Committee to study Plan C
November 15 2002 by Tony Cartledge and Steve DeVane , BR staff

Committee to study Plan C | Friday, Nov 15, 2002

Friday, Nov 15, 2002

Committee to study Plan C

By Tony Cartledge and Steve DeVane BR staff

WINSTON-SALEM - The Baptist State Convention (BSC) will look into the possibility of doing away with the giving plan generally favored by moderates.

Messengers to the BSC annual meeting on Nov. 12 authorized a study of Plan C, the BSC's only giving plan that sends money to the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship (CBF), a national organization that formed as a missions and ministry alternative to the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC).

Messengers also authorized a study of how the BSC should respond to a state cutback in prison chaplains, but turned down two other proposed studies during an active period of miscellaneous business.

Tim Rogers, pastor of Victory Baptist Church in Seagrove, moved that the convention president appoint a special committee to study whether budget Plan C is consistent with the BSC constitution.

One of the several purposes of the BSC, as outlined in the constitution, is "to cooperate with the Southern Baptist Convention." Some Baptists interpret the phrase exclusively, understanding it to say the BSC cannot cooperate with other Baptist bodies such as the CBF.

Since the CBF recently declared itself to be separate from the SBC in its bid for membership in the Baptist World Alliance, Rogers said, the giving plan should be re-evaluated.

Two initial votes by upraised ballots and by standing were judged too close to call, leading to a ballot vote in which the motion passed by 1,891 to 1,124 votes, or 62.7 percent to 37.3 percent.

Rogers told the Winston-Salem Journal that Plan C "clearly says" that the BSC is not cooperating with the SBC.

"I believe North Carolina Baptists are Southern Baptists," he said.

Through the first 10 months of 2002, about $210,000 was sent to the CBF through Plan C, BSC records show. About $9.64 million was sent to the SBC through the other three plans.

BSC President Jerry Pereira said he would appoint "a wide spectrum of North Carolina Baptists" to study the issue. In a news conference shortly after he was re-elected, Pereira repeated his support for all four giving plans.

Pereira said he hopes moderates don't see the effort as a first step to forcing them out of the BSC.

"I think we've modeled cooperation," he said.

Robert Dixon of Southeast Baptist Church in Greensboro asked for the president to appoint a committee to study ways the BSC can address the need for prison chaplains to replace those being eliminated as a result of state budget cuts. The motion passed easily.

Two other proposed study committees were rejected by large margins.

Lloyd Burke of East Lumberton Baptist Church asked for a committee to study the relationship between N.C. Baptist institutions and agencies for which the BSC elects trustees. "Trustees should keep trust and keep agencies connected to North Carolina Baptists," he said.

Tim Moore spoke against the motion, arguing that the convention elects the trustees and receives reports from the agencies and institutions each year.

The motion failed, receiving only a smattering of supportive votes.

B.G. Brown of Hope Baptist Fellowship in Youngsville asked for a committee to study the composition of the convention. Some churches might receive more than their fair allotment of messengers, he said, because the BSC constitution grants messenger credentials to convention officers, General Board members, and the editor of the Biblical Recorder apart from the normal church allotment.

The motion was defeated by a large margin.

Messengers agreed to suspend the rules and consider resolutions on the lottery and prison chaplains.

Convention rules call for resolutions to be submitted and published in the Biblical Recorder prior to the annual meeting, but messengers can suspend the rules with a two-thirds vote.

Beauford Smith of Colfax Baptist Church proposed a resolution affirming the N.C. legislature for rejecting a state lottery.

Messengers also approved a resolution asking state legislators to reconsider the cutback of chaplains from the state prison system.

Messengers supported both resolutions by a wide margin.

Afterward, Ron Cava of First Baptist Church in Clinton raised a point of personal privilege, affirming the two resolutions but asking messengers to honor the traditional manner of publishing resolutions in advance.

Messengers also approved a motion to instruct the local arrangements committee to announce in advance the time the convention center would be open.

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