September 2010

U.S. ties for fifth in global giving

September 13 2010 by Adelle M. Banks, Religion News Service

The U.S. tied with Switzerland for fifth place in a “world giving index” by the British-based Charities Aid Foundation that measured charitable behavior across the globe.

The ranking in the “World Giving Index 2010” was based on the U.S.’s showing in three categories — 60 percent of Americans gave to an organization; 39 percent volunteered for a group; and 65 percent were willing to aid a stranger. Australia and New Zealand were ranked as the most charitable countries, followed by Ireland and Canada.

Burundi and Madagascar tied for last place.

The report was based on data from Gallup’s World Poll, taken in 153 countries and representing about 95 percent of the global population. Donating and volunteering could include places of worship as well as community organizations and political groups.

“When it comes to philanthropy, Americans do a lot ... and can always do more,” said Janet Boyd, president of Charities Aid Foundation America, a member organization of the foundation that issued the report.

“In my view, no one should take a critical view of the U.S. fifth place rank in this report ... but that also does not mean that we should be complacent as a nation when there is so much more that can be done.”
9/13/2010 2:29:00 PM by Adelle M. Banks, Religion News Service | with 0 comments

Christian women prefer services to shopping

September 10 2010 by Nicole Neroulias, Religion News Service

Protestant and Catholic women in the United States have grown unhappier since stores have stayed open on Sundays, according to a study by economists from Israel’s Ben-Gurion University of the Negev and Chicago’s DePaul University.

The study found that the repeal of “blue law” restrictions on Sunday shopping has corresponded with lower church attendance for white women. Meanwhile, the probability of women becoming unhappy increased by 17 percent.

The study concludes that “an important part of the decline in women’s happiness during the last three decades can be explained by decline in religious participation,” said Danny Cohen-Zada, an economics scholar at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev.

The researchers analyzed churchgoing habits of women from the National Opinion Research Center’s General Social Survey, which has collected information about American characteristics and attitudes from 1972 to 2008.

They looked at data from states that have repealed “blue laws” restricting Sunday commerce — Indiana, Minnesota, North Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and Vermont — compared to others with no change.

The study followed up on a 2008 study published in the Quarterly Journal of Economics, which found that states that had eliminated blue laws saw church attendance decline while drinking and drug use increased.

Even when women noticed they had been happier when malls were closed Sundays, they didn’t resume their previous church habits, which the researchers speculated was due to a problem of self-control and the addictive nature of shopping.

“People choose shopping, like watching TV, because it provides immediate satisfaction,” Cohen-Zada said. “That satisfaction lasts for the moment it’s being consumed and not much longer than that. Religious participation, on the other hand, is not immediate. Instead, it requires persistence over a period of time.”
9/10/2010 6:23:00 AM by Nicole Neroulias, Religion News Service | with 0 comments

Hankins challenges NAMB committee choice

September 10 2010 by wire reports

In a bold, unprecedented open letter to trustees of the North American Mission Board (NAMB), David Hankins, executive director of the Louisiana Baptist Convention, has called for NAMB trustees not to elect Kevin Ezell, pastor of Highview Baptist Church of Louisville, Ky. as NAMB president.

Trustees are scheduled to elect Ezell, the unanimous choice of the eight-person search committee, during a Sept. 14 special called meeting. Hankins says “a major flaw” disqualifies Ezell for the post.

“I believe you are being asked to elect a candidate who, while having many admirable qualities, is unqualified in one significant way,” Hankins wrote. “Dr. Ezell’s excellent credentials in areas such as character, family, leadership and theology do not compensate for the demonstrated lack of support for the mission of NAMB.”

Hankins noted that despite his church’s annual $6 million budget, “the financial contribution of the church, through the Cooperative Program (CP) and Annie Armstrong Offering, has been marginal, at best.”

“Consequently, one has to believe the anemic support of cooperative ministries has been a purposeful decision by the pastor and the church leadership,” Hankins’ letter continued. “Dr. Ezell has indicated he believes this was a better way to reach their congregational objectives. Is that what Southern Baptists believe and what they expect from the leader of the North American Mission Board?”

