October 2018

2018 annual meeting theme: ‘Who is my neighbor?’

October 2 2018 by Chad Austin, BSC Communications

In the well-known parable of the Good Samaritan, Jesus is asked a question by an expert in the law that serves as the theme for this year’s Baptist State Convention of North Carolina’s (BSC) annual meeting.

Who Is My Neighbor?” is the theme of the annual meeting, which is scheduled for Nov. 5-6 at the Joseph S. Koury Convention Center in Greensboro, N.C. The theme is based on Luke 10:29.
N.C. Baptist leaders say the question is a pertinent one for today and one that they hope N.C. Baptists will ask themselves.
“We see the reality that God is bringing people from all around the world to our state,” said Simon Touprong, pastor of Vietnamese New Hope Baptist Church in Raleigh.
Touprong also serves as chairman of the BSC’s Committee on Convention Meetings, which develops the annual meeting theme and schedule. “Many of these people are from places that have never heard the gospel of Jesus Christ and are in need of knowing Christ through evangelism and relational discipleship.
“We hope messengers who attend this year’s meeting would become more aware of the importance of impacting lostness in their communities and be willing to get involved in reaching individuals from the various people groups who are living in North Carolina.”
Additional details about the annual meeting, including a complete schedule, information about becoming a messenger and hotel reservations are available online at ncannualmeeting.org.

Meeting highlights

This year’s meeting will include sermons, reports, times of worship, breakout sessions, exhibits and more that are aligned with the event’s theme.
Based on feedback from attendees provided through evaluations, this year’s meeting includes a revamped schedule, highlighted by more opportunities for attendees to attend breakout sessions that provide practical training and equipping in a variety of ministry areas.
Three separate times are allotted for breakout sessions over the course of the two-day meeting.
Those times are Monday afternoon, Tuesday morning and Tuesday afternoon. In recent years, attendees have had the option of attending breakout sessions only on Tuesday afternoon.
The breakout sessions are aligned with the event theme and offer biblical and practical training and equipping in a variety of ministry areas.
A complete list of breakout session times, titles and descriptions are available online at ncannualmeeting.org/breakouts.
“The new schedule will give N.C. Baptists the opportunity to attend more sessions at a variety of times throughout the meeting,” Touprong said.
Messengers from N.C. Baptist churches will also elect officers, vote on a 2019 Cooperative Program budget, conduct other convention business and hear various ministry reports throughout the meeting.
Milton A. Hollifield Jr., BSC executive director-treasurer, will deliver his annual address to messengers during the opening session on the evening of Mon., Nov. 5.
Lee Pigg, pastor of Hopewell Baptist Church in Monroe and current BSC president, will deliver the annual president’s address on Tuesday morning, Nov. 6.
John Mark Harrison, pastor of Apex Baptist Church, will deliver this year’s convention sermon on Tuesday evening, Nov. 6.

Prayer emphasis

Once again for 2018, the BSC’s Office of Prayer for Evangelization and Spiritual Awakening has produced a 30-day devotional prayer guide that can be used during the 30-day October prayer emphasis leading up to the annual meeting.
The guide includes daily scripture readings, devotions and prayer prompts. It is available as a free download at prayfor30days.org.
At the website, individuals may also sign up to receive prayer prompts via text messaging and devotional emails each day in October.

Pastors’ conference

In addition, the 2018 N.C. Baptist Pastors’ Conference will be held prior to annual meeting Nov. 4-5 at the Koury Convention Center. The seven letters to seven churches in Revelation 2-3 will serve as the expositional theme of this year’s conference.
The pastors’ conference is free to attend, but attendees are asked to register in advance. The first 500 registrants will receive a number of free books and resources from conference sponsors. Learn more at register at ncpastorsconference.org.

10/2/2018 1:20:57 PM by Chad Austin, BSC Communications | with 0 comments

N.C. Baptist annual meeting schedule released

October 2 2018 by BSC Communications

The schedule for the 2018 annual meeting of the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina will feature numerous breakout sessions, reports, sermons, scripture reading, prayer and more. The meeting begins Monday, Nov. 5 at 2 p.m. and runs through Tuesday evening, Nov. 6. It will take place at the Koury Convention Center in Greensboro.

See the schedule below:
Monday afternoon, Nov. 5
2:00    Exhibits/registration open
3:30    Breakout session one (one-hour session)
Monday evening, Nov. 5
6:00    Worship through music – N.C. Baptist Singers
6:15    Call to order – Lee Pigg
           Invocation – Steve Strickland         
           Worship through music – N.C. Baptist Singers
           Please remain standing for the pledges
           Committee on Convention Meetings – Simon Touprong
6:45    Greetings
           Executive Committee of the Southern Baptist Convention – Ashley Clayton
           Southern Baptist Convention seminaries – Daniel Akin
           North American Mission Board video       
           International Mission Board                       
7:10    Baptist Children’s Homes of North Carolina – Michael C. Blackwell
7:35    Worship through music – N.C. Baptist Singers
7:45    Partnership introductions
           North Carolina Baptist Men/Baptists on Mission – Richard Brunson
           Office of Great Commission Partnerships – Zac Lyons
7:55    Committee reports
           Committee on Nominations – Robin Fisher
           Historical Committee – Dale Robertson
           Committee on Resolutions and Memorials – Jonathan Blaylock
8:15    Scripture reading and prayer – Yana Conner
           Worship through music – N.C. Baptist Singers
8:35    Executive director-treasurer address – Milton A. Hollifield Jr.
           Benediction – Paul Cao
At the conclusion of the Monday evening session, you are invited to an ice cream social with convention leadership. Please join us in the lobby area.
Tuesday morning, Nov. 6
7:30    Listening session
           2019 Budget Proposal – Pinehurst
8:00    Exhibits/registration open (close at 6:30 p.m.)
8:30    Worship through music – Aliento de Vida (Breath of Life)
8:35    Call to Order – Lee Pigg
           Scripture reading and prayer – Joel Stephens
8:45    Institution and Agency Reports
           North Carolina Baptist Foundation – Clay Warf
           Biblical Recorder – K. Allan Blume
           North Carolina Baptist Hospital – Leland Kerr
9:00    Miscellaneous business
9:15    Board of Directors report – Marc Francis
9:45    Worship through music – Aliento de Vida (Breath of Life)
10:00  President’s address – Lee Pigg
10:30  Benediction – J.D. Grant
10:45  Breakout session two (one-hour session)
Tuesday afternoon, Nov. 6
1:30    Call to order – Lee Pigg
           Worship through music – Kenny Lamm
           Scripture reading and prayer – Santosh “Sonny” Werghis
1:45    Election of officers (fixed order of business)
               First Vice President
               Second Vice President
2:00    North Carolina Baptist Men/Baptists on Mission – Richard Brunson
2:15    Worship through music – Kenny Lamm
2:20    Board of Directors report (fixed order of business) – Marc Francis
           Proposed 2019 Budget for Cooperative Program and North Carolina Missions Offering – Jeff                     Isenhour
2:50    Presentation of officers
3:00    Benediction – John Rosal    
3:15    Breakout session three (one-hour session)
Tuesday evening, Nov. 6
6:30    Worship through music – All Nations Choir
7:00    Call to Order – Lee Pigg
           Committee on Convention Meetings – Simon Touprong             
7:10    Scripture reading and prayer – Andrew Hopper
7:25    Worship through music – All Nations Choir
7:50    Convention Sermon – John Mark Harrison
           Benediction – Amy Pardue Boone

