Steve Hardy to lead BSC partnerships
    January 12 2015 by BR staff

    The Baptist State Convention of North Carolina (BSC) announced that Steve Hardy has been named as a contract worker in the church planting and missions partnerships group effective Jan. 5. Hardy, who recently retired as associate pastor for evangelism and missions at Calvary Baptist Church in Winston-Salem, will give leadership to the Office of Great Commission Partnerships (GCP).
    Chuck Register, executive leader for the group, said, “We are delighted to have Steve join our team. He brings 40 plus years of ministry experience in North Carolina Baptist churches to the office and a sound biblical understanding of the Great Commission task at hand. Steve’s gifts as a missions strategist and his abilities as a missions mobilizer have led Calvary church to be on the forefront of global disciple-making in Southern Baptist life.”


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    Steve Hardy was recently named as a contract worker for the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina in the church planting and missions partnership group.

    BSC launched GCP in August 2010 to assist N.C. Baptist churches, associations and networks in developing, implementing and maintaining an effective missional strategy to reach the unreached and unengaged peoples of the world. Mike Sowers served in the office through 2013. Devon Griffin filled the slot for seven months in 2014.
    “With over 100 unreached people groups identified in Raleigh, Charlotte and Greensboro, and with over 7,150 unreached people groups in the world, our task is great. Steve Hardy will help North Carolina Baptists make significant strides in reaching these people groups with the gospel of Christ,” Register added.
    In a statement to the Biblical Recorder Hardy said N.C. Baptists have the greatest opportunity to reach the world with the gospel in the history of mankind. “I am excited about helping churches reach people groups that God is moving to North Carolina in great numbers, and then helping us move our passion for these people groups to the great cities of North America and the world,” he said.
    “We also want to help churches engage the least evangelized cities of North America and plant churches that have a heart for reaching their cities.”
    Hardy served as pastor of two churches and has been actively engaged with BSC throughout his ministry including service as chairman of the budget committee. He served two terms as a trustee of the International Mission Board, and he travels extensively around the world in mission engagement.
    Along with the late Mark Corts, who pastored Calvary Baptist in Winston-Salem, Hardy mentored more than 350 N.C. pastors through the ministry of Tarheel Leadership. Corts’ son, Steve, continues the organization’s mentoring assignment out of Center Grove Baptist Church in Clemmons.
    From his experience as a pastor, a mentor of pastors and a missions pastor, Hardy said, “I am grateful for [the] opportunity to use those experiences to equip and encourage our churches in fulfilling the Great Commission.
    “When God told me to retire from [Calvary], He gave me assurance that He still has a great adventure for me in helping reach our state, our nation and our world with the gospel,” Hardy added. “The GCP office is an exciting part of that great adventure for me, and I look forward to serving Baptists across North Carolina as we share the adventure together.”

    1/12/2015 2:35:52 PM by BR staff | with 1 comments
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Bob Tannehill
Just got my computer working after three weeks and saw the article about Steve Hardy. I have known and and admired Steve for too many years to recall. I also knew his parents and siblings. He is a real gentleman and servant of our Lord. I wish him God speed. We miss him at Calvary for sure!
1/23/2015 4:14:42 PM

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