File photo by John Swain

Louisiana Baptist Convention Executive Director David Hankins, seen here speaking at a missionary commissioning service in New Orleans Oct. 6, 2008, has announced his opposition to the possibility of Kevin Ezell as the next leader for the North American Mission Board.

Hankins said those who would presume to lead Southern Baptist entities ought to have a track record of supporting those entities. Through the 2009 Annual Church Profile (ACP), Highview Baptist Church reported giving $140,100, or 2.23 percent, through the Cooperative Program from total undesignated receipts of $6,270,057. The church gave $10,000 to the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering for North American Missions. They gave $50,000 through the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering for International Missions.

Kentucky Baptist Convention (KBC) records show the church gave $10,000 annually to the CP through the KBC during both 2008-09 and 2009-10. The State Convention of Baptists in Indiana reported Highview gave $140,100.04 to the CP. Highview has a satellite campus in Indiana.

Emil Turner, executive director of the Arkansas Baptist State Convention, affirmed Hankins’ call for NAMB trustees to reconsider the search committee’s recommendation.

“Dr. Hankins has a gracious and kind assessment of the situation and he is also clearly logical,” Turner said. “It seems surprising to me that the search committee would recommend someone whose level of support for the North American Mission Board through the CP and the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering could not sustain the work of NAMB were it to be duplicated widely across the convention.

“While I have met Dr. Ezell and been impressed with his personality and his preaching, I would hope that the new president of NAMB could be an example of commitment to the Cooperative Program as called for by the Great Commission Resurgence Task Force and to the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering.”

“This is not meant as a personal attack on Dr. Ezell,” Hankins wrote. “I would have the same concern about any candidate for NAMB who had a similarly poor record on cooperative giving. There are many excellent pastors with an SBC affiliation who have chosen to go a more independent route with their churches’ mission spending. I am thankful for every success they have brought to the Kingdom, but I believe, by their negligible cooperative denominational giving, they have removed themselves from consideration as SBC entity leaders.

“Why is demonstrable support for the North American Mission Board, and leading by example in denominational cooperation, not a prerequisite for the NAMB presidency?” Hankins asked the trustees.

He further expressed concern that a NAMB president who has chosen an independent church model will “send a chilling message” to thousands of Southern Baptist churches who give generous support to the CP and mission offerings.

“How will such a president have the moral authority to carry out the conclusions of the GCR report that ‘The greatest stewardship of Great Commission investment and deployment is giving through the Cooperative Program’ and ‘that we call upon Southern Baptists to adopt goals of giving no less than …$100 million annually through the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering for North American Missions?’ How can he challenge cooperative support if he has led his church in the opposite direction?”

Hankins said he had been told there are no candidates who have all the credentials of the current nominee and an exemplary track record of CP and Annie Armstrong support.

“I do not believe this,” he wrote. “There are any number of leaders who possess outstanding leadership skills and meet all the prerequisites, including denominational cooperation and support.

“This is serious business at a serious juncture. No one needs to remind you of the struggles that NAMB has had due to conflict at the executive level,” Hankins told NAMB trustees. “I know you want to get this decision right. Compromising on cooperative missions methodology is not the pathway to getting it right. Please, seek a candidate to lead our national work who possesses all the prerequisites your Southern Baptist family expects and deserves.”
9/10/2010 2:29:00 AM by wire reports | with 8 comments

Johnston County church goes back to the future

September 9 2010 by submitted report

In the face of a tough economy that’s stifling charitable giving, one Johnston County church is taking a page from its past to preserve its future.

From 1936 to 1951, Thanksgiving Baptist Church in Selma held an annual Harvest Day celebration to generate funds for its ministries.

