaningful times of worship, inspiring messages from God's Word and opportunities to learn how North Carolina Baptists are “Impacting Lostness Through Disciple-Making.”
This year’s annual meeting theme, based on John 14:12, is “Greater Things.” The theme encourages all North Carolina Baptist churches to embrace the truth that God, through the power of His Holy Spirit, wishes to accomplish greater things through His people.
“The Committee on Convention Meetings has worked diligently and prayed over this year’s theme and message,” said Brian Davis, BSCNC associate executive director-treasurer. “It is our prayer that this theme will challenge North Carolina Baptists to attempt greater things for the Kingdom as we strive together to impact lostness across North Carolina, the United States and around the world.”
Times of theme interpretation will be held throughout the annual meeting to allow messengers time to reflect on how God is calling them to be involved in helping fulfill His Great Commission.
Jonathan Falwell, pastor of Thomas Road Baptist Church (TRBC) in Lynchburg, Va., will bring the Convention sermon. Falwell has served at TRBC since 1995, first under the leadership of his father and founding pastor of TRBC, Jerry Falwell, then as senior pastor beginning in 2007. As senior pastor of TRBC, he oversees the management of more than 250 staff members, communication with over 20,000 church members and the long-term planning for the church’s ministry and outreach.
Messengers will also hear messages from Milton A. Hollifield Jr., BSCNC executive director-treasurer, and C.J. Bordeaux Sr., president of the BSCNC.
Bordeaux has served as senior pastor of Gorman Baptist Church in Durham since 2008. North Carolina churches he served previously include West Monroe Baptist Church in Monroe, Antioch Baptist Church in Lumberton, Village Baptist Church in Fayetteville and White Lake Baptist Church in Elizabethtown. Bordeaux has also served as BSCNC vice president, chairman of the Committee on Committees, on the BSCNC Board of Directors, and the Giving Plans Study Committee. He received his undergraduate degree from Campbell University and his Master of Theology and Doctor of Ministry from Bethany Theological Seminary.
The North Carolina Baptist Pastors’ Conference will be held Nov. 9-10 at the Koury Convention Center. The event is free and registration is not required.
The theme for the 2014 Pastors’ Conference is “The Pursuit,” based on 1 Timothy 6:11.
Speakers for this year’s conference include Rick Coram, founder and president of Rick Coram Ministries; Greg Heisler, pastor of Mount Vernon Baptist Church, Boone, N.C.; Phil Hoskins, former pastor of Higher Ground Baptist Church, Kingsport, Tenn.; Tony Merida, founding pastor of Imago Dei Church, Raleigh, N.C.; evangelist Bob Pittman, Muscle Shoals, Ala., Robert Smith Jr., professor of Christian Preaching at Beeson Divinity School; and Don Wilton, pastor of First Baptist Church, Spartanburg, S.C.
The conference president is Josh Phillips, pastor of Cherry Grove Baptist Church in Cerro Gordo.
North Carolina Baptists are invited to participate in “Pray Greensboro,” a time of prayer walking the city of Greensboro prior to the start of the 2014 annual meeting. The BSCNC Strategic Focus Team is sponsoring the event, which will focus on prayer walks around the highest concentrations of lostness in the Greensboro area as identified in the BSCNC’s strategy: “Impacting Lostness Through Disciple-Making.” More information about “Pray Greensboro” is available here.
The 2014 annual meeting exhibit hall will be in a new location. This year's exhibits will be located in the Imperial Ballroom, on the first floor of the Koury Convention Center, the same level as the Convention Hall. In addition, the LifeWay bookstore and related booths will also be located on the first floor, in Guilford Ballroom "G."
The exhibit hall includes nearly 100 exhibits featuring BSCNC ministry groups, institutions and agencies, as well as exhibits offering various resources to churches such as insurance, church building and planning, and website development.
NC Baptist App
Messengers to this year’s annual meeting will be able to view important information about the annual meeting on their mobile devices via the NC Baptist app. The free NC Baptist app will be available for download at the Apple App Store, on Google Play (Android Market) and at the Windows Phone Marketplace by August and can be found by searching for “NC Baptist.”
The app will feature alerts, information about break out sessions, exhibits, speakers, schedules, and much more. Users will also be able to download the Book of Reports and the Tuesday Morning Update.
More details about business sessions, break out sessions, special music and more will be available in the coming months. Information will continue to be added to the annual meeting website as it becomes available.