2016 Annual Meeting: Day 1 Highlightsby Chad Austin, BSCNC Communications
More than 1,000 messengers from Baptist churches across North Carolina gathered at the Koury Convention Center in Greensboro on Monday, Nov. 14 for the opening session of the 186th annual Baptist State Convention of North Carolina's Annual Meeting. The theme of this year's meeting is "Impact: Compelling the Lost to Come to Life," based on Luke 14:23. Here are highlights from day one of this year's Annual Meeting.
- Baptist State Convention of North Carolina (BSCNC) President Timmy D. Blair Sr. preaches on “The Cries from the Ditches of Life” from Luke 10:25-36. Blair encouraged messengers to reach beyond the walls of the church to impact their communities for Christ.
- Messengers vote that next year’s Annual Meeting be held Nov. 6-7, 2017, and that the convention sermon consist of a special prayer service to be developed by the Committee on Convention Meetings in conjunction with the BSCNC’s Office of Prayer for Evangelization and Spiritual Awakening, under the direction of the Executive Director-Treasurer.
- Messengers vote to invite John Mark Harrison, senior pastor of Apex Baptist Church in Apex to deliver the convention sermon during the 2018 Annual Meeting.
- Mike Sprayberry, director of North Carolina Emergency Management, expressed appreciation to North Carolina Baptists for their partnership in disaster relief and recovery efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew.
- As of 6:15 p.m. Monday, 396 pastors, 189 pastor’s spouses, 150 other church staff and 288 laity have registered for a total of 1,023 messengers. An additional 133 visitors registered for a day-one total of 1,156 in attendance.
- Milton A. Hollifield Jr. will deliver his executive-director treasurer’s report during the morning session at 9:15 a.m.
- Reports from the N.C. Baptist Foundation, Committee on Resolutions and Memorials, Biblical Recorder, North Carolina Baptist Hospital, Baptist Children’s Homes of North Carolina, North Carolina Baptist Aging Ministry and N.C. Baptist Men will be made during the morning and afternoon sessions.
- BSCNC officer elections will be held at 10:40 a.m. for president (fixed order of business) and at 1:55 p.m. for first vice president and second vice president.
- Four proposed amendments to the BSCNC’s bylaws will be presented to messengers at 10:45 a.m. followed by a vote.
- Frank Page, president and CEO of the Southern Baptist Convention’s (SBC) executive committee, will bring greetings at 11 a.m.
- The proposed 2017 budgets for the Cooperative Program and North Carolina Missions Offering will be presented at 2:55 p.m. followed by a vote (fixed order of business).
- Breakout sessions are scheduled for 3:15-4 p.m. and 4:15-5 p.m. See the enclosed map for specific locations.
- David Platt, president of the SBC’s International Mission Board (IMB) will deliver this year’s convention sermon during the evening session, which will include worship by Summit Worship of The Summit Church in Durham.
The BSCNC Annual Meeting continues on Tuesday. Individuals who are not able to attend in person may watch the main sessions online via a live stream available at ncbaptist.org/live. Also be sure to follow @ncbaptist on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. The hashtag for Annual Meeting is #ImpactNC.
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