June 2011

Wells to be re-nominated regis. secretary

June 8 2011 by Baptist Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Jim Wells, the Southern Baptist Convention’s (SBC) registration secretary, will be re-nominated for another one-year term during the June 14-15 annual meeting in Phoenix, Ariz., a Missouri pastor announced June 7.

Neil Franks, lead pastor of First Baptist Church in Branson, Mo., said Wells, who is director of missions for the Tri-County Baptist Association in southwest Missouri, has what Southern Baptists need “more of.”

“When I moved to Branson over four years ago, Jim was among the first to welcome me, encourage me and pray for me,” Franks said. “He continues to be a confidant both to me and any pastor who will receive his friendship. Ten years into his leadership of Tri-County Association, instead of simply maintaining the status quo, he led us through a transition of becoming a more ‘local church focused’ association. This change has led to a more effective ministry where relationships have been strengthened among the churches. Even more important than that, greater resources have been devoted to helping local churches accomplish their God-called tasks in their communities with less focus on building larger denominational structures. We need that type of leadership in the SBC.”

Wells also is a role model for reaching out to and encouraging younger leaders and embracing innovative new technologies, Franks added. “I could say much more about Jim and his effectiveness in ministry, but here is what you need to know: Jim has a heart for all types of people — the lost, the saved, the church member, the pastor, the staff member, and we need that energy toward caring and concern more than ever in the SBC.”

The Tri-County Baptist Association, which Wells has led for 10 years, received the “Church Planting Association of the Year” award in 2004 from the Missouri Baptist Convention. He has been a member of the Missouri Baptist Convention’s executive board and the SBC Executive Committee.

A member of Hopedale Baptist Church in Ozark, Mo., Wells previously pastored Oakwood Baptist Church in Kansas City, Mo., for 16 years, leading the church to increase its Cooperative Program giving from 8 percent to more than 16 percent of undesignated receipts. He was in the pastorate more than 32 years. He has served SBC registration secretary since 2002.

A Missouri native, Wells holds a master of divinity degree from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas City, Mo., along with degrees from Hannibal-LaGrange College and Central Missouri State University.

Wells and his wife, Judy, have one daughter, Dana.
6/8/2011 9:51:00 AM by Baptist Press | with 0 comments

Pastor proposes NIV resolution

June 8 2011 by Baptist Press

INDIANAPOLIS — An Indiana pastor has submitted a proposed resolution to the Resolutions Committee expressing concern over the 2011 New International Version (NIV) Bible and its usage of gender neutral language.

That doesn’t mean it will make it to the floor of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) annual meeting. According to SBC Bylaw 20, only resolutions recommended by the committee may be considered by messengers.

The proposed resolution by pastor Tim Overton of Halteman Village Baptist Church in Muncie, Ind., says the newest NIV “alters the meaning of hundreds of verses, most significantly by erasing gender-specific details which appear in the original language.” The resolution, dated May 25, further asserts that “seventy-five percent of the inaccurate gender language found in the TNIV is retained in the 2011 NIV.” The TNIV was a 2005 translation criticized by many evangelical leaders for its gender neutral language.

Overton gave a copy of his proposed resolution to Baptist Press after submitting it to the committee.

The proposed resolution would have messengers “respectfully request” that LifeWay Christian Stores not carry the Bible. It also would have messengers go on record as stating “we cannot commend the 2011 NIV to Southern Baptists or the larger Christian community.”

Neither the subject nor the language of any submitted resolution has standing until the Resolutions Committee presents its report at the Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting on Wednesday, June 15. The Resolutions Committee could accept the resolution, modify it or decline it.
6/8/2011 9:50:00 AM by Baptist Press | with 0 comments

BSC annual meeting to follow two-day schedule

June 7 2011 by BSC Communications

The 2011 annual meeting of the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina (BSC) will, for the first time since 1994, feature a two-day meeting instead of a three-day meeting. Messengers approved the change during the 2010 annual meeting.

