BSC’s Executive Committee approves 2012 budget
    July 18 2011 by Melissa Lilley, BSC Communications

    The Executive Committee (EC) of the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina (BSC) met July 14, to hear the proposed 2012 Cooperative Program (CP) budget and other reports.

    The proposed budget presented by the Budget Committee is the first budget since 2008 that reflects an increase in ministry dollars. The $33.5-million budget is a 2.5 percent increase from the 2011 budget, according to Stan Welch, chairman of the Budget Committee.

    The budget includes an additional one-half percent increase in the dollars that are sent to the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC). This is the seventh year in a row that the BSC has increased this percentage by one-half percent. The proposed allocation to the SBC is 35.5 percent.

    Milton A. Hollifield Jr., BSC executive director-treasurer, shared with the committee that he is committed to continue increasing the funds that are sent to the SBC because he believes in the SBC’s efforts to be involved in missions and taking the gospel to the unreached and unengaged people groups of the world.

    However, he also shared that because state conventions are not mirrors of the SBC, meaning there are distinctive ministries to which state conventions are committed in which the SBC is not involved, he is also committed to making sure that North Carolina ministries and missions efforts have the funds needed to be effective.

    Welch pointed out that the proposed 2012 budget includes an increase for evangelism efforts and church planting. This is the sixth year in a row that the budget for church planting has increased.

    Other ministries and agencies reflecting an increase in allocated funds include the Baptist Children’s Homes of North Carolina, Fruitland Baptist Bible Institute, the Biblical Recorder and North Carolina Baptist Aging Ministry.

    One of the areas with the most significant percentage increase, 7.4 percent, is the allocation for GuideStone known as “Retirement, Protection, and Care for NC Church staff.” About 10 years ago GuideStone began phasing out its contributions to state conventions to help pay for the retirement and protection benefits for North Carolina Baptist church staff, thus BSC contributions must increase.

    In 2009, the EC began to follow a reduction plan approved by the Convention for direct funding of affiliated educational institutions, specifically Campbell University, Chowan University, Gardner-Webb University, Mars Hill College and Wingate University. The new relationship with the affiliated educational institutions was established with the agreement that the BSC would reduce unrestricted direct funding by 25 percent each year beginning in 2009. Therefore, the 2012 budget will be the first in decades to no longer allocate direct funding to these schools.

    The EC approved the budget as presented. If the budget is approved by the Board of Directors at its September meeting, the Board will then present the budget to messengers at this year’s annual meeting in November for final approval.

    Other reports
    The EC approved the following recommendations from the Committee on Nominations related to appointments on the BSC Board of Directors: Gary Carroll, Newport Baptist Church, Newport, to fill the 2012 unexpired term of Steve Weaver; Daniel Justice, Ogden Baptist Church, Wilmington, to fill the 2013 unexpired term of Mike Pittman; Steve Jarvis, Colonial Baptist Church, Thomasville, to fill the 2014 unexpired term of Perry Comer; Andy Atkins, Fairview Baptist Church, Dobson, to fill the unexpired term of Elizabeth Billings; Katie Harris, Eastside Baptist Church, Shelby, to fill the 2012 unexpired term of Lynn Sherrill; Branton Burleson, Christ Covenant Community Baptist Church, Hendersonville, to fill the 2012 unexpired term of Ed Lowder; and Wade Harding, West Burnsville Baptist Church, Burnsville, to fill the 2014 unexpired term of Stan Willet.

    The EC heard a request from Woman’s Missionary Union of North Carolina (WMU-NC) to obtain mailing address information for the wives of new BSC pastors in order to mail them information about their annual new ministers’ wives retreat. The EC approved the BSC Administration and Convention Relations Office to mail the information on behalf of WMU-NC.

    In committee reports, the Church Planting and Missions Development Committee shared that spots are still open for pastors and leaders on the two upcoming vision trips to Toronto and New York City through the Office of Great Commission Partnerships (GCP). GCP also has spots open in the Next Generation Missional Leadership Journey. For more information contact Michael Sowers at msowers@ncbaptist.org.

    Dana Hall, N.C. Baptist Men president, gave an update on disaster relief efforts. So far this year, NC Baptist Men has responded to 13 disasters and 1,500 North Carolina Baptists have participated in disaster relief training. Since N.C. Baptist Men began its work in Haiti last year, they have ministered to more than 91,000 people in the medical clinics and seen more than 1,000 salvations. They have also helped build 15 permanent houses, 10 church buildings and several orphanages.

    Baptist Men is also working in India, and to date have built 657 new drinking wells and sponsored 37 church planters.

    Randy Godwin, president of the N.C. Baptist Associational Missionaries Conference, reported on a recent semi-annual gathering of the state’s directors of missions. Among the topics being explored by the group is the future of local associations.

    Beverly Volz, BSC senior accountant, brought the financial report. Volz reported that through the first week in July, Cooperative Program funds are $16,138,324.42, a total that is 4.91 percent behind last year at this time. When compared to last year this time, the BSC is ahead in both the Lottie Moon and Annie Armstrong missions offerings.

    The next Executive Committee meeting is August 11 at Caraway Conference Center.

    (EDITOR’S NOTE — Biblical Recorder Editor K. Allan Blume contributed to this report.)
    7/18/2011 9:23:00 AM by Melissa Lilley, BSC Communications | with 0 comments




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