January 27 2010 by Norman Jameson, BR Editor

    BR photo by Norman Jameson

    Bobby Blanton, center, succeeded Allan Blume, left, after Blume's three-year tenure as president of the Baptist State Convention Board of Directors. Milton A. Hollifield Jr., right, is BSC executive director-treasurer.

    Bobby Blanton, pastor of Lake Norman Baptist Church, was elected president of the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina (BSC) board of directors during the directors’ first meeting Jan. 25 at Caraway Conference Center.

    He succeeds Allan Blume, pastor of Mount Vernon Baptist Church in Boone, who led the board for three years. “My predecessor lifted the bar so high,” Blanton said when accepting the gavel. “I can’t tell you how much I respect and appreciate the work of brother Allan Blume.”

    Blanton has been pastor at Lake Norman for 13 years. The church has grown from 250 to 1,400 during his tenure.

    He was nominated for the office by Stan Welch, pastor of West Asheville Baptist Church and former Baptist State Convention president.

    “With your prayerful support and patient encouragement we can proceed down the path that brother Allan and others like him have charted for us,” Blanton said.

    Before he started presiding, he asked current BSC President Ed Yount to pray for him, asking wisdom and courage and constant awareness that “in conducting our business our purpose is that boys and girls, men and women, moms and dads will be led to the Lord Jesus.”
    1/27/2010 2:45:00 AM by Norman Jameson, BR Editor | with 5 comments




Comments
CJ Bordeaux
Bro. Jim,
In reading your concern about Bro. Blanton's election, let me assure you that this man is a humble man, with a humble spirit and would do for you in a small church as well for anyone in a big church. I was at the Board of Directors meeting, there was opportunity given for anyone to be nominated from the floor or the podium, no one else rose to make such a nomination. My concern is that we see the bigger picture here in NC. The size of the church the man leads is not the issue - it is the heart of the church. Understand that in this state, every church, whether small, medium or large is the heartbeat of the Baptist State Convention of NC. I assure you that our EDT, Milton Hollifield feels that way, and so do I as I represent you too. Please know that Bobby Blanton is a good, Godly man who will lead us well, not because he is from a big church or a small church, but because, just like you, I am sure, he loves the Lord Jesus with all his heart and just wants to serve wherever the door is opened to him. I would simply ask you to pray for him as he leads our Board of Directors. I believe you will be proud of his leadership.
1/27/2010 5:16:55 PM

Norman
Don't forget, Lake Norman was a small church when Blanton started there as pastor...
1/27/2010 3:35:46 PM

Thomas Kiker
So you are implying that this pastor and the church is not "doing real ministry in the trenches". Bobby Blanton obviously has shown strong leadership within the local church and the convention. I believe the small church and their pastors are sufficiently represented on State Convention and SBC boards.
1/27/2010 12:04:12 PM

Les Puryear
Jim,

I couldn't disagree with you more. As a small church advocate I believe BSCNC is doing more than most state conventions to include small churches in the process. We have many small church pastors on the Board of Directors. Also, we have a statement in our bylaws that at least 45% of all committee nominations must be from churches with less than 400 attendees. So I would say we're doing more than most in getting smaller membership churches involved.

Les
1/27/2010 12:02:35 PM

Jim
Why do state conventions insist on ignoring the fact that the majority of Baptist churches have around 80 members and insist on electing leadership only from large or mega churches? The SBC does the same thing. It's tragic that pastors, and churches, doing real ministry in the trenches are ignored while the overpreened are glorified.

Too many Baptists have forgotten who they are and where they come from.
1/27/2010 10:08:09 AM

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