October 2017

2017 summary for proposed BSC bylaw amendments

October 17 2017 by BSC Communications

The Board of Directors (board) is bringing to the messengers at the 2017 Annual Meeting of the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina (convention) five (5) motions for consideration. A brief explanation is provided for each of these motions. Please note that the first motion proposes an amendment to the Articles of Incorporation and the remaining motions impact the Bylaws.
 
Motion 1
This motion addresses an inconsistency between the Articles of Incorporation and the Bylaws. In 2016, the messengers to the Annual Meeting of the convention approved a recommendation to amend the Bylaws by removing references to the Credentials Subcommittee of the Committee on Convention Meetings. The tasks and responsibilities of the former Credentials Subcommittee are now part of the larger Committee on Convention Meetings. However, there remains a reference to the former Credentials Subcommittee in Article VI. A. of the Articles of Incorporation. It is essential that the Articles of Incorporation and the Bylaws agree; therefore, this amendment deletes the reference to the Credentials Subcommittee from Article VI. A. of the Articles of Incorporation.
 
Motion 2
This motion seeks to address issues related to the proposals from the convention’s Board of Directors Meeting Evaluation Task Force that were approved by the board in September 2016. Included in this motion are proposals to remove from the Bylaws all references to the Christian Higher Education Special Committee and the Christian Social Services Special Committee. This motion also includes the addition of language necessary to establish the Convention Relations Special Committee that provides a connection to all four (4) of the convention’s institutions and agencies. 

In addition, to further advance the goals of the task force, this motion proposes changes to the timing of the election to and appointment of various positions, including board officers, board committee chairs, non-board members of the Business Services and Christian Life and Public Affairs Committees and members of the Articles and Bylaws and Budget Committees. One of the major emphases of the Board of Directors Meeting Evaluation Task Force in 2016 was to restructure all meetings of the board and its committees to be meaningful to and to permit engagement by the members.

Currently, the board elects all officers and chairpersons in January each year. The newly elected president then appoints the chairpersons of the Budget Committee and Articles and Bylaws Committee as well as the board members and non-board members serving on these two committees. This motion seeks to address several perennial problems created by the current process:

1. The board president and committee chairpersons who have completed their terms of service on the board are required to attend the January meetings of the board and committees in order to elect a new board president and new chairpersons only to immediately leave the board or committee meetings and return home.

2. Newly elected board presidents have potentially little input in the preparation of the agenda for the January meeting of the board.

3. Newly elected board presidents have a very short window for identifying and appointing chairpersons and members to the Budget Special Committee and the Articles and Bylaws Special Committee.

4. Newly elected chairpersons have had little to no opportunity to prepare for the January meeting of the committees.

5. The board members vote on at-large members to the Business Services Special Committee and the Christian Life and Public Affairs Special Committee with little or no background information or other knowledge concerning the individuals being elected.

To address these issues, this motion proposes that the election of board officers and the chairs of each committee currently elected in January, be moved to September. This means the president-elect will have from September to January to plan and prepare for the January meeting. This amendment will also allow the committee chairpersons the same opportunities for preparation. The expectation is that January committee meetings, as well as the January board sessions, will have greater potential for meaningful consideration of matters within the purview of the respective committees and board with this additional level of preparation by those tasked with these responsibilities.

Please note that while the proposal is for the board president, board vice president and committee chairpersons to be elected in September, and begin to fulfill specific limited duties and obligations upon their election, these newly elected officers and chairpersons do not fully enter into their roles of leadership until January following their election in September. Board officers and chairpersons will serve Jan. 1 to Dec. 31, following their election the previous September.

In addition, this motion proposes that the president-elect will be authorized to begin identifying and appointing chairpersons for the Budget Special Committee and Articles and Bylaws Committee, as well as appointing board members and non-board members to serve on each of these committees much earlier than the current process allows.

To bring consistency to the appointment and election process for at-large non-board members serving on the Budget Special Committee, the Articles and Bylaws Special Committee, the Business Services Special Committee, and the Christian Life and Public Affairs Special Committee, this motion proposes that the board president be authorized to appoint individuals to all of these positions. Currently, the board president appoints individuals to serve on the Budget Special Committee and the Articles and Bylaws Special Committee, but recommends to the board individuals to be elected to serve on the Business Services Special Committee and the Christian Life and Public Affairs Special Committee. Finally, this motion proposes that upon their approval in November, newly elected members of the board will be appointed to the various board committees by the board president-elect. 
 
Motion 3
This motion provides that the new process for the election and appointment of individuals to serve in motion two will go into effect July 1, 2018. This later date permits individuals currently serving to complete their term of office with no change and ensures a smooth transition to the proposed changes in the process of these elections and appointments.
 
Motion 4
This motion addresses a gap in the process used by the Committee on Nominations for recommending trustees and directors for service on the boards of the institutions and agencies of the convention and the North Carolina Baptist Hospital. By utilizing the proposed language of “Related Entities” the Bylaws will clarify for the Committee on Nominations that the same process will be used for recommending trustees and directors for the following institutions and agencies: Baptist Children’s Homes of North Carolina, North Carolina Baptist Hospital, the Biblical Recorder and the North Carolina Baptist Foundation. These four aforementioned institutions and agencies will be referenced as “Related Entities” in the appropriate sections of the Bylaws.
 
Motion 5
This motion addresses two miscellaneous matters that require attention in the Bylaws. 

The first matter relates to the ability of employees of the affiliated educational institutions to serve on the board of any institution or agency of the convention. Employees of the affiliated educational institutions were previously prohibited from serving on the board of any institution or agency of the convention, but the messengers to the 2016 Annual Meeting of the convention removed this prohibition. However, the reference related to election of trustees for Baptist Hospital in Article III.B.2.c of the Bylaws was simply overlooked in that process. This proposed amendment brings the qualifications for election of the hospital trustees in Article III.B.2.c into agreement with the rest of the Bylaws.

The second miscellaneous matter corrects inconsistent references in Article IV.D. that were simply overlooked in amendments in prior years. This amendment updates the reference to trustees and directors of the boards of the convention’s institutions and agencies and the cross-reference to another section of the Bylaws.

Should you have questions, concerns or comments about any of these proposed changes we hope that you will feel free to contact one of us. Our contact information is as follows:

• John Compton, chairman of the Articles and Bylaws Special Committee: (828) 446-0216, or john.compton316@gmail.com.

• Brian Davis, associate executive director-treasurer: (800) 395-5102, ext. 5506, or bdavis@ncbaptist.org.
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Proposed amendments to BSC articles & bylaws

October 17 2017 by

Proposed amendments to articles of incorporation and bylaws
of Baptist State Convention of North Carolina, Inc.

 
Motion 1:
 
   The Board of Directors moves that the first sentence in Articles VI.A. of the Articles of Incorporation be amended by deleting the phrase “by the Credential Subcommittee” as indicated by the “Current Reading” below and replacing it with the language as reflected in the “New Reading” set forth below:
 
Current Reading:
 
   Those messengers who have been duly elected by cooperating churches, have been duly registered by the Credentials Subcommittee, and are in attendance at the annual meeting or special meeting of the Convention. . . .
 
New Reading:
 
   Those messengers who have been duly elected by cooperating churches, have been duly registered, and are in attendance at the annual meeting or special meeting of the Convention. . . .
 
Motion 2:
 
   The Board of Directors moves that Article II.F.10 and 12, entitled “Christian Higher Education Special Committee” and “Christian Social Services Special Committee” respectively, be deleted in their entirety as indicated in the “Current Reading” below, and a new Paragraph 13 in Article II.F. entitled “Convention Relations Special Committee” be added as indicated in the “New Reading” below, and the remaining paragraphs be renumbered; and that the following sections or portions thereof of Article II.D.2., Article II.F.1., Article II.F.2., Article II.F.6.a., Article II.F.7.a. and b., Article II.F.8.a. and b., Article II.F.9.a. and b., Article II.F.11.a. and b., Article II.F.13.b., Article II.F.14.b., and Article II.F.15.b. of the Bylaws be amended by deleting the sections or portions thereof as indicated by the “Current Reading” below and
replacing each of them with the “New Reading,” as set forth below:
 
Article II.F.10. and 12.
 
Current Reading:
 
   10. Christian Higher Education 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 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.
          
         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 affiliated educational institutions.
           
         d. Purpose, Duties and Responsibilities. The Christian Higher Education Special Committee shall
             work to provide an effective program for the affiliated educational institutions without in any way
             hindering the trustee operation of any one of them. The committee:
          
             (i) Shall devise ways and means for the proper correlation of the work and programs in the
                  affiliated educational institutions;
 
             (ii) Shall formulate and promote plans for increasing interest in higher education at Christian
                   institutions in general and the affiliated educational institutions in particular; and
          
             (iii) Shall report to the Board about the affiliated educational institutions.
           