North Carolina Baptists will gather at the Koury Convention Center in Greensboro Monday, Nov. 7-Tuesday, Nov. 8. The two-day schedule eliminates the Wednesday morning session.

The shorter convention will allow many messengers to return home rather than spending an additional evening in a hotel, and additional expenses associated with the third day of a convention meeting will be eliminated.  

The shortened schedule will still allow appropriate time for all aspects of the annual meeting, such as the Convention sermon, ministry reports, business sessions, theme interpretations and times of worship. More detailed information about various sessions and presentations will be available soon at www.ncannualmeeting.org.

Messengers will be able to stay at the headquarter’s hotel, the Sheraton Four Seasons in Greensboro, for a discounted rate of $99 per night ($112.61 including tax). This pre-pay rate, which is the same for king and double rooms, is only available at the BSC annual meeting web site.

Reservations cannot be made by calling the Sheraton or the BSC.

A reservation is refundable if notice of cancellation is given at least 24 hours prior to time of check-in. All messengers staying at the Sheraton receive free wireless Internet.

The annual meeting has been held at the Koury Convention Center in Greensboro for several years.

The Sheraton Hotel is located on the same property as the Convention Center, allowing messengers easy access to their hotel room and all the meeting halls.

North Carolina Baptists who make their room reservation online, as opposed to mail-in registration or even phone and email registration, will reduce cost and time spent by staff processing reservations. The reservation deadline is Oct. 31.

The reservations made after Oct. 31 must be made directly with the Sheraton Hotel at their normal rate.

For reservations, visit https://store.ncbaptist.org/magento/index.php/annual-meeting.html.
6/7/2011 9:24:00 AM by BSC Communications | with 0 comments

Volunteers finishing Shelby Mission Camp

June 7 2011 by Mike Creswell, BSC Communications

Eddie Williams stands amid walls framed in bare wooden 2X4s, but he is seeing finished rooms for sleeping, eating, conferences and other activities at the Shelby Mission Camp.

Williams and his wife, Martha, are veteran missions workers who coordinated North Carolina Baptist response to Hurricane Katrina in Gulfport, Miss., for about two years, and then oversaw the successful renovation of a former textile plant near Red Springs in Robeson County into the Red Springs Mission Camp.

Now Eddie and Martha are coordinating the construction of the Shelby Mission Camp in Shelby.

There are two major buildings, warehouse plus a larger building which houses administrative and conference spaces, housing and cafeteria.

The two mission camps have been started in a partnership between the Baptist State Convention and North Carolina Baptist Men (NCBM).

Both camps are funded by North Carolina Baptists through their contributions to the North Carolina Missions Offering (NCMO).

At Red Springs, Baptists bought and converted a textile factory into a mission support station that is Wal-Mart-sized.

At Shelby, Baptists bought 43 acres of well-situated land for $175,000, a good price for a site located just off the 74 Bypass, one of the city’s busiest areas for restaurants and shopping. Two major buildings were constructed during 2010 and into 2011.

The warehouse is completed and the main building’s exterior shell is completed, lacking only interior walls, wiring and heating/AC systems before it will be ready to host teams.

“We have a lot of work to do, but we can see the light at the end of the tunnel,” Williams said. 

BSC photo by Mike Creswell

Eddie Williams, left, serves as the coordinator for Shelby Mission Camp. He and his wife, Martha, have been living at the facility to get it ready for service to the community.

To keep costs down, Williams is depending on volunteers to do as much of the finishing work as possible.

“We have volunteer teams lined up for hanging sheetrock this summer. We already have many full weeks between July and August. But we still have some empty slots if a team wants to check with us,” he said.

“Howard Wacaster (see story) has helped a lot with the electrical system, and we’ve had good help with plumbing, but we still need some professional help with heating and air conditioning systems. Since these will be suspended from the ceiling, we really need people who are fully qualified for this kind of work,” he said.

