October 2013

2012 missions support by N.C. Baptist churches

October 22 2013 by BSC

In response to many information requests in recent years, the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina (BSC) decided to resume the annual publication of church contributions to our Cooperative Program mission budget and the three primary missions offerings in North Carolina: the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering for International Missions, the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering for North American Missions and the North Carolina Missions Offering. The next issue of the Biblical Recorder will contain the complete list of giving statistics of more than 4,300 N.C. Baptist churches, arranged by association, as well as this page which indicates the top givers to the Cooperative Program Jan. 1-Dec. 31, 2012.
 
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It is with a deep sense of gratitude that these statistics will be presented – gratitude for the sacrifices made by churches and their members to support ministries here and abroad; gratitude for the trust placed in our mission organizations to be good stewards of these sacrificial gifts; gratitude to our Heavenly Father for His faithful provision in so many different ways.
 
We celebrate below the top churches in various membership categories for their financial support of the Cooperative Program.
 
Thank you for understanding that we can do so much more to push back lostness in our state, nation and the world when we work together. The Board of Directors and BSC staff are truly grateful and humbled by your support.
 
Please understand that there is always the possibility of error when reporting so many statistics.  But, the BSC has taken great care to ensure the numbers reported accurately represent the contributions received by the convention’s accounting team.
 
These contributions do not include gifts processed by the accounting staff designated for our affiliated institutions and agencies, our auxiliary (N.C. Baptist Men) and other ministries such as disaster relief projects and world hunger.

Top 25 Cooperative Program Gifts: Churches over 1,000 Resident Members
CHURCH ASSOCIATION CP GIVING
1. Hendersonville First Carolina $311,573.00
2. Village - Fayetteville                           New South River $310,741.85
3. Hickory Grove - Charlotte Metrolina $300,657.46
4. Green Street Piedmont $267,461.00
5. Charlotte First Metrolina $264,089.68
6. Biltmore Buncombe $255,000.00
7. Cary First Raleigh $226,052.16
8. Apex Raleigh $202,577.00
9. Rocky Mount First North Roanoke $193,007.63
10. Matthews First Metrolina $182,022.39
11. Lawndale - Greensboro Piedmont $181,969.19
12. Carmel - Matthews Metrolina $171,500.00
13. Old Town Pilot Mountain $160,093.26
14. Life Community Church Piedmont $159,378.00
15. Kings Mountain First Greater Cleveland Co $154,269.10
16. Friendly Avenue Piedmont $148,706.13
17. Bay Leaf Raleigh $146,892.00
18. Woodlawn - Conover Catawba Valley $142,179.93
19. Calvary - Winston-Salem Pilot Mountain $140,161.08
20. Salem - Apex Raleigh $129,847.46
21. Lake Norman - Huntersville Metrolina $126,520.41
22. Garner First Raleigh $126,513.35
23. Pleasant Garden Piedmont $114,000.00
24. West Asheville Buncombe $113,622.00
25. Fuquay-Varina Raleigh $103,980.55

Top 25 Cooperative Program Gifts: Churches 751-1,000 Resident Members
CHURCH ASSOCIATION CP GIVING
1. Mount Vernon - Boone Three Forks $175,488.14
2. Cornerstone - Greensboro Piedmont $152,293.42
3. Elizabeth - Shelby Greater Cleveland Co $140,292.22
4. Pitts Cabarrus $105,974.13
5. Dudley Shoals Caldwell $101,981.85
6. Theresa Beulah $87,031.79
7. Hephzibah - Wendell Raleigh $82,586.72
8. Front Street - Statesville South Yadkin $78,944.46
9. Highland - Raleigh Raleigh $76,305.24
10. Coats Little River $74,429.86
11. Bethlehem - Jacksonville New River $73,281.79
12. Burkemont Catawba River $67,038.00
13. Pleasant Grove - Creedmoor Flat River $65,858.77
14. Becks Pilot Mountain $65,473.02
15. Corinth - Elizabeth City Chowan $59,334.00
16. Welcome First Liberty $58,490.75
17. Rutherfordton Second Green River $54,370.00
18. Southside - Mooresville South Yadkin $52,066.63
19. Beulah - Statesville South Yadkin $50,027.00
20. Mount Ruhama South Fork $48,000.00
21. Pleasant Hill - Elkin Elkin $47,934.55
22. Central - Wendell Raleigh $45,833.32
23. Aversboro Road Raleigh $42,219.28
24. Fairview - Statesville South Yadkin $41,417.42
25. Hickory First Catawba Valley $40,373.78

Top 25 Cooperative Program Gifts: Churches 401-750 Resident Members
CHURCH ASSOCIATION CP GIVING
1. Durham First NC Miscellaneous $139,828.97
2. Crossnore First Avery $112,992.16
3. Glenwood - Glenwood Blue Ridge $106,891.06
4. Sunset Avenue North Roanoke $100,746.74
5. Mount Zion - Hudson Caldwell $95,047.27
6. South Point Greater Gaston $85,622.79
7. Troutman South Yadkin $83,850.83
8. Millers Creek Brushy Mountain $78,766.21
9. Alexis Greater Gaston $69,238.91
10. Bethesda - Durham Yates $68,297.55
11. Westchester Piedmont $66,001.16
12. Calvary - Roanoke Rapids North Roanoke $61,302.00
13. Wakefield Central Raleigh $60,871.62
14. Boger City South Fork $60,000.00
15. Union Grove - Yadkinville Yadkin $58,895.92
16. Washington First South Roanoke $58,364.51
17. West Albemarle Stanly $55,896.91
18. Central - Oak Ridge Piedmont $55,454.00
19. Hildebran First Catawba Valley $52,381.28
20. Stanleyville First Pilot Mountain $51,996.69
21. Corinth - Rose Hill Eastern $51,640.55
22. University Hills Metrolina $51,454.54
23. Union Grove - Lenoir Caldwell $50,856.98
24. Brevard First Transylvania $50,530.23
25. Bethany - Winston-Salem Pilot Mountain $50,100.00

Top 25 Cooperative Program Gifts: Churches 400 or less Resident Members
CHURCH ASSOCIATION CP GIVING
1. Trinity - Mooresville South Yadkin $92,002.28
2. Laurel Springs - Deep Gap Three Forks $66,772.05
3. Philadelphia - Marshville Union $62,423.96
4. Adamsville Neuse $62,395.40
5. Flat Rock - Louisburg Tar River $59,951.79
6. Holly Springs - Franklin Macon $57,655.69
7. Fruitland Carolina $52,637.19
8. Putnam Memorial Greater Cleveland Co $52,388.43
9. Beulaville Eastern $50,372.00
10. Community - Dallas Greater Gaston $50,204.51
11. Cornerstone - Charlotte Metrolina $48,764.02
12. Center Road Bladen $46,806.04
13. Myrtle Grove Wilmington $45,154.14
14. Stony Point Alexander $44,379.55
15. Fairview - Apex Raleigh $43,350.55
16. Mount Hebron - Icard South Mountain $40,991.48
17. Cresset Yates $38,763.03
18. West Burnsville Yancey $38,109.61
19. Beverly Hills - Asheville Buncombe $36,429.99
20. Emmanuel - Raleigh Raleigh $35,795.70
21. Mount Elam - Roseboro New South River $35,305.00
22. Genesis Cabarrus $35,050.33
23. Mount Nelson Neuse $34,844.49
24. Love Memorial - Goldsboro Neuse $34,403.54
25. Warwick Chowan $34,270.35

10/22/2013 2:19:28 PM by BSC | with 0 comments



N.C. Baptists schedule for annual meeting

October 22 2013 by BSC

Messengers to the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina (BSC) will gather Nov. 11-12 in Greensboro at the Koury Convention Center. Visit ncannualmeeting.org or brnow.org for more information. Below is a schedule of the meeting. At left, there is a list of breakout sessions offered Nov. 12.

