Budget, partnership approved
November 16 2001 by Tony W. Cartledge , BR Editor

Budget, partnership approved | Friday, Nov 16, 2001

Friday, Nov 16, 2001

Budget, partnership approved

By Tony W. Cartledge BR Editor Messengers to the 2001 Baptist State Convention's (BSC) annual meeting approved a 2002 Cooperative Missions Budget of $37.13 million, approved a new international missions partnership and acted on a number of other items during its meeting in Winston-Salem on Nov. 12-14. Attendance was just under last year's totals, with 4,530 messengers registered, compared to 4,595 in 2000. The meeting also drew 227 visitors, for a total attendance of 4,757.

The 2002 budget is 3.8 percent higher than the current $35.75 million plan.

The General Board Budget Committee's report left the BSC's four giving plans unchanged, with minor exceptions. In Plans B, C and D, the percentage designated for "South Africa and International Partnerships" has been changed to "North America and International Partnerships." The South Africa partnership officially concluded this year. In Plan D, the designation for "North Carolina Home Mission Projects and New Church Starts" changed from 7 percent to 6.5 percent, while "Student International and Language Ministries" grew from 1 percent to 1.5 percent.

Executive Director Jim Royston had reported in his address that current budget receipts are about 1 percent higher than in 2000. With the economic slowdown in the past months, however, income has fallen to around 4 percent below projections for 2001. Royston expressed confidence that N.C. Baptists would meet the challenging budget.

Budget Committee chairman Phil Ginn expressed disappointment that the proposed budget was not larger, noting Royston's goal of a $50 million budget within five years. He said the budget represents 1.2 million N.C. Baptists uniting to reach people for Jesus Christ in the state and around the world. "If you can see God in this budget, we have succeeded," he said. "We want to support the Great Commission, and not just the 'good commission.'"

No one offered amendments or objections to the report, which was approved without apparent opposition.

The General Board celebrated the conclusion of a six-year partnership with Southern Africa, and Royston presented a commemorative clock to Terry Rae, who heads the Baptist Union of Southern Africa. Rae thanked N.C. Baptists for their active involvement in Southern Africa. "During this six-year partnership, the Baptist Union has nearly doubled in size," he said, from about 29,000 members to more than 50,000 members. Rae reported that 321 new churches had been planted during the partnership, including 78 this year. "Your caring, preaching and generosity helped us do this."

Messengers approved a new partnership with Baptists in the Malaysia Baptist Convention, the Sarawak Baptist Church, the Sabah Baptist Association and the Singapore Baptist Convention. The Sarawak and Sabah are tribal groups within Malaysia. The island city of Singapore is politically independent, but closely related to Malaysia.

Partnership director Richard Brunson acknowledged that Malaysia is on the opposite side of the globe from North Carolina but said distance should not be an obstacle. A "vision team" of BSC partnership representatives recently visited Malaysia discovering many opportunities for sharing the gospel.

The partnership is set to begin Jan. 1, 2002 and conclude on Dec. 31, 2004.

The BSC also has current partnerships with Honduras and Alaska.

In other matters, the General Board's report recognized new church starts during the past year, BSC leaders in baptisms, and BSC leaders in Cooperative Missions giving.

Three BSC trustees were recommended and approved for the year 2002. They are Gerald Arnold from Raleigh, John Webb from Wilson and Wayne Stevenson from Raleigh.

Reports of the Committee on Nominations and the Committee on Committees were approved without challenge or apparent opposition.

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