Baptist Men's missions conference celebrates partnerships
March 13 2003 by Tony W. Cartledge , BR Editor

Baptist Men's missions conference celebrates partnerships | Friday, March 14, 2003

Friday, March 14, 2003

Baptist Men's missions conference celebrates partnerships

By Tony W. Cartledge BR Editor

WINSTON-SALEM - Worldwide mission opportunities were in constant focus during the annual N.C. Baptist Missions Conference and Baptist Men's Convention. More than 1,500 men and women attended the conference, held Feb. 28-March 1 at Calvary Baptist Church in Winston-Salem.

Even mealtimes were devoted to missions: a dinner on Feb. 28 emphasized work in Honduras, Alaska and New York. Lunch on March 1 was prepared and served by disaster relief volunteers, and a dinner program also focused on disaster relief ministries.

Participants saw a video about N.C. partnership efforts in Southeast Asia, and Asatur Nahapetyan, general secretary of the Baptist Union of Armenia, promoted a new N.C. Baptist Men's partnership agreement with Armenian Baptists.

Taylor Field, director of Graffiti Ministries in Manhattan, spoke of positive happenings in New York, where N.C. Baptists partner with the Metropolitan New York Baptist Association. "You can pretend to care," Field said, "but you can't pretend to be there."

More than 40 "How To" mission action conferences offered practical information for developing or participating in a wide variety of hands-on ministries.

Denton Lotz, president of the Baptist World Alliance, thanked N.C. Baptists for their world vision and urged reconciliation among Christians (see story, page 7).

Jim Burchette of Raleigh was elected Baptist Men's president. Burchette succeeds George Crouch of Charlotte, who served for the past three years. Three vice presidents were elected, including Mike Anders of Wilson (East), Don Taft of Charlotte (Piedmont) and Robert Stroup of Spruce Pine (West). John Freeman of Raleigh is recording secretary.

The organization also has 13 mission ministry coordinators, 10 regional coordinators, three program directors and six at-large board members.

Ken Davis, a motivational speaker and Christian comedian from Nashville, encouraged participants to "live with gusto." To do that, he said, believers should live with nothing to prove, live with nothing to hide, and live with nothing to lose. Davis recalled a 22-year-old friend who was dying with bone cancer. "We're both dying," the friend told him. "The only difference is that I have a pretty good idea when I'll die. We've got nothing to lose."

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