Board hears financial, committee reportsby BSCNC Communications
In Acts 16, Paul was in Troas when he experienced a vision in the night of a man from Macedonia crying out for help. Paul immediately traveled to Macedonia; he ran to the cry for help.
Leading a devotion for the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina (BSCNC) Board of Directors, Chuck Register, executive leader for church planting and missions development, challenged the Board to run to the cry of those who do not know Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior.
The Board met at Caraway Conference Center May 21-22 for a regularly scheduled meeting.
With more than 5.8 million lost people in North Carolina, Register encouraged the Board to follow the Holy Spirit’s leadership and to be intentional in reaching people with the gospel.
North Carolina Baptists are invited to participate in the Convention’s new five-year strategy focused on impacting lostness through disciple-making, which the Board approved during the meeting (read related article).
Attention will also be given to the strategy through the 2013 annual meeting theme of “Arise.” The theme will challenge North Carolina Baptists to rise up, or arise, to advance the gospel and make disciples. Believers in Jesus Christ are called to be doers of the Word; to live as lights that shine and penetrate a spiritually dark world with the truth of the Savior’s love and mercy.
More information about the annual meeting is available at www.ncannualmeeting.org.
Beverly Volz, director of accounting services, reported that Cooperative Program receipts through April 30 totaled $9,268,570.02, which represents a deficit of almost four percent as compared to the same time last year.
Giving to the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering for North American Missions is up about 70 percent as compared to last year.
The Budget Committee is working to bring a proposed 2014 Cooperative Program budget to the Executive Committee in August and to the Board of Directors in September. Messengers to the annual meeting will consider the budget and provide final approval in November.
Great Commission Partnerships
Michael Sowers, senior consultant for the Office of Great Commission Partnerships, reported that North Carolina Baptists are now engaged in five of the nine regions in Moldova. New partnerships are also being formed in metro New York, Boston and Toronto.
Two North Carolina Baptists are participating in a Southeast Asia vision tour. They are meeting with International Mission Board missionaries, exploring opportunities for North Carolina Baptists to engage this area of the world with the gospel, and seeking to share the gospel with individuals from an unreached people group.
Sowers shared that this summer a group of students will serve two weeks in metro New York as part of their second year of training through the Next Generation Missional Journey. This three-year initiative, sponsored by the Office of Great Commission Partnerships, trains young people to become mission leaders.
NC Baptist Men
John Gore, NC Baptist Men president, asked the Board to pray for the ongoing disaster relief efforts in Pamlico County following Hurricane Irene, as well as efforts in New York and New Jersey following Hurricane Sandy.
NC Baptist Men volunteers are also assisting in the construction of a Health and Training Center for the Quiche people in Guatemala. The majority of the Quiche are underemployed, and 93 percent of rural indigenous people in Guatemala live in extreme poverty.
The Communications Committee will conduct a study exploring how North Carolina Baptists use social media, and how the Convention can more effectively communicate through social media. Committee chairman Micheal Pardue said an online survey will be ready in the coming weeks and encouraged Board members to participate.
The Executive Committee approved naming the new 80-bed lodge at Caraway Conference Center the Jim and Nancy Jacumin Family Retreat Lodge. The Jacumins, members of East Valdese Baptist Church in Valdese, gave $250,000 toward construction of the lodge, which is part of the Caraway New Beginning Campaign. The lodge will include bedrooms, dining areas and additional meeting rooms. Construction on this lodge will begin in the next few weeks.
The Board also approved two committee appointments: Kenneth Carrico, a lay person from Zion Baptist Church in Morganton, to serve on the Christian Life and Public Affairs Committee; and Sandy Bain, retired director of missions for New River Association and member of First Baptist Church in Jacksonville, to serve on the Business Services Committee.