General Board shows shared leadership
February 2 2001 by Tony W. Cartledge , BR Editor

General Board shows shared leadership | Friday, Feb. 2, 2001

Friday, Feb. 2, 2001

General Board shows shared leadership

By Tony W. Cartledge BR Editor J. Dixon Free will serve as president and David Horton will serve as vice president of the Baptist State Convention's (BSC) 115-member General Board for 2001. The men were elected during the board's Jan. 30-31 meeting at Caraway Conference Center. Free, pastor of First Baptist Church, Lincolnton, was nominated by Phil Ginn of Boone. Many regard Free as a moderate. In making the nomination, Ginn said he was impressed by Free's heart for reconciliation and his desire to share leadership. Free was elected by acclamation.

Tim Moore of Charlotte nominated Horton, a conservative who is pastor of Gate City Baptist Church in Greensboro. Moore said Horton is committed to shared leadership and to reconciliation among N.C. Baptists. "I come as a moderate, and David is a conservative, but we have learned to trust each other," he said. "... We don't agree on everything, but we are committed to working together."

Horton was also elected by acclamation. "I am excited by the opportunity to serve and committed to helping to fulfill Jim Royston's vision for the BSC's growth," he said.

This was the second year a moderate and a conservative were elected to the General Board's top spots. Larry Harper, a moderate, was president in 2000, and Eugene Ridley, a conservative, was vice president. Both rotated off the General Board at the end of the year.

Committees named The General Board meets three times annually, acting for the BSC between annual sessions. The board's 21 member-Executive Committee meets monthly except for July and October, acting for and reporting to the General Board.

Four members of the General Board who serve as at-large members of the Executive Committee were elected from the floor, joining nine committee or council chairs, three organization presidents, two General Board officers and the top three BSC officers.

Also during the meeting, BSC president Mike Cummings announced nominations for the 2001 Committee on Committees. The committee's 15 members serve for one year and nominate members for other committees, including the Committee on Nominations. Convention first vice president Buddy Corbin and second vice president Harper worked with Cummings to nominate the committee members, who were approved by the General Board.

Cummings described the committee as diverse. It includes nine laity, five pastors, one director of missions, five women, and at least one representative from each of the BSC's 10 regions.

Mike Whitson, pastor of First Baptist Church, Indian Trail, will serve as chair. Other members are Mavis Bissette of Ardmore Baptist, Winston-Salem; Ed Coates of Forest Hills Baptist, Raleigh; Mary Dodd of Hickory Grove Baptist, Charlotte; Raymond Earp of Calvary Baptist, Beaufort; Lloyd Fish of Allen's Creek Baptist, Waynesville; Karen Weaver of Parkwood Baptist, Rocky Mount; Bruce Cannon, director of missions for Bladen Baptist Association; Jim Furman of First Baptist, Boone; Linda Foster of Truett Memorial Baptist, Hayesville; Robert Parker of First Baptist, Winston-Salem; Charles Sams of Starnes Cove Baptist, Asheville; Lee Colbert of First Baptist, Smithfield; Carolyn Hill of Oak Level Baptist, Rocky Mount; and Robert Blanton of Lake Norman Baptist, Lake Norman. The committee was elected without opposition.

Cummings also announced the appointment of a committee to study the program and length of future annual meetings. Mike Barrett of Pleasant Garden Baptist in Greensboro will serve as chair. Other members are Steve Rumley of First Baptist, Cary; Dan Ensley of Campbell University; John Cashwell of Green Springs Baptist, Hope Mills; and Glen Holt, retired pastor, Fayetteville. They will be joined by three representatives of the General Board staff: Cynthia King, John Roberson and Neil Eller.

Partnership report Richard Brunson, director of N.C. Baptist Men, briefly reviewed the status of the BSC's several mission partnerships. The Alaska partnership is entering its second year, he said, with about 1,000 volunteers slated to work in Alaska this year, up from 681 in 2000.

The BSC is now in the sixth and final year of its partnership with Southern Africa, Brunson said. More than 400 teams have participated in Southern Africa projects, and some teams for 2001 remain to be filled.

Relief and recovery efforts that led 1,800 BSC volunteers to build more than 300 homes in Honduras will give way for a new and broader three-year partnership. Max and Joan Furr, North Carolinians and International Mission Board missionaries to Honduras, were present for the report. Max Furr presented a plaque of appreciation on behalf of the Honduran Baptist Convention. He said Honduran Baptists hope to begin 500 new churches and baptize 50,000 new converts in the next five years.

Furr thanked N.C. Baptists for "great news coverage" by the Biblical Recorder, "great people" like Brunson and N.C. Baptist Men's Mark Abernathy to work with, "great volunteers" and "great results" (including 131 new congregations formed in the last two years). Furr said Honduran Baptists looked forward to a great future through the new partnership.

Brunson cited other countries in which N.C. Baptists are working, and said an exploratory team will travel to Malaysia in April to gather information about a possible partnership there.

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