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Monday evening, Nov. 11

2:00 p.m. Exhibits and registration open
6:00       Call to Worship – Mark Christian, Worship  
              Ministry of First Baptist Church, Charlotte
6:30       Call to Order – Mark Harris
              Pledges (American and Christian flags,    
              Bible)
              Committee on Convention Meetings – Joel 
              Stephens
              Prayer – Lee Pigg
6:55/7:00 Greetings/Introductions
7:05       Arise Worship Service (Mark Christian;
              Worship Ministry of First Baptist Church, 
              Charlotte; Mark Harris; Timmy D. Blair Sr.)
              President’s Address – Mark Harris

Tuesday morning, Nov. 12

7:30 a.m. Listening Sessions
              2014 Budget Proposal (Sandpiper)
              Convention Bylaws Amendments & Fruitland (Tanglewood)
8:00       Exhibits and registration open
8:30       Call to Worship – Alex Rodriguez
              Spanish Worship Band, First Baptist Church, Garner
8:45       Call to Order – Mark Harris      
              Prayer – K’Them Nfn
8:50       Theme Interpretation – Steve Corts
9:00       Worship through Prayer – Steve Corts
9:10       Worship through Music – Alex Rodriguez
9:20       Board of Directors Report – Michael Barrett
              Impacting Lostness – Milton A. Hollifield Jr.
10:00     Music – Alex Rodriguez
10:05     Miscellaneous Business
10:20     Board of Directors Report – Michael Barrett
10:45     N.C. Baptist Hospital – Gary Gunderson
11:00     Institution & Agency Reports
              N.C. Baptist Foundation – Clay Warf
              Biblical Recorder – K. Allan Blume
              Baptist Children’s Homes of N.C. – Michael Blackwell
11:15     Woman’s Missionary Union of North Carolina – Tana Hartsell
11:30     Election of Officers (Fixed Order of Business) – President
11:45     Closing Prayer – J.D. Tew
 

Tuesday afternoon, Nov. 12

1:15 p.m. Call to Order – Mark Harris      
                Prayer – Sydney Stikeleather
1:20        Greeting; LifeWay Christian Resources
1:25        Election of Officers (first, second vice president)
1:35        Theme Interpretation – Larry Doyle
1:40        Worship through Prayer – Larry Doyle
1:45        Worship through Music – Kenny Lamm
1:50        N.C. Baptist Men – Richard Brunson
2:05        Convention Committee Reports
               Committee on Nominations – Charles Martin      
               Committee on Resolutions and Memorials – Bob Weathers
               Historical Committee – Albie Brice
2:20        Music – Kenny Lamm
2:25        Board of Directors Report; Budget (Fixed Order of Business) – Michael Barrett
2:55        Breakout sessions promotion – Lynn Sasser
3:00        Closing Prayer – Davis Hooper
3:15        Breakout sessions begin (see here)
 

Tuesday evening, Nov. 12

6:45      Call to Worship – Simon Touprong
             Combined Multiethnic Choir
7:15      Call to Order – Mark Harris
             Prayer – William Ortega
7:20      Greetings
             Executive Committee, SBC
             International Mission Board
             North American Mission Board
7:25      Special Recognition – M.O. Owens Jr.
             (7:30 Exhibits close)
7:40      Evaluation
7:45      Presentation of Officers
7:50      Worship through Prayer – James Fisher
8:00      Worship through Music – Simon Touprong
             Combined Multiethnic Choir
8:20      Convention Sermon – Fred Luter Jr.
8:50      Closing Prayer – James Horton
10/22/2013 12:31:21 PM by BSC | with 0 comments



Breakouts cover BSC strategy, technology, My Hope

October 22 2013 by BSC

Breakout sessions will be held Nov. 12 at the Koury Convention Center  in Greensboro from 3:15-4 p.m. (Session 1) and 4:15-5 p.m. (Session 2), and are free to attend. Most tackle topics surrounding the new Baptist State Convention of North Carolina strategy but others cover technology, charitable giving and My Hope with Billy Graham.
 

Why Eight Population Centers?

Michael Sowers & Larry Phillips (during sessions 1 & 2 in Victoria A)
Research conducted by the Intercultural Institute for Contextual Ministry identified the top 100 areas of lostness in North Carolina. The study revealed that 97 percent of the areas of lostness are located around eight population centers across our state: Charlotte, the Triangle, the Triad, Fayetteville, Wilmington, Hickory, Asheville and Greenville.

 
Reaching People in Their Cultural & Ethnic Context

Mark Gray & Antonio Santos (during sessions 1 & 2 in Victoria B)
How do I reach “all the people” in my community for Christ? Come learn the keys of how to “fish” while honoring one’s language, culture and ethnic context. You will better understand the diversity of North Carolina and the various resources available to help you reach and disciple people for the Lord Jesus.
 

Collegiate Partnerships: A New Model for Reaching the Academic Community

Chuck Register & Rick Trexler (during sessions 1 & 2 in Victoria C)
Learn about the new model being used by North Carolina Baptists to reach college students, faculty, staff and their families with the gospel. Explore new strategies God is using across the country to impact college/university campuses with the gospel for life transformation.
 

Impacting Lostness Through Prayer

J. Chris Schofield (during sessions 1 & 2 in the Grandover East room)
This conference will examine the two major ways God is calling His people to pray for the church in North America. Special attention is given to biblical, historical and contemporary ways to respond to His call.
 

Impacting Lostness Through Rural Strategy Development

Lester Evans (during sessions 1 & 2 in Auditorium IV)
Join us as we take a hard look at the depth of lostness in rural North Carolina. We will explore a grassroots approach to encourage, assist and resource the creation of local strategy teams who develop a contextualized framework for involving, equipping and engaging local churches in impacting lostness in rural areas through reproducing disciples. We will also examine various models or examples of local strategy teams engaged in targeting specific unreached pockets of people.

 
Best Practices in Creating a Disciple-making Culture

Brian Upshaw (during sessions 1 & 2 in the August room)
At the top of the Frequently Asked Questions list among church leaders is: “What is working?” In this session, we will explore what is working in making disciples. We will look beyond the “why” of discipleship into the “how.” Special emphasis will be given to relational disciple-making models that highlight life-on-life discipleship and how to develop an environment where disciple-making is the norm and not the exception.
 

Transformational Discipleship and Teenagers

Merrie Johnson (during sessions 1 & 2 in the Tidewater room)
Join us as we discover how our North Carolina Baptist churches are doing in discipling our students. We will look at the findings of a recent survey conducted during Youth Weeks camp at the North Carolina Baptist Assembly at Fort Caswell and investigate what we must do to equip our teenagers to live transformed lives with a Kingdom focus.
 

Involving Your Church in Life Changing Mission Projects

Richard Brunson & N.C. Baptist Men staff (during sessions 1 & 2 in the Oak room)
We are called to be “on mission” in our Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria and the ends of the earth. This session will cover local, state, national and international mission opportunities and needs. If your church is interested in “doing” missions, this breakout session will be helpful. 
 

A Discipling Approach to Stewardship

Neal Eller (during sessions 1 & 2 in the Tanglewood room)
This session will help persuade participants to become generous disciples who influence their sphere of influence and then reproduce themselves. 

 
Ministry Without Regrets

Eddie Thompson (during sessions 1 & 2 in the Sandpiper room)
Ten powerful decisions pastors and their families should make and how they make a difference.
 

Follow Me as I Follow Jesus

Ashley Allen (during sessions 1 & 2 in the Heritage room)
Have you ever been mentored or mentored someone else? Do you want to learn how to teach others to follow Christ? We are going to learn how to become disciple-making leaders who reach the world for Christ.
 

Engaging North America

Cameron McGill (during sessions 1 & 2 in the Grandover West room)
The Baptist State Convention of North Carolina is partnering with three of North America’s most influential cities. Our partners from New York, Boston and Toronto will share what God is doing in their cities and how your church can partner to engage people with the gospel of Jesus Christ.
 

Using “The Story” to Share Jesus

Marty Dupree & George Robinson (during session 1 in Cedar B and during session 2 in Cedar C) 
“The Story” focuses on four major themes of the Bible: Creation, Fall, Rescue and Restoration. It is designed to help people know God’s Story. When you know God’s Story you live it, and when you live God’s Story, you cannot help but share it. Join us as we walk through various ways you can incorporate “The Story” into your lifestyles, ministries and churches (www.viewthestory.org).
 

3D - A Church Strengthening Strategy for Making Disciples

Rick Hughes (during session 2 in the Pebble Beach room)
There is hope! This breakout will help you determine if your congregation is living the biblical mandate for the local church of creating a culture for making disciples. It will provide tools to assist you in discovering answers and measurements for a Christ-centered congregation. This breakout session will provide you beginning steps to living the call that God has placed on your church.
 

Day One Discipleship

Cheryl Markland (during sessions 1 & 2 in Cedar A)
From day one of a child’s life, parents can begin to disciple their child to be a Christ follower. Join us as we explore ways your church can equip parents for this important task. People brought babies to Jesus, hoping He might touch them. When the disciples saw it, they shooed them off. Jesus called them back. “Let these children alone. Don’t get between them and me. These children are the kingdom’s pride and joy” (Luke 18:15-17).
 