              . . .
 
   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.
 
New Article II.F.13.
 
New Reading:
 
   13. Convention Relations Special Committee
 
         a. Composition. The committee shall consist of not more than twenty (20) members of the Board.
             Also, the committee shall consist of the following five (5) ex-officio members: President of the
             Children’s Homes; Chief Executive Officer of the Hospital; the Hospital employee designated           
             by its Chief Executive Officer responsible for overseeing its pastoral care ministries and its
             relationship with churches; Editor/President of the Recorder; and Executive Director of the
             Foundation.
 
         b. Chair. The Chairperson shall be elected from one (1) of the Board members at its September
             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 Related Entities.
 
         d. Purpose, Duties and Responsibilities. The Convention Relations Special Committee shall work to
             provide effective ways for the Related Entities to assist the Convention in its support of the
             missions and ministries of its cooperating churches without in any way hindering the operation
             by the trustees and/or directors of any one of the Related Entities. The committee:
 
             (i) Shall consider all issues to insure that the mission and ministries of the Convention and each of
                  the Related Entities complement each other in existing efforts and in any new missions and
                  ministries and such efforts support the missions of the cooperating churches;
                   
              (ii) Shall strive to identify and eliminate, where possible, duplication of missions and ministries
                    among the Convention and the Related Entities;
 
              (iii) Shall consider problems common to all of the Related Entities, and keep the needs of the
                     Related Entities before the Board and North Carolina Baptists;
 
              (iv) Shall cooperate with all ministries of the Convention in order to create
                     a better understanding of all the problems involved in the missions
                     and ministries of the Related Entities; and
 
              (v) Shall report to the Board about the Related Entities.
 
Article II.D.2.
 
Current Reading:
 
   2. Election of the Officers. At the January meeting of the Board, the following officers shall be elected by a majority vote of the Board, and they shall serve until their successors are elected and qualified: a President, a Vice-President, and a Board Secretary.
 
New Reading:
 
   2. Election of the Officers. At the September meeting of the Board, the following officers shall be elected by a majority vote of the Board: a President, a Vice-President, and a Board Secretary. Their terms shall begin on January 1st following the September meeting of the Board at which the officers were elected and shall end on the later of December 31st of that calendar year or the election of their successors.
 
Article II.F.1.
 
Current Reading:
 
   1. Selection of Committee Members. The President and Vice-President of the Board shall be responsible for assigning all newly elected Board members to one of the Board committees or the special committees. . . . Also, the President and Vice-President will review and take into consideration any recommendations furnished by the Executive Leader associated with the work of a specific committee.  Any member of a special committee of the Board who is not a member of the Board shall not be serving at the same time on any Convention committee, any other special committee of the board of the Convention, or any board of the Convention’s institutions, agencies, or the Hospital (all as hereinafter defined in Article III.A.).
 
New Reading:
 
   1. Selection of Committee Members. After their election at the September meeting of the Board, the President-elect and Vice-President-elect of the Board shall be responsible for assigning all newly elected Board members to one of the Board committees or the special committees. . . . Also, the President-elect and Vice-President-elect will review and take into consideration any recommendations furnished by the Executive Leader associated with the work of a specific committee. Any member of a special committee of the Board who is not a member of the Board shall not be serving at the same time on any Convention committee, any other special committee of the Board of the Convention, or any board of the Convention’s Related Entities.
 
Article II.F.2.
 
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 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. Such Chairperson shall serve until their successors have been duly elected and qualified. . . . The person or persons calling a committee meeting (other than the January meeting for organizational purposes) shall, at least seven (7) days before the meeting, give notice thereof, specifying the purpose for which the meeting is called, by any usual means of communication of which is capable of being confirmed by the Board Secretary. 
 
New Reading:
 
   2. Committee Meetings. The Business Services Special Committee, Christian Life and Public Affairs Special Committee, Church Planting and Missions Partnerships Committee, Communications Committee, Convention Relations Special Committee, and Evangelism and Discipleship Committee shall elect a Chairperson at the September meeting of the Board. Their terms shall begin on January 1st following the September meetings of the Committees at which the chairs were elected and shall end on the later of December 31st of that calendar year or the election of their successor. . . . The person or persons calling a committee meeting (other than the September meeting for election purposes) shall, at least seven (7) days before the meeting, give notice thereof, specifying the purpose for which the meeting is called, by any usual means of communication of which is capable of being confirmed by the Board Secretary. 
 
Article II.F.6.a.

 
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 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 members of
       the Committee shall serve until their successors have been duly elected and qualified. 
 
New 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 Life and Public Affairs Special Committee;

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

           (viii) Chairperson, Communications Committee;

           (ix) Chairperson, Convention Relations Special Committee;

           (x) Chairperson, Evangelism and Discipleship Committee;

           (xi) President of the Convention;

           (xii) First Vice-President of the Convention;

           (xiii) Second Vice-President of the Convention;

           (xiv) President, Baptist Associational Missions Conference; and

           (xv) President, North Carolina Baptist Men.

       The three Convention officers shall serve during their terms of office. The Board shall elect the
       four (4) at large members to the Executive Committee at its January meeting; their terms shall end
       on December 31st of the calendar year in which they were elected.  The term for all other members
       of the Executive Committee shall begin on January 1st and end on December 31st.

 

Article II.F.7.a. and b.

 
Current Reading:
 
   7. Articles and Bylaws Special Committee.
 
       a. Composition. . . . The remaining four (4) shall not be members of the Board when appointed.
           The President of the Board shall appoint the initial eight (8) members and then two (2)
           new members to this committee thereafter. Each subsequent annual appointment shall consist
           of two members: one (1) member from the Board and the other a non-member of the Board.
           The President shall appoint each initial committee member to serve for one (1), two (2),
           three (3) or four (4) years in order to effectuate the staggered terms set forth herein.  . . .
 
       b. Chair. The Chairperson of the committee will be selected by the President
           of the Board and shall be one of the eight members of the committee. . . .
 
New Reading:
 
   7. Articles and Bylaws Special Committee.
 
       a. Composition. . . . The remaining four (4) shall not be members of the Board when appointed.
           After being elected at the September meeting of the Board, the President-elect of the Board
           shall appoint the two (2) new members to this committee:  one (1) member from the Board
           and the other a non-member of the Board; their terms shall begin January 1st. Any vacancy
           occurring during the President of the Board’s term may be filled by the President’s appointment ...
 
      b. Chair. The Chairperson of the committee will be selected by the President-elect of the Board
          and shall be one of the eight members of the committee. . . .
 

Article II.F.8.a. and b.

 
Current Reading:
 
   8. Budget Special Committee.
 
        a. Composition. . . . The remaining four (4) will not be members of the Board when appointed.
            The President of the Board shall appoint the six (6) members currently serving on the Committee
            to terms as close as practical to the remainder of their current terms on the Committee; the 
            President shall appoint the other two (2) members of the Committee to serve for one (1), two (2),
            three (3) or four (4) years in order to effectuate the staggered terms set forth herein. The
            President of the Board shall appoint two (2) new members to this committee thereafter. Each 
            subsequent annual appointment shall consist of two members: one (1) member from the Board
            and the other a non-member of the Board.  The President of the Board should strive to have
            diversity on the Budget Special Committee taking into account representation from churches of 
            various sizes, types, and geographical areas, and representation by individuals who are lay
            persons and ministers and have expertise in budget, finance and Baptist life.
 
       b. Chair. The Chairperson of the committee will be selected by the President of the Board and
           shall be one of the eight members of the committee. . . .
 
New Reading:
 
   8. Budget Special Committee.
 
       a. Composition. . . . The remaining four (4) will not be members of the Board when appointed.
           After being elected at the September meeting of the Board, the President-elect of the Board
           shall appoint two (2) new members  to this committee:  one (1) member from the Board and
           the other a non-board member; their terms shall begin January 1st. Any vacancy occurring
           during the President of the Board’s term may be filled by the President’s appointment.
           The President-elect of the Board should strive to have diversity on the Budget Special
           Committee taking into account representation from churches of various sizes, types,
           and geographical areas, and representation by individuals who are lay persons and ministers 
           and have expertise in budget, finance and Baptist life.
 
       b. Chair. The Chairperson of the committee will be selected by the President-elect of the Board
           and shall be one of the eight members of the committee. . . .
 

