August 2012

Doing more together through the Cooperative Program

August 27 2012 by Milton A. Hollfield Jr., BSC executive director-treasurer

As believers in Jesus Christ we are responsible for fulfilling the Great Commission. Our Lord commanded us to take the gospel to those who do not know Him and to make disciples. 
 
We cannot accomplish this task on our own. God ordained the local church to be the instrument in which believers join together to do the work of the Kingdom.
 
As Baptists, we place a very high value on cooperation. This is why we have local associations throughout our state, and why more than 4,300 churches are part of our state Convention. God never intended us to live the Christian life and to be on mission for Him without the support of our brothers and sisters in Christ.
 
One of the primary ways we work together as Baptists is through a giving system known as the Cooperative Program. Our Cooperative Program consultant, Mike Creswell, tells churches that they don’t give to the Cooperative Program, they give through it.
 
He’s right; your faithful and sacrificial giving helps support ministries and missions locally and globally. Your giving helps make possible statewide efforts such as church planting, evangelism and discipleship training, collegiate and youth ministry, and multicultural ministry. Your giving helps support our Baptist Children’s Homes and N.C. Baptist Hospital.
 
The Cooperative Program also supports our North American partnerships in Boston, New York City and Toronto. Through the Cooperative Program you have a part in the ministry of our North American Mission Board and International Mission Board missionaries. You also help make it possible for the next generation of leaders to be equipped for service, as the Cooperative Program provides financial assistance to students attending one of our six Southern Baptist Convention seminaries.
 
Although many of you are still experiencing difficult financial situations because of our nation’s struggling economy, your churches still continue to give faithfully. I thank God for the way you demonstrate your love for Him through your sacrificial giving.
 
I assure you that God is using your gifts in powerful ways. Throughout the past few months Mike Creswell has been writing a series of articles about how North Carolina Baptist churches are making a difference by giving through the Cooperative Program. I encourage you to read these articles; you will be inspired to see how God is at work.
 
You are probably aware by now – and the special [nc baptist] connect insert in this issue of the Biblical Recorder has more information – that the theme for this year’s state Convention annual meeting is “Awaken.” We pray God uses our time in Greensboro as a time of spiritual awakening and revival.
 
As we pray toward revival and seek to do more than we ever have before to impact lostness in this world, your Cooperative Program giving is invaluable. We cannot help equip churches to send out laborers into God’s harvest fields without your support.
 
If you would like more information about the Cooperative Program you can visit ncbaptist.org/cp. Resources such as videos, prayer guides, bulletin inserts and posters are also available.
8/27/2012 2:36:28 PM by Milton A. Hollfield Jr., BSC executive director-treasurer | with 0 comments



Please support the North Carolina Missions Offering

August 13 2012 by Milton A. Hollifield Jr., BSC executive director-treasurer

In 2 Corinthians 5:17 Paul writes about the wonderful, life-transforming power of the gospel.
 
He says, “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”
 
The gospel of Jesus Christ changes us, taking us from a life controlled by sin and fleshly desires to a life led by the Holy Spirit, to a life driven by a desire to know God and to honor Him.
 
As North Carolina Baptists, I pray that we are daily motivated by the love of Christ to share His gospel with others.
 
More than 5.6 million people in North Carolina do not know Jesus Christ as Savior, and we want everyone to become a new creation in Christ.
 
One way you can help share Jesus with others is through supporting the North Carolina Missions Offering (NCMO). The ministries supported by this offering are dedicated to transforming lives through the gospel.
Our NCMO theme verse this year is 2 Corinthians 5:17 and our theme is “Radically transformed: Hearts, lives, communities.” 
 
The NCMO helps make possible new church plants. Last year the Baptist State Convention supported more than 100 church planters and helped start 89 new churches.
 
These churches are reaching ethnic groups and are making an impact among unchurched communities.
This offering also supports the work of North Carolina Baptist Men.
 
From disaster relief to medical/dental clinics to mission camps, N.C. Baptist Men volunteers serve all across this state and throughout the world.
 
Last year, N.C. Baptist Men volunteers responded to 19 significant disasters – a record year for disasters – and completed 3,437 projects.
 
The two mobile medical/dental clinics provided care to more than 3,100 people last year. The clinics were held in 158 locations across the state in 2011.
 
A portion of the NCMO is divided among our local associations.
 
We have seen associations use NCMO funds in a variety of ways to share the gospel, from feeding hungry people to ministering to refugees to hosting community block parties.
 
If you would like free resources to help you share about the NCMO with your church, such as videos, brochures, bulletin inserts and PowerPoints, please visit ncmissionsoffering.org. You can also request that one of our convention staff come to your church to share more about this offering and all that it does to impact the Kingdom.
 
We would be delighted and honored to visit your church.
 
A prayer guide is also available to you on this website. We are asking N.C. Baptists to pray for the ministries and missions efforts supported by this offering. Most churches will make their NCMO contributions in September, but you can support this offering any time during the year.
 
If you have any questions about NCMO please let us know. You can email atorcasso@ncbaptist.org or call (800) 395-5102, ext. 5539.
8/13/2012 1:39:22 PM by Milton A. Hollifield Jr., BSC executive director-treasurer | with 0 comments