Spiritual awakening emphasis to highlight annual meeting

by BSCNC Communications
Tuesday, September 18, 2012 | 5 yrs old

The 182nd annual meeting of the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina (BSCNC) will be held Nov. 12-13 and include worship services, break out sessions and special related meetings.  

Highlights include:

Venue Change
The annual meeting will be held at the Greensboro Coliseum Complex Special Events Center. The meeting begins Monday, Nov. 12, at 6 p.m. and ends Tuesday, Nov. 13, at 8:50 p.m.

Registration opens Monday at 4 p.m. and closes 30 minutes after the general session that evening. Registration opens Tuesday at 8 a.m. and closes once the business session concludes that evening. Click here for the complete meeting schedule.

This year’s annual meeting theme is “Awaken,” based on Romans 13:11-14. The theme encourages all North Carolina Baptists to pursue revival and spiritual awakening in an effort to reach the 5.6 million people in North Carolina, and six billion worldwide, who do not know Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior.   

BSCNC leadership is praying that this meeting of North Carolina Baptists will encourage a revival among churches across the state. Prior to the annual meeting, North Carolina Baptists are asked to commit to pray every day during October for spiritual awakening.

Brian Davis, BSCNC executive leader for administration, said the need for spiritual awakening is great. “Never before have the people in this state been surrounded by such spiritual darkness and overwhelming numbers of lostness,” he said. “The Committee on Convention Meetings felt strongly that God is directing the theme of awakening to stir God’s people into action for His Kingdom.” 

Davis added that many North Carolina Baptists have already committed to pray for spiritual revival. “We are excited to see so many people respond and commit to praying for awakening in the months leading up to the annual meeting,” he said. “It’s encouraging to know that North Carolina Baptists are taking the need for personal spiritual awakening seriously.”

For more information on the “Pray for 30 Days” challenge visit the annual meeting website.

Special Worship
Messengers to this year’s meeting will participate in two special worship services. The Monday evening session will feature a special service devoted to spiritual awakening including worship, theme interpretation, prayer and a sermon from Milton A. Hollifield Jr., BSCNC executive director-treasurer.

During the Tuesday evening session attendees will participate in a North American Mission Board (NAMB) Commissioning Service. The service will include testimonies from men and women who will serve God in the most unreached areas of North America, as well as the Convention Sermon brought by NAMB president Kevin Ezell.   

Michael Sowers, BSCNC senior consultant for Great Commission Partnerships, said the commissioning service will be a time for North Carolina Baptists to be reminded of the urgency to take the gospel to people who need to hear.

“North Carolina Baptists are partnering with strategic areas in North America to help impact lostness and impact the nations with the gospel,” Sowers said. “We have people living in this country who represent unreached people groups from all throughout the world. They have never heard the gospel of Jesus Christ. We must be obedient to the Great Commission, and that means being obedient and faithful to share the gospel.”

Related Meetings
The Pastor’s Conference will be held at Lawndale Baptist Church in Greensboro. The event is free and registration is not required. The conference starts Sunday evening, Nov. 11, and concludes Monday afternoon, Nov. 12. Click here for a list of speakers and complete schedule.

Messengers are invited to explore mission opportunities from the BSCNC, NAMB and the International Mission Board, as well as networking opportunities with other pastors and leaders, during the Great Commission Partnerships Missions Breakfast Nov. 13 at 7 a.m. Featured speakers include Jeff Christopherson, regional vice president Canada and northeast region for the North American Mission Board, and Mark Harrison, missions pastor at Old Town Baptist Church in Winston-Salem.

The breakfast is free but registration is required and space is limited. To register visit the annual meeting website.

Break Out Sessions
A variety of break out sessions will be offered Tuesday afternoon. Topics include “Pursuing Godliness as You Lead Others,” “Disciple-making in 3D,” “The Billy Graham ‘My Hope’ Evangelistic Emphasis,” “Church Renewal and Revitalization,” “Stewardship: Lost in Translation” and “Awaken: God’s Time to Wake Up and Pray.”

Exhibit Hall
The exhibit hall includes more than 100 exhibits featuring BSCNC ministry group and institutions and agencies, as well as exhibits offering various resources to churches such as insurance, church building and planning, and website development.

The exhibit hall is open Monday from 4 p.m. until 30 minutes after the conclusion of the evening session, and Tuesday from 8 a.m.-7:30 p.m. A complete listing of exhibitors is available on the annual meeting website.

For more about the annual meeting, including directions and hotel information, visit www.ncannualmeeting.org.