Article II.F.9.a. and b.

 
Current Reading:
 
   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. . . .
 
       b. Chair. The Chairperson shall be selected by the committee from its Board members at its
            January meeting.
 
New Reading:
 
   9. Business Services Special Committee. 
 
       a. Composition. The membership shall consist of twenty (20) members, (12) of whom shall be
           members of the Board, and eight (8) of whom shall not be members of the Board; all members
          shall serve four (4) year terms. After being elected at the September meeting of the Board,
          the President-elect of the Board shall appoint two (2) new non-Board members of the 
          Committee. Any vacancy of non-Board members occurring during the President of the Board’s
          term may be filled by the President’s appointment.
       
       . . .
 
       b. Chair. The Chairperson shall be selected by the committee from its Board members at its
           September meeting.
 

Articles II.F.11.a. and b.

 
Current 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.
 
New Reading:
 
   10. Christian Life and Public Affairs Special Committee
 
         a. Composition. The committee shall consist of not more than sixteen (16) members, not
             more than twelve (12) of whom shall be members of the Board. Also, the committee shall
             consist of four (4) members who are not serving on the Board and who shall serve four (4)
             year terms. After being elected at the September meeting of the Board, the President-elect
             of the Board shall appoint one (1) new non-Board members of the Committee. Any vacancy
             of non-Board members occurring during the President of the Board’s term may be filled by
             the President’s appointment. 
 
         b. Chair. The Chairperson shall be elected from one (1) of the members of the Board at its
             September meeting.
 

Article II.F.13.b.

 
Current Reading:
 
   13. Church Planting and Missions Partnerships Committee
 
         . . .
 
         b. Chair. The Chairperson shall be selected by the Committee from its members at its
             January meeting.  
 
New Reading:
 
   11. Church Planting and Missions Partnerships Committee
 
         . . .
 
         b. Chair. The Chairperson shall be selected by the Committee from its members at its
             September meeting.  
 

Article II.F.14.b.

 
Current Reading:
 
   14. Communications Committee
 
         . . .
 
         b. Chair. The Chairperson shall be selected by the committee from its committee members
             at its January meeting.
 
New Reading:
 
   12. Communications Committee
 
         . . .
 
         b. Chair. The Chairperson shall be selected by the committee from its committee members
             at its September meeting.
 

Article II.F.15.b.

 
Current Reading:
 
   15. Evangelism and Discipleship Committee
 
         . . .
 
         b. Chair. The chairperson shall be selected by the committee from its committee members
             at its January meeting.
 
New Reading:
 
   14. Evangelism and Discipleship Committee
 
         . . .
 
         b. Chair. The chairperson shall be selected by the committee from its committee members
             at its September meeting.
 
Motion 3:
 
   The Board of Directors moves that the effective date of the amendments in Motion 2 related (a) to the terms of office of the Board officers, committee chairs, Board committee members and special committee members, (b) to the time of appointment of committee members and committee chairs, and (c) to the time of election of Board officers, committee chairs, and committee members shall be July 1, 2018.
 
Motion 4:
 
   The Board of Directors moves that the duties of the Committee on Nominations be amended by deleting each of the sections or portions thereof of Article I.C.6.a. of the Bylaws as indicated by the “Current Reading” below and replacing each of them with the “New Reading” as set forth below:
 
Current Reading:
 
   6. Duties and Membership of Standing Committees
 
       a. The Committee on Nominations shall consist of eighteen (18) members serving three (3) year
           terms, six (6) of which shall rotate off each year. Its duties shall be to nominate persons
           for election by the Convention to the committees listed in Article I.C.1 (b) – (d) of these
           Bylaws, such other committees as may be assigned to it, the chair of such Convention 
           committees, the boards of trustees and directors of all institutions and agencies of the
           Convention, the Board, and such other nominations as may be delegated to the committee
           by the Convention, in accordance with the following procedures:
 
           . . .
             
           (ii) This committee shall invite in writing each institution and agency to submit
                 recommendations for vacancies for their respective institutions and agencies
                 occurring annually or between annual meetings of the Convention. The committee
                 shall invite individuals through the Biblical Recorder and the Convention’s website to
                 submit recommendations for trustees and directors of institutions and agencies and for
                 terms on the Board; this invitation shall include a current list of how many persons are
                 to be elected to the Board in that year from each region. . . . Recommendations and 
                 supporting material shall be submitted early enough for the committee to acknowledge
                 and carefully evaluate each recommendation and make an informed decision based
                 upon character, churchmanship, and special skills required by the particular institution.
                 All such materials shall be kept by the chair of the committee during the period of active
                 work up to and until the time of the Convention, and all such materials received from 
                 churches and individuals shall be shared upon receipt with the particular institution
                 involved. . . .
 
           (iii) When the committee meets to do its work, it shall give careful consideration to those
                  who have been recommended from the various sources indicated above and to the fact
                  that the trustees or directors of each institution or agency are close to that institution 
                  or agency, have expert knowledge of its needs and possibilities, possess an interest
                  and concern for the institution or agency, and know the men and women who can best
                  serve the institution or agency.
 
           (iv) When considering nominations, the committee shall:
 
                   (a) Consult with the representatives of the boards of trustees and directors of the
                         Convention’s institutions and agencies for the purpose of determining the specific trustee
                         or director skills needed;
 
                   (b) Consult as needed with persons making recommendations with respect to their
                         recommendations for membership on the Board, the boards of trustees of institutions
                         and the boards of directors of agencies;
 
                   (c) Share with the institutions and agencies its proposed nominations prior to notification
                        of these nominees. This is for the purpose of further consultation, if further 
                        consultation is deemed necessary by either the Committee or the boards of trustees
                        or directors;
 
           . . .
 
           (vi) No person shall be nominated to serve on more than one (1) Convention committee,
                  board of the Convention, special committee of the board of the Convention (as hereinafter 
                  named in Article II.F.), or board of its institutions, its agencies, or the Hospital (all as
                  hereinafter defined in Article III.A.) at the same time.
 
           (vii) It is desirable that at least twenty-five percent (25%) of members nominated to all
                   committees of the Convention, the Board, the boards of trustees and directors of the 
                   Convention’s institutions and agencies shall come from churches with a membership
                   under four hundred (400). It is desirable that no church shall have more than six (6)
                   members serving at one (1) time on Convention committees, the Board, and the boards
                   of directors or trustees of the Convention’s institutions and agencies. . . .
 
           (viii) . . . If necessary, the committee, after prior consultation with and approval from
                    the respective board of trustees or directors of any applicable institution or agency,
                    shall be allowed to amend its report to the Convention in session to replace any
                    previously reported nominee who has been determined to be unable to serve following
                    the publication of the report of the committee to the Convention.
                          
           (ix) . . . In addition, biographical material relating to any person proposed to be nominated
                  from the floor of the Convention shall be given to the institution or agency involved
                  and to the Committee on Nominations at least one (1) week prior to such meeting.
 
New Reading:
 
   6. Duties and Membership of Standing Committees
 
       a. The Committee on Nominations shall consist of eighteen (18) members serving three (3) year
           terms, six (6) of which shall rotate off each year. Its duties shall be to nominate persons for
           election by the Convention to the committees listed in Article I.C.1 (b) – (d) of these Bylaws,
           such other committees as may be assigned to it, the chair of such Convention committees,
           the Board, the members of the boards of trustees and directors to be elected by the Convention
           of the Related Entities (as defined below), and such other nominations as may be delegated
           to the committee by the Convention, in accordance with the following procedures:

       . . .

          (ii) The Related Entities (and individually, a “Related Entity”) are Baptist Children’s Homes
                of North Carolina, Inc. (“Children’s Homes”), North Carolina Baptist Hospital (“Hospital”),
                Biblical Recorder, Inc. (“Recorder”) and North Carolina Baptist Foundation, Inc.  
                (“Foundation”). This committee shall invite in writing each Related Entity to submit
                recommendations for vacancies for its respective board occurring annually or between
                annual meetings of the Convention. The committee shall invite individuals through the
                Biblical Recorder and the Convention’s website to submit recommendations for trustees
                and directors of Related Entities and for terms on the Board; this invitation shall include a
                current list of how many persons are to be elected to the Board in that year from each
                region. . . . Recommendations and supporting material shall be submitted early enough
                for the committee to acknowledge and carefully evaluate each recommendation and make
                an informed decision based upon character, churchmanship, and special skills required by
                the particular Related Entity. All such materials shall be kept by the chair of the committee
                during the period of active work up to and until the time of the Convention, and all such
                materials received from churches and individuals shall be shared upon receipt with the
                particular Related Entity involved. . . .
 
