North Carolina

N.C. Baptists prepare for powerful Hurricane Florence

September 11 2018 by Dianna L. Cagle, BR Production Editor

As Hurricane Florence aims toward the North Carolina coast, Baptists on Mission, also known as N.C. Baptist Men, calls on volunteers to be ready to respond. Administrative leaders have been preparing kits for potential sites as Florence is predicted to hit the state Thursday as a Category 4 hurricane.

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Academic competition to debut for Christian schools

September 11 2018 by Erin Roach, Baptist Press

The Southern Baptist Association of Christian Schools (SBACS) has announced it will begin an online-based academic competition, Knowledge Quest, for its member schools next spring. Students from third grade through 12th grade can complete test modules in individual core subjects, electives and Bible knowledge, competing with other schools without having to travel …

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Immigrants at the border: people, not statistics, four ministers conclude

September 7 2018 by Mike Creswell, Contributing Writer

Immigration is one of America’s greatest issues of our time: noisy, divisive and politically charged. But all that buzz fell away this summer when four North Carolinians journeyed from Arizona across the U.S./Mexico border into Nogales, Mexico. At the border, the four talked with scores of people – almost all families – who were waiting to get into the United States.

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Don Hadley retires after 45 years in Havelock

September 5 2018 by K. Allan Blume, BR Editor

First Baptist Church of Havelock, N.C., recently celebrated the ministry of Don and Sara Hadley at the close of his 45 years as their pastor. The Aug. 25 celebration drew 200 church members, community leaders and friends to the Havelock Tourist and Event Center.

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NCMO supports evangelistic church planting

September 5 2018 by Carolina Barnhill, BSC Communications

Columbus County is the third largest county, in terms of landmass, in the state. More than 59,000 people call it home – and 65 percent of them are unchurched. “We knew if there was a pocket of lostness, this is one of them,” said Billy Roy, pastor of Crossroads Church. “We wanted to come and make an impact here.”

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N.C. Baptists launch immigrant ministry centers

September 4 2018 by Biblical Recorder Staff

The Baptist State Convention of North Carolina is launching a new initiative that will provide legal help to immigrants concerning U.S. immigration laws and facilitate outreach opportunities for churches. Baptist Immigrant Services, led by Hispanic strategy coordinator Amaury Santos and immigrant ministries strategist Larry Phillips, will operate offices across the state. 

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McGill resigns Dublin church, focuses on The Lake Church

September 4 2018 by K. Allan Blume, BR Editor

Cameron McGill, former president of the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina, announced his resignation as pastor of Dublin First Baptist Church to assume responsibilities as pastor of The Lake Church in White Lake, N.C. He has led both churches since The Lake Church launched in 2014.

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University Hills pastor moving to Botswana

September 4 2018 by K. Allan Blume, BR Editor

On Aug. 12, the senior pastor of University Hills Baptist Church in Charlotte shared with the congregation his plans to serve in a different mission field. Fourteen years ago, Coye and Sherra Still left their work as Southern Baptist missionaries in South Asia to serve the University Hills church.

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Multifamily housing spurs mission strategy

September 4 2018 by Seth Brown, BR Content Editor

The Baptist State Convention of North Carolina initiated a strategy last year to help churches engage a mission field that is estimated to be 95 percent unchurched. The targeted group, said to number in the millions, includes people from all over the world who span the economic spectrum. 

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Greear to state execs: ‘How may I serve you?’

August 23 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press

Agreements to “assume the best in one another” and that a “gospel-above-all culture needs to prevail” in the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) were among the outcomes when SBC President J.D. Greear met Aug. 20 with 15 executive directors of Baptist state conventions.

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