It became a phenomenon which attracted hundreds of people each year from several states and garnered national attention, including a 1948 article in The Saturday Evening Post which said in part: “The people of Johnston County, North Carolina, save their best products to be sold at auction so the work of their church can go forward. Is this the cure for the growing indifference that threatens America’s rural churches? Thanksgiving Church stands white and clean in a hillside meadow in the gently rolling landscape of Johnston County in Central North Carolina. Johnston County is an agricultural county, and Thanksgiving, nine miles from the nearest town, is a Baptist church, the members of which are small farmers and their families.

“But go to Thanksgiving on Harvest Day, the day in autumn when the little church holds its annual Lord’s Auction, and you will see something more virile than the dignity of age … If you arrive in the early afternoon of Harvest Day, shortly before the Lord’s Auction is due to begin, you may conclude that a small county fair is about to open on the church grounds.

“Where did all these things come from and why are they here on the church grounds? They came from the farms of the members and friends of Thanksgiving Church. Since the crack of dawn, cars, trucks and wagons have been bringing them from every direction. They are here because these are the gifts of the people to their church — their gifts ‘to the Lord,’ as the forthright local phrase has it — and they have been assembled and put on display because they are now to be sold by the church at the annual Lord’s Auction, the event for which the other activities of the morning have been a preparation.

“What has the Lord’s Acre Plan meant to the members of Thanksgiving Church — and to rural church members all over the South who have followed the plan? It has certainly meant more than just a practical way of raising money for the church. That it is practical is proved by the fact that no other money plan has ever worked half so well. But even more important, the Lord’s Acre Plan has given these people a genuinely happy comradeship and kinship with the other folks in their church who worked for the same cause. ...”

On Oct. 9 — to stimulate financial giving and foster a renewed sense of community pride — Thanksgiving Baptist Church will hold its first Harvest Day in 59 years. Members promise food, fun and an auction. Find Thanksgiving Baptist Church at 6701 NC Highway 42, two miles east of the Buffalo Road intersection, near Clayton.

Call Pastor Steve Reed at 965-3204 or e-mail
9/9/2010 10:07:00 AM by submitted report | with 0 comments

‘Big Day’ to focus on personal evangelism

September 9 2010 by James Dotson, Baptist Press

ALPHARETTA, Ga. — Southern Baptist churches have an opportunity to set aside one “Big Day” this fall to focus on the importance of every individual being prepared to share their faith.

Photo by Cat McDonald

Equipping every believer to share their faith in Christ is the focus of Soul-Winning Commitment Day, which has a suggested date this year of Oct. 3.

Also known as Soul-Winning Commitment Day, the event can be customized with a variety of training opportunities, sermon ideas and other tools to reflect the needs of individual churches, according to Dick Church, church evangelism and resource coordinator for the North American Mission Board’s personal evangelism team.

The mission board sponsors the annual emphasis, which has a suggested date this year of Oct. 3.

“The goal of Soul Winning Commitment Day is to encourage pastors and church leaders to dedicate one day of the year to motivate, inspire and challenge church members to make a commitment to reach beyond the walls of the church and engage in some form of evangelism,” Church said.

For some, he said, that might mean committing to take a course on how to share their faith. For others, it might be a commitment to participating in visitation or outreach events.

Others might simply commit to looking for opportunities to share their testimony of how Christ has changed their life.

The theme this year is “Every Believer Sharing,” which ties into Southern Baptists’ 10-year “God’s Plan for Sharing” (GPS) initiative launched this year, Church said.

A key GPS goal is to equip every believer to share the gospel, he said.

Resources for the Big Day include a comprehensive planning guide that can provide either a full turn-key plan for churches to implement or a set of tools to customize their own emphasis.

Some churches have chosen to utilize the “One Hour Witnessing Workshop” during their Sunday morning worship service, for instance, while some pastors might craft a sermon using points from a sermon outline and offer opportunities to make a commitment. Among other resources are Sunday School/small group lessons and drama scripts.

All resources can be downloaded free at

(EDITOR’S NOTE — Dotson is a writer for the North American Mission Board.)
9/9/2010 10:05:00 AM by James Dotson, Baptist Press | with 0 comments

A vision for Africa & the local poor

September 9 2010 by Polly House, Baptist Press

RIDGECREST — The idea of a transformational church is nothing new to James Gailliard. It’s just business as usual.