10/2/2018 1:20:37 PM by BSC Communications | with 0 comments

N.C. Baptist resolution to honor Billy Graham

October 2 2018 by BSC Communications

Members of the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina (BSC) Resolutions Committee – Jonathan Blaylock, pastor of West Canton Baptist Church in Canton, and Kristopher Estep, teaching pastor of Barberville Baptist Church in Waynesville – wrote a resolution that will be voted on during the BSC annual meeting in November.
Read the full text below:
WHEREAS, Billy Graham was born on November 7, 1918, in Charlotte, North Carolina; and 
WHEREAS, Billy Graham, often called “America’s Pastor,” exuded a Christlike witness in American culture that spanned seven decades; and
WHEREAS, The life and ministry of Billy Graham is a testament of God’s promise to His church to raise up evangelists for the sake of proclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ to every tribe, people, language and nation (Ephesians 4:11; Revelation 7:9); and
WHEREAS, In his lifetime, Billy Graham traveled to 185 countries on six different continents proclaiming the gospel to an estimated 215 million people, and he ministered to countless government and world leaders; and
WHEREAS, Billy Graham was an innovator in the advancement of the gospel through new technological mediums of his time; such as a radio ministry, television ministry, and internet ministry; and
WHEREAS, Billy Graham’s relationship to the Southern Baptist Convention was one of affection, cooperation, and church membership; and
WHEREAS, Billy Graham founded the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, which is based in Charlotte, North Carolina; and
WHEREAS, Billy Graham saw a vision for a training and retreat center for lay Christians and pastors become a reality at the Billy Graham Training Center at The Cove in Asheville, North Carolina; and
WHEREAS, Billy Graham’s life modeled integrity, modesty, lifelong fidelity to one’s spouse, and humility despite worldwide acclaim; now, therefore, be it
RESOLVED, That the messengers to the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina meeting in Greensboro, North Carolina, November 5-6, 2018, grieve the passing of Billy Graham on February 21, 2018, while also celebrating, honoring, and commemorating his life and ministry as a beloved Southern Baptist who traveled the world sharing the good news of Jesus Christ; and be it further,
RESOLVED, That we extend our deepest sympathies to the family of Billy Graham; and be it finally,
RESOLVED, That we desire to celebrate Billy Graham’s legacy by committing ourselves to sharing the gospel, living lives of personal holiness, and finding joy through an eternal peace with God accomplished by the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

10/2/2018 1:19:54 PM by BSC Communications | with 0 comments

Committee on Nominations lists recommendations

October 2 2018 by BSC Communications

The Committee on Nominations is charged with the task of receiving and reviewing the numerous recommendations provided by North Carolina Baptists for service on the Board of Directors of the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina (BSC), the committees of the convention and the boards of the related entities (North Carolina Baptist Foundation, Biblical Recorder, Baptist Children’s Homes of North Carolina and North Carolina Baptist Hospital).
The committee begins its work with the recommendations sent by North Carolina Baptists and when exhausted, or in the event too few recommendations have been received for a specific place of service, the committee seeks to find candidates who meet the qualifications for service as outlined in the convention bylaws.
The full report from the Committee on Nominations can be found on the BSC’s annual meeting website, in the Oct. 6 edition of the Biblical Recorder, on the Biblical Recorder website (BRnow.org) and in the Book of Reports provided to each messenger who completes their registration at the annual meeting.
On behalf of the committee members listed below, I want to thank each North Carolina Baptist who completed and submitted a recommendation. It is not too early to begin thinking about those individuals whom you wish to recommend for consideration by the 2019 Committee on Nominations. Please continue to submit your recommendations at ncbaptist.org/recommend. Your input is essential to the committee’s work and the ongoing effectiveness of the missions and ministries of the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina.
Robin Fisher, Chair

2018 Committee on Nominations Members

Charles Brust, Bladenboro; Robin Fisher, Rocky Mount; Kenn Hucks, Monroe; David Jones, North Wilkesboro; Jonas Perez, Concord; Beth Wooten, Beulaville; Ben Curfman, Clyde; Michael Davis, Charlotte; Mark Golden, Waynesville; David Helms, Pendleton; James Keku, Browns Summit; Jennifer Thoppil, Mount Airy; Carolyn Fowler, Murfreesboro; Sam Harvin Jr., Spring Lake; Connie Millsaps, Franklin; Josh Pruitt, Rutherfordton; Jason Wilkinson, Wake Forest; and Mark Brady, Moyock
The Committee on Nominations report follows the BSC’s bylaws directive 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, and such other nominations as may be delegated to the committee by the Convention.”
Among other considerations for nominees, the bylaws state “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).” This is indicated in the committee’s report by (O) for 400 and over and by (U) for under 400 in church membership.
The bylaws further direct that, “The Committee on Nominations shall include in its report at a minimum the name, church, home town, association, occupation, and sex of each nominee, the name of the committee or board on which the nominee is to serve together with such summary information as will make clear to this Convention the diversity and breadth of representation provided by the slates of nominees.” For the purposes of this report, “occupation” is indicated by “minister” or “lay person.”

Board of Directors, Baptist State Convention of North Carolina

NOTE: Board of Directors terms that begin in 2019 are staggered based on action taken by the messengers at the 2017 Annual Meeting in order to restore balance to the rotation of board members.
Region 1 – Kevin Buzzard, 2019-2019 term, Sawyer’s Creek (U), Elizabeth City, Chowan, minister, male; Wanda Guest, 2019-2021 term, Conway (U), Conway, West Chowan, lay person, female; and James Harrington, 2019-2022 term, Fellowship (U), Elizabeth City, Chowan, minister, male
Region 2 – Willie Porter, 2019-2022 term, Englewood (O), Wilson, North Roanoke, lay person, male; and Jordon Willard, 2019-2022 term, Trinity (U), Tarboro, South Roanoke, minister, male
Region 3 – Jeff Blackburn, 2019-2022 term, Hyde Park (O), Lumberton, Robeson, minister, male; Timmy Chavis, 2019 unexpired term of J.R. Hopson, Bear Swamp (U), Maxton, Burnt Swamp, minister, male; Joey Dockery, 2019-2021 term, Mount Calvary (U), Dublin, New South River, minister, male; and Pat Hash, 2020 unexpired term of Nathan Morton, St. Pauls First (U), St. Pauls, Robeson, minister, male
Region 4 – David Baker, 2019-2021 term, Green Level (U), Apex, Raleigh, minister, male; Timmy Blair, 2019-2022 term, Piney Grove Chapel (O), Lillington, Little River, minister, male; Earl Echols Jr., 2019-2021 term, Ebenezer (O), Durham, Yates, minister, male; Drew Grumbles, 2019-2022 term, Brassfield (U), Creedmoor, Flat River, minister, male; Pat Kilby, 2019-2021 term, Cary First (O), Cary, Raleigh, minister, male; Linda McLaurin, 2019-2022 term, Ephesus Baptist Church of Spring Hope (U), Nashville, Tar River, lay person, female; John Ryman, 2019-2021 term, Hillcrest (U), Raleigh, Raleigh, minister, male; and Billy Stines, 2019-2022 term, Buies Creek First (U), Erwin, Little River, minister, male
Region 5 – Jim Cohn, 2019-2019 term, Walnut Cove First (U), Advance, Pilot Mountain, minister, male; Mark Collins, 2019-2022 term, Reidsville First (O), Reidsville, Dan Valley, lay person, male; Scott Faw, 2019-2022 term, Calvary (U), Landis, Rowan, minister, male; Brenda Hicks, 2019-2022 term, Oak View (O), Kernersville, Piedmont, lay person, female; Andrew Hopper, 2019-2021 term, Mercy Hill (O), Summerfield, Piedmont, minister, male; Charlie Martin, 2019-2021 term, Cornerstone (U), Winston-Salem, Pilot Mountain, minister, male; Ryan McMillian, 2019-2022 term, Osborne (O), Eden, Dan Valley, minister, male; Walter Overman, 2019-2019 term, Main Street (U), Kernersville, Pilot Mountain, minister, male; Rick Speas, 2019-2022 term, Old Town (O), Winston-Salem, Pilot Mountain, minister, male; Ruth Warner, 2019-2019 term, Saint Paul (U), Greensboro, Piedmont, lay person, female; and Steve Wilson, 2019-2021 term, Trading Ford (O), Salisbury, Rowan, minister, male
Region 6 – David (Dac) Croasmun, 2019 unexpired term of Karen Walters, Trinity (U), Monroe, Union, minister, male; Jonathan Homesley, 2019-2022 term, Lake Wylie (U), Charlotte, Metrolina, minister, male; Kenn Hucks, 2019-2021 term, Sardis (O), Monroe, Union, minister, male; Timothy Madaris, 2019-2022 term, Union (U), Monroe, Union, minister, male; and Phil McRae, 2019-2021 term, New Home (U), Peachland, Anson, minister, male
Region 7 – Carrie Afanador, 2019-2022 term, Perkinsville (U), Boone, Three Forks, lay person, female; David Jones, 2019-2022 term, Baptist Home (O), North Wilkesboro, Stone Mountain, minister, male; Len Moore, 2019-2021 term, Hinshaw Street (U), Wilkesboro, Brushy Mountain, lay person, male; Travis Suits, 2019-2022 term, Laurel Springs (O), Deep Gap, Three Forks, minister, male; and Kevin York, 2019-2019 term, Friendly Grove (U), West Jefferson, Ashe, minister, male
Region 8 – Chris Alford, 2019-2022 term, Freedom (U), Gastonia, South Fork, minister, male; Phil Bailey, 2019-2022 term, Campfield (U), Ellenboro, Sandy Run, minister, male; David Bame, 2019-2022 term, Mill Spring First (U), Mill Spring, Polk, minister, male; Shawn Berryhill, 2019-2019 term, Montford Cove (U), Union Mills, Green River, minister, male; Shanon Brower, 2019-2022 term, Liberty (U), Forest City, Sandy Run, lay person, female; Walter Creighton, 2019-2021 term, Sandy Ridge (U), Conover, Catawba Valley, lay person, male; Nick King, 2019-2021 term, Penelope (U), Hickory, Catawba Valley, minister, male; Sally Matheny, 2019 unexpired term of Todd Rudisill, New Bethel (U), Forest City, Sandy Run, lay person, female; Matt Mills, 2019-2019 term, Mount Pleasant (U), Forest City, Sandy Run, minister, male; Anton Roos, 2019-2021 term, Lake Lure (U), Lake Lure, Green River, minister, male; Paul Scott, 2019-2021 term, Big Springs (O), Ellenboro, Sandy Run, minister, male; and Keith Stephenson, 2019-2019 term, 2nd Baptist (O), Rutherfordton, Green River, minister, male
Region 9 – Johnny Byrd, 2019-2022 term, North Point (U), Weaverville, Buncombe, minister, male; Steve Frazier, 2019-2019 term, Riverside (O), Waynesville, Haywood, minister, male; Clark Henderson, 2019-2022 term, Newbridge (O), Weaverville, Buncombe, minister, male; Steve Honeycutt, 2019-2021 term, Long Branch (U), Leicester, French Broad, minister, male; and Jason Miller, 2019-2022 term, Dutch Cove (O), Canton, Haywood, minister, male
Region 10 – Noah Crowe, 2019-2022 term, Robbinsville (U), Robbinsville, Graham, minister, male