“My Hope” Next Steps

Chuck Campbell (during session 1 in the Pebble Beach room)
Look after those who give their lives to Jesus Christ and help them grow in faith. This is the last step in the “My Hope America” strategy, and an essential step in the disciple-making process. Join us as we explore the next steps of equipping, enabling, empowering and energizing those who have come to Christ, as they move from friends to followers.
 

Church Renewal Journey

Bob & Phyllis Foy (during sessions 1 & 2 in the Turnberry room)
Come rediscover the potential for the Holy Spirit to renew your church using this proven ministry.
 

Your Church Website

Lai Salmonson (during session 2 in the Pinehurst room)
This session will provide an overview on choosing a domain name, a hosting company and the right website content management system to fit your church’s needs.
 

The Ministry Grid

Keith Feather (during session 1 in the Pinehurst room)
Ministry Grid is a subscription-based, online leadership development platform for pastors, staff and volunteers featuring more than 1,000 video courses on a wide range of topics. The system allows pastors and leaders to customize training tracks to best fit their people’s unique needs.

 
Making the IRS Your Generosity Partner

Bill Price and Alan Cox, Impact Stewardship Resources (during sessions 1 & 2 in Imperial C)
21st Century Charitable Giving Strategies: Help your church members learn to support the ministries of your church in creative ways they have never considered by utilizing proven tax-wise methods.
10/22/2013 12:22:19 PM by BSC | with 0 comments



Kimani ‘rescued’ by Baptist Children's Homes

October 21 2013 by J. Blake Ragsdale, Baptist Children’s Homes Communications

Kimani’s childhood was lived behind closed doors. His adoptive family made it seem as if the young boy didn’t exist.
 
The family wouldn’t allow Kimani to play outside like other children. No one would ever catch a glimpse of him riding the bus because he wasn’t permitted to attend school.
 
Within the walls of the family home, a horror story played out as Kimani struggled to survive his parents’ unimaginable abuse.
 
“I had no hope. I didn’t think I had anything to be hopeful for,” says Kimani, who is now 18 years old. “I didn’t know what love was.”
 
Kimani was forced to stay indoors to prevent his parents’ atrocities from coming to light. Every aspect of his young life was enveloped in darkness. At night, Kimani was made to sleep in a small closet. Whatever light pervaded the tiny space was quickly smothered when his mom or dad closed the closet door locking him inside. He never knew what to expect when the door opened the following day.
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BCH photo
Kimani came to the Baptist Children’s Homes of North Carolina (BCH) when he was 12 years old. He weighed 32 pounds and wore size three toddler clothes. In coming to BCH, Kimani experienced having his own bed and attending school. He has grown from around 3’ to 5’2” with the aid of doctors. More importantly, through BCH Kimani has learned who Jesus is. “I have been transformed, renewed, changed, and I have been rescued thanks to them,” Kimani said.

 
“I went through all types of abuse,” Kimani reveals. “I’ve been beaten on the tongue with a brush. I’ve been kicked.”
 
He was also starved. Kimani only received food when his family felt he “deserved” it. The malnourishment took a serious toll on Kimani’s health.
 
He was constantly fatigued and the lack of regular meals severely stunted the boy’s growth.
 
“Sometimes when I was fed, my mom would tell me there was poison in my food,” Kimani said. “When you are a hungry child, it’s hard to decide whether to go to bed hungry or eat something that’s not meant to be eaten.”
 
In 2007, Kimani’s situation was finally discovered and he was brought to Baptist Children’s Homes (BCH). At the Broyhill Home campus in the mountains of Clyde, he received a new home under the care of houseparents Will and Betty Porter.
 
“When we first met Kimani he was 12 years old, weighed 32 lbs., and wore size three toddler clothes,” says Betty Porter. “When we got him into care we started praying and asking God what we could do to make a difference in his life.”
 
The differences came immediately. Kimani moved into Frizzell-Higdon Cottage with his houseparents and the other boys. And for the first time in his memory, Kimani had his own bed and plenty of hot food to eat.
 
“I got to go shopping for the first time and choose my own clothes. I was so happy I didn’t know where to start,” Kimani says smiling. “It was a great night, and I felt safe.”
 
Along with the care of his new BCH family, Kimani also received much-needed aid from medical specialists. In his six years at BCH, Kimani has grown from around 3’ to 5’ 2” tall with the help of doctors.
 
The boy who had never attended school is now a healthy, high school senior who dreams of being a personal trainer.
 
“When I first arrived I could barely walk up the hill,” Kimani says. “If it hadn’t been for BCH, I honestly don’t think I would be alive today.”
 
Kimani has soared both physically and spiritually since coming to live at BCH. Because of the love shown to him through BCH’s Christ-centered ministry and the support of North Carolina Baptists, Kimani has accepted Jesus as Savior.
 
“The Lord takes something so many times that the devil means to be harmful to us and He’ll make good out of it,” Porter shares.
 
“He has sure done that with Kimani’s life.”
 
Kimani has stepped out of the darkness and into the light. His future, once shrouded in uncertainty, is now filled with hope and promise.
 
“I went from a kid with no life in him to a kid full of life. That’s all thanks to Broyhill – they have shown me love and they have shown me Jesus,” Kimani says. “I have been transformed, renewed, changed, and I have been rescued thanks to them.”
 
This year’s theme for Baptist Children’s Homes annual Thanksgiving Offering is “Blessed.”
 
For more information, or to see the 2013 offering video featuring Kimani and other BCH residents, go to bchfamily.org/offering. Or, call (800) 476-3669, ext. 1209, to order free offering promotional materials for your church.
 
(EDITOR’S NOTE – Blake Ragsdale is director of communications for the Baptist Children’s Homes of North Carolina.)

 
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10/21/2013 6:39:39 PM by J. Blake Ragsdale, Baptist Children’s Homes Communications | with 0 comments



Possibility of N.C. homeschool inspections raise concerns

October 21 2013 by Andrew Branch, World News Service

North Carolina Lt. Gov. Dan Forest warned the state’s homeschoolers Oct. 14 to look out for – and oppose – “random homeschool searches” by state officials.
 
Forest’s statement caused a stir among the homeschool community because it brought to light a longstanding practice of inspections the Division of Non-Public Education’s (DNPE) left dormant for 20 years. 
 
In North Carolina, homeschool parents must make attendance, immunization, and standardized test records available to state inspectors. Many homeschooling families believe that regulation, and the state’s plan to visit parents and children at home, conflicts with the Fourth Amendment’s prohibition against warrantless searches.
 
“Homeschool families should follow the law relating to the keeping of records and their lawful inspection, but should not be compelled to let any government official into their house,” said Forest, whose wife Alice has homeschooled the couple’s four children for 15 years. “It is not necessary and people should reject it.” 
 
Forest plans to push legislation to permanently keep DNPE records reviews outside the home.
 
DNPE Director David Mills told World News Service that Forest’s accusations are unfair. Mills said he used to visit every homeschooling family, but growing numbers overwhelmed the state agency, leading inspectors to resort to mail or group visits in church basements. “I went to probably 10,000 or more homes visiting homeschools and just talking to them about their [records],” he said. “There never was any animosity that I remember.”
 
Despite Forest’s opposition, North Carolinians for Home Education didn’t take issue with Mills’ plans to renew visits, saying Oct. 2 the inspections demonstrated “that DNPE is actively serving North Carolina’s citizens.” 
 
Mills said he has some families call annually asking for him to come by, but conventional private schools have taken all his time: “There was no intent of harassment or trying to intimidate or anything like that. It was just trying to open up a rapport is all it was.” 
 
He “had such a good rapport” with homeschoolers 20 years ago, he said he wanted to try again and increase his knowledge: “I could say firsthand, ‘No, I’ve been to the schools, and they have spoken with me and been free in their expression of what their philosophical idea of education is. And there’s no problem that I see.’”
 
But despite Mills’ history and expressed intentions, many homeschooling families don’t want a strengthened relationship with the state. Some called his office and said they looked forward to the visit, but others expressed distrust, Mills admitted. He told WNS that even before Forest’s comments, he had decided against going forward with the visits, describing parents’ reaction as a surprise: “I’ve been really a good advocate for homeschools all these 28 years.”
 