          (iii) When the committee meets to do its work, it shall give careful consideration to those
                 who have been recommended from the various sources indicated above and to the fact
                 that the trustees or directors of each Related Entity are close to that Related Entity have
                 expert knowledge of its needs and possibilities, possess an interest and concern for the
                 Related Entity, and know the men and women who can best serve the Related Entity.
 
           (iv) When considering nominations, the committee shall:
 
                   (a) Consult with the representatives of the boards of trustees and directors of the Related  
                         Entities for the purpose of determining the specific trustee or director skills needed;
 
                   (b) Consult as needed with persons making recommendations with respect to their
                         recommendations for membership on the Board and the boards of trustees and directors
                         of Related Entities;
 
                   (c) Share with the Related Entities its proposed nominations prior to notification of these
                         nominees. This is for the purpose of further consultation, if further consultation is 
                         deemed necessary by either the Committee or the boards of trustees or directors of
                         Related Entities;
 
            . . .
 
            (vi) No person shall be nominated to serve on more than one (1) Convention committee,
                   Board of the Convention, special committee of the Board of the Convention (as hereinafter 
                   named in Article II.F.), or board of its Related Entities at the same time.
 
            (vii) It is desirable that at least twenty-five percent (25%) of members nominated to all
                    committees of the Convention, the Board, and the boards of trustees and directors
                    of the Related Entities shall come from churches with a membership under four hundred  
                    (400). It is desirable that no church shall have more than six (6) members serving at
                    one (1) time on Convention committees, the Board, and the boards of directors or trustees
                    of the Related Entities. . . .
           
           (viii) . . . If necessary, the committee, after prior consultation with and approval from the
                    respective board of trustees or directors of any applicable Related Entity, shall be allowed 
                    to amend its report to the Convention in session to replace any previously reported nominee
                    who has been determined to be unable to serve following the publication of the report of
                    the committee to the Convention.
 
           (ix)  . . . In addition, biographical material relating to any person proposed to be nominated
                   from the floor of the Convention shall be given to the Related Entity involved and to the 
                   Committee on Nominations at least one (1) week prior to such meeting.
 
Motion 5:
 
   The Board of Directors moves that the following miscellaneous amendments be made to Article III.B.2.c. and Article IV.D. of the Bylaws as indicated by the “Current Reading” below and replacing each of them with the “New Reading” as set forth below:
 

Article III.B.2.c.

 
Current Reading:
 
          c. No individual who is employed, either on a full-time or part-time basis, by the Convention
              or any institution, agency or affiliated educational institution of the Convention shall be
              eligible to serve on the board of directors or trustees of any institution or agency. 
 
New Reading:
 
          c. No individual who is employed, either on a full-time or part-time basis, by the Convention
              or any institution or agency of the Convention shall be eligible to serve on the board of
              directors or trustees of any institution or agency. 
 

Article IV.D.

 
Current Reading:
 
          D. Borrowings by Institutions and Agencies of the Convention
 
          Upon approval of its trustees in accordance with its articles and by-laws, any institution or agency described in Article III.B. of the Bylaws shall have the authority to borrow money without approval of the Convention, Board or Executive Committee; provided that the Convention will not directly or indirectly be involved in or liable for such borrowing.
 
New Reading:
 
          D. Borrowings by Institutions and Agencies of the Convention
 
          Upon approval of its trustees or directors in accordance with its articles and by-laws, any institution or agency listed in Article III.A.(1) of the Bylaws shall have the authority to borrow money without approval of the Convention, Board or Executive Committee; provided that the Convention will not directly or indirectly be involved in or liable for such borrowing.

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2017 annual meeting schedule

October 17 2017 by BSC Communications

Messengers to the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina (BSC) annual meeting will gather Nov. 6-7 at the Koury Convention Center in Greensboro. Visit ncannualmeeting.org or BRnow.org for more information.
 

Monday evening, Nov. 6

2:00 p.m.   Exhibits and registration open
6:15           Call to Worship – The Shepherd Family
6:30           Call to Order – Cameron McGill
                  Invocation – James Daniel
                  Pledges (American & Christian flags, Bible)                     
                  Committee on Convention Meetings – Chip Hannah
                  Committee on Nominations – Charles Brust
                  Historical Committee – Don Wright
7:05          Greetings
                 Executive Committee of the Southern Baptist Convention – Ashley Clayton
                 North Carolina Baptist Men Partnerships – Richard Brunson                                         
                 Office of Great Commission Partnerships – Zac Lyons
7:20          Broken Before the Throne: A Prayer Gathering Preview – Charlie Martin
7:25          Board of Directors – Marc Francis
                 Church Revitalization
                 Church Strengthening                
7:50          Worship
                 Scripture and prayer – Chris Schofield                 
                 Music – Dublin FBC/Lake Church praise team
8:10          Introduction of President                                                   
                 Music – Dublin FBC/Lake Church
8:20          President’s Address – Cameron McGill
                 Special Music – Tabitha Mesina
                 Benediction – Joel Stephens      

Tuesday morning, Nov. 7

7:30 a.m.   Listening sessions
                  2018 Budget Proposal – Pinehurst
                  Proposed Articles and Bylaws Amendments– Turnberry
8:00           Exhibits and registration open
8:30           Call to Worship – The Shepherd Family
8:45           Call to Order – Cameron McGill 
8:50           Worship
                  Scripture and prayer – James Fisher    
                  Music – The Shepherd Family
9:15           Executive Director – Treasurer Address – Milton A. Hollifield Jr.
9:45           Music – The Shepherd Family   
9:50           N.C. Baptist Hospital – Gary Gunderson
10:05         Board of Directors – Marc Francis
                  Church Planting
                  Collegiate Partnerships
10:25         Miscellaneous Business
10:35         Convention Committee Report
                  Committee on Resolutions and Memorials – Jonathan Blaylock     
10:45         Election of Officers (Fixed Order of Business) – President
10:50         Board of Directors – Marc Francis
                  Articles and Bylaws – John Compton
11:05         Institution & Agency Reports
                  Baptist Children’s Homes of North Carolina – Blake Ragsdale                                                                    
                  Biblical Recorder – Allan Blume
                  North Carolina Baptist Foundation – Clay Warf               
11:25         Benediction – Joseph Phan
 

Tuesday afternoon, Nov. 7

1:15 p.m.   Call to Order – Cameron McGill           
1:20           Greeting – LifeWay Christian Resources
1:25           North American Mission Board
                  International Mission Board
1:35           Worship
                  Scripture and prayer – Mark Harris                                  
                  Music – Kenny Lamm
1:45           Election of Officers (First & Second Vice President)
1:55           Board of Directors – Marc Francis
                  Disciple-Making
2:05           North Carolina Baptist Men – Richard Brunson
2:20           Music – Kenny Lamm
2:25           Board of Directors (Fixed Order of Business) – Marc Francis
                  Proposed 2018 Budget for Cooperative Program and North Carolina Missions Offering
                          – Jeff Isenhour
2:55           Breakout sessions promotion – Lynn Sasser
3:00           Benediction – Jennifer Thoppil
3:15           Breakout session I
4:15           Breakout session II
 

Tuesday evening, Nov. 7 

6:30 p.m.   Call to Worship – N.C. Baptist Renewing Worship Band
6:35           Call to Order – Cameron McGill
                  Invocation – John Mark Harrison
6:40           Presentation of Officers
6:50           Evaluation
7:00           Broken Before the Throne: A Prayer Gathering*                                
                  Benediction – Charlie Martin
                  Adjourn – Cameron McGill

*The prayer service was developed by the BSC Office of Prayer for Evangelization and Spiritual Awakening and its prayer strategy team.
 
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Study: Congress should end IRS oversight of sermons

October 17 2017 by Bob Smietana, LifeWay Christian Resources

In the 1950s, Congress banned charitable nonprofits – including churches – from endorsing candidates or otherwise intervening in elections. Any nonprofit that violated the ban could run afoul of the IRS. Churches risked losing their tax-exempt status if the preacher endorsed a candidate in a sermon.
 
It’s time for that to change, most Protestant pastors say in a new survey from LifeWay Research released Oct. 16.
 
More than 7 in 10 say Congress should bar the IRS from punishing a church for sermon content, and 9 in 10 say their sermons should be free from government oversight.
 
“Most pastors believe the pulpit should be off-limits to the government,” said Scott McConnell, executive director of LifeWay Research.
 

Pulpit freedom is the main concern

 
The phone survey of 1,000 Protestant senior pastors, sponsored by the Christian legal group Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), comes as Congress and the White House address the future of the so-called Johnson Amendment.
 

