BSC releases statement on proposed five-year strategy
    April 25 2013 by BSC office of the Executive Director-Treasurer

    (EDITOR’S NOTE: On April 11, the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina’s (BSC) Executive Committee approved a five-year strategy proposal that would restructure the organization to better equip and assist churches in making disciples, in evangelism and church planting among people groups throughout the state and beyond. Click here to read related story.Since the announcement, the BSC has received a variety of responses – some positive and others voicing concern about the proposed changes that will go before the Board of Directors in May. To better clarify the vision and strategy, the BSC's office of the Executive Director-Treasurer plans to release a series of statements in the coming days and weeks. Here is the first of the those statements.)
    Campus Ministry for the Future
    April 24, 2013
    As the student population on college and university campuses continues to diversify, so must the approaches used to reach these students with the gospel. An important aspect of the new Convention strategy is the contextualization of ministry efforts. Without question, ministry to students on college campuses is a vital part of the Convention’s new strategy to impact lostness and make disciples.

    The new model for collegiate partnerships is best understood within the new Convention strategy, which the Convention’s Executive Committee approved April 11. The strategy is focused on reaching people all across North Carolina with the life-changing message of the gospel. Any attempt to separate the Convention’s collegiate partnership model from the overarching Convention strategy makes the collegiate partnership model difficult to understand. The Convention’s mission is to assist churches in the fulfillment of their divinely appointed mission. The Convention’s vision is to become, “… the strongest force in the history of this Convention for reaching people with the message of the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.” We believe that a new collegiate partnership model will help us best fulfill our new strategy, as well as our Convention’s mission and vision. North Carolina Baptists must develop more effective ways to reach many students who have no knowledge of Christ and no connection with a church near their campus. The Convention’s new strategy calls for contextualized approaches throughout the Convention’s missions and ministry efforts, providing the opportunity to customize efforts on the numerous campuses across North Carolina in order to maintain a Baptist presence on these campuses. Utilizing partnerships, the Convention will continue seeking to serve, reach, train and mobilize college students in an effort to make disciples who in turn make disciples on their campus and throughout the world. For this reason, final details of the new model of campus ministry, known as collegiate partnerships, are not complete; however, the framework for the new model is in place and work continues.

    One component of the Convention strategy is focused on reaching the lost in the high concentration areas of our state. College and university communities are home to large concentrations of people who do not know Jesus as their Savior; therefore, fulfillment of the Convention’s strategy will require increasing our efforts to assist churches in reaching college students.

    Currently, the Convention has only 9 full time campus ministry positions located on 9 campuses. In addition, the Convention partners with churches and associations to provide ministry on 15 other campuses. Yet, there are more than 100 additional campuses in our state where young people are not being engaged by North Carolina Baptists in missions and ministry. In order to reach students on the campuses of the numerous colleges and universities across the state, a new strategy is being developed. It is the responsibility of churches to develop an Acts 1:8 missions strategy that includes efforts to reach the students on campuses near them. The Convention is positioned to assist in this mission as an extension of local Baptist churches, but the Convention does not replace the local churches.

    Baptist Campus Ministry (BCM), as an organization, will continue in the new strategy.  The new strategy will support BCM efforts of evangelism, disciple-making, missions mobilization and leadership development. BCM will continue to provide leadership conferences, including work with international students, under the guidance of the Convention’s collegiate partnership staff.

    Essential aspects of the current approach to campus ministry will continue in the new collegiate partnerships. Currently we are engaged in leadership development, and we have no intention to move away from this effort. Leadership conferences now enjoyed by students and other leadership training opportunities will continue in the new model. In addition, we are currently engaged in missionary opportunities and we have no intention to move away from this effort. The summer missionary experiences that are an essential part of the current ministry will be an essential part of the new strategy as well. The goal is to expand and increase the mobilization of college students across the state in missionary efforts.

    For the present, campus ministry facilities owned by the Baptist State Convention will continue to be used for operation of the Convention’s campus ministry outreach. Their usefulness in collegiate partnerships will be evaluated in the future as the local strategy teams determine the most effective ways to reach, disciple, train and mobilize students and leaders for missions and ministry.

    With more than 5.8 million lost people in our state, we must continue working together to see the gospel advanced throughout North Carolina. We believe that through this new strategy, and a new collegiate partnerships model, we will see more students than ever before reached with the gospel, discipled, and mobilized for ministry. 
    4/25/2013 10:03:45 PM by BSC office of the Executive Director-Treasurer | with 2 comments
    Filed under: BSC, strategy

Greg Mathews
Since being made aware of this new direction, I have tried to do enough reading on the subject to have as much of a grasp on what is happening as is possible to those of us not on the inside track in Cary. I must say that I don't in any way understand.
If we are aiming to have more churches involved, how does eliminating campus ministers accomplish this? Also, not to put too fine a point on it, but has the state convention not be funding this ministry for so many decades precisely because local churches were NOT reaching campuses?
In this article it is stated, “Essential aspects of the current approach to campus ministry will continue... Leadership conferences now enjoyed by students and other leadership training opportunities will continue in the new model... The summer missionary experiences that are an essential part of the current ministry will be an essential part of the new strategy as well. The goal is to expand and increase the mobilization of college students across the state in missionary efforts.” Who is going to lead these efforts for each campus - a church volunteer who is trying to balance career, family, church responsibilities, and the campus ministry? Or will these partnerships be asking a church staff member who likely already has a full plate to add this second full-time job?
The presence of a dedicated minister on these campuses who can focus solely on students is invaluable. I know this from personal experience as well as that of so many others. Though I fear the decision is all but written in stone, I beg the powers-that-be to reconsider.
5/5/2013 11:41:10 AM

I have read several papers on this program change. I am confused as to how it will reach more students. It has been in the past when we see this type of changes in mission, more time is spent trying to get funding for a program by the individuals concerned, and this takes away from their mission. There are several organizations on campus now that spend the majority of their time trying to raise money to keep the programs going, than on the programs themself. I do feel that we are in a way putting these young Christians out on their own instead of supporting them. The campuses across our state have many religious organizations competing for their time now: Muslims, Buddhists, several types of devil worship, and witch craft. We need to keep the strong presence of Christ there all the time. I agree with church planting but this is who will be the leaders of church planning in the future.
5/3/2013 4:07:26 PM

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