“Transformation comes by making daily adjustments that make you look more like Jesus,” said Gailliard, pastor of Word Tabernacle Church in Rocky Mount.

Gailliard was one of the evening preachers at the Black Church Leadership and Family Conference at LifeWay Ridgecrest Conference Center, which drew more than 1,000 participants to North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains.

In every sermon at Word Tabernacle, Gailliard asks the congregation to find at least one thing they are willing to change about themselves to draw them closer to the goal of becoming like Jesus.

“Real church forces change,” he said. “Always.”

Gailliard said he constantly challenges the status quo. “It’s just too easy to sit back and take it (God’s message) in without letting it out. Too many of us brag on what we learn when we spend time in the Word instead of letting it be about self-assessment.

“You get closer to God, not just because you read the Word, but when you get challenged by it and make those daily adjustments,” he said.

Sensing God’s vision               
Being willing to adjust has consistently been part of his church planting ministry through the years. As a church planter in Philadelphia in 2003, he sensed God giving him a vision for starting a church in Africa.

“I was willing, but I’d never been to Africa. I didn’t even know anyone in Africa to call about it,” Gailliard said. Even so, the idea intrigued him and didn’t go away.

“One day I was sitting in my office and my phone rang,” he said. “It was Johnny Hunt (pastor of First Baptist Church in Woodstock, Ga.) and he asked me to go with him and a group of pastors to South Africa to start churches.”

Photo by Kent Harville

James Gailliard, senior pastor of Word Tabernacle Church, Rocky Mount, brought the message on Monday and Tuesday evenings of the Black Church Week event.

What made Gailliard certain this was God’s divine planning was he didn’t know Hunt and Hunt didn’t know him. The only connection was that Hunt had read about Gailliard being named one of the North American Mission Board’s church planters of the year.

“I couldn’t believe it,” Gailliard remembered with a laugh. “I guess if God wanted me to plant a church in Africa, He could make it happen and use Johnny Hunt to do it.”

Gailliard’s ministry as a church planter has led to him being involved in starting 24 churches in the U.S. and abroad.

“I love planting new churches,” he said. “I can’t believe God has let me be a part of that.”

In 2005, Gailliard went to Rocky Mount, for a church planting training event and sensed God telling him it was a place of opportunity. Word Tabernacle opened its doors there in 2006 with 14 people in attendance. Today, it has about 1,800 members. Its growth is somewhat atypical, Gailliard said.

“About 55 percent of our members have been baptized there,” he said. “We have communion and baptism every Sunday afternoon. We haven’t missed a Sunday baptizing since that first Sunday.”  

Hands-on baptisms
At Word Tabernacle, Gailliard isn’t the only one who baptizes, either. Any church member can baptize new believers they have led to Christ. The church always looks to Scripture to make decisions rather than tradition, he said. “It’s not my perspective, but what does the Bible say,” he noted.

“We looked at the Great Commission (in the Gospel of Matthew) and didn’t see that it said a preacher had to do the baptizing,” he continued, adding that it is meaningful to see parents baptizing their children and students baptizing other students.

“When you lead someone to the Lord, then walk with them through baptism, it puts a level of accountability like nothing else,” Gailliard said.

Another unique aspect of the church is that the invitation is at the beginning of the service rather than after the sermon.

“We have our deacons and other members explain salvation and invite people to come forward to make a decision or ask questions,” Gailliard said. “We use the same wording every time on how to lead someone to receive Christ. Our people hear it repeated every Sunday so they learn it by heart. That way they know how and don’t have to worry about what to say. You have to remember that most of our new people aren’t Christians so we keep it simple and consistent.”  

Economic opportunity
The church is located in Edgecombe County, one of the most economically disadvantaged in the U.S.