LifeWay Research photo 


That 1954 law bans all 501(c)(3) nonprofits from active involvement in campaigns. It was passed at the behest of then-U.S. Sen. Lyndon Johnson, who was reportedly angered at Texas nonprofits that opposed his re-election bid.
 
Only one congregation has lost its tax-exempt status due to the Johnson Amendment. That happened in 1995, after the Church at Pierce Creek near Binghamton, N.Y., ran newspaper ads opposing Bill Clinton’s 1992 presidential bid. Other churches have been investigated for the content of their sermons, including All Saints Episcopal Church in Los Angeles, after a preacher there criticized President George W. Bush days before the 2004 election.
 
Still, the IRS warns churches to steer clear of direct involvement in campaigns. Since 2008, the ADF has been challenging the restriction on endorsements through a series of annual “Pulpit Freedom” Sundays.
 
“Churches and their pastors have a constitutionally protected freedom to decide for themselves what they want to say or not say,” said ADF Legal Counsel Christiana Holcomb. “This poll demonstrates that religious leaders don’t want to be burdened by the continual threat of an IRS investigation and potential penalties based simply on what they say from the pulpit.”
 
LifeWay Research found widespread opposition to any government penalties for the content of a preacher’s sermons.
 
Ninety-one percent of pastors agree with the statement, “Pastors should have the right to speak freely from the pulpit without the fear of being penalized by the government.”
 
That includes 77 percent of pastors who strongly agree. Six percent of pastors disagree. Three percent are not sure.

Among those who agree:

   – 96 percent of pastors at larger churches (those with 250 or more attenders).
   – 88 percent of pastors at small churches (those with fewer than 50 attenders).
   – 86 percent of pastors ages 18 to 44.
   – 93 percent of pastors 45 and older.
   – 96 percent of evangelical pastors.
   – 85 percent of mainline pastors.

LifeWay Research also found most senior Protestant pastors say Congress should end any IRS oversight of a pastor’s sermons.
 
Three-quarters (73 percent) agree with the statement, “Congress should remove the IRS’ power to penalize a church because of the content of its pastor’s sermons.” That includes 60 percent who strongly agree. Twenty-one percent disagree. Six percent are not sure.
 
Pastors of large churches (87 percent) are among the most likely to agree. Female pastors (49 percent) are among the least likely, as are pastors 18 to 44 years old (60 percent).
 
Among other findings:

   – Pastors in the South (77 percent) are more likely to agree than pastors in the Northeast (66 percent).
   – Evangelical pastors (84 percent) are more likely to agree than mainline pastors (58 percent).
   – Baptist (86 percent), Pentecostal (93 percent) and Holiness (91 percent) pastors are more likely to agree than Lutheran (61 percent), Methodist (56 percent) and Presbyterian/Reformed (61 percent) pastors.
 

Little support for political endorsements

 
Previous LifeWay Research surveys found little support – from either pastors or Americans in general – for political endorsements in the pulpit. However, few Americans want churches punished if a pastor does make an endorsement.
 

LifeWay Research photo 


Eight in 10 Americans (79 percent) say it is inappropriate for pastors to endorse a candidate in church, according to a 2015 LifeWay Research survey. Three-quarters say churches should steer clear of endorsements. Yet fewer than half (42 percent) want churches to lose their tax exemption for publicly endorsing candidates.
 
A similar survey from the fall of 2016 found that endorsements during worship were rare. Only one Protestant pastor in 100 acknowledged endorsing a candidate during a church service. One in 4 (22 percent) had privately endorsed a candidate outside of a church service.
 
A Pew Research survey from the fall of 2016 found that 14 percent of Americans who attended worship services had heard their pastor speak out about a presidential candidate.
 
“Pastors – and Americans in general – don’t want church services to turn into campaign rallies,” McConnell said. “But when they do address political candidates, they don’t believe it is the government’s business. There’s very strong support for Congress to make sure the IRS isn’t policing sermons.”
 

Methodology

 
The phone survey of 1,000 Protestant pastors was conducted Aug. 30 to Sept. 18, 2017. These questions were sponsored by the Alliance Defending Freedom. The calling list was a stratified random sample, drawn from a list of all Protestant churches. Quotas were used for church size. Each interview was conducted with the senior pastor, minister or priest of the church called. Responses were weighted by region to more accurately reflect the population. The completed sample is 1,000 surveys. The sample provides 95 percent confidence that the sampling error does not exceed plus or minus 3.2 percent. Margins of error are higher in subgroups.
 
LifeWay Research is a Nashville-based evangelical research firm that specializes in surveys about faith in culture and matters that affect churches.
 
(EDITOR’S NOTE – Bob Smietana is senior writer for Facts & Trends of LifeWay Christian Resources.)
10/17/2017 11:43:49 AM by Bob Smietana, LifeWay Christian Resources | with 0 comments



Events before, during BSC annual meeting

October 17 2017 by BR staff

Before and during the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina (BSC) annual meeting each year, a number of events take place. Below is a list of events, in order by date and time, along with basic information, to help you decide how to best spend your time Nov. 5-7. Most of the events are at the Koury Convention Center in Greensboro.
  • N.C. Baptist Pastors’ Conference, Nov. 5-6; general session hall; Sunday 5:15-9:15 p.m.; Monday 8:30 a.m.-noon; 1-2:30 p.m. Speakers include Brandon Blair, student pastor at Fairview Baptist Church, Corryton, Tenn.; Greg Mathis, senior pastor of Mud Creek Baptist Church, Hendersonville; James Walker, lead pastor of Lake Hills Baptist Church, Candler or Haywood; Phil Ortego, senior pastor of Scotts Hill Baptist Church, Wilmington; Jerry Chaddick, senior pastor of Tri-City Baptist Church, Conover; Mark Harris, pastor of First Baptist Church, Charlotte; and Mike Whitson, senior pastor of First Baptist Church, Indian Trail. Worship will be led by Matthew Slemp, minister of music at First Baptist Church, Indian Trail. Visit ncannualmeeting.org/event-pastors-conference/.
  • “This Changed Everything,” a documentary about the Reformation, is showing three times: Sun, Nov. 5 at 7 p.m.; and Mon., Nov. 6 at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. All showings occur in Auditorium I.
  • N.C. Baptist Ministers’ Wives 2017 annual conference, Nov. 6 from 9-11:45 a.m.; registration begins at 8:30 a.m. Alex McFarland, a speaker, writer and advocate for Christian apologetics, will be the main speaker for the event. There will be time for worship, fellowship and light refreshments. Visit ncbminwives.wixsite.com/ncbmw/events.
  • The N.C. annual meeting of international missionaries (active duty personnel on stateside assignment, emeriti, former, retired or newly appointed); Nov. 6; 10 a.m.-1 p.m; lunch costs $12. Contact Jack and Ruby Gentry at (336) 766-1109. The meeting is held at Lindley Park Baptist Church, 4010 Walker Ave., Greensboro, at the corner of Holden Road. Contact the church at (336) 292-5761 or June Rash at (336) 253-0090. 
  • Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (SEBTS) Alumni & Friends Luncheon; Nov. 6; 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.; Blue Ashe Room; keynote speaker will be Steven Wade, associate professor of pastoral theology and lead pastor of Faith Baptist Church in Youngsville. Cost: $10; Visit eventbrite.com/e/southeastern-alumni-friends-luncheon-nc-baptist-convention-2017-tickets-36930904329.
  • Hispanic Banquet, Nov. 6; 2-6:15 p.m. in Guilford G; speaker: William Ortega, BSC senior consultant for Hispanic church planting. Visit ncannualmeeting.org/event-hispanic-banquet/.
  • Reformation Symposium; Nov. 6; Auditorium 1; 3-5 p.m.; panel facilitator: Dale Robertson; speakers: David Williams, Belmont Abbey College; Stephen B. Eccher, SEBTS; and John Armstrong, Chicago Reformed church minister. Visit ncannualmeeting.org/event-reformation-symposium/.
  • Associational missionary banquet; Nov. 6; 4-6 p.m.; Blue Ashe Room; hosted by SEBTS.
  • N.C. Young Pastors Network dinner; Nov. 6; 5-6:30 p.m.; speaker, Milton A. Hollifield Jr., BSC executive director-treasurer; table discussion: leading change in the church; free dinner and resources. Visit eventbrite.com/e/young-pastors-network-dinner-tickets-38099147576.
  • Great Commission Partnerships Dessert & Discussion (North America); Nov. 6; 8:45-10 p.m.; Guilford G. Register by Nov. 1. Visit ncannualmeeting.org/event-gcp-dessert-discussion/.
  • Great Commission Partnerships Breakfast (International); Nov. 7; 7-8:30 a.m.; Grandover. Register by Nov. 1. Visit ncannualmeeting.org/event-gcp-breakfast/.
  • Heavenly Banquet: A Table for All; Nov. 7; noon; Guilford G; cost: $12. Speaker is Luis Tejeras Jr., Latino campus pastor for Hickory Grove Baptist Church in Charlotte. Visit ncannualmeeting.org/heavenlybanquet/.
  • Broken Before the Throne Prayer Gathering; Nov. 7; 6:30 p.m.; general session hall; focus on united prayer for revival and spiritual awakening.
  • Reaching College Students Workshop; Nov. 7; 3:15-6 p.m.; speakers: BSC Collegiate Partnerships Team. Cost: free; but registration required because dinner is included: ncbaptist.wufoo.com/forms/reaching-college-students-workshop-november-7/.
10/17/2017 11:38:07 AM by BR staff | with 0 comments



Breakout sessions for 2017 BSC annual meeting

October 17 2017 by BSC Communications

Those who attend the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina (BSC) annual meeting will have the opportunity to attend breakout sessions related to various areas of ministry.

