BSC Board OKs study committee reports, budget
    October 7 2011 by Melissa Lilley, BSC Communications

    The Board of Directors of the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina (BSC) met Sept. 27-28 at Caraway Conference Center to hear ministry reports and to consider study committee reports as well as the 2012 budget.

    Budget

    The Board approved the proposed 2012 Cooperative Program budget, a budget that reflects the first increase in ministry dollars since 2008. The $33,500,000 budget is a 2.5 percent increase from the 2011 budget.

    The budget includes an additional one-half percent increase in the allocation of funds 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.

    This is the sixth year in a row that the budget has included an increase for church planting. The budget will be presented for approval to messengers during the Convention’s annual meeting Nov. 7-8 in Greensboro.

    Beverly Volz, BSC senior accountant, brought the financial report. Volz reported that through the end of August, Cooperative Program funds are $19,823,939.59, a total that is 7.24 percent behind budget. A comparison of year-to-year receipts reveals that 2011 receipts are only .18 percent below last year at this time. However, the BSC continues to operate in the black.

    When compared to last year this time, the BSC is ahead in both the Lottie Moon and Annie Armstrong missions offerings.

    Study committee reports

    The Board heard from two committees formed earlier this year to study issues raised by messengers during the 2010 Annual Meeting of the Convention. One committee studied the development of a policy related to alcohol consumption, which is related to a motion made by Tim Rogers of Ebenezer Baptist Church in Indian Trail.

    The second committee studied a motion made by Phil Addison of Stony Point Baptist Church in Stony Point, regarding adoption of the Baptist Faith and Message 2000 by the Convention.

    Mike Whitson, pastor of First Baptist Church in Indian Trail, chaired the Social Use of Alcohol Committee. Joining him on the committee were Mike Barrett, Pleasant Garden Baptist Church, Pleasant Garden; Brian Langley, Bethel Baptist Church, Troutman; M.O. Owens Jr., Parkwood Baptist Church, Gastonia; and Marcus Redding, Hulls Grove Baptist Church, Vale.

    The Board approved the statement brought by the committee, which states: “After prayer consideration and study, the committee positively affirms the current policies related to the social use of alcohol for the BSC staff, BSC supported church planters, and those individuals recommended to serve on the committees and boards of the BSC. The committee believes that our current policies sufficiently support both the historical position of the Convention and also the principles of God’s Word. It would be helpful to remind all of us of Paul’s admonition to live according to the standards of purity and holiness so as not to be a hindrance in the spiritual life of any other individual.”

    Greg Mathis, pastor of Mud Creek Baptist Church in Hendersonville, chaired the Baptist Faith and Message Study Committee. Other committee members included Don Bouldin, Carmel Baptist Church, Charlotte; Eddie Honeycutt, First Baptist Church, Stanleyville; Cameron McGill, First Baptist Church, Dublin; and Rit Varialle, Elizabeth Baptist Church, Shelby.

    Mathis said the Baptist Faith and Message 2000 (BF&M) is not included in the BSC governing documents, nor is it included in the governing documents of the Southern Baptist Convention, and there is wisdom in it not being included. “We certainly don’t want to be creedal. The Bible is our governing document,” he said.

    Mathis said as the BF&M is a “living document,” if it were to be included in governing documents, those documents would need to be updated if the BF&M was ever revised. Although the committee did not advise adding the BF&M to the Convention’s governing documents, they did see areas in North Carolina Baptist life where they believed it should be affirmed. One such area was church planting. Another area was theological education, and Fruitland Baptist Bible Institute – the only institution of higher learning that is operated by the BSC – already affirms the BF&M 2000.

    Therefore, the committee presented and the Board approved a resolution affirming the Baptist Faith and Message 2000.

    This resolution will be included in the written report of the Board of Directors to the annual meeting of the BSC in November, and messengers will consider affirming the resolution as well.

