North Carolina

FBC Statesville moves concert because of fire

March 22 2017 by BR staff

First Baptist Church in Statesville moved a concert to another local church after an afternoon fire damaged its facilities. Statesville fire fighters responded to the kitchen fire in the church’s Family Life Center just after 4 p.m. on March 7. A Statesville Record & Landmark article reported the same day that 20 people were evacuated.

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Immigration and the gospel: panelists examine church’s role

March 21 2017 by Liz Tablazon, BR Staff Writer

Students, faculty and guests gathered at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary for a forum on gaining a biblical understanding of immigration. Walter Strickland moderated the discussion. Speakers unpacked migration references in scripture; God’s mission and the local church’s mission in relation to immigrants; and the church’s political witness.

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Griggs, Hannah nominations announced for pastor’s event

March 21 2017 by K. Allan Blume, BR Editor

Two pastors will be nominated to be president of the 2019 North Carolina Pastor’s Conference during the Nov. 5-6 event. The president is elected two years in advance to allow flexibility in scheduling speakers. J.D. Greear announced his intention to nominate Chris Griggs and Josh Phillips said he will nominate Chip Hannah.

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How do I lead my church through change?

March 21 2017 by Seth Brown, BR Content Editor & Chad Austin, BSC Communications

Many Southern Baptist churches across the nation face a harsh reality, said Thom Rainer, CEO of LifeWay Christian Resources, “We either change or die.” Rainer headlined a conference to help pastors and church leaders guide their congregations through transitions in missions and ministry strategies, so that gospel-proclaiming churches will thrive for years to come.

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Cameron McGill: small churches can do ‘great things’

March 21 2017 by K. Allan Blume, BR Editor

Serving as the pastor of a small town Baptist church provides Cameron McGill with both the perspective and the vision for encouraging other small churches across the state. In his new role as president of the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina, McGill said he wants to “help small churches in small places realize they can accomplish big things.”

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Staff reassignments among reports to Executive Committee

March 20 2017 by Chad Austin, BSC Communications

Following its annual team building retreat, the Executive Committee of the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina met to receive several reports, which included some reassignments of convention staff. The primary personnel update focused on the reassignments in the Evangelism and Discipleship Group.

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Equipping families to make disciples

March 20 2017 by Chad Austin, BSC Communications

Many parents know instinctively that scripture calls them to be the primary disciple-makers of the home, but they tremble at the idea of playing the role of spiritual leader. “God’s Word is very clear in saying that it’s the parents’ responsibility to be the primary disciplers of their children,” says Mark Smith.

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Campbell medical team provides local health screenings

March 20 2017 by Campbell University

A team of 10 medical students and two faculty members from Campbell Medicine partnered with the North Carolina Baptists on Mission to provide health screenings and osteopathic manipulative medicine in Kennebec, N.C., in February. A semesterly tradition, students and faculty look forward serving members of the Harnett County community.

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Paul Baloche offers his music as prayers to God

March 20 2017 by BSC Communications

Award-winning worship artist Paul Baloche – who has written well known worship songs such as “Open the Eyes of My Heart,” “Your Name,” “Hosanna” and “Above All” – is partnering with the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina to bring his Leadworship Workshop to Winston-Salem March 31-April 1 at Calvary Baptist Church.

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NCAA, ACC challenged by N.C. over HB 2 lobbying

March 17 2017 by David Roach, Baptist Press

With March Madness in full swing, Republican state legislators in North Carolina are alleging the NCAA and the ACC violated their federal tax-exempt status by attempting to provoke a repeal of the Tar Heel State’s transgender restroom law. GOP state Rep. Mark Brody filed the Athletic Associations Accountability Act in the state legislature.

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