Sessions will take place Tues., Nov. 7 at the Koury Convention Center from 3:15-4 p.m. and from 4:15-5 p.m. 
  • A biblical perspective on immigration led by Amaury Santos, BSC Hispanic strategy coordinator, and Larry Phillips, BSC immigrant ministries strategist; 3:15-4 p.m. in Olympia: There has been much discussion and debate on the issue of immigration, but what does the Bible say? This breakout will explore practical applications to immigration services and ministries from a biblical point of view. This session will be conducted in English.
  • A biblical perspective on immigration (Spanish) led by Santos and Phillips; 3:15-4 p.m. in Olympia: Same description as above, but session will be in Spanish.
  • An overview of basic pastoral counseling​ for anxiety-depression led by Brad Hambrick, pastor of counseling, The Summit Church, Durham; 4:15-5 p.m. in Cedar C: Anxiety and depression are the “common cold” of emotional experience for people. There are many questions about how to provide the most effective pastoral care for your members who experience various levels of life disruption from these difficult emotions. In this breakout, we’ll give you an overview of basic pastoral care for anxiety and depression and provide resources that your members can use to create an effective community of care for one another.
  • Bridges out of poverty: rediscovering God’s heart for the poor led by Dan Collison, BSC strategy coordinator (Charlotte); 3:15-4 p.m. in Bear Creek: This session will introduce a comprehensive approach to understanding and alleviating poverty as part of a disciple-making strategy.
  • Changing lives through personal involvement in missions led by N.C. Baptist Men/Baptists on Mission Staff; 3:15-4 p.m. & 4:15-5 p.m. in Turnberry: Your church can be involved in missions locally, across the state and around the world. Missions involvement not only changes the lives of your church members, but also the lives of people in your community and world. Come discover numerous mission projects that your church can be involved in, such as disaster relief, medical missions, mission camps and state, national and international partnerships.
  • Creating a word and deed ministry among your immigrant neighbors led by Jonathan Derbyshire, contractor, BSC Office of Great Commission Partnerships; 3:15-4 p.m. & 4:15-5 p.m. in Heritage A: Do your ministry activities fit into an overarching disciple-making strategy? How do you get from simply befriending and serving your immigrant neighbors to sharing the good news of the gospel, making disciples and gathering new churches? How do you leverage ministry activities, such as English as a second language, citizenship and welcoming refugees, to initiate Bible studies that result in groups of believers and communities of faith? 
  • Faith at home in every ministry led by Mark Smith, senior consultant, BSC Family Evangelism and Discipleship; 3:15-4 p.m. & 4:15-5 p.m. in Oak B: Come learn how to strategically equip and encourage the parents and grandparents of your congregation to be disciple-makers of their homes. In this breakout, you will learn how to integrate the Faith at Home disciple-making culture into your preaching, Sunday School/small group, adult, senior adult, youth and children’s ministries. By the end of the breakout, you will have a renewed confidence and be better prepared to live out Deuteronomy 6:7 and Ephesians 4:12 in your church.
  • How to keep your Bible study group from losing its first love led by Rick Hughes, senior consultant, BSC Sunday School and Small Groups; 3:15-4 p.m. in Colony C: Sometimes in our Bible study groups, we get so busy doing good things that we abandon the best thing – love for Jesus. This session will offer practical principles on returning to your first love.
  • Life communities led by Steve Clark, pastor, New Life Authentic Christian Community, Conover; 4:15-5 p.m. in Cedar A: Many churches operate on a “come and see” model rather than with a “go and serve” mindset. What if we could empower every family in the congregation to use their sphere of influence to reach their friends and neighbors for Christ? Come learn more about missional communities and how they can be used to impact and reach your neighborhood.
  • Millennial parents: understanding, equipping and empowering Gen Y parents led by Cheryl Markland, senior consultant, BSC Childhood Evangelism and Discipleship; 4:15-5 p.m. in Pinehurst: Millennial parents engage with life and the church in unique ways. Come and receive insights into this generation that will help you and other church leaders engage in ministry with millennial parents in the local church. 
  • Myth-busters: debunking online giving myths led by Laura Kastner, sales team leader, Kindrid, and Becky Torre Sauer, marketing team leader, Kindrid; 3:15-4 p.m. & 4:15-5 p.m. in Oak C: Myths, confusion, questions and fear often cloud thinking and perspective regarding online giving. Learn from a myth-buster that will bring clarity and simplicity to this uncharted territory for some and complex issue for others. Walk away with practical handles to take the next step in leading your church to this new frontier for stewardship. 
  • Prayer that transforms: Acts 3:19 led by Michael Barrett, pastor, Pleasant Garden Baptist Church, and Bud Parrish, interim pastor & chaplain, Greensboro Fire Department; 3:15-4 p.m. & 4:15-5 p.m. in Heritage B: Participants will examine biblically and practically how God is calling His people across North Carolina to return to Him in brokenness, holiness and mission as pastors and prayer leaders share stories of God’s transforming work in churches and communities through “one-accord” prayer.
  • Principles for multihousing ministry led by Brian Norris, Joe Maye, K.O. Grissett, contractors, BSC Office of Great Commission Partnerships; 3:15-4 p.m. & 4:15-5 p.m. in Cedar B: Nearly 95 percent of the people who live in luxury apartments, gated communities, government housing communities, trailer parks and other multihousing communities are unchurched. While there is no “one-size-fits-all” model for disciple-making among the different multihousing communities in our state, there are proven principles that can be used as your church seeks to begin a multihousing ministry. During this breakout, you will learn those principles.  
  • Reaching college students lab led by BSC Collegiate Partnerships Team; 3:15-5:45 p.m. in Cedar C: There are approximately 1.1 million college students in North Carolina who don’t know Jesus. If you have a desire to change that reality but don’t know where to start, this lab is for you. The Collegiate Partnerships Team will teach you the first steps in engaging a college campus with the gospel and then take you to a nearby university and walk with you as you practice these steps so you can return home and get started on a college campus near you. Note: This lab will take approximately 2.5 hours and require walking. A Chick-fil-A meal will be provided. (Limited to the first 30 participants.)
  • Religious liberty in the 21st Century: what every church leader needs to know led by Michael J. Allison, vice president, chief counsel & secretary, Brotherhood Mutual Insurance, and Steve Case, assistant vice president & senior corporate counsel, Brotherhood Mutual Insurance; 3:15-4 p.m. & 4:15-5 p.m. in Auditorium 1: As legal attacks on religious liberty abound, churches must protect and prepare themselves. Learn about the latest threats to our churches and denominational entities, how to protect the church from employment and facilities use lawsuits and where all of this may be headed in the coming years.
  • Revitalization like you’ve never seen before includes panel discussion moderated by Lonnie Reynolds, senior consultant, BSC Church Health and Revitalization; 3:15-4 p.m. & 4:15-5 p.m. in Colony B: Existing churches and new church plants need the same thing to impact their area for Christ – each other! Join this panel discussion to learn how seasoned pastors are partnering with church planters to change the face of revitalization in North Carolina.
  • Rising above foyer feedback: the art of objective sermon evaluation led by Jim Shaddix, professor of preaching, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary; 3:15-4 p.m. & 4:15-5 p.m. in Colony A: This session will explore ways pastors can receive helpful feedback on their sermons so they can grow in their preaching. Specific subjects will include: how to be intentional in getting feedback, putting together sermon evaluation teams, finding and equipping objective people and using helpful tools.
  • Sending churches led by Mark Gray, team leader, BSC Church Planting; Mike Pittman, pastor, Vertical Church, Lumberton; and Marcus Redding, BSC contractor; 3:15-4 p.m. in Cedar A: Any size church can become a “sending church.” Churches that partner with new churches are positively impacted by increases in attendance, tithes and offerings and mission giving. Becoming a sending church is one of the most effective ways to impact lostness through disciple-making. This session will discuss steps to partnering with a new church to positively impact both the sending church and the new church in ways that many are won to Christ.
  • Speaking the truth: women using everyday conversations to share the gospel led by Ashley Allen, senior consultant, BSC Embrace Women’s Evangelism and Discipleship; 3:15-4 p.m. in Pinehurst: This breakout session will offer practical and hands-on ways to equip women to engage other women in gospel conversations that are natural for casual encounters or lengthy conversations. Whether it is a family member or someone you meet in the store, learn ways to use everyday encounters to share nuggets of the gospel.
  • The church renewal journey led by Bob & Phyllis Foy, North American Mission Board Service Corps – Church Renewal Journey; 4:15-5 p.m. in Bear Creek: In this breakout, you will learn a discipling process for awakening and equipping your church laity to impact their communities for Christ.
  • The heart of disciple-making: how the Great Commandment fuels the Great Commission led by Brian Upshaw, team leader, BSC Disciple-Making Team; 4:15-5 p.m. in Colony C: There is a lot of talk about the methods and the tools for making disciples, and that is a good thing. Yet, with all of the training and equipping, there is still a hesitancy to engage in sharing the gospel and making disciples. Have sincere, but misplaced, motives caused this reluctance? In this session, we will explore a practical way to help motivate disciples to make disciples by seeing how the Great Commandment fuels everything in the life of a disciple.
  • With: a disciple-making relationship led by George Robinson, associate professor, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, and Josh Reed, senior consultant, BSC Adult Evangelism and Discipleship; 3:15-4 p.m. & 4:15-5 p.m. in Oak A: This breakout is designed to give you a window into a current disciple-making relationship. You will learn four key principles of disciple-making (inspiration, equipping, training and mobilization) and hear examples of each in the context of a normal relationship. The goal is that each participant will be inspired to be and make disciples to the glory of God.
10/17/2017 11:28:30 AM by BSC Communications | with 0 comments