“About a third of our church is unemployed,” Gailliard said. Recognizing the opportunity to help, Word Tabernacle has developed approximately 50 active ministries in tandem with its spiritual ministries in the areas of food and clothing assistance, a medical clinic, an apartment house and a relationship with a local community college for job training and life skills.

“Last year, our church had the most hires of any ‘business’ in the county,” Gailliard said proudly.

Having solid resources at the church has made teaching and discipling easier and better organized, the pastor said, voicing appreciation for what LifeWay has to offer in terms of consultation, training and curriculum.

“We use the ‘YOU’ and ‘KNOWN’ curriculum as a part of our church-wide study,” he said. “Of course we do some tweaking to make it work for us, like anyone would do, but it’s really good and speaks to our congregation. I use ‘Facts and Trends’ all the time for sermon illustrations, statistics and resource information. It’s on my desk right now. And Jay Wells (LifeWay’s director of black church relations and consulting) always has great suggestions and advice whenever I call him. We use all kinds of LifeWay stuff! I trust it.”

Gailliard said he has been attending Black Church Week, held July 19-23 this summer, for about 10 years and always appreciates the fellowship and training but had a cautionary word for those who might confuse having an enthusiasm with the event with having an experience with God.

“Whenever I’m having an encounter with God, it becomes an event,” he said. “I come here and get wonderful training and have a great time, but it’s my time with Him that sustains me.”

(EDITOR’S NOTE — House is a corporate communications specialist with LifeWay Christian Resources.)
9/9/2010 10:01:00 AM by Polly House, Baptist Press | with 1 comments

UPDATED: Wreck ends Boone’s record-breaking attempt

September 9 2010 by staff and wire reports

A wreck in Denton Wednesday night ended Chris Boone’s dream to break the cross-state record for North Carolina. 

But Boone’s overarching goal of raising money for the Baptist Children’s Homes of North Carolina (BCH) was a success.

He raised $254,000 for BCH, which surpassed his goal of $250,000.

On Boone’s Facebook page today, he wrote, “I am sitting at the beach nursing my wounds. I want everyone to know I am a little down but I am not going to stay. I will accomplish this goal with God's help.”

RideNC2010 was promoted as part of BCH’s 125th anniversary. At mile 260 he was on target to beat the record when his wheel caught the gap between the road and rail when crossing tracks at Old 64 and 109 East of Lexington. The accident occurred shortly after passing a crowd of staff members and residents from BCH in Lexington

BCH’s page on Facebook said today: “RideNC2010 did not end the way we expected, but that does not mean it wasn't a success. The support has been raised! Children's lives will be forever changed! And Chris has demonstrated what it means to truly give of oneself sacrificially to make a difference in the name of Christ.”

The ride, which began near Murphy, was celebrated in Manteo today at 11 a.m. as scheduled. Boone’s team of about 20 helped him after his wreck and took him to the final destination.
9/9/2010 4:06:00 AM by staff and wire reports | with 1 comments

Baptist higher education holds lengthy tradition

September 8 2010 by Bob Allen, Associated Baptist Press

(EDITOR’S NOTE — Each North Carolina Baptist college was invited to submit an article for a feature package in the Sept. 11 issue of the Biblical Recorder. Scroll to bottom to find links to all the stories.)

Baptist higher education stands on the shoulders of a long tradition in Christianity linking knowledge to faith. The Apostle Paul, many of the early church fathers and important theologians like Augustine were respected for their knowledge, both in religious and secular realms.

Most early colleges founded in America began as denominational schools intended to meet the need for an educated clergy and at the same time provide an educated lay leadership for church and denomination.

Baptists were significant players in the movement. The first Baptist institution of higher learning in America, Rhode Island College, was founded in 1764. It was renamed Brown University in 1804.

From its origin in the Northeast, the Baptist movement spread into the mid-Atlantic and Southern regions. A group of Baptists including Luther Rice, a prime mover for Baptist home and foreign missions in the early 19th century, decided in 1819 to establish a school in the nation’s capital called Columbian College. The venture proved to be financially unsustainable. The federal government bailed it out, and by an act of Congress in 1904, it became George Washington University, severing all ties with Baptists.