Forest could not be reached to explain his concern as a homeschool dad. But on Oct. 14, he and the DNPE released a joint statement saying “no site visits have been conducted and none are planned.”
 
North Carolina remains friendly to homeschools despite having stricter regulations than some states. The state community of 53,000 homeschools is large and organized, with the grassroots power to kill educational policy with which it doesn’t agree. In 2005, then-Gov. Mike Easley proposed placing private and homeschools under the Department of Public Instruction, but thousands of phone calls led the governor to quickly drop the proposal. 
 
Nationally, Forest’s spat with the DNPE isn’t the first misunderstanding of sorts involving home visits this year. Earlier this summer, the Homeschool Legal Defense Association dispelled rumors that a home visits program in the Affordable Care Act was mandatory and potentially adversarial.
10/21/2013 6:34:17 PM by Andrew Branch, World News Service | with 0 comments



Fastest-growing & largest churches tallied

October 21 2013 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

NASHVILLE – Southern Baptist churches hold 24 spots among the 100 fastest-growing and 100 largest churches in the U.S., according to Outreach magazine lists drawn from LifeWay Research data.

NewSpring Church in Anderson, S.C., tops Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) churches in both categories, ranking as the second fastest-growing and the fourth largest church in the nation among all denominations, Outreach reported in a special edition released in mid-September. With eight locations, NewSpring Church recorded an average 2012 attendance of 23,055. Its increase of 7,072 in attendance merited a growth rate of 44 percent.

The three largest churches in the U.S., according to Outreach, are Lakewood Church in Houston, North Point Ministries in Alpharetta, Ga., and Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington, Ill., respectively, all nondenominational congregations.

The three fastest-growing are, respectively, the nondenominational Triumph Church in Detroit, the SBC’s NewSpring and the nondenominational Legacy Church in Albuquerque, N.M., Outreach reported.
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NewSpring Church, a Southern Baptist congregation in Anderson, S.C., is the fourth largest and the second-fastest growing church in the U.S., according to LifeWay research conducted for Outreach Magazine. During the church’s “Redneck” sermon series on being tenacious, committed Christians, the church’s teaching pastor Clayton King preached from a four-wheeler placed next to the pulpit. In 2012, NewSpring enjoyed an average Sunday attendance of 23,055 among its eight locations.


While the lists rank size and numerical growth, rather than spiritual growth among individual members, the numbers are instructive to pastors, LifeWay Research President Ed Stetzer wrote in Outreach.

“People seem to eagerly await the lists so they can learn from these churches about what God is doing to build His Kingdom across the United States,” Stetzer wrote. “On the other hand, there are those who complain about the lists. They seem to think this is a way of exalting ‘big churches’ in an effort to make them look better than the churches that are not on the list, when nothing could be further from the truth.

“These lists feed our hunger to learn, as we study the churches on them to learn more about the ways God is working,” Stetzer wrote. “I hope these lists encourage you and challenge you. I hope, like me, you read them and celebrate the ways God is working. I hope they challenge you to think through your own strategy to reach your community with the gospel.”

The annual lists rank churches by attendance rather than membership rolls and are based on a self-reported survey, not an independent investigation, Outreach reported. The lists are neither comprehensive nor exhaustive, but are based on information which LifeWay sought to verify as reported by pastors, church officers or staff members, Outreach reported.

Other top ranking Southern Baptist churches on the 100 largest list are sixth-ranked Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, Calif.; 11th-ranked Second Baptist Church in Houston; and 15th-ranked Woodlands Church in The Woodlands, Texas, Outreach reported.

Joining NewSpring among the 100 fastest-growing churches are Southern Baptist-affiliated First Baptist Church in Jacksonville, N.C., ranked 14th; Elevation Church in Matthews, N.C., ranked 15th; and 20th-ranked theChurch.at in Broken Arrow, Okla.

Senior pastor Perry Noble, who began NewSpring Church (NewSpring.cc) 13 years ago with only 15 members, said God intends for the church to be a movement rather than an institution.

“A movement is focused on moving forward. To move the church forward means not holding onto the past,” Noble said in a question-and-answer article in Outreach. “We desire progress. We want the numbers to go up. When some people object, ‘It’s not about the numbers,’ I say, ‘Hey man, why don’t you empty out our checking account and give me all our money if it’s not about the numbers?’

“The numbers matter to God because people far from Him are of far greater value than money,” Noble said. “I also believe a movement helps people in your church take their next steps in their walk with Christ. The church can’t move forward unless the people are moving forward in their love for God.”

Noble also promotes community as vital to church health and Christian growth.

“Did you know that the phrase ‘one another’ appears more than 50 times in the New Testament alone? So either God has a stuttering problem or He’s trying to emphasize a point,” Noble wrote in an excerpt Outreach printed from his book, Unleash!: Breaking Free From Normalcy.

“We need one another in order to live the unleashed life,” Noble wrote.

Top-ranked churches tended to have multiple campuses, Outreach noted. Among the 100 largest, only 12 have a single campus, and among the 100 fastest-growing, 42 have single campuses, Outreach reported.

The magazine is available at Outreachmagazine.com.

(EDITOR’S NOTE – Diana Chandler is Baptist Press’ staff writer.)
10/21/2013 6:18:24 PM by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments



2013 proposed amendments to BSC Bylaws

October 21 2013 by BSC Communications

During its meeting on Sept, 24-25, 2013, the Board of Directors (Board) of the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina (Convention) approved numerous proposals to amend the Bylaws of the Convention. The Board will bring ten motions at the upcoming Annual Meeting of the Convention for consideration by the messengers. The Board recommends no amendments to the Articles of Incorporation this year, only amendments to the Bylaws. The current reading and the proposed amendments of the affected Bylaws are found here.

In summary, the proposed amendments seek to address three needs:  an amendment regarding the change of purpose at Fruitland Baptist Bible Institute, amendments to bring clarification and/or correction to the Bylaws, and amendments necessary to revise the structure of the committees of the Board based upon the new five year Convention strategy approved by the Board during its May meeting.
 
Motion one amends the purpose of Fruitland, including a change in name. See the article titled “Proposal to Change the Purpose of Fruitland Baptist Bible Institute” found here.
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Motions two and three address matters related to voting/quorum by messengers at the Annual Meeting, the Convention Board, and the Convention committees. This is a matter identified by the Articles and Bylaws Special Committee requiring clarification but unrelated to any other proposed amendments.
 
Motion four proposes changes to the structure of the Executive Committee based on the new committee structure, approved by the Board during its May meeting. Two committees, the Congregational Services Committee and the Evangelization Committee, are eliminated. There is a single new committee to be known as the Evangelism and Discipleship Committee. In addition, the name of the Church Planting and Mission Development Committee changes to Church Planting and Mission Partnerships Committee. The structure of the Executive Committee is changed by the deletion of the chairpersons for the committees being eliminated and the addition of the chairperson for the new committee for a net reduction of one in the size of the Executive Committee.
 
Motion five establishes the composition, powers and duties of the newly established Evangelism and Discipleship Committee. This new committee relates to the new Evangelism and Discipleship Group formed as part of the new strategy and structure.

Motion six identifies the new name, increases the size, and updates the powers and duties of the Church Planting and Mission Partnerships Committee.
 
Motion seven proposes changes to the Business Services Committee. Specifically, the motion includes an increase in the size of the Committee, an update to its powers and duties, and a revision of its sub-committees and their duties. These changes are not related to the new strategy and structure but are designed to help this Committee operate more efficiently.
 
Motion eight proposes changes to the Communications Committee. The size of the Committee is increased and titles of staff assigned to support the Committee are updated based upon the new staff structure.
 
Motion nine proposes changes to the Christian Life and Public Affairs Special Committee. The size of the Committee decreases, and the title of the staff assigned to support the Committee is updated.
 
Motion ten addresses several items. First, it brings references to representatives of North Carolina Baptist Hospital (Hospital) into agreement with its structure. Currently, the Bylaws make references to the School of Pastoral Care, which no longer exists at the Hospital. Second, it addresses the sizes of the Christian Higher Education Special Committee and the Christian Social Services Special Committee. These changes are brought in a single motion as they address committees that are related to institutions of, or affiliated with, the Convention. 
 
Please note that motions five, nine, and ten bring into agreement the election of committee chairs for the committees and special committees of the Board. Currently some of the committees expressly indicate that chairpersons are to be elected in January each year, while other committees omit this expectation. These motions bring consistency to each of the committees that have been duly constituted in January that the chairperson will be elected during the January meeting. The exceptions to this rule are the Budget Special Committee and Articles and Bylaws Special Committee as their respective chairs are appointed by the Board President.
 