Baptist Children’s Homes of North Carolina

Bobby Boyd, Woodlawn (O), Conover, Catawba Valley, lay person, male; John Lee, Wilson First (O), Nashville, South Roanoke, lay person, male; Cameron McGill, The Lake Church (U), White Lake, Bladen, minister, male; Lyndell Pate, Rockwell First (O), Rockwell, Rowan, lay person, male; Marian Phillips, Oakley (U), Siler City, Sandy Creek, lay person, female; Gary Stanley, Salem Fork (U), Dobson, Surry, lay person, male; Eric Vernon, Sanford First (O), Sanford, Sandy Creek, lay person, male; Sterling Wall, Lexington First (O), Lexington, Liberty, lay person, male; and Jay Westmoreland, Charlotte First (O), Fort Mill, S.C., Metrolina, lay person, male

Biblical Recorder

Kelly Bullard, Temple (O), Wade, New South River, minister, male; Chris Hefner, Wilkesboro (O), Wilkesboro, Brushy Mountain, minister, male; Lesley Hildreth, The Summit (O), Wake Forest, Yates, lay person, female; Larry Whichard, Kennebec (O), Fuquay-Varina, Little River, minister, male; and Bartley Wooten, Beulaville (U), Beulaville, Eastern, minister, male

North Carolina Baptist Foundation

Geron Gambill, Snyder Memorial (O), Fayetteville, New South River, minister, male; Harold (Hal) Koger, Calvary (U), McLeansville, Piedmont, lay person, male; Marion Krege, 2020 unexpired term of Roy Krege, Mt. Calvary (U), Banner Elk, Three Forks, lay person, female; Harvey Montague, Macedonia (O), Raleigh, Raleigh, lay person, male; Matt Thomas, Access Point (U), Hertford, Chowan, minister, male; and David Webb, Crestview (O), Boiling Springs, Greater Cleveland, minister, male

North Carolina Baptist Hospital

No vacancies

Committee on Convention Meetings

Miriam Acevedo, Calvary – Hispanic Congregation (U), Cherryville, South Fork, lay person, female; Tim Ameen, Immanuel (O), Clinton, Eastern, minister, male; Paul Cao, 2019 unexpired term of Jeff Stephens, Vietnamese (U), Whitsett, Piedmont, minister, male; Joey Chafton, Oak Grove (U), Youngsville, Tar River, minister, male; Tonya Edwards, 2020 unexpired term of Chris Canuel, Beulaville (U), Beulaville, Eastern, lay person, female; Chris Fox, Bethany (O), Forest City, Sandy Run, minister, male; Ruth Murray, Southside (U), Wilmington, Wilmington, lay person, female; Nathaniel Williams, Cedar Rock First (U), Castalia, Tar River, minister, male; and Larry Burns, Chair, Mulberry (O), Charlotte, Metrolina, minister, male

Committee on Resolutions and Memorials

Joel Stephens, Hopewell (O), Midland, Union, minister, male; Bob Weathers, Shallotte First (O), Shallotte, Brunswick, minister, male; Ben Whitmire, Locust Grove (O), Weaverville, French Broad, minister, male; and Kenny Gooden, Chair, Union Grove (O), Yadkinville, Yadkin, minister, male

Historical Committee

Susan Bales, Bethlehem (O), Knightdale, Raleigh, lay person, female; John Fidler, Union Chapel (U), Zebulon, Tar River, lay person, male; Woodrow (Woody) Freeze III, Lowe’s Grove (U), Durham, Yates, minister, male; Marc Sanders, Grove Park (O), Whitsett, Mount Zion, minister, male; and Allen Murray, Chair, Oak Grove (U), Lake Toxaway, Transylvania, minister, male

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N.C. annual meeting to feature 40+ breakouts