Annual meeting to prioritize prayer, missions

October 16 2017 by BR staff

The Baptist State Convention of North Carolina (BSC) has released details about the 2017 Annual Meeting scheduled for Nov. 6-7 at the Koury Convention Center in Greensboro, N.C.
 
Prayer and missions are clear emphases for the event. A prayer gathering, developed by the BSC office of prayer for evangelization and spiritual awakening, is slated for the evening session on Tuesday, Nov. 7. The service will culminate a 30-day prayer initiative announced earlier this year. “The goal of this special service is for all N.C. Baptists to unite their hearts in prayer for spiritual awakening and revival,” according to the BSC website.
 

BR file photo by Steve Cooke
Messengers to the annual meeting of the Baptist State Convention Nov. 6-7 will vote on officers, articles and bylaw changes and resolutions. One resolution deals with racism while another is about human sexuality and marriage. 


Messengers will cast ballots on mission-focused resolutions concerning sexuality and racism. In an explanation for the “Resolution Denouncing Racism,” the Resolutions and Memorials Committee said it hopes to clearly communicate “the message of hope and love found within the gospel.”
 
Similarly, the resolution on sexuality and marriage calls N.C. Baptists to “commit to pray for our neighbors who identify themselves as homosexual and transgender, to minister to them with Christ’s love, and, as they repent, to help them grow as disciples of Jesus Christ.”
 
Messengers will also vote on bylaw changes to rectify an issue related to the rotation of the convention’s board of directors.
 
Election of convention officers will take place in both the morning and afternoon sessions, Tues., Nov. 7. Timmy Blair, pastor of Piney Grove Chapel Baptist Church in Angier, will nominate Lee Pigg, pastor of Hopewell Baptist Church in Monroe, for the office of BSC president. Cameron McGill, current BSC president, will not run for re-election. Joel Stephens, first vice president, and James Dillard “J.D.” Grant, second vice president, will both seek a second term in their current roles.
 
The schedule, proposed resolutions, proposed bylaw changes and information about breakout sessions and auxiliary events are printed inside the Biblical Recorder, but are also listed under “Resources” on a page for the “BSC 2017 Annual Meeting.”  
10/16/2017 4:26:37 PM by BR staff | with 0 comments



Brave boy leads sisters to safety, a new home

October 16 2017 by Blake Ragsdale, BCH Communications

Jake’s story is written in the nine-year-old’s voice. The story is real, but the names of the children are changed due to the sensitivity of their situation.
 
Have you ever wished you could fly? I have. I dream about it all the time.
 
My Superman T-shirt is pretty old. Even though I’m nine years old now, it still fits me. I put it on with the cape I made and go outside to play.
 
I run, close my eyes and jump as I high as I can! It feels like I’m flying.
 
When I stop running, I always look to see how far I ran. I turn around and see my house behind me.
 
My home is a dark place – it’s where bad things happen. My stepdad yells a lot, but my mom never seems to care.
 

BCH screenshot from video

When he gets really angry, I shut myself inside my bedroom and hope he doesn’t come inside. I do it to protect myself. Most of all, I do it to keep my sisters safe.
 
My sisters are only three years old and five years old. I can’t stand to hear them cry whenever my stepdad swings open our bedroom door.
 
In my dreams, I put on my Superman shirt, take my sisters by their hands and we fly away. We fly higher and higher until we can’t see our house anymore or hear our stepdad yelling.
 
One day, I decide to stop dreaming about flying and really do it.
 
I wake up early one morning. My sisters are still sleeping. I know my mom and stepdad aren’t up because they never wake up early.
 
I put on my Superman T-shirt and pack some stuffed animals and toys in my backpack. I look around the house for some food, but there isn’t anything. There’s never anything to eat.
 
I wake up my sisters, putting my finger to my lips and tell them to be quiet. The last thing we want to do is wake our parents.
 
I take my sisters by their hands. We tip toe through the house and out the back door.
 
“Where are we going?” they ask as we stand at the street in front of our house. I didn’t know where we were going. I just knew we had to get away – as far as we could fly.
 
Cars pass us as we walk down the road. We walk for so long that our feet begin to hurt, and our stomachs start growling. If we were at school, we would have already eaten lunch.
 
It’s OK because we’re used to being hungry. We can’t stop now or our stepdad might find us.
 
All of a sudden, we hear the sound of a car door shutting behind us! We turn around and see that it’s a policeman. His car is parked, and the lights are flashing.
 
“Hey, guys, what are you doing out here by yourselves?” he asks.
 
What if the policeman decides to take us back home? Our stepdad will be so angry. I don’t even want to think about what he will do.
 
I take a deep breath and ask, “Could you please take us to foster care? Our parents are mean to us. We’re hungry, and they hurt us.”
 
He doesn’t say anything at first. He only looks at us with sad eyes. Then, he tells us everything is going to be OK.
 
The next few hours go by fast. One minute, my sisters and I are climbing in the back of the police car.
 
The next minute we’re talking with a lady in an office. She says she is a social worker who helps kids like us.
 
She tells us not to worry because she is taking us to a new home. She tells us it’s a place where we don’t have to be afraid, where nobody gets angry with us and there’s always lots to eat. 
 
She says our new home is big, and there’s lots of kids there who’d had a rough time like us.
 
It’s called the Baptist Children’s Homes.
 
We walk up the sidewalk to the cottage where we’ll be living. A man and a woman and a bunch of kids are waiting for us on the porch.
 
The man tells us his name is Mr. Robert and his wife’s name is Ms. Diane.
 
“I’m Jake,” I tell him. “These are my sisters Robin and Sarah.”
 
Mr. Robert and Ms. Diane are called cottage parents. They’re here to take care of us and all the kids in the cottage.
 
Before I know it, my sisters and I have our own bedrooms. And we have new clothes to wear.
 
Mr. Robert explains that churches help us and pray for us. He says they make sure we have everything we need including lots of food.
 
At dinner, we sit down with the other kids at the biggest table I’ve ever seen! There’s so much to eat. We never ate like this at our house.
 
Mr. Robert prays for our food. And he prays for me, my sisters and all the kids.
 
I love our new home. I think this is what a real family must feel like.
 