If you have questions concerning these proposed amendments, please do not hesitate to contact Bartley Wooten, chair of the Articles and Bylaws Special Committee at bartleywooten@gmail.com, or Brian Davis, associate executive director-treasurer at bdavis@ncbaptist.org.
 

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Proposal to change the purpose of Fruitland

October 21 2013 by BSC Communications

Messengers attending the annual meeting of the Baptist State Convention (Convention) this November will be considering a motion from the Convention’s Board of Directors (Board) related to the purpose of Fruitland Baptist Bible Institute (Fruitland). The proposal to change the purpose of Fruitland originated with the Fruitland Board of Directors and was presented to the Convention’s Board of Directors at its meeting in May 2013.
 
The Convention’s Board approved the proposed changes. The Convention’s Bylaws require that any change to the purpose of Fruitland must be approved by the Convention’s messengers during the annual meeting.
 
The Convention’s Board will bring motions to amend Articles I and III of Fruitland’s Constitution and to amend Article II.G.1. of the Convention’s Bylaws to the messengers for consideration during the upcoming Annual Meeting of the Convention on Nov. 12.
 
The proposed amendments to Articles I and III of the Fruitland Baptist Bible Institute Constitution are found below. The proposed amendment to the Convention’s Bylaws is included in Motion 1 of the proposed changes to the Bylaws located here. The current reading of Article I and Article III of the Fruitland Constitution, as well as the proposed reading of each, together with the proposed amendment to the Convention’s Bylaws are also available on the Convention’s Annual Meeting website. To access these documents, please visit http://bit.ly/1aKP8tT
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In 2012, the Fruitland Board of Directors began a study related to three changes related to the school. The first was for Fruitland to become a junior college offering associate degrees with a change of name from Fruitland Baptist Bible Institute to Fruitland Baptist Bible College.
 
The second change was related to an expansion of the curriculum. The third change was to seek accreditation for the school.
 
The change to a college as reflected by the change of the name impacts the stated purpose of the school. Currently, the stated purpose includes the following language: The purpose of Fruitland is to provide a high quality Biblical education for persons called into Christian ministries for whom study in a college or seminary may not be presently appropriate. Therefore, becoming a college with a change of name of the school requires a change in the stated purpose of the school, which as stated previously, requires approval by the messengers during an annual meeting of the Convention.
 
The change of curriculum also impacts the stated purpose of the school. The change in curriculum will result in an expansion of the current associate degree program offered.
 
The current purpose statement does not recognize that the school has been offering both certificate and associate degree programs for many years. The new purpose articulates the programs that have been offered by Fruitland for many years.
 
The third change approved by the Fruitland Board does not directly impact the current stated purpose of the school.  However, the proposed stated purpose has been developed with the intent of satisfying the requirements of potential accrediting agencies. Therefore, the proposed stated purpose seeks to position Fruitland for the next steps in seeking accreditation in the future.
 
The Convention Board supports and affirms the actions of the Fruitland Board. Therefore, the Convention Board brings this recommendation to the Convention messengers for consideration. If the motion to amend the Fruitland Constitution is approved by the messengers, a subsequent motion will be presented to amend the Convention’s Bylaws to bring agreement on Fruitland’s new purpose as set forth in its Constitution with the Convention’s Bylaws.
 
The proposed change in stated purpose does not impact the relationship between Fruitland and the Convention. The educational institution is, and remains, a ministry of the Convention. The Fruitland Board, while having specific duties and assignments, maintains its accountability to the Convention’s Board of Directors. Fruitland continues to share in the distribution of Cooperative Program funds. The employees of Fruitland remain employees of the Convention; likewise, the property of Fruitland continues to be owned by the Convention.
 
Should you have questions about the proposed changes to Fruitland’s purpose, please contact David Horton, Fruitland president at president@fruitland.edu.
 
Questions related to the process needed to approve this change in purpose during the Annual Meeting of the Convention may be directed to Brian Davis, associate executive director-treasurer at bdavis@ncbaptist.org.
 

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Proposed amendments to Constitution of Fruitland Baptist Bible Institute

October 21 2013 by

The Board of Directors moves that the messengers approve the following amendments to Articles I and III of the Constitution of Fruitland Baptist Bible Institute to change its purpose as set forth in the amended Articles I and III: 
 
Article I - Name
 
Current Reading:
 
This ministry shall be named Fruitland Baptist Bible Institute, hereinafter referred to as “Fruitland.”
 
Proposed Reading:
 
This ministry shall be named Fruitland Baptist Bible College, hereinafter referred to as “Fruitland.”

Article III - Purpose
 
Current Reading:
 
The purpose of Fruitland is to provide a high quality Biblical education for persons called into Christian ministries for whom study in a college or seminary may not be presently appropriate. It further serves to encourage additional training in college and/or seminary. Recognizing the Biblical mandate for ministry preparation in II Timothy 2:15, Fruitland shall maintain an atmosphere which encourages development of the whole person for Christian ministry, life, and the practice of personal integrity in ministry.
 
In keeping with the mandate of the Convention, Fruitland shall foster a spirit of denominational cooperation and sacrificial service to the churches.
 
Proposed Reading:
 
The purpose of Fruitland Baptist Bible College in its associate degree and certificate programs is to glorify God, serve the local church, and fulfill the Great Commission, by developing Christian leaders who think biblically, communicate the gospel effectively, and serve in Christ’s kingdom with godly character, competence, and commitment. 
 
Fruitland accepts students with various and/or limited academic preparation. Recognizing the biblical mandate of ministry preparation in 2 Timothy 2:15, Fruitland shall maintain an atmosphere which encourages development of the whole person for Christian ministry, life, and the practice of personal integrity in ministry.
 
In keeping with the mandate of the Convention, Fruitland shall foster a spirit of denominational cooperation and sacrificial service to the churches.
 

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Proposed amendments to Bylaws of Baptist State Convention of North Carolina, Inc.

October 21 2013 by BSC

I. Amendments Related to Fruitland Baptist Bible Institute:

Motion 1:    The Board of Directors moves that Article II.G.1. be deleted in its entirety with the                             following language substituted in its place.

Current Reading:
 
     1. Purpose.  The Fruitland Baptist Bible Institute (“Fruitland”) is a ministry of the Convention and shall be responsible to the Board. Fruitland exists to prepare persons for whom study in a college or seminary is not presently appropriate for the Christian ministries into which they are called.  It further serves to encourage further training in college and/or seminary. 

Proposed Reading:
 
     1. Purpose.  Fruitland Baptist Bible College (“Fruitland”) is a ministry of the Convention and shall be responsible to the Board.  In Fruitland’s associate degree and certificate programs, it seeks to glorify God, serve the local church, and fulfill the Great Commission, by developing Christian leaders who think biblically, communicate the Gospel effectively, and serve in Christ’s kingdom with godly character, competence and commitment.  Fruitland accepts students with various academic preparation, including those for whom study in a college or seminary is not presently appropriate, and encourages further education in college and/or seminary.
 
II. Amendments Related to Voting at Annual Meeting and Board Meeting:
 
Motion 2:    The Board of Directors moves that Article I.A.4. be deleted in its entirety, the last                           sentence of Article I.B.3.c. be deleted, and the second sentence of Article II.E.3. be                             deleted with the following language substituted in their respective places.
 
A. Article I.A.4.  Meetings of the Convention

Current Reading:

      4. Voting.  Except as otherwise provided by law, the Articles or in these Bylaws, an act of the majority of the registered messengers present at a session at which a quorum is present shall be the act of the members of the Convention.

Proposed Reading:

     4. Voting.  Except as otherwise provided by law, the Articles or in these Bylaws, an act of the majority of the registered messengers voting at a session at which a quorum is present shall be the act of the members of the Convention.

B. Article I.B.3.c. Officers of the Convention

Current Reading:

     3. Parliamentarians

         c. Duties. . . . The Rules of Order for the Convention shall be those set forth in the most recent                edition of Robert’s Rules of Order, but in cases where the meaning may not be clear the                      President shall exercise discretion, subject to override by a vote of the majority of the                        registered messengers present at the Convention.

Proposed Reading:

     3. Parliamentarians
 
         c. Duties. . . . The Rules of Order for the Convention shall be those set forth in the most recent                edition of Robert’s Rules of Order, but in cases where the meaning may not be clear the                      President shall exercise discretion, subject to override by a vote of the majority of the                        registered messengers voting at a session at which a quorum is present.

