August 2019

NCMO illustrates being ‘Known by Love’

August 20 2019 by Milton A. Hollifield Jr., BSC executive director-treasurer

Love should be a defining characteristic of those who identify themselves as followers of Christ. In John 13:35, Jesus said, “By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another” (NKJV).

This verse is a reminder that Christ followers should be “Known by Love,” which is the theme of this year’s North Carolina Missions Offering (NCMO). Your faithful prayers and gifts to the NCMO help share the love of Christ through a number of vital ministries and missions efforts that impact our state, nation and world.

The North Carolina Missions Offering supports a variety of ministries that include Baptists on Mission (also known as N.C. Baptist Men), church planting, mission camps, a variety of missions partnerships around the world, and mission projects in local Baptist associations across our state.

One of the most visible ministries that the NCMO supports is disaster relief, which is one of the 18 different ministries of Baptists on Mission.

Thanks to your generosity, North Carolina Baptists were able to respond to the many physical, spiritual and emotional needs as a result of Hurricanes Florence and Michael, which struck our state last fall. Through our ongoing relief efforts, many victims of these storms have found hope in Jesus Christ through a personal relationship with Him.

The NCMO also helps establish new churches across North Carolina. In 2018, our team of church planting consultants worked with 80 new congregations that are reaching their respective communities with the gospel.

NCMO also enables North Carolina Baptists to get personally involved in missions in our state, nation and world.

NCMO also helps fund mission camps in Shelby and Red Springs that offer church groups the opportunity to engage in local missions projects. Additionally, the NCMO allows N.C. Baptists to participate in short-term mission trips across the United States and around the world through several national and international partnerships.

Plus, NCMO helps support a variety of outreach and missions activities right here in North Carolina through partnerships with our local Baptist associations.

September is the month when many churches emphasize NCMO. A variety of resources, videos, promotional materials and more are available to you and your church as you promote NCMO. Visit
ncmissionsoffering.org to access these resources and learn more about NCMO and the ministries it supports.

Thank you for your prayers and gifts as we once again seek to meet our offering goal of $2.1 million.

8/20/2019 11:11:16 AM by Milton A. Hollifield Jr., BSC executive director-treasurer | with 0 comments



Celebrate ‘God’s Great Work’

August 6 2019 by Milton A. Hollifield Jr., BSC executive director-treasurer

It’s hard to believe, but this year’s annual meeting of the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina (BSC) is only three months away.
 
Planning for this year’s meeting has actually been going on for many months as a group of North Carolina Baptists who make up our Committee on Convention Meetings began meeting in January with convention officers and some convention staff to pray and seek God’s direction for our time together this fall.
 
Through all of the prayerful planning and discussion, the theme of “God’s Great Work” emerged as a central focus for this year’s annual meeting, which will emphasize the Great Commission to go and make disciples and the Great Commandment to love God and neighbor.
 
I hope many North Carolina Baptists will make plans now to join us for this year’s annual meeting on Monday and Tuesday, Nov. 11-12, at the Joseph S. Koury Convention Center in Greensboro. I look forward to seeing old friends and making new ones at the annual meeting each year, and this year is no exception.
 
Although we gather together to conduct important and necessary convention business, our annual meetings include rich and moving times of worship, as well as encouragement from God’s Word. This year’s meeting will include a celebration of what God has done and is doing in our state related to church planting. The special church planting celebration on Monday evening will include a time to pray for and commission church planters. In conjunction with the service, state convention President Steve Scoggins, pastor of First Baptist Church of Hendersonville, will preach on the annual meeting theme of “God’s Great Work.”
 
On Tuesday evening, Ronnie Floyd, the new president and CEO of the Southern Baptist Convention’s (SBC) executive committee will preach during a special worship service designed to equip, encourage, inspire and challenge us in the area of personal evangelism. This service is being developed around the “Who’s Your One?” evangelism initiative and emphasis that’s taking place across the SBC. If you haven’t identified one person in your life who needs to know Jesus, I hope that you will select someone to pray for, share the gospel with and invite them to trust Christ as their Savior and Lord.
 
During the annual meeting, we will also share an update on the progress that we’ve made in fulfillment of the “impacting lostness through disciple-making” strategy that was implemented in 2014. In addition, the SBC’s Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission will conduct a panel on preventing and responding to sexual abuse in the local church as part of the many breakout sessions that will be offered over the course of the two days in Greensboro.
 
And don’t forget to come early and attend the annual N.C. Baptist Pastor’s Conference on Sunday and Monday, Nov. 10-11.
 
You can find more information about this year’s annual meeting and pastors’ conference by visiting ncannualmeeting.org. The site will be continuously updated with additional information between now and the time we meet in November, so be sure to check back regularly for updates.
 
I hope to see you in Greensboro this November.
 
Jesus said to him, ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself’” – Matthew 22:37-39 (NKJV).

8/6/2019 11:20:54 AM by Milton A. Hollifield Jr., BSC executive director-treasurer | with 0 comments