October 2 2018 by BSC Communications

Those who attend the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina (BSC) annual meeting Nov. 5-6 have the opportunity to attend breakout sessions related to various areas of ministry. There are three, one-hour sessions occurring Mon, Nov. 5 at 3:30 p.m., Tues., Nov. 6 at 10:45 a.m. and Tues., Nov. 6 at 3:15 p.m. Some sessions are offered only once, so please plan accordingly.
A Conversation with Russell Moore
Monday, 3:30-4:30 p.m., Auditorium IV
Join a discussion with Russell Moore, president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, about contemporary issues in loving our neighbors. The session will be moderated by Matt Capps, pastor of Fairview Baptist Church in Apex, N.C.
Basic Tools for Gospel Conversations with Josh Reed, BSC senior consultant, adult evangelism & discipleship
Tuesday at 10:45-11:45 a.m. and 3:15-4:15 p.m., Colony A
Attendees will learn and practice two basic tools for conversational evangelism. We will also discuss transitions into sharing the gospel, as well as calling people to decision.
Church Revitalization for the Sake of Our Neighbors with Sandy Marks, BSC senior consultant, church health & revitalization
Monday at 3:30-4:30 p.m., Pinehurst
Tuesday at 3:15-4:15 p.m., Pinehurst
Is your church impacting lostness in the surrounding community? Impacting lostness with the gospel of Jesus Christ is at the heart of church revitalization. This session will introduce you to a process and resources available to N.C. churches that desire to return to their mission of impacting lostness by making disciples.
#ChurchToo: Preventing Sexual Harassment in the Workplace with Darrin Coon, Brotherhood Mutual Insurance/American Church Group of N.C.
Tuesday, 10:45-11:45 a.m. and 3:15-4:15 p.m., Auditorium IV
Reports of workplace sexual harassment abound with no end in sight. No workplace is immune, including the church and related Christian ministries. These events damage lives, ruin reputations, hurt morale and lead to costly legal actions. However, the church is uniquely called to demonstrate leadership, show compassion, practice humility and provide accountability in addressing this painful issue. This workshop will review practical steps that a ministry can take to prevent and address harassing behaviors before the damage is done.
Community Colleges as a Mission Field (panel discussion) facilitated by Darrick Smith, BSC senior consultant, collegiate partnerships
Tuesday at 10:45-11:45 a.m., Oak C
Seventy percent of N.C.’s 1.2 million college students are taking classes at community colleges. Statistically, there are about 650,000 students on those campuses who don’t yet know Jesus. Community colleges are often smaller, and the typical four-year turnover is cut in half at community colleges. N.C.’s community college system is booming, but being on mission there takes innovation and intentionality. It’s not easy. Come learn from church leaders who have stepped into this frontier mission field and are successfully seeing disciples being made.
Contextual Awareness in Discipleship with Walter Strickland, associate vice president and professor, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
Tuesday at 10:45-11:45 a.m., Heritage A
When shepherding young believers from different races and cultures, it is important to ask the question, “How can I lead this person to become more like Christ without causing them to jettison their culture?” Come learn how to pass along the “faith once for all delivered to the saints” to those who are called to walk in faithfulness in different cultures.
Cutting through the Slew with Josh Reed, BSC senior consultant, adult evangelism & discipleship
Monday at 3:30-4:30 p.m., Colony A
Attendees will learn and discuss what the apostle Paul calls the “elementary principles of the world.” We will seek to understand how this phrase describes basic human motivation, discern its relevance for disciple-making and learn how to apply the gospel to what we discover.
Demonstrating Faith to Our Neighbors: Building Bridges between Communities of Faith and People in Need with Dan Collison, BSC strategy coordinator
Tuesday at 10:45-11:45 a.m., Olympia
We can be easily overwhelmed by the pressing nature and scope of need among the poor. The power of the gospel is demonstrated when we offer hope and help in a posture of humility and through a disciple-making relationship.
Equipping Families to Be Missional in Their Neighborhoods with Eric Simmons, associate pastor of students, First Baptist Church, Summerfield, N.C.; and Mark Smith, BSC senior consultant, family evangelism & discipleship
Monday at 3:30-4:30 p.m., Colony C
Tuesday at 10:45-11:45 a.m., Colony C
Most likely, the community around your church is growing, but attendance on Sunday morning is not. Could it be the families of your church do not see their neighborhoods as a mission field? Do they understand why their neighborhoods are their mission field? Come learn about a missional family action plan to help equip families to be missionaries where they live. You will walk away from this session with several great resources and the confidence you need to put this plan into action.
The Generation Next Door: Connecting with Generation Z with Merrie Johnson, BSC senior consultant, youth evangelism & discipleship
Tuesday at 10:45-11:45 a.m., Oak B
Generation Z – the generation born after 1995 – outnumber baby boomers and millennials and make up 25 percent of the population today. As adolescents, their power may be limited, but their habits will become increasingly important. Habits set in this generation’s teenage years will influence their lives forever. They are the first generation to grow up in the digital age. They have short attention spans. Visuals matter. Meeting them where they are matters. What is your church doing to reach Gen Z?
Home Team & Away Team: College Ministry in the Established Church with Jonathan Yarboro, BSC team leader, collegiate partnerships
Tuesday at 3:15-4:15 p.m., Oak C
For many established churches, building a collegiate ministry starts with the homegrown students they already have fresh out of high school. This desire to make sure we keep our homegrown students grounded while they are away at college often presents challenges to reaching new students on the campuses closest to our churches. This session will give practical tips for caring for those students while they are away while simultaneously building a collegiate ministry that impacts the lostness on nearby campuses.
How Can We Be Great Commission Neighbors? with Andrew Ivester, pastor, Faith Baptist Church, Durham, N.C.; and Melissa Childers, IMB emeritus missionary/lay leader, Durham Memorial Baptist Church, Durham, N.C.
Monday at 3:30-4:30 p.m., Oak B
We all have neighbors, both as individuals and as churches. But how do we begin to engage these neighbors for the sake of the kingdom? How can you help create urgency in your congregation to reach your community? Join us as we consider these questions and ask God to help us see our own communities as a mission field. We will discuss pathways to entry, church programming and prioritization, faithfulness and perseverance, and other practical tips as we approach this subject with both urgency and humility knowing that the Lord of the harvest is good, and His Kingdom is unshakeable.
How to Be a Peacemaker in Your Neighborhood with Eddie Thompson, BSC senior consultant, pastoral ministries
Monday at 3:30-4:30 p.m., Olympia
Tuesday at 3:15-4:15 p.m., Olympia
According to Jesus, our neighbor is anyone we come in contact with, and that certainly includes people that live all around us. But living in close proximity can become the breeding ground for disputes and hard feelings. And because we are living so far from what God calls us to be, we have forgotten – or don’t even know – how to honor Him or love our neighbor. This session will help us look carefully at the power of peacemaking and how it can affect entire communities, while creating opportunities for sharing the gospel and making disciples.
How to Connect With Neighbors Who Are Different From You with Neal Eller, BSC team leader, church strengthening team, and Ken Tan, BSC senior consultant, leadership development
Tuesday at 3:15-4:15 p.m., Cedar C
Often we ask people to connect with Jesus, and we haven’t even connected with them. Experience a highly participatory, active and fun session to learn the first step of connecting with your neighbor to build a loving relationship. Also, learn how you can be trained to teach “The Six Stages of Cultural Mastery” to leaders in your church.
How to Develop a Biblical Leadership Pipeline with Sammy Joo, BSC senior consultant, Asian ministries
Monday at 3:30-4:30 p.m., Bear Creek
One of the integral parts in ministry is leadership. In this session, we will discuss biblical leadership and how leadership can be developed and used in the context of Korean churches.
How to Partner with Ethnic Churches to Reach Ethnic Communities with Sammy Joo (see info above)
Tuesday at 10:45-11:45 a.m., Pinehurst
God has brought the nations to North Carolina, and it is imperative for us to reach and make disciples among the nations. God has provided strategic partners to reach the nations – ethnic churches. This session will provide practical ways to work with ethnic churches to reach ethnic communities for Christ.
How to Reach International Students with Tom Knight, BSC senior consultant, collegiate partnerships, and Yana Conner, BSC consultant, collegiate partnerships
Tuesday at 10:45-11:45 a.m., Arrowhead
For the second year in a row, more than 1 million international students have chosen to study in the United States. Many of these students enrolled in our colleges come from countries that are hostile to Christians, and many have never heard the gospel. Yet, many churches do not think of international students when they think of missions. This breakout session will help you and your church learn practical steps in understanding international students and sharing the gospel with love, friendship and cultural awareness.
Impacting the Diversity in Lost Pockets with Russ Reaves, BSC strategy coordinator
Monday at 3:30-4:30 p.m., Heritage B
Within North Carolina’s pockets of lostness, there is a wide diversity of hard-to-reach population segments. In this session, we will discuss and share real-life examples of how we are working together with associations and churches to identify and build strategies to engage those population segments.
International Partnerships to Reach Our Neighbors of the World (panel discussion) with Tanner Marquis, BSC catalyst, Peoples Next Door NC
Monday at 3:30-4:30 p.m., Turnberry
How could partnering with our missionaries working among unreached people groups globally help your church to more effectively reach the unreached peoples who have migrated from around the world to be your neighbors? Hear from church leaders about how global partnerships have better equipped and empowered them to reach the unreached nations who are now their neighbors. Attendees will also hear from International Mission Board leaders about how your church can partner with missionaries working among unreached peoples from around the globe in places like East Asia, Southeast Asia, South Asia and more.
Loving Our Neighbor in the Context of Discipleship with John Malek, senior pastor, Sharpe Road Baptist Church, Greensboro, N.C.
Tuesday at 3:15-4:15 p.m., Oak A
During this session, we will discuss how to love our neighbors in the context of discipleship by addressing the biblical texts of Luke 10:25-37, John 15:7-10 and 1c John 2:1-6. We will answer three questions: Who is my neighbor? What does loving and discipling my neighbor mean? And how do I disciple them?
Loving Our Neighbors Across Our Nation with N.C. Baptists on Mission staff
Tuesday at 10:45-11:45 a.m., Cedar A
This breakout session will cover ways to love our neighbors across the United States. Come learn more about missions partnerships and projects in the Appalachian coalfields, Pennsylvania, New England, the Rocky Mountains and Hawaii. The session will also cover disaster relief in Puerto Rico.
Loving Our Neighbors Around the World with N.C. Baptists on Mission staff
Tuesday at 3:15-4:15 p.m., Cedar A