C. Article II.E.3. Meetings of the Board

Current Reading:

     3. Quorum; Voting. . . . Except as otherwise provided by law, the Articles or in these Bylaws, an act of the majority of the Board members present at a meeting at which a quorum is present shall be the act of the Board. . . .

Proposed Reading:

     3. Quorum; Voting. . . . Except as otherwise provided by law, the Articles or in these Bylaws, an act of the majority of the Board members voting at a meeting at which a quorum is present shall be the act of the Board. . . . 

III. Amendments Related to Convention Committees:

Motion 3:    The Board of Directors moves that the following new section be added as Article I.C.5.,                     and the current Article I.C.5. shall be renumbered as Article I.C.6.:

     5. Quorum; Voting.  A majority of any committee in office immediately before the meeting begins shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business at any meeting of such committee. Except as otherwise provided by law, the Articles or in these Bylaws, an act of the majority of the committee members present at a meeting at which a quorum is present shall be the act of such committee. The ex officio committee members described in Article I.B.1.c. of these Bylaws shall not be counted in determining a quorum. 

IV. Amendments Related to Committee Meetings and Executive Committee:

Motion 4:    The Board of Directors moves that the first sentence of Article II.F.2. be deleted, and                         Article II.F.6.a. be deleted in its entirety with the following language substituted in their                     respective places.

A. Article II.F.2. Committee Meetings

Current Reading:

     2. Committee Meetings.  The Business Services Special Committee, Christian Higher Education Special Committee, Christian Life and Public Affairs Special Committee, Christian Social Services Special Committee, Church Planting and Missions Development Committee, Communications Committee, Congregational Services Committee, and Evangelization Committee shall meet for organizational purposes at the January meeting of the Board, at which time they shall elect a Chairperson ... .

Proposed Reading:

     2. Committee Meetings.  The Business Services Special Committee, Christian Higher Education Special Committee, Christian Life and Public Affairs Special Committee, Christian Social Services Special Committee, Church Planting and Missions Partnerships Committee, Communications Committee, and Evangelism and Discipleship Committee shall meet for organizational purposes at the January meeting of the Board, at which time they shall elect a Chairperson. . . .

B. Article II.F.6.a. Executive Committee

Current Reading:

6. Executive Committee.

     a.  Composition. The membership of the Executive Committee is comprised of four (4) persons of           the Board, elected at-large plus the following individuals serving on an ex-officio basis:

          (i)      President of the Board;

          (ii)     Vice-President of the Board;

          (iii)    Chairperson, Articles and Bylaws Special Committee;

          (iv)    Chairperson, Budget Special Committee;

          (v)     Chairperson, Business Services Special Committee;

          (vi)    Chairperson, Christian Higher Education Special Committee;

          (vii)   Chairperson, Christian Life and Public Affairs Special Committee;
       
          (viii)  Chairperson, Christian Social Services Special Committee;      
 
          (ix)    Chairperson, Church Planting and Missions Development Committee;

          (x)     Chairperson, Communications Committee;

          (xi)    Chairperson, Congregational Services Committee;

          (xii)   Chairperson, Evangelization Committee;

          (xiii)  President of the Convention;

          (xiv)  First Vice-President of the Convention;

          (xv)   Second Vice-President of the Convention;
 
          (xvi)  President, Baptist Associational Missions Conference; and

          (xvii) President, North Carolina Baptist Men.

          The committee as constituted the previous year shall remain intact until the January meeting of           the Board with the exception of the newly elected Convention officers. The committee shall be           reconstituted during the January Board meeting.

Proposed Reading:

     6. Executive Committee.

         a. Composition.  The membership of the Executive Committee is comprised of four (4) persons              of the Board, elected at-large plus the following individuals serving on an ex-officio basis:

            (i)     President of the Board;

            (ii)    Vice-President of the Board;

            (iii)   Chairperson, Articles and Bylaws Special Committee;

            (iv)   Chairperson, Budget Special Committee;

            (v)    Chairperson, Business Services Special Committee;

            (vi)   Chairperson, Christian Higher Education Special Committee;

            (vii)  Chairperson, Christian Life and Public Affairs Special Committee

            (viii) Chairperson, Christian Social Services Special Committee;

            (ix)   Chairperson, Church Planting and Missions Partnerships Committee;

            (x)    Chairperson, Communications Committee;

            (xi)   Chairperson, Evangelism and Discipleship Committee;

            (xii)  President of the Convention;

            (xiii) First Vice-President of the Convention;

            (xiv) Second Vice-President of the Convention;

            (xv)  President, Baptist Associational Missions Conference; and

            (xvi) President, North Carolina Baptist Men.

             The committee as constituted the previous year shall remain intact until the January meeting                of the Board with the exception of the newly elected Convention officers. The committee                    shall be reconstituted during the January Board meeting. 

V. Amendments Related to New Evangelism and Discipleship Committee:

Motion 5:    The Board of Directors moves that Article II.F.15. and Article II.F.16. be deleted and                       that the following new Article II.F.15. be substituted in their place.

Current Reading:

     15. Congregational Services Committee

           a. Composition.  The membership shall consist of at least ten (10) members of the Board.  The                Executive Leader of the Congregational Services Group shall serve as an ex-officio non-                    voting member.

           b. Chair.  The Chairperson shall be selected by the committee from its committee members at                  its January meeting.

           c. Powers and Duties.  The Congregational Services Committee shall be responsible for                         working with the Executive Leader and staff to provide resources for congregational                           maturation, health, and growth.

     16. Evangelization Committee

           a. Composition.  The membership shall consist of at least ten (10) members of the Board.  The                Executive Leader of the Evangelization Group shall serve as an ex-officio non-voting                          member.

           b. Chair.  The Chairperson shall be selected by the committee from its committee members at                  its January meeting.

           c. Powers and Duties.  The Evangelization Committee shall be responsible for working with                    the Executive Leader to provide resources which will enable churches and associations to                    be most proficient in ministering to and communicating the Gospel to all people while                        helping them establish a spiritual relationship with Jesus the Christ.

Proposed Reading:

     15. Evangelism and Discipleship Committee

           a. Composition.  The membership shall consist of at least sixteen (16) members of the Board.                  The Executive Leader of the Evangelism and Discipleship Group shall serve as an ex-                        officio non-voting member.

           b. Chair.  The chairperson shall be selected by the committee from its committee members at                  its January meeting.

           c. Powers and Duties.  The Evangelism and Discipleship Committee shall be responsible for                    working with the Executive Leader to strengthen churches, by creating a disciple-making                    culture within churches.  The goal of the disciple-making culture shall be seeing churches                  accomplish their divinely-appointed mission to fulfill the Great Commission by creating                      disciples who become mature disciples and, in turn, share their faith with others and lead                    them to become mature disciples. 

VI. Amendment Related to Church Planting and Missions Partnerships Committee:

Motion 6:    The Board of Directors moves that Article II.F.13. be deleted in its entirety with the                           following language substituted in its place.

Current Reading:

     13. Church Planting and Missions Development Committee

           a. Composition.  The membership shall consist of at least ten (10) members of the Board.  The                Executive Leader of the Church Planting and Missions Development Group shall serve as                  an ex officio non-voting member.

           b. Chair.  The Chairperson shall be selected by the Committee from its members at its January                meeting.

           c. Powers and Duties.  The Church Planting and Missions Development Committee shall be                    responsible for working with the Executive Leader to provide resources to the associations                  and churches of the Convention related to church planting and missions development.                        These resources shall include promotion of missions’ offerings for the Convention as well                  as the Southern Baptist Convention.  The Committee shall give special attention to                              distributing materials and resources and working cooperatively with associations and                          churches to plant churches across North Carolina and with local churches for missions’                      development.

Proposed Reading:

     13. Church Planting and Missions Partnerships Committee

           a. Composition.  The membership shall consist of at least sixteen (16) members of the Board.                  The Executive Leader of the Church Planting and Missions Partnerships Group shall serve                  as an ex officio non-voting member.

           b. Chair.  The Chairperson shall be selected by the Committee from its members at its January                meeting.  

           c. Powers and Duties.  The Church Planting and Missions Partnerships Committee shall be                      responsible for working with the Executive Leader to challenge, encourage and resource                    churches and associations of the Convention and networks partnering with the Convention                  related to church planting, associational ministry, collegiate ministry and Great Commission                focused partnerships.  The Committee shall give special attention to resourcing churches                    and associations of the Convention and networks partnering with the Convention with                        regards to engaging unreached and unengaged people groups with the Gospel and planting                  new multiplication churches.