Mr. Robert and Ms. Diane take our cottage to church. I love going there. We go a lot. It’s where I asked Jesus into my heart – it’s where I got saved.
 
I wished I could fly, and my wish came true for me and my sisters.
 
It’s funny, I didn’t know where we were going the day we left home.
 
I didn’t know what would be waiting for us when we got there. But now I know what was waiting for us – love. It was love.
 
(EDITOR’S NOTE – Experience the story by watching “SAVED” – the video for Baptist Children’s Homes Annual Offering. Watch the video at bchnc.org/bchsaved. Download a digital copy to share with your church at bchoffering.org. The Week of Prayer is Nov. 12-19, 2017.)

10/16/2017 4:19:53 PM by Blake Ragsdale, BCH Communications | with 0 comments



100-year-old seamstress makes dresses to pack in shoeboxes

October 16 2017 by Samaritan’s Purse

Most mornings 100-year-old Eva Bossenberger wakes up between 3-4 a.m. and heads for her sewing machine. She’s a woman on a mission with no time to waste.
 
At the end of last year, Bossenberger’s pastor asked her to make about 180 items for girls that could be packed in Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes. Bossenberger didn’t have to think long before she knew what she’d do.
 
Bossenberger is making dresses that will soon be packed in shoeboxes and distributed to little girls across the world who need to hear the gospel of Jesus Christ. 
 

Samaritan’s Purse photo
Eva Bossenberger makes dresses to be packed in shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child.


“At first it took me a day and a half to make a dress. Now, I can get three done in a day,” said Bossenberger, who lives in Zionville, N.C.
 
The member of Brushy Fork Baptist Church in Vilas turns 101 Oct. 28. 
 
Bossenberger’s pastor, Johnmark Brown, challenged the congregation to come up with 180 of something to place in these boxes as the church strives to reach their goal of 1,000 shoe boxes this year. She knew exactly what her 180 would be.
 
Recently, the church’s Woman’s Missionary Union ladies joined her for lunch and to help her press these dresses for packing. 
 
As of press time, she had surpassed 120 dresses.
 
Bossenberger works hard but said she doesn’t mind – she’s grateful. 
 
“I love it. The Lord gave me hands with no arthritis. I’m doing what the Lord has asked me to do.”
 

Her mother’s daughter

Bossenberger learned to sew while growing up near Detroit, Mich. Her father worked at the Ford factory and her mother was a furrier and seamstress. Bossenberger spent many hours watching her mother at the sewing machine, fascinated by her ability to make just about anything. She practiced and practiced until sewing eventually became second nature. “I make everything I wear,” Bossenberger said. “I made [my daughters] their clothes from the time they were born.” 
 

Samaritan’s Purse photo
Some of Bossenberger’s dresses have already been distributed, with this young girl in Tanzania among the first to receive one.


Bossenberger’s mother worked hard to help support the family. Her busiest time was October through December, when winter threatened and warm coats were in high demand. She worked hard all day, but stopped when Bossenberger’s father came home from work and spent the evenings with her family. Bossenberger’s mother and father raised her in church and taught her about God. At age 13, Bossenberger prayed to receive Jesus as her Savior.
 

Serving God

Widowed at age 36, Bossenberger worked as a police officer and grocery cashier and in other jobs as her children grew up. She’s also been a Sunday School teacher, church choir member, missions supporter and now dressmaker. 
 
Accustomed to working hard, Bossenberger seeks to bring God glory in everything she does.
 
“Every day needs to be lived serving the Lord,” she said. “When I get up in the morning, I read God’s Word. I try to be a witness where I can.” 
 
Bossenberger prays that the dresses will bring girls across the world much joy. She encourages Christians, no matter their age, to do whatever God has called them to do. “I don’t think you’re too old to learn a job,” she said. 
 
Bossenberger said she plans on serving God until He calls her to Heaven. 
 
“I can’t even imagine how wonderful [Heaven] will be,” she said. “I’m not afraid of dying, not one bit. When Jesus says, ‘Eva, come on home,’ I’ll go. I know Jesus will be there.”
 
(EDITOR’S NOTE – This story originally appeared on Samaritan’s Purse website, samaritanspurse.org. It is printed here with permission. Dianna L. Cagle, Biblical Recorder production editor, contributed to this story. National collection week for Operation Christmas Child is Nov. 13-20. Be sure to check the website to see appropriate gifts by age and sex for each box.) 

10/16/2017 4:03:26 PM by Samaritan’s Purse | with 0 comments



CP unites beyond finances, church planter says

October 16 2017 by Erin Roach, Baptist Press

Though the Cooperative Program (CP) unites Southern Baptist churches in giving money for missions, it also helps believers acknowledge they need each other in the daunting task of reaching the nations for Christ, a church planter with an international background said.

Photo courtesy of Peter Yanes
Peter Yanes, left, a church planting catalyst with the North American Mission Board originally from the Philippines, ministers alongside pastor Philip Pham as they launch a Vietnamese church plant. Yanes, also an ethnic strategist for the Baptist Convention of Pennsylvania/South Jersey, is passionate about the Cooperative Program and counsels core groups about its benefits as he helps plant churches.
 


“We learn to cooperate more in missions giving, sending and partnering because of the Cooperative Program’s unifying spirit, realizing that we need to be together because of the enormous demands of the mission field,” Peter Yanes, a North American Mission Board (NAMB) church planting catalyst in Philadelphia, told Baptist Press (BP).
 
“To push back lostness in North America and beyond with the gospel, God wants churches to cooperate and be part of it. If not, it’s impossible to do it alone,” said Yanes, also an ethnic strategist for the Baptist Convention of Pennsylvania/South Jersey.
 
Yanes is passionate about the Cooperative Program, Southern Baptists’ method of supporting missions and ministries, because a missionary sent with those funds influenced him in the Philippines. Though he was raised in a Roman Catholic home and served as an altar boy, an invitation to a Bible study when he was in high school resulted in him knowing Jesus personally.
 
“I came to know Christ in a local church that was planted by a Filipino pastor whose family had interacted with a Southern Baptist missionary,” Yanes said. “That same local church that shared the gospel with me and discipled me became my first pastorate before I came to the United States.”
 
Yanes and his wife Irene moved to the United States in 1998, and he considers himself a beneficiary of the Cooperative Program also because CP funds helped him restart a church outside Philadelphia. As he served the growing ethnic population there, he helped strengthen Philadelphia Bible Church International, which has become a place of worship for many Filipino transplants.
 
“Since then I’ve been promoting and encouraging our other ethnic churches to participate in giving to reach all language groups in our region,” said Yanes, who has served as president of the Filipino Southern Baptist Fellowship of North America, as moderator of the Greater Philadelphia Baptist Association and as the first ethnic president of the Baptist Convention of Pennsylvania/South Jersey.
 
In those roles and others, Yanes has tried to rally churches with his story of coming to know Christ because of the work of missionaries. Now he endeavors to give back in the United States by sharing the gospel with others and by urging cooperation.
 
The Cooperative Program, Yanes said, is set apart from other groups of Christians’ ways of supporting missions and ministries because “we see all of our Southern Baptist churches across the United States cooperating in missions giving.”
 
“It’s the local churches’ conviction and commitment to cooperate with each other to reach their communities, states, nation and beyond for the sake of the gospel,” Yanes told BP.
 
In his church planting catalyst role with NAMB, Yanes aims to emphasize with church planters that getting the gospel to all communities is made more possible because of the “unreserved commitment and partnership of our local churches through cooperative missions giving.” He talks about the Cooperative Program at the outset when he counsels core groups seeking to plant new churches, he said.
 
A part of the Cooperative Program that resonates with church planters is its biblical roots – “the mission of the Cooperative Program is the gospel,” Yanes said.
 
Also, newer church planters just learning about cooperative giving are heartened to know that through CP local churches are resourcing and encouraging them and their families as they share the gospel and make disciples.
 
“To our church planters, they are not alone because of the CP spirit from our churches in sending and partnering on the mission field,” he said.
 
Newer church planters, especially those who did not grow up familiar with the Cooperative Program, benefit from firsthand CP stories as well as from personally partnering with existing churches, Yanes said. They also gain greatly from attending conferences hosted by Southern Baptist entities that emphasize the work of the Cooperative Program.
 
Church planters who come from a strong Southern Baptist church and have directly benefited from CP giving in their ministry, Yanes said, “mostly understand the importance and significance of the Cooperative Program.”
 
(EDITOR’S NOTE – Erin Roach is a writer in Nashville.)

10/16/2017 4:00:28 PM by Erin Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments



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