Three-day annual meeting planned
October 26 2001 by Bill Boatwright , BSC Communications

Three-day annual meeting planned | Friday, Oct. 26, 2001

Friday, Oct. 26, 2001

Three-day annual meeting planned

By Bill Boatwright BSC Communications The Baptist State Convention annual meeting this month will return to the traditional three-day format, following an experiment with a two-day version in 1999 and 2000 that proved frustrating to messengers and program planners. This year's session will follow the traditional schedule, opening Monday, Nov. 12 at 6:30 p.m. and concluding by noon Wednesday, Nov. 14. The meeting will be held at the Lawrence Joel Memorial Coliseum and Annex in Winston-Salem.

The return to the Monday-to-Wednesday format, however, will be one of the few traditional aspects of this year's gathering. Messengers will meet in two different buildings, each located on the coliseum complex. A Wake Forest University basketball game on Monday evening caused the Convention to move the opening session to the nearby annex (where the exhibits have been in the past). This year the exhibits will be in the education building, next door to the annex. The Tuesday and Wednesday sessions will be back in the main coliseum building.

Other changes will include breakout sessions on Tuesday afternoon replacing a general session, a special worship celebration on Tuesday evening plus heightened security.

Election of the president is set for Tuesday morning around 10:30 a.m. and the two-vice presidents and other officers Wednesday morning at 8:50 a.m.

Raymond Earp, a layman from Beaufort and former president of the N.C. Baptist Men and Charles Page, pastor of First Baptist Church in Charlotte, both announced their candidacies for president several months ago. Page, however, was forced to withdraw due to health reasons. Jerry Pereira, pastor of First Baptist Church in Swannanoa, announced his intent to run for president after Page withdrew. Page had also been scheduled to deliver the convention sermon.

Current president Mike Cummings, director of missions in the Burnt Swamp Association, is ineligible to run for another term.

Buddy Corbin, pastor of Calvary Baptist Church in Asheville and current first vice-president, will be opposed by Bob Foy, layman from Mooresville. Larry Harper, second vice-president and pastor of Forest Hills Baptist Church in Raleigh, is running for re-election unopposed as of Oct. 26.

The opening session on Monday evening, to be held in the annex building, will include the first General Board report at 7:30 p.m. - the first time in recent years that business has been conducted during the opening sessions. The convention sermon by Woodrow Busch, pastor of First Baptist Church in Murphy, is scheduled for 8 p.m. The alternate will be Karl Minor, pastor of First Baptist Church in Dunn. Busch and Minor were originally scheduled as preacher and alternate for the 2002 convention.

Parking for the Monday evening session will be in designated areas only between the coliseum and the annex. Convention messengers and visitors will need to inform the parking attendants that they are attending the state convention (and not the basketball game). All parking is free of charge. Convention participants will be able to park anywhere in the coliseum area on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Tuesday morning will open with the second General Board report at 8:40 a.m., followed by the executive director's address by Jim Royston. The Strategic Initiatives and Planning report is set for 10:15 a.m. and election of the president at 10:35 a.m. The Retirement Homes' Report is set for 10 a.m. followed by the first miscellaneous business session at 11:10 a.m. with committee on nominations and committee on committees reports at 11:40 a.m. The president's address, by Mike Cummings, will close the Tuesday morning session.

No general session will be held on Tuesday afternoon. Messengers and visitors will be encouraged to attend one of the six "break-out" sessions from 3 p.m. until 4:30 p.m.

The entire Tuesday evening session, set to begin at 7 p.m., will be a multi-choir presentation of "Experiencing God: The Musical." The worship event is open to the general public and is free of charge.

The Wednesday morning session will begin at 8:30 a.m. with the resolutions and enrollment committees' reports. Election of the first and second vice-presidents, plus the recording and assistant recording secretaries, is set for 8:50 a.m.

The 2002 proposed Cooperative Program and N.C. Missions Offering budget will be presented during the third General Board report at 9:10 a.m. The second miscellaneous business session is scheduled for 10:15 a.m. followed by the Christian Higher Education report at 10:35 a.m.

The Unity Committee report will be given at 10:55 a.m. followed by the presentation of the new convention officers and closing prayer.

Another major change this year will be the increased security on the coliseum property.

Coliseum officials have notified the state convention that officers will be stationed at all building entrances and exits. Backpacks, large bags or other similar containers will not be allowed in the coliseum area. Everyone entering the coliseum could be subject to being searched.

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