VII. Amendments Related to Business Services Special Committee:

Motion 7:    The Board of Directors moves that Article II.F.9. be deleted in its entirety with the                              following language substituted in its place.

Current Reading:

Article II.F.9. Business Services Special Committee.

     a. Composition.  The membership shall consist of eighteen (18) members, eight (8) of whom shall          be at-large members elected by the Board for four (4) year terms and ten (10) of whom shall be          members of the Board.  The members shall include people with expertise in law, accounting,              finance, insurance, management, and the ministry. The Executive Leader of the Business                    Services Group shall serve as an ex-officio non-voting member of the Business Services Special          Committee.

     b. Chair.  The Chairperson shall be selected by the committee from its Board members at its                    January meeting.

     c. Powers and Duties.  The Business Services Special Committee shall be responsible for                        counseling the Executive Leader of the Business Services Group regarding business matters,              and including without limitation, procedures of bookkeeping and accounting; financial                        reporting; the annual audit; the Convention equipment maintenance and replacement; the                    purchasing procedure by staff; the insurance coverage on Convention’s property; and acquiring            or disposing of Convention real and personal property.  The Business Services Special                        Committee shall make such recommendations to the Executive Committee and the Board as                shall be necessary.

     d. Subcommittees of the Business Services Special Committee.

         (i) General.  The Chairperson of the Business Services Committee, in consultation with the                    Executive Leader of the Business Services Group, shall appoint all subcommittees and their                Chairpersons. The Chairperson of the Business Services Committee shall serve as an ex-                    officio voting member of all subcommittees. The Executive Leader shall serve as an ex-                      officio non-voting member of all subcommittees.

         (ii) Contingency Fund/Audit Subcommittee.  This subcommittee shall have duties to the                            Business Services Special Committee for matters pertaining to contingency funding and the                audit, including without limitation the following:

              (1) Shall report, following the audit, to the Business Services Committee for its                                      recommendation of transfer to the Contingency Fund of no less than ten percent (10%)                        and not more than seventy-five percent (75%) of the income received in excess of                              expenditures during the previous year;

              (2) Shall continue approved appropriations until the fund reaches twenty percent (20%) of                        the Cooperative Program budget;

              (3) Shall adhere to the following guidelines for use of these funds: to assist any institution or                    agency where a real emergency exists; to cover any unfunded programs due to shortfall                      in Cooperative Program funds where the need is urgent and cannot be met within other                      budget adjustments; and to fund any new programs that are deemed to be of primary                          importance by the Executive Committee, the Board and Executive Director-Treasurer;                        and

              (4) Shall work with the Executive Leader of the Business Services Group concerning                              financial and business related policies and procedures and make recommendations to the                    Business Services Special Committee, Executive Committee and the Board.

         (iii) Assemblies Subcommittee.  This subcommittee shall have duties to the Business Services                  Special Committee for matters pertaining to the administrative functions of camps and                        assemblies owned and operated by the Convention or with which the Convention has some                  type of working relationship.

         (iv) Investment Subcommittee.  This subcommittee shall have duties to the Business Services                    Special Committee for matters pertaining to the policies and guidelines for the investment                  of available funds as well as monitoring the risk factor and return of all investments with                    security as the prominent guideline.

         (v) Constructing and Financing Facilities Review Subcommittee.  This subcommittee shall have               duties to the Business Services Special Committee for matters pertaining to establishing and               maintaining a comprehensive review process for seeking approval for constructing and                       financing facilities on property owned by the Convention; establishing guidelines for the use               of monies from the unrestricted General Reserve of the Convention; and establishing the                     criteria for borrowing and repaying available unrestricted General Reserve monies.

Proposed Reading:

Article II.F.9. Business Services Special Committee.

     a. Composition.  The membership shall consist of twenty (20) members, eight (8) of whom shall            be at-large members elected by the Board for four (4) year terms and twelve (12) of whom shall          be members of the Board.  The members shall include people with expertise in law, accounting,          finance, insurance, management, and the ministry. The Executive Leader of the Business                    Services Group shall serve as an ex-officio non-voting member of the Business Services Special          Committee.

     b. Chair.  The Chairperson shall be selected by the committee from its Board members at its                    January meeting.

     c. Powers and Duties.  The Business Services Special Committee shall be responsible for                        counseling the Executive Leader of the Business Services Group regarding business matters,              and including without limitation, procedures of bookkeeping and accounting; financial                        reporting; the annual audit; the Convention equipment maintenance and replacement; the                    purchasing procedure by staff; the insurance coverage on Convention’s property; acquiring or              disposing of Convention real and personal property; establishing guidelines for the use of                    monies from the unrestricted General Reserve of the Convention; and establishing the criteria              for borrowing and repaying available unrestricted General Reserve monies.  The Business                  Services Special Committee shall make such recommendations to the Executive Committee and          the Board as shall be necessary.

     d. Subcommittees.

         (i) General.  The Chairperson of the Business Services Committee, in consultation with the                    Executive Leader of the Business Services Group, shall appoint all subcommittees and their                Chairpersons. The Chairperson of the Business Services Committee shall serve as an ex-                    officio voting member of all subcommittees. The Executive Leader shall serve as an ex-                      officio non-voting member of all subcommittees.

         (ii) Audit/Investment Subcommittee.  This subcommittee shall have duties to the Business                       Services Special Committee for matters pertaining to contingency funding, the annual audit,               and the Convention’s investments, including without limitation the following:

              (1) Shall report, following the audit, to the Business Services Committee for its                                      recommendation of transfer to the Contingency Fund of no less than ten percent (10%)                        and not more than seventy-five percent (75%) of the income received in excess of                              expenditures during the previous year;

              (2) Shall continue approved appropriations until the fund reaches twenty percent (20%) of                        the Cooperative Program budget;

              (3) Shall make recommendations to the Business Services Committee regarding the use of                        Contingency Funds including, but not limited to the following purposes:  to meet reserve                    requirements for future retiree benefits; to assist any institution or agency where a real                        emergency exists; to cover any unfunded programs due to shortfall in Cooperative                              Program funds where the need is urgent and cannot be met within other budget                                  adjustments; and to fund any new programs that are deemed to be of primary importance                    by the Executive Committee, the Board and Executive Director-Treasurer;

              (4) Shall work with the Executive Leader of the Business Services Group concerning                              investment, financial and business related policies and procedures and make                                      recommendations to the Business Services Special Committee, Executive Committee and                    the Board; and

              (5) Shall oversee implementation of the policies and guidelines for the investment of                                available funds as well as monitoring the risk factor and return of all investments with                        security as the prominent guideline.

         (iii) Assemblies Subcommittee.  This subcommittee shall have duties to the Business Services                  Special Committee for matters pertaining to the administrative functions and property                        management of the conference centers, camps, and assemblies owned and operated by the                  Convention or with which the Convention has some type of working relationship.  This                      shall include reviewing all requests for the construction and financing of facilities on said                    properties and making recommendations to the Business Services Special Committee.

         (iv) Property Management Subcommittee.  This subcommittee shall have duties to the Business                Services Special Committee for matters pertaining to all properties owned by the                                Convention which are not managed by the Assemblies Subcommittee.  This property                          management function shall include reviewing all requests for the construction and financing                of facilities on said properties, decisions regarding the disposition of such properties, and                    making recommendations to the Business Services Special Committee regarding such                        actions.

VIII. Amendments Related to Communications Committee:

Motion 8:    The Board of Directors moves that Article II.F.14. be deleted in its entirety with the                           following language substituted in its place.

Current Reading:

     14. Communications Committee

           a. Composition.  The membership shall consist of at least ten (10) members of the Board.  The                Team Leaders of the Creative Team and the Information Technology/Information Services                  Team shall serve as ex-officio non-voting members of the Communications Committee.

           b. Chair.  The Chairperson shall be selected by the committee from its committee members at                  its January meeting.

           c. Powers and Duties.  The Communications Committee shall be responsible for working with                the Team Leaders of the Creative Team and the Information Technology/Information                          Services Team providing input related to the overall ministry and work of these Teams;                      advising the Board to utilize multiple methods in communicating information from the                        Convention and promoting the ministries of the Convention; promoting the effective use of                technology; and serving as part of the  Creative Team and the Information                                          Technology/Information Services Team that seeks to help churches and associations fulfill                  their mission in their own setting.

