North Carolina

Association withdraws fellowship from church

August 3 2011 by BR staff

Surry Baptist Association (SBA) messengers voted July 25 to remove fellowship from Flat Rock Baptist Church in Mount Airy. The church recently named its new pastor, Bailey Edwards Nelson, a female. She began duties July 10 at the church. A three-page addendum to the August newsletter explaining events said the SBA Membership Committee invited Flat Rock’s leadership to discuss the situation.

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N.C. drillers take top honors

August 3 2011 by BSC Communications

Taylor Oxendine of Mt. Airy Baptist Church in Burnt Swamp Association is the 2011 National Youth Bible Drill winner. Oxendine was among 30 youth competing in the National Invitational Youth Bible Drill and Speakers’ Tournament at Meadow Brook Baptist Church in Birmingham, Ala.

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BSC’s Executive Committee approves 2012 budget

July 18 2011 by Melissa Lilley, BSC Communications

The Executive Committee (EC) of the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina (BSC) met July 14, to hear the proposed 2012 Cooperative Program (CP) budget and other reports. The proposed budget presented by the Budget Committee is the first budget since 2008 that reflects an increase in ministry dollars.

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Bivocational pastors learn about conflict

July 18 2011 by Dianna L. Cagle, BR Asst. Managing Editor

For any minister, conflict is inevitable. While there are many words — anger, warfare, hurt — that come to mind when conflict is mentioned, M. Wayne Oakes encouraged ministers recently to consider the word opportunity. “Not everyone experiences the world the way you do,” said Oakes, who retired from the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina several years ago.

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Church aims to refresh community with grant

July 18 2011 by Laura Moore, BR Editorial Aide

Within a 10-mile radius in Middlesex, there is no playground and no secure place that children can gather outdoors for play. Seeking to meet this need for their town, Rocky Cross Baptist Church is in the race to win a 25,000 dollar grant from Pepsi.

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Campbell alum accepted into Baylor program

July 7 2011 by Campbell Communications

Campbell University alumnus Christopher Moore (’01,’05) has been accepted into Baylor University’s Baptist College and University Scholars (BCU) program, a partnership of the Baylor Graduate School and the International Association of Baptist Colleges and Universities (IABCU).

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2011 General Assembly big for pro-lifers

July 5 2011 by BSC Communications

When the complexion of the North Carolina General Assembly changed after the last election, pro-life Christians around the state expected to see movement on some bills that have been languishing in the legislature for years. Their hopes were not denied.

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Online tool aids small church, bivo pastors

June 30 2011 by Jon D. Wilke, Baptist Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Gary Mitchell spent 20 years as a pastor in small, rural congregations. Like many church leaders across the country, Mitchell held a full-time job to support his ministry. “I’ve been bivocational my whole life,” said Mitchell, who is 68 and “retired.

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New York team sees fruitful harvest in N.C.

June 23 2011 by Melissa Lilley, BSC Communications

When Barry Lawrence pulled into the apartment complex in Rocky Mount he saw something that would be a rare sight back in New York. He saw members of his mission team from New York. City knocking on doors and meeting people. Lawrence had to pull the car over to take it all in.

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Hopewell Baptist gives hours, dollars to missions

June 22 2011 by Melissa Lilley, BSC Communications

Lee Pigg is often asked how it happened, or what he did to make it happen, and he never really knows exactly how to answer.   In the past six years Hopewell Baptist Church in Monroe, where Pigg is pastor, has gone from 165 in Sunday morning worship attendance to nearly 1,000.

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