Inspired in part by a desire for an educated clergy, Furman University in Greenville, S.C., was founded in 1826. The school was named after Richard Furman, a clergyman and pioneer statesman in Southern Baptist life.

As pioneers moved westward, religious schools popped up along the way. Many were small academies to teach children the basics of reading, writing, arithmetic — and the Bible. They flourished in the hundreds until the beginning of the public-school movement in the 19th and early 20th centuries.

Baptists in the West tended to be more suspicious of higher learning, based on their opinion of clergy of other faiths they viewed as intellectually elite but spiritually dead. In the end, however, the desire for qualified church leaders and to improve the social status of Baptists prevailed.

Georgetown College in Kentucky lays claim to being the oldest Baptist college west of the Appalachians, dating its founding to an academy started in 1787 by a Baptist pastor named Elijah Craig. But it wasn’t chartered by the Commonwealth of Kentucky until 1829. Other early Baptist colleges included Union University in Tennessee (1823); the University of Richmond, established in 1832 by the Virginia Baptist Education Society; Mercer University, founded by Georgia Baptists (1833); and Wake Forest University, chartered by North Carolina Baptists (1833). Judson College, an all-female school in Marion, Ala., began in 1838. Samford University began in Marion as an all-male school in 1841 but relocated to Birmingham in 1877. The Republic of Texas chartered Baylor University in 1845.

Baptists started Missouri’s William Jewell College in 1849, Mississippi College in 1850 and other schools in places including Tennessee, Florida, Arkansas and North Carolina.

By the time the Southern Baptist Convention was organized in 1845, there were 11 existing institutions of higher learning associated with Baptists in the South. Significantly, the SBC chose not to venture into establishing colleges and universities, concentrating the denomination’s efforts on preparing ministers in seminaries at the graduate level and entrusting undergraduate education to Baptist state conventions.

That collegiality lasted for nearly 150 years, until controversies of the last two decades of the 20th century prompted seminaries to add baccalaureate programs while several colleges and universities opened seminaries or divinity schools.

The number of Baptist institutions of higher learning continued to grow in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, as Baptist state conventions included developing a college as part of their ministry plan and destitute schools turned to Baptists to rescue them from dire financial straits.

In 1915, the Southern Baptist Convention established an Education Commission to give centralized planning and coordination of several colleges and universities sponsored by state Baptist conventions. The commission was abolished in denominational reorganization in 1995, but an Association of Southern Baptist Colleges and Schools that had worked with the agency determined to carry on its essential functions as an independent voluntary association owned and governed by members.

With adoption of the Cooperative Program unified giving plan, Southern Baptists provided a higher level of financial support for their colleges and universities than most denominations. That helped them retain a loyal religious constituency, while most Northern schools started as religious institutions gradually lost or diminished their denominational identity.

While denominational support remains comparatively generous, the budgets of colleges and universities grew much larger than those of sponsoring bodies, forcing presidents to concentrate on fundraising and decreasing the percentage of their funds coming from Baptist organizations. As schools became less dependent on state conventions for funding, those groups exercised less influence.

Beginning in the 1980s, the SBC controversy prompted several proudly Baptist institutions to sever ties with state conventions, viewing theological politics as a threat to their academic freedom. In the mid-1970s, 71 Baptist universities, seminaries and schools identified with the Association of Southern Baptist Colleges and Schools. By 2008, the number dropped to 51.

In 2006, members of the association voted to rename the organization the International Association of Baptist Colleges and Universities. Leaders said the intent wasn’t to distance the schools from their heritage, but rather to expand the group’s focus to a global scale.

“Baptist higher education has served Baptists well over the years, and it is our role at IABCU to continue promoting and celebrating our member institutions,” said Michael Arrington, the group’s executive director.

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9/8/2010 6:41:00 AM by Bob Allen, Associated Baptist Press | with 1 comments

Campbell University grows towards the future

September 8 2010 by Campbell University

(EDITOR’S NOTE — Each North Carolina Baptist college was invited to submit an article for a feature package in the Sept. 11 issue of the Biblical Recorder. Scroll to bottom to find links to all the stories.)