Proposed Reading:

     14. Communications Committee

           a. Composition.  The membership shall consist of at least twelve (12) members of the Board.                  The Team Leaders of the Communications Team and the Information                                                Technology/Information Services Team shall serve as an ex-officio non-voting members of                the Communications Committee.

           b. Chair.  The Chairperson shall be selected by the committee from its committee members at i                its January meeting.

           c. Powers and Duties.  The Communications Committee shall be responsible for working with                the Team Leaders of the Communications Team and the Information                                                  Technology/Information Services Team to provide input related to the overall ministry and                  work of these Teams; advising the Board to utilize multiple methods in communicating                      information from the Convention and promoting the ministries of the Convention;                              promoting the Convention’s effective use of technology; and seeking to help churches and                  associations fulfill their mission through effective use of technology and communications.

IX. Amendments Related to Christian Life and Public Affairs Special Committee:

Motion 9:    The Board of Directors moves that Article II.F.11. be deleted in its entirety with the                            following language substituted in its place.

Current Reading:

     11. Christian Life and Public Affairs Special Committee

           a. Composition.  The committee shall consist of not more than eighteen (18) members, ten                      (10) of whom shall be members of the Board.  Also, the committee shall consist of eight (8)                at-large members serving four (4) year terms who are to be elected by the Board.

           b. Chair.  The Chairperson shall be elected from one (1) of the members of the Board.

           c. Purpose, Duties and Responsibilities.  The Christian Life and Public Affairs Special                            Committee shall work to provide an effective program to help North Carolina Baptists                        become more aware of the ethical implications of the Christian gospel with regard to all                      aspects of daily living, including family life, human life, moral issues, economic life,                          citizenship, and public affairs.  The committee:

               (i) Shall seek to develop a comprehensive program addressing Christian social ethics in the                     life of the Convention, its institutions and its agencies which may include leading                               seminars, developing literature, distributing information, conducting studies and                                 research, and other means appropriate to accomplish this purpose;

               (ii) Shall work with all ministries of the Convention, its institutions, and its agencies and                         with Southern Baptist organizations and other non-Baptist organizations to promote the                       Christian social ethics in the life of North Carolina Baptists;

               (iii) Shall designate three of its members for nomination as trustees of the Christian Action                        League and shall cooperate with the Christian Action League in its efforts to combat                          addictive substances and other social evils;

               (iv) Shall work, in cooperation with the Convention staff person assigned to the Committee,                      to promote the Convention’s position on Christian social ethics with the applicable                              legislative and executive branches, including the General Assembly of North Carolina,                        for the benefit of North Carolina Baptists; and

               (v) Shall recommend to the Executive Leader for Administration and Convention Relations                     the budget for the work of the committee.

Proposed Reading:

     11. Christian Life and Public Affairs Special Committee

           a. Composition.  The committee shall consist of not more than sixteen (16) members, twelve                  (12) of whom shall be members of the Board.  Also, the committee shall consist of four (4)                at-large members serving four (4) year terms who are to be elected by the Board.

           b. Chair.  The Chairperson shall be elected from one (1) of the members of the Board at its                    January meeting.

           c. Purpose, Duties and Responsibilities.  The Christian Life and Public Affairs Special                            Committee shall work to provide an effective program to help North Carolina Baptists                        become more aware of the ethical implications of the Christian gospel with regard to all                      aspects of daily living, including family life, human life, moral issues, economic life,                          citizenship, and public affairs.  The committee:

               (i) Shall seek to develop a comprehensive program addressing Christian social ethics in the                     life of the Convention, its institutions and its agencies which may include leading                               seminars, developing literature, distributing information, conducting studies and                                 research, and other means appropriate to accomplish this purpose;

               (ii) Shall work with all ministries of the Convention, its institutions, and its agencies and                         with Southern Baptist organizations and other non-Baptist organizations to promote the                       Christian social ethics in the life of North Carolina Baptists;

               (iii) Shall designate three of its members for nomination as trustees of the Christian Action                         League and shall cooperate with the Christian Action League in its efforts to combat                           addictive substances and other social evils;

               (iv) Shall work, in cooperation with the Convention staff person assigned to the Committee,                       to promote the Convention’s position on Christian social ethics with the applicable                             legislative and executive branches, including the General Assembly of North Carolina,                       for the benefit of North Carolina Baptists; and

               (v) Shall recommend to the Associate Executive Director-Treasurer the budget for the work                     of the committee.

X. Amendment Related to Christian Higher Education Special Committee and Christian Social Services Special Committee:

Motion 10:    The Board of Directors moves that Article II.F.10. a. and b. and Article II.F.12. be                           deleted in their entirety with the following language substituted in their respective                               places.

A. Article II.F.10. a. and b.  Christian Higher Education Special Committee

Current Reading:

     a. Composition.  The committee shall consist of not more than ten (10) members of the Board.                Also, the committee shall consist of the following ex-officio members:  the President, dean, the          President or Chairperson of the board of trustees, and the dean of the divinity school (if any) of          each of the affiliated educational institutions.  Each affiliated educational institution shall have            one vote on matters brought before the committee (except as limited below) with the vote being          exercised by the President (or designee) of each affiliated educational institution.

     b. Chair.  The Chairperson shall be elected from one (1) of the members of the Board.

Proposed Reading:

     a. Composition.  The committee shall consist of not more than twelve (12) members of the Board.          Also, the committee shall consist of the following ex-officio members:  the President, dean, the          President or Chairperson of the board of trustees, and the dean of the divinity school (if any) of          each of the affiliated educational institutions.  Each affiliated educational institution shall have            one vote on matters brought before the committee (except as limited below) with the vote being          exercised by the President (or designee) of each affiliated educational institution.

     b. Chair.  The Chairperson shall be elected from one (1) of the members of the Board at its                    January meeting.

B. Article II.F.12.  Christian Social Services Special Committee

Current Reading:

     12. Christian Social Services Special Committee

           a. Composition.  The committee shall consist of not more than ten (10) members of the                          Board.  Also, the committee shall consist of the following five (5) ex-officio members:                      President of the Baptist Children’s Homes of North Carolina, Inc. (“Children’s Homes”);                    President of North Carolina Baptist Hospital (“Hospital”); Director of the School of Pastoral                Care (“School”); and the President or Chairperson of the board of trustees of each                              institution. 

           b. Chair.  The Chairperson shall be elected from one (1) of the Board members.

           c. Voting.  No ex-officio member of the committee shall have a vote on appropriations or                        allocation of funds that may be made to the Children’s Home, Hospital and School.

           d. Purpose, Duties and Responsibilities.  The Christian Social Services Special Committee                      shall work to provide a well-integrated program for the Children’s Homes, Hospital and                      School without in any way hindering the trustee operation of any one of them.  The                            committee:

               (i) Shall consider problems common to all of the social service institutions, and keep the                        needs of these institutions before the Board and North Carolina Baptists;

               (ii) Shall cooperate with all ministries of the Convention in order to create a better                                   understanding of all the problems involved in the ministries of these social service                             institutions; and

               (iii) Shall report to the Board about the Children’s Homes, Hospital and School.

Proposed Reading:

     12. Christian Social Services Special Committee

           a. Composition.  The committee shall consist of not more than twelve (12) members of the                      Board.  Also, the committee shall consist of the following five (5) ex-officio members:                      President of the Baptist Children’s Homes of North Carolina, Inc. (“Children’s Homes”);                    President of North Carolina Baptist Hospital (“Hospital”); Vice-President of the Division of                Faith and Health Ministries (“Division”); and the President or Chairperson of the board of                  trustees of each institution. 

           b. Chair.  The Chairperson shall be elected from one (1) of the Board members at its January                  meeting.

           c. Voting.  No ex-officio member of the committee shall have a vote on appropriations or                        allocation of funds that may be made to the Children’s Home, Hospital and Division.

           d. Purpose, Duties and Responsibilities.  The Christian Social Services Special Committee                      shall work to provide a well-integrated program for the Children’s Homes, Hospital and                      Division without in any way hindering the trustee operation of any one of them.  The                          committee:

               (i) Shall consider problems common to all of the social service institutions, and keep the                        needs of these institutions before the Board and North Carolina Baptists;

               (ii) Shall cooperate with all ministries of the Convention in order to create a better                                   understanding of all the problems involved in the ministries of these social service                             institutions; and

               (iii) Shall report to the Board about the Children’s Homes, Hospital and Division.
 

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