“We’ve had many volunteers who come and work just for a day at a time. That has helped tremendously,” he said. A few volunteer work teams have even come from other states, he added.

“The most common remark we’ve heard both from Baptists and others who have come to see the facility has been, ‘This is impressive!’” Williams said. “It will be a top-notch facility, something that will be here for a long time, and it will be something we can use in many ways.” 

The mission camp concept was the brainchild of Richard Brunson, NCBM executive director, who wanted to see the skills, equipment and expertise developed by some 40,000 North Carolina Baptist volunteers who responded to Hurricane Katrina put to work in North Carolina. The concept has been well received.

Williams says the concept of “mission camp” has been a new one for Cleveland County government officials; he has done lots of explaining about the facility’s purpose as he pursued permits and clearances for the camp.

That purpose is all about missions: The camp will accommodate thousands of North Carolina Baptist volunteers who will have sleeping space and meals provided at the camp so they can do work projects throughout the area — at $18 a day per person.

Several thousand volunteers put in more than 7,000 volunteer days at the Red Springs Mission Camp last year.

Since more churches are located nearer to the Shelby camp, volunteer use could be even higher.

“I’ve been getting calls from churches in a wide area wanting to know when they can come and work,” Williams said.

“We’ll be setting up projects such as home repair, wheelchair ramp construction, evangelism and many other kinds of ministries all across Cleveland County, which is a big county,” he said, “but we’ll also eventually get into Gaston, Rutherfordton, Lincoln and McDowell counties. We’ve already supported Deep Impact projects in Lincolnton.”

As soon as the final construction bits are done, Williams is looking forward to completely focusing on community projects.

BSC photo by Mike Creswell

Dale Duncan, former president of North Carolina Baptist Men, readies the ground near the entrance of Shelby Mission Camp.

“It’s all in God’s timing, if I can just stay patient. The Lord did not bless me with lots of patience,” Williams says with a laugh.

The camp will also handle small conferences for churches and associations.

“We’ll be exploring how to fully use the facility, especially when weather does not allow outside activities,” he said.

While many Baptists have supported the camp with their labor, others have helped in other ways, Williams points out.

“Between the main building and the warehouse, we will have a prayer garden. Elizabeth Baptist Church in Shelby has taken the lead on that, and one lady in that church gave a donation to help with it,” he said.

Williams could not list all the churches and groups which have stepped forward to help the camp:
  • one church will get three flagpoles installed out front;
  • Eagle Scouts will work on an outdoor amphitheater;
  • First Baptist Church, Boone, donated a large, powered projection screen to be used in a conference room;
  • Fruitland Baptist Bible Institute donated pews;
  • Samaritan’s Purse brought in a truckload of office furniture from a factory which closed down;
  • Appalachian State University donated bunk beds;
  • Many churches and associations donated furniture;
  • Several Woman’s Missionary Union groups donated paper products, napkins, bathroom paper, and trash bags.
On a recent day, Dale Duncan, former president of NCBM, ran a tiller alongside the camp entrance so grass could be added to beautify the entrance.

Similarly, the Shelby Mission Camp will help Baptists provide an attractive, attention-getting introduction of Jesus Christ to thousands of people in the area. That is what Williams is really impatient to see.

Contact (800) 395-5102, ext. 5606, or visit www.ncmissions.org.

August rallies
August 22-30 is the North Carolina Baptist Men’s Mission Celebrations week. There will be an event in each region including worship, testimony, mission videos, prayer and food. Contact Kecia Morgan at (800) 395-5102, ext. 5613, or kmorgan@ncbaptist.org for registration help. Visit www.baptistsonmission.org.

Promoting NCMO
How does your church promote the North Carolina Missions Offering (NCMO)? Do you highlight your missions or host a speaker from the Baptist State Convention? Send the Biblical Recorder your photos and information about how you promote missions. Contact dianna@biblicalrecorder.org or (919) 847-2127.