Join several Baptists on Mission staff members to discover ways to love our neighbors through international missions partnerships and projects. Come learn more about opportunities in places like Honduras, Cuba, Guatemala, Armenia, Haiti, Kenya, South Africa and the Roma partnership.
Loving Our Neighbors in Our Community and State with N.C. Baptists on Mission staff
Monday at 3:30-4:30 p.m., Cedar A
Join several N.C. Baptists on Mission staff members to discover ways to love our neighbors here in our own state. This session will cover ministries like Operation Inasmuch, missions camps, health screening and dental buses, disaster relief, Baptist builders, compassion ministries, Deep Impact, Deep Impact Kids and more.
Loving Our Neighbors Who Struggle with Addiction with Matthias “Matty” Ponce-de-Leon, pastor, Arlington First Baptist Church, Jonesville, N.C.
Monday at 3:30-4:30 p.m., Cedar B
Tuesday at 10:45-11:45 a.m., Cedar B
North Carolina has a segment of its population that few pastors and churches are equipped to engage with the gospel, and this population is growing at an alarming rate – individuals struggling with drug and alcohol addictions. This breakout session will provide participants with a greater understanding of this growing segment of our population, a system to respond to addicts and their families that reach out to your church for help, as well as other resources to help you assist those struggling with addiction.
Loving Our Unchurched Neighbors in Rural North Carolina with Jonathan Blaylock, pastor, West Canton Baptist Church, Canton, N.C.
Tuesday at 3:15-4:15 p.m., Heritage B
Is it possible that many churches have plateaued or are declining because we have forgotten the art of neighboring? We are aware of urban churches that are multiplying, but what can rural churches do to reach their neighbors? Learn from a rural North Carolina pastor who will share simple, yet intentional, ways to reach neighbors in the natural daily rhythms of life.
Loving Your Neighbor Through Immigration Issues (panel discussion) with Amaury Santos, BSC Hispanic strategy coordinator; Larry Phillips, BSC contract strategist, Baptist Immigration Services; and John Faison, Center on Immigrant Relations executive director
Tuesday at 10:45-11:45 a.m. and 3:15-4:15 p.m., Bear Creek
Come and learn how the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina’s Baptist Immigration Services assists our churches in loving their immigrant neighbors. Immigrants today face various obstacles and issues coming from different cultural contexts. Engaging immigrants with the gospel can happen in many ways. Come learn how you can join this strategic effort.
Loving Your Neighbor with Special Needs with Donnie Wiltshire, BSC senior consultant, special ministries
Tuesday at 3:15-4:15 p.m., Heritage A
People with special needs are our neighbors who have developmental disabilities and delays of various types. This breakout session will look at the overwhelming demographics in our state and the need for churches to bring the gospel message and the love of Christ to persons and families impacted by these special needs.
Making Disciples Among Hindu, Buddhist and Animistic Neighbors (panel discussion) with facilitator: James Cooper, BSC catalyst, Peoples Next Door NC
Panelists: International church planters
Tuesday, 3:15-4:15 p.m., Arrowhead
Now that God has brought unreached people of Hindu, Buddhist and animistic faiths here to our cities, towns and communities, we have an incredible opportunity and responsibility to reach them with the love and gospel of Jesus. This session will equip you to discover, naturally encounter, intentionally engage and make disciples of your neighbors of other faiths.
Making Disciples Among Muslim Neighbors (panel discussion) with Facilitator: Chuck Baker, catalyst, Peoples Next Door NC, BSC
Panelists: Church planters among Muslims
Monday at 3:30-4:30 p.m., Arrowhead
Now that God has brought Muslims from across the globe here to our cities, towns and communities, we have an incredible opportunity and responsibility to reach them with the love and gospel of Jesus. In this session, you will be trained and equipped to more effectively reach your Muslim neighbors. Hear from church engagement catalysts, local church practitioners, and planters who are working to see the gospel go out among Muslims here in North Carolina and around the world.
Multifamily Housing Part 1: Engaging Our Neighbors with K.O. Grissett, Joe Maye, Brian Norris, BSC catalysts, Office of Great Commission Partnerships
Monday at 3:30-4:30 p.m., Oak A
Hear the stories of several churches who are strategically and faithfully engaging their neighbors in multifamily housing communities, loving them well, sharing the gospel relationally, making disciples and starting gospel communities.
Multifamily Housing Part 2: Loving Our Neighbors with same people as above
Tuesday at 10:45 a.m-11:45 a.m., Oak A
Develop a biblically practical plan around one of three approaches to enter and engage a particular multifamily housing community in your area. Strategically plan your next steps to pray fervently, engage with people, speak the gospel, start seeker studies, identify and equip key leaders, launch a sustainable ministry, and exit with care.
Operation Reach: Who Is My Neighbor? with Mark Gray, BSC team leader, church planting; Ralph Garay, BSC senior consultant, Asian church planting; and Eric Cook, associational missionary, Union Baptist Association
Tuesday at 10:45-11:45 a.m., Heritage B
This breakout session will introduce a practical training opportunity to assist churches in identifying unreached and unengaged population clusters in our communities. Learn more about the people in our local communities who are and are not being engaged with the gospel. Discover where new works may be needed to ensure that all people in our state are being reached. Hear from a church planting consultant and an associational missionary about the effectiveness of an Operation Reach event.
Praying Our Neighbors to Christ with Chris Schofield, BSC director, Office of Prayer
Monday at 3:30-4:30 p.m., Auditorium I
Tuesday at 3:15-4:15 p.m., Auditorium I
This breakout session will examine how to pray biblically and effectively for lost family, friends and neighbors in your world.
Sharing Christ with Your LGBT Neighbor with Maleah Allard, director, New Beginning Support Ministry; and Steve Harris, BSC strategy coordinator
Tuesday at 3:15-4:15 p.m., Cedar B
The LGBT lifestyle is a segment of our population that isn’t going away. It represents people who are in great need of a Savior just like all of us. This breakout session will explore the LGBT culture as Meleah Allard shares her own story of her lifestyle as a lesbian, how the gospel brought her freedom and how God has called her back into this culture to minister the love of Jesus Christ. Participants will discover the unique characteristics of those who are part of the LGBT lifestyle, how the gospel can transform anyone who calls on the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and how Christians can minister both truth and love through the power of the gospel.
Singles in Your Neighborhood: More Diverse Than You Think (panel discussion) with Ashley Allen, BSC senior consultant, Embrace; Molly Lydick, member, Imago Dei Church, Raleigh, N.C.; Mary Wallace Wilson, women’s ministry director, Providence Baptist Church, Raleigh, N.C.; and Tabatha Frost, pastor’s wife, Providence Baptist
Tuesday at 3:15-4:15 p.m., Colony C
Sadly, when churches say “single adult,” the immediate thought is “not married,” and a host of characteristics and reasons for a single status are given. Yet, single adult women are much more diverse than their marital status, and they aren’t all the same. However, many don’t feel welcome in a church or even that there is a place for them within the body of Christ. This panel will focus on how to reach the growing demographic of “single women” without viewing them as anomalies. Panelists will include a recent college graduate, a working professional who has never been married, a pastor’s wife who works with single adults and a widow.
The Soul Winner’s Pulpit with Daniel Dickard, senior pastor, Friendly Avenue Baptist Church, Greensboro, N.C.
Monday at 3:30-4:30 p.m., Colony B
Tuesday at 10:45-11:45 a.m. and 3:15-4:15 p.m., Colony B
Evangelistic preaching is a priority of our pulpit ministry, but personal witnessing often escapes us. The embers of your pulpit ministry will stay lit to the degree that you, as a pastor and church leader, continue on the hot trail of personal witnessing. Join us as we discuss practical ways to complement personal witnessing and pulpit evangelism.
Understanding the Impact of Various Worldviews on Our Neighborhoods with Scott Thompson, vice president for academic affairs, Fruitland Baptist Bible College
Tuesday at 10:45-11:45 a.m. and 3:15-4:15 p.m., Turnberry
While everyone lives or works in a neighborhood, not everyone lives with their neighborhood. If Christians are going to minister in our neighborhoods, we must understand the impact of various worldviews on our neighborhoods and learn to love our neighbors with the truth as we minister to their needs. Understanding worldviews is an important aspect of successful discipleship.
Understanding Your Neighborhood with Chuck Campbell, BSC strategy coordinator
Tuesday at 10:45-11:45 a.m., Cedar C
This session will explore 10 simple tactics to start engaging people who live around us in order to proclaim the gospel in contextualized and relevant ways.
Using the Church Renewal Journey to Awaken, Equip and Commission Church Members with Bob & Phyllis Foy, Mission Service Corps Missionaries, Church Renewal Journey Ministry
Monday 3:30-4:30 p.m., Old North
This session provides an overview of the Church Renewal Journey and the five different lay-led revival weekend options available to your church. These weekends focus on awakening the laity to understand how God wants to use every member of the church for Kingdom work; how every believer is equipped for ministry by the Holy Spirit; commissioning church members of all ages as missionaries to their communities, empowering the church through kingdom-focused prayer; and sending the church into its Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria and to the ends of the earth.
Using Sunday School and Small Groups to Impact Our Neighbors with Rick Hughes, BSC senior consultant, Sunday School/small groups; and Jeff Holder, pastor, Society Baptist Church, Statesville, N.C.
Monday at 3:30-4:30 p.m., Oak C
Is your Sunday School or small group stuck in a rinse and repeat mode? In this session, we will look at both theoretical and practical steps to turn Sunday School and small groups from an inward focus to an outwardly focused missional mindset. Come learn how to bring unchurched neighbors into biblical community.
Walking by Faith: Simple Discipleship Across Cultures with Sarah Davenport, member, Imago Dei Church, Raleigh, N.C.
Monday at 3:30-4:30 p.m., Heritage A
The Bible is filled with stories to draw us closer to God. As we are called to share across the world, 2 Timothy 2:2 encourages us to formulate our teaching so that it is reproducible. In this session, we will look at a few successful tools to help us encourage and disciple those of other cultures here and around the world.
Walking with Our Neighbors in Hard Times with Meredith Snoddy, women’s ministry director, Green Street Baptist Church, High Point, N.C.
Tuesday at 3:15-4:15 p.m., Oak B
Sometimes reaching our neighbors with the gospel is hard because life can be messy. How can we reach a woman with the gospel when her life seems to be falling apart and we have grown weary? This breakout session will focus on biblical and practical ideas for reaching our neighbors and finding encouragement from God’s Word for staying the course.
Who Is My Neighbor? Understanding Pockets of Lostness with Cris Alley, BSC team leader, strategic focus team
Monday at 3:30-4:30 p.m., Cedar C
North Carolina has 250 identified pockets of lostness. Think of a pocket of lostness as a gospel desert – a small geographic area with a large percentage of lost people. This session will show where pockets of lostness are located, explore why they exist and introduce the steps your church can take to eradicate lostness in N.C.’s gospel deserts.

