Executive Committee hears reports, testimonies prior to Annual Meetingby Chad Austin
The Executive Committee of the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina (BSCNC) met Monday, Nov. 10 to hear committee reports and testimonies of how God is accomplishing “greater things” across the state in advance of the 2014 BSCNC Annual Meeting in Greensboro.
During committee reports, John Butler, executive leader of the Business Services Group, reported that the sale of the Baptist Campus Ministry building at East Carolina University has been finalized. Proceeds from the sale have been placed in a reserve fund designated for collegiate partnerships.
Butler also announced the dedication of the Jim and Nancy Nell Jacumin Lodge at the Caraway Conference Center in Asheboro (Caraway). Butler also said the exterior and roof of Hollifield Hall, which is under construction at Caraway, should be completed by Thanksgiving with plans for a spring 2015 opening. Hollifield Hall, named for Wyndolyn Royster Hollifield, will feature new auditorium and meeting space.
Wanda Dellinger, chair of the Christian Social Services committee, reported record attendance at the second-annual Unite Youth Festival held Oct. 17 and sponsored by the Baptist Children’s Homes of North Carolina. The event yielded 39 decisions for Christ. She also reminded attendees about the annual Thanksgiving offering which supports the Children’s Homes. Dellinger also announced that two babies are now being cared for at the new Children’s Homes’ affiliate orphanage in Guatemala.
Chris Hawks of the Evangelism and Discipleship Committee noted three training opportunities in early 2015 designed to equip pastors and churches to make disciples. They are:
- The Story Regional Evangelism Training Conference, Tuesday, Feb. 10 in Fayetteville.
- One Story Disciple-Making Conference, Monday, Feb. 23 at Center Grove Baptist Church in Clemmons.
- One Day: Equipping Leaders to Make Disciples, Saturday, May 2 at Green Street Baptist, Church in High Point.
Milton Hollifield, Executive Director-Treasurer of the BSCNC, asked for denominational leaders help in promoting these events and encouraging pastors to attend. The events are “focused not just on reaching people for Christ, but also discipling them” which Hollifield said he hopes will have a greater, long-term impact for the Kingdom of God.
Dougald McLaurin, president of the North Carolina Associational Missionaries Conference, announced that they will meet in April 2015 and will likely focus on church revitalization. He also encouraged church leaders to explore resources that are available through Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary’s Great Commission Equipping Network (EQUIP) and Spurgeon Center for Pastoral Leadership and Preaching.
John Gore president of N.C. Baptist Men said teams are still assisting with relief efforts in Elizabeth City in the aftermath of tornadoes that impacted the region this past spring.
During the financial report, Beverly Volz, director of Accounting Services with the BSCNC, reported that funds received through Cooperative Program missions giving totaled $23.6 million through Oct. 31. While the $23.6 million received is 6.86 percent under the 2014 budget to date, the figure is only about $135,000 less than the total of funds received through the same time period in 2013.
Volz also noted that that the Lottie Moon International Missions offering is up approximately 2.5 percent over last year with approximately $9 million received, and the Annie Armstrong Home Missions offering is keeping pace with last year’s amount with $5.6 million given to date.
Brian Davis, BSCNC Associate Executive Director Treasurer, reported that the N.C. Missions offering is about 2.7 percent under the goal of $2.1 million for 2014, with approximately $1.39 million received to date. Davis said he is hopeful that the goal will be met by the end of the year.
As the meeting began, executive committee chairman, Michael Barrett, invited executive committee members to share testimonies about God’s work in their lives and the lives of others. Members of the committee shared how people are coming to know Christ and are being discipled in different regions of the state. At the conclusion of the meeting, committee members spent an extended time in prayer for the Annual Meeting.