Exec. Committee hears reports at March meetingby Chad Austin, BSCNC Communications
The Executive Committee of the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina’s (BSCNC) Board of Directors met on Friday, March 4 at Caraway Camp and Conference Center for the first time since new members were elected to the committee at the January board meeting.
The committee heard ministry reports and approved a handful of motions during the meeting.
John Butler, executive leader for the BSCNC’s Business Services Group, reported that the sale of the former Baptist campus ministry facility at North Carolina State University has been completed. The facility sold for $860,000, and proceeds from the sale will be earmarked for collegiate ministry efforts.
The committee also approved a motion recommended by the investment committee to reinvest the BSCNC’s reserve funds into certificates of participation with the North Carolina Baptist Foundation to enhance the convention’s investment returns.
During the financial report, Director of Accounting Services Beverly Volz reported that the convention has received more than $4.4 million in Cooperative Program funds through the first two months of 2016, which is up slightly over the same time period from 2015.
Volz also said giving to the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering and the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering are up more than 15 percent and 12 percent, respectively, from the same time period in 2015. Through the end of February, the BSCNC has received more than $8 million in gifts to the Lottie Moon offering and more than $226,000 to the Annie Armstrong offering.
BSCNC Associate Executive Director-Treasurer Brian Davis reported that gifts to the North Carolina Missions Offering to date in 2016 total more than $160,000.
Executive Committee President Brian Kinlaw announced several appointments to the board’s articles and bylaws special committee and budget special committee.
Kinlaw appointed John Compton of Mountain View Baptist Church in Hickory, George Hunnicutt of Mill Creek Baptist Church in Monroe, and Jeff Broadwell of Green Springs Baptist Church in Parkton to serve on the articles and bylaws committee. Compton will serve as the committee chair.
Kinlaw appointed Tony Honeycutt of Big Rock Creek Baptist Church in Bakersville, and Randy Moore of First Baptist Church in Spring Lake to serve on the budget special committee. Honeycutt will serve as the committee chair.
BSCNC Executive Director-Treasurer Milton A. Hollifield Jr. provided committee members with an update on the special $500,000 allocation approved by the board in January to work with former missionaries from the International Mission Board who are returning to North Carolina from the field.
Hollifield said convention staff has made contact with several missionaries and will be meeting with others who will be settling in North Carolina to learn more about their skills and expertise as a way to evaluate potential opportunities to work with the convention on special ministry projects.
“We want to move as rapidly as we can on this to help these missionaries and to help us reach the nations of the world that are here,” Hollifield said. “We praise God and give Him glory for (this opportunity), and we are excited about being able to make a difference.”