10/2/2018 1:19:10 PM by BSC Communications | with 0 comments

Southern Baptist churches appoint 66 missionaries

October 1 2018 by Julie McGowan, IMB

Southern Baptists celebrated the sending of 66 new international missionaries on Sept. 26, at Grove Avenue Baptist Church in Richmond, Va., with each new missionary sharing firsthand how God has woven throughout their lives a desire to take His gospel to people who have never heard it.

IMB Photo by Chris Carter
IMB trustees gather around David Platt during their Sept. 26 plenary session to pray for Platt’s transition from IMB president to full-time pastor/teacher of McLean Bible Church in northern Virginia. 

Each person’s story is different, and each story is evidence that God has a role for every church to take His good news to every nation. 
“The Lord has always moved my life through stories,” said Caroline Reel, who is being sent by her churches Restoration Church in Wake Forest, N.C., and Bullard Chapel Baptist in Tishomingo, Okla., to serve among refugee peoples in Uganda.
“From the missionaries’ stories at [Girls in Action] camps when I was a little girl, to storying through the Bible on mission as part of my education, stories have connected me to God’s plan to share His life-giving story with the nations,” she said.

66 stories

Years ago as a young couple in Ecuador, Patrick and Victoria Regalado learned of the great need for Hispanic pastors in the United States. In 1988, they arrived in New York City to reach Latinos for Christ.
“The last 10 years we have traveled to the Americas and around the United States equipping church leaders,” Patrick said. Now the couple feels that God is leading them to Latin America to equip pastors and leaders. They are sent by Judson Baptist Church in Nashville, Tenn., to the Americas.
God used the 2015 refugee crisis to move missions from “a good idea” to God’s priority in the lives of Stephen and Amy Morgan, who are sent by Lakeshore Church in New Orleans, La., to European peoples.  “We aren’t special,” Amy said. “We feel God’s hand has been in our education and experiences directing us toward missional service.”
The path to missions service started eight years ago for Stephen and Kimberly Park, sent by Saddleback Valley Community Church in Anaheim, Calif., with a simple prayer: “God use us to do whatever it takes to reach one more for Jesus.” The Parks will share God’s love in Spain.
God saved Jeff Johnson* close to the tragic events of Sept. 11, 2001, and gave him a passion to share the gospel, with a special burden to share with Muslims. Growing up in a Roman Catholic home in Oaxaca, Mexico, the Lord used a missionary to share the gospel with Sophia Johnson*, and in 1998 on her first mission trip to Cuba, God called Sophia to take His gospel to the nations. The Johnsons are sent by Immanuel Baptist Church to the people of North Africa and the Middle East.
As a refugee in the Philippines, Ruby Ng* felt the love of many missionaries. She thanks God for making her one as Hope Baptist Church sends Ruby and her husband, Peter*, to share the gospel with the 400,000 Vietnamese living throughout Taiwan. 

4 exhortations

International Mission Board President David Platt welcomed his son, Isaiah, 5, to help share the biblical story of Daniel, found in Daniel 6. Platt offered four exhortations to the new personnel as they go out into the world with the good news of God’s love.
Reading from Daniel 6, he gave the first exhortation: “May your only offense be obedience to God’s Word.” In the story of Daniel, other people were opposed to God’s law, but they knew that Daniel would be obedient, no matter what it cost him. “Real holiness is risking your life for the spread of God’s Kingdom,” Platt said. “Offend people with obedience to God’s Word. Remove obstacles to the gospel, but don’t remove the offense of the gospel.”
Second, Platt exhorted: “May your deepest joy be found and your greatest work be done daily on your knees.” When told not to pray to anyone but the king, Daniel decides, “You can take my life, but you can’t take my time with the Lord,’” Platt explained. “Live like that! ... God, give us this kind of prayer!”
“Prayer is more precious to him than life,” he added. “Is prayer more precious to you than life?”
Third, Platt said: “May your constant protection be the presence of God.” He told how Daniel was tossed into the lion’s den for insisting on praying to God, and God delivered him from the lions. Daniel testified to God’s protection, saying, “My God sent his angel and shut the lions’ mouths, and they have not harmed me, because I was found blameless before him” (Daniel 6:22). 
“The same God who sent His angels to shut the mouths of lions is the same God who is leading you and is with you every step of your journey – the same God!” Platt said. “May your constant protection be the presence of God. … Here’s the greatest news: even if none of us was here, you would not be alone. You have nothing to fear, for He is with you!”
Finally, Platt exhorted: “May your life cause nations to give glory to God. In a world of many gods and many kings, tell the world there is one God of gods, and one King of kings. This is the point of the story. God designs our lives for the display of His glory.”
“God loves you for the sake of His glory among the nations,” Platt said. “His love is not intended to center on us, it is intended to spread through us. If we would just get that, it would change our posture in Christianity today.”


“Revelation 4:11 says, ‘Worthy are you, our Lord, to receive glory, honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they exist and were created,’” shared Rose Sharkey*, who is sent with her husband, Alvin*, by Open Door church. “God is worthy to receive glory by the proclamation of His name among His creation who do not know Him,” Alvin added. 
The Sharkeys are going to share God’s glory among Buddhist peoples of South Asia. 
The next IMB Sending Celebration will be Nov. 14 in Richmond. 
*Name changed

10/1/2018 2:45:44 PM by Julie McGowan, IMB | with 0 comments

BSC board approves amended $31M budget proposal

October 1 2018 by Chad Austin, BSC Communications

After much discussion and debate, the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina’s (BSC) Board of Directors approved an amended Cooperative Program (CP) budget proposal for 2019 totaling $31 million during the board’s fall meeting held Monday and Tuesday, Sept. 24-25 at Caraway Conference Center and Camp in Sophia, N.C.

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The overall budget total of $31 million remains unchanged from 2018, yet the amended proposal passed by the board would reduce the proposed amount designated for the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) by $45,000 and reallocate those funds to some of the state convention’s institutions and agencies.
The approved budget proposal will now be presented to messengers attending the BSC annual meeting, which is scheduled for Nov. 5-6 at the Joseph S. Koury Convention Center in Greensboro, N.C.
A listening session on the budget is scheduled during the annual meeting at 7:30 a.m. on Tues., Nov. 6. The budget will be presented to messengers later that afternoon for discussion and a final vote at 2:20 p.m.
The budget proposal will be available for review on the annual meeting website the first week of October. It may be accessed by visiting ncannualmeeting.org/program/business/budget.
The version of the board-approved budget amended the proposal that had been recommended by the board’s Budget Special Committee and approved by the board’s Executive Committee in July.
The original 2019 budget proposal included an increased allocation to the SBC, bringing that allocation to 41.5 percent – an increase of $155,000 for the SBC portion of the CP budget – while reducing allocations to all state convention ministry groups as well as the convention’s institutions and agencies. Institutions and agencies include the Baptist Children’s Homes of North Carolina, North Carolina Baptist Hospital, the Biblical Recorder and the N.C. Baptist Foundation.
The amended budget calls for redistributing $45,000 from the funds designated for the SBC and reallocating them to some of the BSC’s institutions and agencies, as well as Fruitland Baptist Bible College.
Of the reallocated funds, $30,000 would go to the Biblical Recorder, while the Baptist Children’s Homes, Fruitland Baptist Bible College and the N.C. Baptist Foundation would all receive $5,000 each.
The $45,000 in reallocated funds would reduce the convention’s proposed SBC allocation from $12.865 million to $12.82 million, but would still reflect an increase in the percentage allocated to the SBC by the state convention for the 13th consecutive year. The 2018 budget included a 41 percent allocation to the SBC. The 2019 proposal passed by the board would increase that total to 41.35 percent, an increase of $110,000.
The 2019 budget also calls for a 2 percent salary increase for state convention staff. In a separate measure, the board approved a goal of $2.1 million for the 2019 North Carolina Missions Offering (NCMO), which remains unchanged from 2018.
NCMO gifts support the 18 different ministries of Baptists on Mission (also called N.C. Baptist Men; NCBM), church planting, mission camps, mission mobilization projects and associational projects.
The board also approved a distribution proposal for 2019 Cooperative Program receipts that exceed next year’s operating budget. Those funds would be allocated as follows: one-third to the SBC, one-third to in-state church planting efforts and one-third to be divided equally among the Baptist Children’s Homes, the Biblical Recorder and Fruitland Baptist Bible College.
Both the 2019 NCMO goal and recommended distribution of CP funds in excess of the 2019 budget total will also be presented to messengers at the BSC annual meeting.

