March 8 2010 by Norman Jameson, BR Editor

    The Baptist State Convention Executive Committee conducted a brief business meeting March 5 following a two-day retreat at Hollifield Leadership Center. The annual retreat introduces Executive Committee members to each other as they prepare for a year of conducting BSC business.

    It was the first Executive Committee meeting for Bobby Blanton since he was elected Board president in January. Blanton is pastor of Lake Norman Baptist Church.

    BR photo by Norman Jameson

    Bobby Blanton, left, pastor of Lake Norman Baptist Church, led his first Executive Committee retreat and meeting at Hollifield Leadership Center March 4-5.


    The only significant news was the financial report that shows Cooperative Program gifts through February down 15.4 percent over the same period in 2009.

    John Butler, executive leader for business services, said some churches have missed services up to five Sundays already this year due to bad weather. Few churches in the state have not been affected at least one Sunday, he said.

    The challenge with the significant dip in receipts is managing cash flow, he said, until churches can resume normal operations.

    He said churches do not usually make up 100 percent of receipts from missed Sundays, but he expressed confidence that North Carolina Baptists will support their churches and that the churches will forward mission gifts to make up most of the current shortfall.

    “We need to get past Easter to get a good picture of where the year is going,” Butler said. Milton A. Hollifield Jr., BSC executive director-treasurer, urged Executive Committee members to take advantage of the deadline extended to March 15 for making nominations to the Board and to the boards of agencies and institutions.

    “Please help the nominating committee,” he said. “Sometimes people get the misperception the nominating committee has more names than they can use.

    That’s not the case.

    “They are looking for names, for people.

    “Take the time to nominate good people or ask someone to nominate them.”
    3/8/2010 6:47:00 AM by Norman Jameson, BR Editor | with 0 comments




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