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6/7/2011 9:11:00 AM by Mike Creswell, BSC Communications | with 0 comments

Volunteer with cancer tries to ‘give back’

June 7 2011 by Mike Creswell, BSC Communications

Howard Wacaster pulls a heavy electrical cable and then mounts a ladder to make a connection. He is at the Shelby Mission Camp, helping finish off the interior of the camp’s administration/housing/food station building.

The mission camp is situated on a 43-acre site just off the 74 Bypass in Shelby. It will be a work center for thousands of North Carolina Baptist volunteers to work in and around Shelby. Camp coordinator Eddie Williams is depending on volunteers like Wacaster to get as much of the final finishing work done as possible.

Wacaster (pronounced WAY-caster) has been working at the Shelby Mission Camp off and on for months.

“He has become a great friend to Martha and myself,” camp coordinator Eddie Williams said of Wacaster. (Martha is Eddie’s wife who helps him coordinate the Shelby camp.)

Wacaster has contributed the equivalent of thousands of dollars of electrical contracting to the camp. He still climbs ladders quickly for a 68-year-old.

But that’s only half his story.

Wacaster has been fighting leukemia since 2005.

He has kept the disease at bay with intensive chemotherapy treatments, which leave him exhausted and ill. But on good days, as his energy picks up, he heads over to the mission camp and starts to work. Why not stay home and rest, people ask him.

“Well, you know, if you’re sitting at home in a chair, you have a lot of time to think. And over here, I have a lot of things that take my mind off of it,” he said.

In fact, he said work at the mission camp has been a “God-send” to him, allowing him to put his certified electrician skills to work for Kingdom purposes.

BSC photo by Mike Creswell

Howard Wacaster, 68, has provided electrical contracting for Shelby Mission Camp for months.

Missions work is nothing new for Wacaster.

He recalls working long hours in eastern North Carolina, cleaning up after Hurricane Floyd, which struck in 1999. He made many other mission trips after that.

A member of Flint Hill Baptist Church in Shelby for 48 years, he says he has served on every committee possible and still serves as Baptist Men director.

He retired from his job with an airplane parts manufacturer in 2005 because of his leukemia; he left Flint Hill’s deacon board in 2008 for the same reason.

Yet Wacaster is not bitter.

“If you love God and you love the Lord Jesus the way you should, you need to give back. I’m just trying to give back,” he said.

Recently Wacaster’s condition took a turn for the worse: He was diagnosed with acute lymphoma, an even more dangerous blood cancer which could be fatal. He faces intense chemo treatments for the next six to eight weeks.

Wacaster sees the life-or-death options of his illness through Christian eyes. “I am a winner either way,” he told Williams.

“He smiled, waved and drove out the gate. What a testimony!” Williams said of his friend.

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6/7/2011 9:07:00 AM by Mike Creswell, BSC Communications | with 0 comments

Wingate gets community service honor

June 7 2011 by Wingate University

The Corporation for National and Community Service honored Wingate University as a leader for their support of volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement.

Wingate was admitted to the 2010 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for engaging its students, faculty and staff in meaningful service that achieves measurable results in the community. This is the third year in a row the university has received this honor. Wingate students logged more than 15,000 hours of community service and raised over $14,000 in 2010. This year’s honor is based on several projects including volunteering at Carolina Equine Rescue & Assistance, a horse rescue farm in Union County. Students raised awareness about hunger and homelessness and took part in spring break trips to other states.
6/7/2011 9:06:00 AM by Wingate University | with 0 comments

Garner church celebrates American Idol

June 6 2011 by Dianna L. Cagle, BR Assistant Managing Editor

Seeing Scotty McCreery grow up through First Baptist Church in Garner to become this season’s American Idol is no surprise to Travis Tobin.

“We are very proud and pleased in how he’s represented the Lord,” said Tobin, FBC’s senior pastor. When the 17-year-old defeated Lauren Alaina in the final show May 25 he knew exactly who to thank: “I thank the Lord. He got me here.”