Update on 2018 budget and special offerings

Beverly Volz, BSC director of accounting services, reported to the board that CP receipts from N.C. Baptist churches totaled nearly $18.5 million through Aug. 31, which is about 11.5 percent behind for the year and about 4 percent less than the same time period a year ago. Despite the shortfall, Volz said the convention is still operating in the black.
Volz said giving to NCMO totaled more than $660,000 through the end of August, which reflects a 2 percent increase from 2017. The total does not account for any funds received during the offering’s statewide emphasis in September.
Volz reminded board members that NCMO funds the disaster relief ministry of NCBM, which is providing relief and recovery efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence that struck North Carolina Sept. 14.
Additionally, contributions to the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering for North American missions and the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering for international missions by N.C. Baptists totaled more than $5.7 million and $9.6 million, respectively, through Aug. 31.

Board officers elected

The board also elected a new president and vice president for 2019.
Clay Smith, pastor of First Baptist Church of Matthews, N.C., and Melanie Wallace, a member of Hephzibah Baptist Church in Wendell, N.C., were elected board president and vice president, respectively.
Ginger Brown, a member of First Baptist Church in Cary, N.C., was reelected as the board secretary.
They will begin their terms of service during the board’s first meeting of 2019 in January.
In addition, members of the various board committees also elected new committee chairmen for 2019, who will also serve on the board’s Executive Committee. They are: David Richardson (Business Services Special Committee), associate pastor at First Baptist Church in Creedmoor, N.C.; Bob Jordan (Christian Life and Public Affairs), pastor of Zion’s Tabernacle Baptist Church in Lumberton, N.C.; Al James (Church Planting and Missions Partnerships Committee), member of Hales Chapel Baptist Church in Zebulon, N.C.; George Hunnicutt (Communications Committee), pastor of Mill Creek Baptist Church in Monroe, N.C.; Chris Hughes, (Convention Relations Special Committee), member of Mount Vernon Baptist Church in Boone, N.C.; and Tracy Smith (Evangelism and Discipleship Committee), pastor of Ratcliffe Cove Baptist Church in Waynesville, N.C.

Other business

In other business, the board approved three new appointees to the Fruitland Baptist Bible College Board of Directors. The appointees will serve four-year terms beginning in 2019.
They are: Jerry Durmire, member of Sulphur Springs Baptist Church in Hiddenite, N.C.; Ken Houston, member of Crossroads Baptist Church in Hickory, N.C.; and Al James, member of Hales Chapel Baptist Church in Zebulon, N.C.
The board also gave final approval for the BSC to enter into a land conservation agreement with the Piedmont Land Conservancy that would permanently protect from future development a 235-acre tract of land located across the highway from the main campus of Caraway Camp and Conference Center. The convention would receive approximately $564,000 as part of the agreement, which would be placed in a fund reserved for future capital projects at Caraway.
Convention and Caraway officials said they had no plans to develop the land designated for conservation, and the agreement still permits the land to be used for all current camp programs and activities, such as hiking and primitive camping.
Additionally, the board approved a motion granting the convention authorization to transfer ownership of a property located in Durham to Iglesia Cristiana Emanuel church. The transfer would take effect in January 2019 following the execution of a memorandum of understanding between the state convention, the Yates Baptist Association and Iglesia Cristiana Emanuel.
The BSC has owned the property since acquiring it from the Executive Committee of the SBC at no cost in early 2014. The SBC had tried unsuccessfully to sell the property since it was deeded to them in 2008 by Trinity Baptist Church upon the dissolution of the church.
Iglesia Cristiana Emanuel, a Hispanic church plant in search of a permanent meeting space, began worshiping at the location in 2015.
Members of the congregation have worked hard since that time to rehabilitate and renovate the property, transforming it into a vibrant ministry center.
“The convention believes that Iglesia Cristiana Emanuel has earned the privilege of having the property legally transferred to its ownership,” said John Butler, BSC executive leader for business services. “Without the church’s incredible investment of time and money, the property would have little value at this time.”
According to terms of the proposed agreement, the building could also be used to help launch other church plants in addition to other missions and ministry meetings and endeavors by the Yates association. Should Iglesia Cristiana Emanuel dissolve, ownership of the property would be transferred to the Yates association.

Retiring board members

At the conclusion of the meeting, BSC Executive Director-Treasurer Milton A. Hollifield Jr. recognized 40 board members – including both board officers – whose terms of service expire this year:  board president Marc Francis; board vice president John Mark Harrison; Allan Barlow; Johnny Blevins; Bruce Buckner; Rick Byrd; Lawrence Clapp; Greg Clark; Mickey Cogdill; John Compton; Eric Davidson; Darrel Davis; John Elledge; Jose Espinal; Dan Farnsworth; Daniel Flynn; Jeff Isenhour; Neal Jackson; Ken Jones; Jim Kilby; Mitch King; Matt Ledbetter; Bob Lowman; Bob Lynn; Jerry Moseley; Mike Motley; Michael Owens; Dan Page; Jim Pollard; Boyce Porter; Connie Queen; Earl Roach; Jim Robertson; Richard Rockwell; Tommy Ross; Brent Thomas; Steve Tillis; Michael Waters; Chris Winchester; and Judy Yarbrough.

10/1/2018 2:40:33 PM by Chad Austin, BSC Communications | with 0 comments

God’s love ‘chief motivation’ for medical clinic

October 1 2018 by Seth Brown, BR Content Editor

NeighborHealth Center (NHC), a new faith-based community health center in Raleigh, N.C., opened its doors in June to offer primary care and other medical services to local residents, especially those from low-income, refugee and immigrant populations.

“[God] cares for these people,” said the center’s medical director, Doug Briggs. “Communicating that love to them through our medical work is our chief motivation.”
Before joining NHC, Briggs operated a medical clinic in southwest China for more than two decades, where he treated impoverished patients, trained village doctors and participated in public health initiatives.
NHC Executive Director Sue Ellen Thompson said the center sees both insured and uninsured patients, and it is federally qualified to accept Medicaid and Medicare coverage.
In its first two months, approximately 75 percent of NHC’s patients were uninsured, said another staff member.
“Pediatrics to geriatrics,” Thompson said, explaining how NHC provides ongoing and urgent care, in addition to some prenatal services.
Briggs and Thompson said they hope that as the clinic grows it is able to expand its practice to include a full slate of OB-GYN services, dental care and a residency program for doctors in training.
“We really have the world at our doorstep here in this part of North Carolina,” said Briggs, referring to the ethnic and economic diversity in the state’s Triangle region.
Thompson agreed.
“We have the unique opportunity to see people when they are at their most vulnerable,” she added.
NHC is partly funded through partnerships with other ministries and local churches.
The Summit Church in Raleigh-Durham helps support the clinic financially and through cooperation with a counseling program it launched in 2012 called Bridgehaven.
“Jesus taught us in Matthew 25:31-40 that true faith is marked by care and service to those in need, marginalized and ignored by society,” said Matt Humble, associate pastor at The Summit’s Durham campus.
“It is a privilege to stand alongside NeighborHealth as they seek to live out the gospel in healthcare.
“We know that people will not only have the opportunity to receive medical care but to hear and experience the healing power of the gospel.”
For more information, visit neighborhealthcenter.org.

