Annual session to feature IMB Commissioning
    August 21 2008 by Doug Baker, BSC Communications

    CARY – Southern Baptists’ International Mission Board will hold a commissioning service for missionaries Nov. 11, during the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina’s 178th annual session in Greensboro.

    The IMB commissioning service is a time when missionaries and the churches from which they are sent gather for worship, prayer, Bible reading and preaching in preparation for deployment to their fields of service.  Rarely are these services convened outside of local churches, but at the request of North Carolina Baptist leadership, the IMB approved the commissioning service to coincide with the state convention’s annual meeting.

    “This is a tremendous opportunity for North Carolina Baptists,” said Milton A. Hollifield, Jr., BSCNC Executive Director-treasurer.  “This convention of churches resides in a strategic partnership with the mission boards of the Southern Baptist Convention, and this service of worship will dynamically reveal just how magnificent the work of the International Mission Board truly is because of the faithful sacrifice and investment of local Southern Baptist churches.”

    “We are living in crucial times for the proclamation of the gospel,” said Jerry Rankin, IMB president, “and it is during moments like these when we come together as a family of Southern Baptist churches where we thank God for His mighty power in calling out men and women for missionary service. It’s a time to recommit our lives and our churches to investing in the missionary imperative given to us by the Lord Jesus Christ.”

    “We stand on the shoulders of giants who have left us a legacy of faithfulness and zeal for the gospel that we dare not abandon,” Hollifield said. “I am prayerfully anticipating that this service of worship will be a time when all North Carolina Baptists come together expecting a mighty move of God in our midst. I hope every church throughout the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina will send a large delegation to Greensboro to participate and display before a watching world the vital connection between local churches, state conventions, and the national entities of the Southern Baptist Convention. It is here we find our purpose as a denomination – to go into all the world and preach the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.”

    The IMB Commissioning Service will coincide with an entire evening focused on missions and mission partnerships through the various outreaches of the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina and the Southern Baptist Convention. A parade of flags representing the SBC missionary presence in the world will highlight the vast engagement of local churches and their impact through their gifts to the Cooperative Program of the Southern Baptist Convention, the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering for International Missions, and the North Carolina Missions Offering.

    The service will begin at 6:30 p.m.  at the Greensboro Coliseum Complex in Greensboro, N.C.

    To highlight the importance of both the ongoing partnership between the BSCNC, the IMB and the Commissioning Service, the BSCNC also released its latest podcast detailing the work of the IMB and the role the Commissioning Service serves for missionaries, their families, and their local churches.


    8/21/2008 12:31:00 PM by Doug Baker, BSC Communications | with 0 comments

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