Messengers to vote on $33.5-million budget
    November 3 2011 by BSC Communications

    When messengers to the 181st annual meting of the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina (BSC) vote on the proposed 2012 Cooperative Program budget they will vote on a budget that reflects the first increase in ministry dollars in four years.
    John Butler, BSC executive leader for business services, said the projected increase in giving reflects confidence in the faithfulness of North Carolina Baptists to furthering the Kingdom of God. “The increase in our proposed budget during such a difficult economic time reflects the deep sense of commitment North Carolina Baptists have for proclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ here and around the world,” he said.
    Messengers will vote on the proposed budget during a fixed order of business Tuesday, Nov. 8, at 2:45 p.m.
    The $33.5 million budget is a 2.5 percent increase from the 2011 budget. For the seventh year in a row, the budget includes an additional one-half percent increase in the dollars that are sent to the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC). The proposed allocation to the SBC is 35.5 percent.
    The proposed budget includes increased funding for several North Carolina ministries and missions efforts, including an $83,000 increase for the direct support of new church plants. This is the sixth consecutive year that the budget for church planting has increased, totaling a nearly 100 percent increase.
    The evangelism group also sees a significant increase in Cooperative Program funding, primarily due to changes initiated by the North American Mission Board (NAMB), which substantially reduced NAMB’s support of many ministries in state conventions. The decrease in NAMB funding for evangelization is being offset by an increase in Cooperative Program funding for those affected ministries. Other ministries and agencies reflecting an increase in allocated funds include the Baptist Children’s Homes of North Carolina, North Carolina Baptist Hospital (School of Pastoral Care), 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.
    The proposed 2012 budget will be the first in decades to include no direct funding to BSC affiliated educational institutions, specifically Campbell University, Chowan University, Gardner-Webb University, Mars Hill College and Wingate University. In 2009, the BSC Executive Committee began to follow a reduction plan approved by the Convention for direct funding of these institutions. 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.
    Proposed funding for BSC ministry groups administration and convention relations, congregational services, and business services do not reflect significant changes from last year’s allocations.
    11/3/2011 1:39:17 PM by BSC Communications | with 0 comments
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