A time to experience God-s presence
    November 3 2011 by Milton A. Hollifield Jr., BSC executive director-treasurer

    Welcome North Carolina Baptists to the 181st annual meeting of the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina!
    Our annual meetings are always a busy time. From ministry reports to breakout sessions, to special presentations and business sessions, we cover a lot in a short amount of time.
    Although the schedule is busy, I want to encourage us to take time to slow down and enjoy all the aspects of this meeting. Each year I believe God has something special to say to each one of us. We are all at different places in our lives this year than we were last year. We have all lived another year of unique experiences and seasons of joy as well as trials.
    Over these next two days, please don’t just go through the motions of moving from one session to the next, or one worship song to the next. God has each of us here for a reason. You never know what sermon, or what prayer, or what theme interpretation will be the one God uses to speak to your heart.
    I know it can be difficult, but I want to challenge you to slow down a bit while you are here. Take time and truly make it your goal to hear from God. What does He want to teach you while you are here? How can He use this meeting to change your life?
    If you are committed to taking time during this meeting to seeking God, to spending time in prayer and in His Word, I believe He will teach you and do a great work in your life. It may be that God speaks to you about how He wants you more involved in missions. As you know, our theme this year is “All In” and we are considering what it means to live our lives totally devoted to Jesus Christ. Our Find it Here 2012 missions mobilization emphasis, which you will hear more about during the meeting, is about helping you discover how you can be on mission for Jesus Christ.
    Spend some time in the prayer room while you are here. It is near the exhibits in the Riverdale room. Ask God to speak through those who will deliver sermons, theme interpretations, worship music and reports. Be especially sensitive to what God will say to you during the opportunities provided in the program for worship through prayer. Please join me in making this annual meeting a time when we can truly say we experienced the presence of the Living God!
    Milton A. Hollifield Jr.
    BSC executive director-treasurer

    (EDITOR’S NOTE – Milton Hollifield wrote this letter to address messengers to the annual meeting in Greensboro.)
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