The 2010-2011 academic year is sure to be an exciting time at Campbell University. Over the last couple of years, the signs of growth and change have been evident on the Buies Creek campus. And this school year is no exception.

The fall semester officially began Sept. 8, as new pharmacy students received their white coats, taking their first steps toward a career in the health care profession. The following week, approximately 2900 undergraduates and an additional 1,500 graduate students began classes on the Buies Creek campus, RTP campus and the newest Law School facility in Raleigh.

Returning students got their first glimpse of the new library facilities on main campus. Library staff and contract workers spent months moving the University’s resources from the Carrie Rich Memorial building to Wiggins Hall, former home to the Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law. The move allowed for the newly renamed Wiggins Memorial Library to gain nearly 90 percent additional study, classroom and archive space.   

Campbell University photo

A new residence hall at Campbell University shows signs of growth.

Other new additions include a residence hall constructed on the North Campus. The 75-room, 48,000 square-foot dormitory located just behind Powell Hall near the Leslie Campbell Hall of Science building, has a student capacity of 147. Crews also made extensive renovations to several existing residence halls. Significant landscaping and signage changes are also evident around campus.

This fall, students also have the ability to study in a newly renovated Natural Science Lab Building. The structure contains four large labs — two for life science, such as environmental science, and two for physical sciences, including physics. The new physical science labs feature all new equipment while former lab space in the Leslie Campbell Science Hall will be used for upper level research programs. The Natural Science Lab Building also includes offices and a light corridor, increasing the flow of natural light, reducing electrical costs and providing faculty and students with a place to congregate.

Several new academic programs were also instituted this fall, including undergraduate majors in marketing, healthcare management and special education. The Divinity School added a Master of Divinity with Church Music concentration, while the College of Arts & Sciences added concentrations in healthcare communication and homeland security. 

The university has also begun construction on a television studio for lab use by the Communication Studies program.

The College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences will welcome the first class for the Master of Physician Assistant Practice program in the fall of 2011. Initially, the PA program will be housed in the Carrie Rich Memorial Building.

Building upon the tradition of providing quality health care, the Campbell University Board of Trustees voted on Aug. 4 to authorize a feasibility study to consider the establishment of a seventh school: a College of Osteopathic Medicine, beginning with a charter class in August 2013.  The trustees approved funding for the employment of a dean, consultants, architectural planning, and the necessary resources to conduct the feasibility study. A decision is expected no later than May 2011.

Returning students are able to participate in a wide array of student life and campus ministry opportunities at Campbell. 

Over the summer, the Campus Minister’s office launched a Community Garden initiative, providing students, faculty and staff the chance to partner with local volunteers to prepare, maintain and harvest crops for local residents in need. More than 30 clubs and organizations are also available for students to participate.

Through the vision of President Jerry M. Wallace, Campbell University is continually striving to provide a learning environment that will meet the physical, social, spiritual and academic needs of our students and prepare them for the future.

Campbell University
Location — Buies Creek
Founding date — 1887
Enrollment in fall 2010 — Main campus & Law:  Approx. 2,900 undergraduate, 1,500 graduate.
Schools — Lundy-Fetterman School of Business, Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law, School of Education, College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences, College of Arts & Sciences, Divinity School
President — Jerry M. Wallace (2003-present)
Prospective student contact info — (800) 334-4111, ext. 1290

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9/8/2010 6:34:00 AM by Campbell University | with 0 comments

Chowan grows financial aid to draw more students

September 8 2010 by Chowan University

(EDITOR’S NOTE — Each North Carolina Baptist college was invited to submit an article for a feature package in the Sept. 11 issue of the Biblical Recorder. Scroll to bottom to find links to all the stories.)  