10/1/2018 2:33:02 PM by Seth Brown, BR Content Editor | with 0 comments

Platt’s IMB farewell: ‘Rise above’ SBC challenges

October 1 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press

In his final address to trustees as International Mission Board (IMB) president, David Platt urged the IMB’s leaders to “rise above” current challenges in the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) in order to reach the world’s “2.8 billion people who have little to no access” to the gospel.

IMB photo by Chris Carter
Outgoing International Mission Board President David Platt urged trustees Sept. 26 to "rise above" SBC politics and focus on reaching the world’s 2.8 billion lost people.

Among the SBC’s challenges claimed in Platt’s Sept. 26 address were a failure to disciple new believers and an unhealthy political climate within the convention.
At the conclusion of the IMB trustees’ Sept. 26-27 meeting in Richmond, Va., Clyde Meador assumed leadership of the SBC’s international missions entity as interim president. Platt resigned the presidency after four years to serve full-time as pastor of McLean Bible Church in northern Virginia.
Platt’s three main exhortations to trustees were to strive for biblical faithfulness and practical effectiveness; look at analysis and not merely anecdotes when making decisions; and prioritize missional urgency over political expediency. Click here for additional reporting on Platt’s address.
Amid Platt’s discussion of looking at analysis, he referenced a report to the SBC in June by Robby Gallaty, chairman of the Disciple-making Task Force appointed by the North American Mission Board and LifeWay Christian Resources. According to the task force, Southern Baptist churches baptized 7.1 million people over the past 20 years but saw an overall decrease in worship attendance of 24,000, suggesting a failure to disciple new believers adequately.
“Am I going to wake up to this reality?” Platt asked. “Or am I going to sit in SBC meetings, or even meetings in the church I pastor, listening to stories here and there of people coming to Christ, and think things are going alright? Things are not alright. We are sick, and we need to open our eyes to reality. And I believe this is critical for the IMB.”
Southern Baptists are decreasing as a percentage of the U.S. population, Platt said, and giving to SBC causes is decreasing. The IMB should select a new president “who will not be content with this status quo.”
“We do need to rethink how we’re going to send, sustain [and] support missionaries and how we’re going to engage churches in this mission,” Platt said. “Otherwise, we will find less churches partnering with us, and we will be less able to support the missionaries we currently have, much less send new missionaries in the future.”
In exhorting trustees to prioritize missional urgency, Platt lamented what he perceived as the political climate in some sectors of the SBC.
“I hate the politics of the SBC. And I don’t say that as an outsider. I say that as an insider these last four years. Some of the lowest points in my leadership have been when I found myself participating in them – jockeying for position, continual self-promotion, backroom deals followed by spin in the front room, strategizing like brothers are your enemy, feeling like others see you as their enemy ... getting to the point where you wonder if you can trust anyone even as you start to wonder how trustworthy you’ve become,” Platt said.
“I just want to urge you, by the grace of God with the help of God, to rise above it for the mission of God and for the glory of God,” Platt said. “I want to plead with you to refuse to play political games while 2.8 billion people have little to no access to the good news of God’s love.”
At the close of the session, trustees gathered around Platt and prayed for him in his days ahead as a pastor.
(EDITOR’S NOTE – David Roach is chief national correspondent for Baptist Press. Reprinted from Baptist Press, baptistpress.com, news service of the Southern Baptist Convention.)

10/1/2018 11:13:29 AM by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments

Panel OKs Kavanaugh, but delay urged for floor vote

October 1 2018 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press

The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee forwarded the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh along deeply divided party lines Friday afternoon (Sept. 28) but with the understanding a floor vote on his confirmation would be delayed for a FBI investigation into a sexual assault charge against the nominee.

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Brett Kavanaugh denies sexual assault allegations in special Judiciary Committee hearing Sept. 27.

The Judiciary Committee voted 11-10 in support of Kavanaugh, reflecting the makeup of the GOP-controlled panel, a day after a divisive hearing on an accusation against the nominee from his teenage years.
Shortly before the vote was to be taken, Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., huddled with Democratic committee members. After he returned to the committee, Flake requested the delay by the full Senate.
“I think it would be proper to delay the floor vote for up to but not more than one week in order to let the FBI do an investigation limited in time and scope to the current allegations,” Flake said in an apparent reference to an accusation by Christine Blasey Ford against Kavanaugh. The Senate should “make sure that we do all due diligence” with such a significant nomination, he said.
Flake said he would vote to advance the nomination out of committee with such an understanding. As Flake acknowledged, however, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is not bound by his request.
Before Flake’s move, the Senate had been expected to hold a confirmation vote possibly as early as Monday in a fight over President Trump’s nominee. With a 51-49 majority, the Republicans cannot afford to lose more than one vote unless a Democratic senator supports Kavanaugh. If the roll call deadlocks at 50-50, Vice President Mike Pence would be able to cast the tie-breaking vote for confirmation in his role as presiding office of the Senate.
In a hearing in which Democrats repeatedly called for a FBI investigation, Ford and Kavanaugh testified separately regarding her allegation that he attempted to rape her when they were in high school. In testimonies that were sometimes emotional, both emphatically said they were telling the truth.
Ford – a professor at Palo Alto (Calif.) University who teaches clinical psychology to graduate students – said she was forced into a bedroom during a party in the early 1980s in a suburb of Washington, D.C. With a friend of his watching, Kavanaugh restrained her on the bed, she said.
“Brett groped me and tried to take off my clothes,” Ford told the committee. “He had a hard time, because he was very inebriated, and because I was wearing a one-piece bathing suit underneath my clothing.
“I believed he was going to rape me.”
When Ford yelled, Kavanaugh “put his hand over my mouth to stop me from yelling,” she said. “This is what terrified me the most and has had the most lasting impact on my life. It was hard for me to breathe, and I thought that Brett was accidentally going to kill me.”
Sen. Dianne Feinsten, D-Calif., the leading minority member, asked Ford if this could be “a case of mistaken identity.”
Ford replied, “Absolutely not.”
Kavanaugh, 53, told the panel, “I’ve never sexually assaulted anyone, not in high school, not in college, not ever. Sexual assault is horrific.
“I swear today – under oath, before the Senate and the nation, before my family and God – I am innocent of this charge.”
The nominee appeared angry and defiant in his opening statement and some of his responses to Democratic questions after nearly two weeks of controversy.
Since Ford’s allegation and additional accusations have been made public, “my family and my name have been totally and permanently destroyed,” Kavanaugh said.
“This confirmation process has become a national disgrace,” he said. “[Y]ou have replaced advise and consent with search and destroy.
“You may defeat me in the final vote, but you’ll never get me to quit. Never.”
Ford said of her failure to report the alleged assault earlier, “I convinced myself that because Brett did not rape me, I should just move on and just pretend that it didn’t happen.”
Others whom Ford said were at the party in question have not corroborated her story, and Kavanaugh said he did not attend such a party.
The Republican majority turned over its questioning of Ford to Rachel Mitchell, a 25-year prosecutor in Arizona who has specialized in sex crimes and family violence. Mitchell conducted all the questioning of Ford for the GOP and began with the questioning of Kavanaugh.
Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina broke the pattern when it came his turn to question the nominee. Graham angrily told the committee Democrats he would never do to their party’s nominees “what you’ve done to this guy. This is the most unethical sham since I’ve been in politics.”
Kavanaugh, 53, appeared headed toward confirmation by the Senate to the high court until Ford’s allegation surfaced and she went public with her story in a Sept. 16 account in The Washington Post.
Opponents of Kavanaugh – considered an originalist who interprets the Constitution based on its initial meaning – fear his confirmation would move the high court in a more conservative direction. Trump nominated him to replace Anthony Kennedy, often a swing vote between factions on the bench.
Democrat and pro-choice Republican senators are particularly concerned Kavanaugh could be a fifth vote to reverse the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion. His record as an appellate judge has received favorable reviews from nearly all pro-life and religious freedom advocates.
A judge on the D.C. Circuit Court for 12 years, Kavanaugh was approved 57-36 by the Senate in 2006 after a three-year delay following his nomination. Previously, his experience included time as a senior associate counsel and staff secretary for President George W. Bush, as well as a Supreme Court clerk for Kennedy.
(EDITOR’S NOTE – Tom Strode is the Washington bureau chief for Baptist Press. Reprinted from Baptist Press, baptistpress.com, news service of the Southern Baptist Convention.)

10/1/2018 11:13:08 AM by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments

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