April 21 2011 by Melissa Lilley, BSC Communications

    The Executive Committee (EC) of the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina (BSC) met April 14 in Cary for a regularly scheduled meeting and heard committee and financial reports and appointments to new committees.  

    The meeting began with a Vision Fulfillment story from Bob Fulkerson, pastor of Madison Avenue Baptist Church in Goldsboro.  

    Madison Avenue is less than one mile from Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, and the church has been seeking ways to minister to the military and their families.  

    The church recently worked with Eddie Thompson, BSC marriage and family consultant, to host a marriage enrichment event for military families.  

    Earlier this year Madison Avenue also hosted a conference for pastors, counselors, chaplains and lay persons involved with or interested in ministering to military personnel who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder.  

    Although the church is not large in terms of size, its service in the community is an example that “it doesn’t matter what size church you are, you can make a difference,” said Milton A. Hollifield Jr., BSC executive director-treasurer.   

    Personnel matters
    John Butler, executive leader for business services, reported on a change in the work assignments for the accounting team. Robert Simons resigned as comptroller in August of last year, and in his absence members of the accounting team have assumed additional job responsibilities. Since that time, Butler and the Convention’s auditors, C. Dewitt Foard and Company in Charlotte, have determined that while an additional “set of trained eyes” is needed to review the monthly financial statements and bank reconciliations, a full time CPA or MBA staff member would prove an unnecessary expense.

    Therefore, BSC senior accountant Beverly Volz will assume many of the day-to-day tasks performed by the former comptroller. The BSC will hire a CPA to work on a contract basis each month to review monthly reports and bank reconciliations.

    “This is just one example of what we’re trying to do in order to save dollars,” Hollifield said. “We are trying to examine all our staff positions to see if we can do more with less.”

    Committee on Nominations
    Mark Harris, Convention first vice president, brought the Committee on Nominations report. Those new appointments include:
    • Craig Hamlin, pastor of Fairview Baptist Church in Apex, as 2011 chair of the Committee on Convention Meetings. Former chair Paul Crews is moving out of the state to accept a ministry position.  
    • Kenny Chinn, pastor of Northside Baptist Church in Wilmington, as chair of the 2011 Committee on Resolutions and Memorials.  
    • Jim Gorsuch, member of Penelope Baptist Church in Hickory to fill the 2013 term of Barbara Hunnicutt for the Baptist Children’s Homes Board of Directors.  
    • Brandon Blair, student minister of Calvary Baptist Church in Lincolnton to fill the 2013 term of Laura Dunlow for the Committee on Convention Meetings.  
    • Michael McGirt, pastor of Faithwalk Fellowship Church in Hope Mills to fill the 2012 term of Robert Steele for the Committee on Convention Meetings.
    Study committees
    EC chair Bobby Blanton announced appointments to two study committees that come as a result of motions approved by messengers at the 2010 BSC annual meeting.

    Phil Addison of Stony Point Church in Stony Point asked messengers to, “direct the Board of Directors to study and come (up) with recommendations concerning the adoption of the Baptist Faith and message 2000 as the doctrinal statement for the North Carolina Baptist State Convention and bring such recommendation(s) to the 2011 North Carolina Baptist State Convention Annual Meeting.”

    That study committee includes: Greg Mathis, chair, Mud Creek Baptist Church, Hendersonville; Don Bouldin, Carmel Baptist Church, Charlotte; Eddie Honeycutt, First Baptist Church, Stanleyville; Cameron McGill, First Baptist Church, Dublin; and Rit Varialle, Elizabeth Baptist Church, Shelby.

    Tim Rogers of Ebenezer Baptist Church in Indian Trail asked messengers to, “direct the Board of Directors to study a policy concerning the social use of alcohol as it relates to the funding of church plants, employment of personnel, and the nomination of persons serving on committees and boards of the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina, Inc., and report back to the 2011 annual convention.” That study committee includes: Mike Whitson, chair, First Baptist Church, Indian Trail; Mike Barrett, Pleasant Garden Baptist Church, Pleasant Garden; Brian Langley, Bethlehem Baptist Church, Knightdale; M.O. Owens Jr., Parkwood Baptist Church, Gastonia; and Marcus Redding, Hulls Grove Baptist Church, Vale.

    Both committees will report back to the EC in August and the BSC Board of Directors in September.

    Young leaders
    The only item of new business came as Blanton asked the EC to begin considering what they can do to invest in young leaders across the state.

    He encouraged each EC member to begin thinking about bringing with them to this year’s annual meeting in Greensboro one or two young leaders who have never attended an annual meeting.

    As the EC and Board serve as a “strong leadership agent,” Blanton said it is time to “begin the process of trying to invest in that next generation.”

    Financial Report
    Cooperative Program funds are close to $7.6 million, .3 percent ahead of last year at this time. Giving to the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering is ahead 23.88 percent and giving to the North Carolina Missions Offering is ahead 5.5 percent.

    The next EC meeting is May 16 in conjunction with the Board of Directors meeting.

    (EDITOR’S NOTE — BR Assistant Managing Editor Dianna L. Cagle contributed to this report.)

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    4/21/2011 5:41:00 AM by Melissa Lilley, BSC Communications | with 0 comments




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