    Business services

    The Board approved a recommendation from the Business Services Committee to sell Hollifield Leadership Center, located on a peninsula above the Oxford Dam on Lake Hickory, near Conover. The BSC purchased Hollifield Leadership Center in 2000 and has made major improvements and renovations since acquiring the property.

    However, with Hollifield unable to operate in the black, the convention can no longer justify expenses related to operating the facility.

    “From a business, and ministry, standpoint, selling Hollifield is the right thing to do,” said John Butler, executive leader for business services.

    The property will be listed with a real estate agency in January 2012. Hollifield will continue to operate in 2012 until the property is sold. If it is not sold by this time next year, the committee will bring another recommendation to the Board.

    Proceeds from the sale of Hollifield Leadership Center will be applied to Caraway Conference Center’s capital campaign and buildings related to the Caraway expansion will be named for Wyndolyn Hollifield, who gave the majority of the $3-million purchase price for Hollifield Leadership Center in 2000.

    The Business Services Committee also reported that the BSC has saved more than $300,000 in employee health insurance costs so far this year by moving to a self-insured plan with Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina serving as administrator of that plan.

    Articles and Bylaws

    The Board approved four amendments brought by the Articles and Bylaws Committee. One amendment was related to the articles of incorporation and it brings clarity regarding the use of the terms “members” and “messengers.” The three amendments to the bylaws relate to Fruitland Baptist Bible Institute.

    Find it Here 2012

    Chuck Register, executive leader for church planting and missions development, shared about the Find it Here: Expanding the Kingdom missions mobilization emphasis for 2012. Next year is the third year in a three-year focus on evangelism, discipleship and missions.

    In 2012, North Carolina Baptist churches will be challenged to take a step toward missional living, impacting the spiritual darkness around them with the gospel of Jesus Christ.

    Free resources such as a missions strategy guidebook, missions videos, sermon outlines, Bible study and prayer materials, and devotionals will be available at finditherenc.org. More information about next year’s emphasis will be shared during the Monday evening session of the Convention’s annual meeting.

    Register also spoke to a recommendation brought before the Board by the Church Planting and Missions Development Committee.

    The Board approved a recommendation that the BSC serve as a catalyst for the engagement of 250 unengaged, unreached people groups over the next 10 years by BSC churches. The focus will be on people groups from Southeast Asia. (See related story.)

    3D leadership

    The Congregational Services Committee reported on a new emphasis called “3D.” “This is a process for strengthening your church, it is not a program,” said committee member Lee Pigg, pastor of Hopewell Baptist Church in Monroe. “Our job is to make disciples, not build the church. Jesus will do that.”

    The process involves helping churches discover where they are and where God is leading; develop a strategy to get to where God is leading; and deliver resources to help people make disciples.

    Christian Life and Public Affairs

    Jarrod Scott, chairman of the Christian Life and Public Affairs Committee, reported that the committee is working to help churches better minister to homosexuals in the community and in the church. The committee is hosting a break out session during the Convention’s annual meeting about ministering to homosexuals. Cross Ministry founder Tim Wilkins will lead the session.

    The committee is partnering with Eddie Thompson, BSC senior consultant for marriage and family, who is available to discuss concerns and provide resources and referrals. The committee has also produced a free brochure about ministering to homosexuals. The committee is also working to encourage North Carolina Baptists to support the Marriage Protection Amendment, which the General Assembly recently voted to place before voters on the 2012 primary ballot. Passage of the amendment to the state constitution would define marriage as the union between one man and one woman.

    Fruitland appointments

    The Board approved the following individuals to serve a 2012-2015 term on the Fruitland Baptist Bible Institute Board of Directors: George Cagle, layman, Mud Creek Baptist Church, Hendersonville; Marcus Redding, pastor, Hulls Grove Baptist Church, Vale; Ron Nichols, pastor, West Stanly Baptist Church, Albemarle.
    10/7/2011 7:35:00 AM by Melissa Lilley, BSC Communications | with 0 comments




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