When he made the final three, McCreery came home to Garner to a warm welcome. Thousands of fans packed a Garner park and showed up throughout the day at his various appearances.

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Scotty McCreery made a name for himself on Americal Idol and brought attention to his faith. McCreery, 17, won the competition May 25. He is a member of First Baptist Church in Garner.

“It’s really unbelieveable how all this has come together quickly,” Tobin said. “He was quick to honor the Lord while he was here.”

Tobin remembers it was almost a year ago that McCreery went to Milwaukee to audition for the show. After receiving his prized Hollywood ticket, McCreery caught a plane back to Raleigh to go with his youth group on a mission trip to New York.

McCreery has been part of the church’s youth praise band on Wednesday nights, and throughout season 10 of American Idol, has been sharing symbols of his faith.

“We knew he was trying to let us know he had his mind and heart on the Lord,” explained Tobin, who said he’s spotted McCreery wearing a BeDoTell shirt, reflecting the Baptist State Convention’s youth ministry. He also wears a cross necklace and an “I am Second” wristband, showing his support for a movement that chronicles the personal stories of struggle and transformation of celebrities and everyday people.

When asked about McCreery’s faith life, Tobin said that the teen feels closer to God than ever before even though it has been a struggle not being part of his church family.

Scotty and his mother have only been able to attend church services a couple of times since being in Hollywood.

“It’s been more of Scotty with his mom spending time in prayer,” Tobin said. “One of the things he desires is that God give him a greater hunger for His Word.”

Tobin said the students have tried to include Scotty in worship on Wednesday a couple of times via Skype. Because of the time difference, he could usually participate some.

During his May 14 homecoming, about 130 church members wearing “Team Scotty” yellow T-shirts canvassed the park distributing tracts that included “My Story,” Scotty’s personal testimony, and sharing how to have a relationship with Christ. The volunteers also helped people with directions and provided assistance to town officials.

“In between his songs, he was quick to give testimony to the Lord,” Tobin said. “My prayer is that he’ll keep walking with the Lord so He’ll keep blessing him.”

Tobin believes “people fell in love with Scotty and the character he exhibited.”

Because of Scotty, the church has seen an uptick in emails as well as visitors. Tobin said on Memorial Day weekend, typically a low turnout day for most churches, there were more visitors than normal. Tobin has received emails from across the country and around the world praising Scotty for his Christian witness. “It’s been an interesting experience,” said Tobin, who is becoming known as “Scotty’s pastor.” “God’s showing favor to Scotty right now.”
6/6/2011 8:23:00 AM by Dianna L. Cagle, BR Assistant Managing Editor | with 0 comments

Nominations announced for Convention

June 6 2011 by BR staff

Three nominations for the three top posts at the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina (BSC) have been announced.

Mark Harris, pastor of First Baptist Church in Charlotte, will be nominated for the president’s role by Marty Jacumin, pastor of Bay Leaf Baptist Church in Raleigh. He is currently the first vice president. Harris was also president of the 2008 Pastor’s Conference.

For first vice president Bobby Blanton, pastor of Lake Norman Baptist Church in Huntersville and chairman of the BSC’s Executive Committee, will nominate CJ Bordeaux, who is currently serving as second vice president. Bordeaux is pastor of Gorman Baptist Church in Durham and has previously served on the Giving Plan Study Committee and Committee on Committees as well as through the Home Mission Board (currently the North American Mission Board).

Lee Pigg, pastor of Hopewell Baptist Church in Monroe, has announced his intent to nominate Timmy Blair for second vice president. Blair is pastor of Piney Grove Chapel Baptist Church in Angier.

In other nominations, Blair will nominate Scott Faw as president elect of the Pastor’s Conference. Faw is pastor of Moon’s Chapel Baptist Church in Siler City. The president is elected two years in advance to help in coordinating the line-up of speakers.