Chowan University appears bound for yet another record-breaking enrollment year, with more than 585 freshman attending Fall Semester Check-in Day. These exciting numbers do not even include the 33 masters degree students signed up for the inaugural year of our new School of Graduate Studies program, nor the 38 Adult Degree Completion Program students already enrolled. With an increased retention rate, this year’s total enrollment is looking to exceed 1,200, a record breaking rise over the 1,080 enrolled last year.

To assist this growing Christian college’s population, Chowan actively sought a significant increase in Christian student financial aid like the recently endowed Craig B. and Tucie P. Vaughan Scholarship, given to express the Vaughan’s commitment to Christian higher education and the values held by Chowan University, or the $112,000 grant from the Lettie Pate Whitehead Foundation given to support Southern Christian women.

Chowan University photo

Murfreesboro Chamber members and Chowan University representatives cut the ribbon Aug. 24 with Gwendolyn Phelps to unveil the new Ward-Phelps Graduate School Suite. From left: John Dilustro, Judy Hatchey, Brenda Tinkham, Danny Moore, Gwendolyn Phelps, Chowan President Chris White, Larry Frazier, and Adele Aycock.

Over the 2010 summer, Chowan University invested more than $2 million dollars for its students in its residence hall systems to give them the most modern conveniences and ensure our campus stays state-of-the-art and meets the green standards of energy efficiency we are striving for. Other renovations across the 300+ acre campus include the complete overhaul of our new Reed Hall, which will now house the Sports Studies and Physical Education department with the neighboring Jenkins Wellness Center facilities located conveniently next door. The campus also expanded its corners to include the newly acquired University House, which will become a rewarding home to the top-ranked Leadership Scholar students.

With the addition of the new graduate program also came the constructive addition of the School of Graduate Studies Suite through the generous gifts of our proud donors, like Gwendolyn Phelps of Tarboro.

“Support from alumni and friends allows our institution to maximize the educational experience for our students to the fullest,” explained John Tayloe, vice president for development at Chowan University. “Students are always first here at Chowan, and people like Gwen Phelps are making it possible for them to receive a quality Christian education.”

Chowan’s new School of Graduate Studies offers the only Christian university masters degree program east of North Carolina’s I-95, and the only Elementary Education Masters Degree within a 60 mile radius.

“My whole life was reared with education and church foremost in our hearts and minds,” explained Mrs. Phelps, a Chowan alum from the class of 1942. “Both mean a lot to me and my family.”

Also donated this year, in the memory of their beloved parents, President Chris White and his wife Linda erected an inspiring Veteran’s Memorial in front of the Helms Center to honor all the military service men and women who watch over our nation.

Located near the 50’ flagpole and 12’ foot flag of the memorial, Chowan also installed an electronic message board for graphically-enhanced announcements inviting the community to join us in celebrating all the rich activities happening this year at Chowan.

Chowan is also one of the few institutions able to increase its employment this year and even expanded its number of academic programs, adding four new areas of study to the 2010-2011 curriculum.

The largely popular School of Education has now grown to include the addition of biology education, math education and English education for a new total of seven majors within the school, while Chowan’s English major has also grown to include a creative writing tract. Also new to Chowan this year are 14 full-time faculty positions, 13 new adjunct faculty members, and 22 new full-time staff positions.

One of those staff positions includes the new Assistant Vice President for Development and Director of Church Relations, Jarrett G. Banks, assuming the position of the retired Ron McSwain. Banks’ major responsibilities will be planning all activities that relate to church and denominational relations including the leadership role on the Ministerial Board of Associates and the Chowan Christian Service Association. Banks will be available to speak in churches throughout North Carolina and Virginia, and will represent Chowan University at state and national conventions and meetings. Banks will also spearhead the SeniorFest series, going into its fifth annual event this year.

Chowan University
Location — Murfreesboro
Founded — 1848
Enrollment — 1,200 Undergraduate Students, 33 Graduate Students, 38 Adult Degree Completion Program School of Arts and Science, School of Business, School of Education, Honors College, School of Graduate Studies
President — M. Christopher White (July 2003-present)
Motto — Faith in your future.
(888) 4-CHOWAN  

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