Are we fulfilling our vision?
    February 1 2011 by Milton A. Hollifield Jr., BSC Executive Director-Treasurer

    If you have ever heard me speak in your church, or associational meeting, or during an annual meeting of the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina (BSC), you have probably heard me share a vision statement God laid on my heart several years ago. I speak of this vision so often I sometimes say to our staff at the Baptist Building that I want them to know this statement so well they can quote it at a moment’s notice!

    The vision God laid on my heart for this state Convention is this: “By God’s grace, we will become the strongest force in the history of this Convention for reaching people with the message of the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.”

    I truly believe this will not just be a vision statement, but a reality for this Convention, if we commit ourselves to making an eternal impact for His glory. This vision God gave me is best explained in the Seven Pillars for Ministry.

    I am sure many of you are familiar with the seven pillars, but if you are not, they are seven biblical concepts I believe to be the Christ-centered vision for our Convention.

    The seven pillars focus on: fervent prayer, evangelism and church growth, strengthening existing churches, planting new multiplication churches, increasing our work with the international community, escalating our use of technology, and reclaiming the younger generation of church leaders.

    My prayer is that this state Convention will be faithful to fulfilling the vision God has given us as we seek to make sure these seven pillars, these seven core values, guide our ministry.   

    A Vision Fulfillment Committee (VFC) was established during the September 2010 Board of Directors meeting to help us better understand how we are doing in accomplishing these seven biblical concepts for ministry. The Board gave the committee this task: “Conduct a study across North Carolina in 2011 of partner churches’ perceptions of the BSC’s effectiveness in funding and implementing the BSC’s vision, as set forth in the Seven Pillars for Ministry.”

    In order to do this, the VFC is holding 14 forums from February through July. The first is just a few days from now on Feb. 10 at Scotts Hill Baptist Church in Wilmington. Please come to a forum and bring others from your church with you. Please come and share with us what you think about the effectiveness and value of our current ministries, as well as how you think we should prioritize our ministries for the future. We want to hear from as many North Carolina Baptists as possible.

    As I told North Carolina Baptist pastors and church leaders in a letter not long ago, scripture makes it clear that the church is the entity instituted by Christ to reach the world and make disciples. We want to help you do that. This is why we are hosting these forums, and why I ask you to please join us.

    You can learn more about the forums by visiting: www.ncbaptist.org/vf

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    2/1/2011 5:34:00 AM by Milton A. Hollifield Jr., BSC Executive Director-Treasurer | with 0 comments




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