The elections will take place in Greensboro at the BSC’s annual meeting in November.
6/6/2011 8:22:00 AM by BR staff | with 0 comments

Well-known conservative N.C. pastor, Gerald Primm, dies

June 6 2011 by BR staff

Gerald C. Primm, 89, former pastor of Eller Memorial Baptist Church in Greensboro, died May 28 at Moses Cone Memorial Hospital.

Known as a strong conservative leader in North Carolina, Primm worked to restore the biblical roots of the Southern Baptist Convention and the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina.

“He served the Lord with all his heart and as the Scripture says of others, ‘lived to be old and full of days,’” said Barry Nealy, director of missions at Three Forks Baptist Association.

Paige Patterson, president of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas, called Primm a “great man.”

Primm fought in World War II as a fighter pilot. He flew 56 combat missions in a P-38 Lightning covering several countries.

“Gerald was a jewel of a man,” said CJ Bordeaux, pastor of Gorman Baptist Church in Durham.

His exploits as a fighter pilot ranged from starting his European service in Casablanca, to starting his combat missions in Mateur, Tunisia, in Northern Africa and in escorting bombers to Sardinia.

After Sardinia was liberated by the Allies, he was stationed at Sardinia where he suffered from a bout of yellow jaundice.

Six of his combat missions were flown out of Gioia del Colle on Italy proper. The most harrowing was the mission to escort bombers to bomb a ball-bearing plant in Wiener-Neustadt, Austria.

When the bombers arrived at Wiener-Neustadt they had to abort their mission due to weather, but this just started the travails of Gerald as the enemy were spotted.

Gerald counted about 25 of them and then another 35 were spotted for a total of 60.

Outnumbered by 60 to 16, Gerald’s plane was fixed upon, and a bullet knocked out his hydraulic system and one engine. His wing flaps were not maneuverable and his landing gear would not deploy.

Gerald dismissed bailing out over Yugoslavia and decided to skim the mountain tops and glide over the Adriatic Sea. To compound Gerald’s problems a German plane was coming in for the kill and one of Gerald’s fellow pilots, Jim Advey, came to the rescue and drove the enemy fighter away.

They remained life-long friends after the war. Gerald’s Wiener-Neustadt escapade ended as he spotted an airfield north of Foggia, Italy, and Gerald crash landed at 130 miles an hour without the plane somersaulting down the runway.

He is survived by his sons, John and Mark Primm, both of Greensboro; a sister, Jean Purcell of Columbia, Md.; a brother, Bud Primm of Greensboro; and four grandchildren.
6/6/2011 8:17:00 AM by BR staff | with 0 comments

More than burning a note

June 6 2011 by BR staff

BR photo by K. Allan Blume

Pastor John Attaway III and the Mount Pleasant Baptist Church congregation in State Road finish their May 29 service outside with a note-burning ceremony. See photo gallery.

May 29 was a celebration day for Mount Pleasant Baptist Church in State Road. Pastor John Attaway III recently celebrated 25 years as pastor, but this day focused on the final payment of a $1.8 million-note for the 800-seat sanctuary.

The celebration included a reading of the church’s history along with unique stories of God’s faithfulness. Johnny Enloe, Elkin Baptist Association’s missionary, and his wife, Kay, attended the services.

Attaway challenged the people to be a kingdom focused church and be obedient to the Great Commission. His message from 1 Chronicles 29 celebrated what God has done in providing their facilities.

He encouraged the congregation to “give the next generation more than a paid-for building. Let us be a launch pad for a bigger mission.” The church already gives to missions through the Cooperative Program, and they send mission teams out regularly. But they want to increase their giving since the debt is paid.

When the church broke ground on the facility, each member brought a shovel. So, the whole church got involved. With the note burning, the church wanted to involve all members in a similar manner. So each member was given a copy of the note. After the service, everyone marched out to the front lawn where each person tossed the note into a covered burner.
6/6/2011 8:12:00 AM by BR staff | with 0 comments

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