Baptist State Convention to meet Nov. 11-13
October 25 2002 by Bill Boatwright , BSC Communications

Baptist State Convention to meet Nov. 11-13 | Friday, Oct. 25, 2002

Friday, Oct. 25, 2002

Baptist State Convention to meet Nov. 11-13

By Bill Boatwright BSC Communications

The annual meeting of the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina will be held Nov. 11-13 at the Lawrence Joel Memorial Coliseum in Winston-Salem, beginning at 6:30 p.m. on Monday and concluding Wednesday morning.

The state convention meeting will feature four plenary sessions - Monday evening, Tuesday morning and evening and Wednesday morning - and several breakout sessions on Tuesday afternoon. Although only registered messengers from cooperating churches may vote during the proceedings, the meetings are open to anyone, including attendance at the Tuesday afternoon breakout sessions.

Preceding the convention will be the annual Pastor's and Pastor's Wives Conference, Religious Education Conference and Youth Ministers' Conference. Several of the convention's colleges and universities plan alumni meetings.

The Monday evening session will open with several committee reports, the first General Board report, and the convention sermon by Charles Page, pastor of First Baptist Church in Charlotte. Page is scheduled to preach at 8:15 p.m.

The Tuesday morning session will begin with the second General Board report, reports by Baptist Hospital, the Mission Growth Evangelism Group and an address by James Royston, state convention executive director-treasurer. Election of the president is set for 10:35 a.m. with the president's address scheduled for 11:30 a.m.

Following a format begun last year, small group breakout sessions will be held Tuesday afternoon. They will be held in the main coliseum building.

Breakout sessions will include conflict management, a discussion on Islam and Christianity, personal evangelism strategies, prayer, Sunday School evangelism, gift discovery, understanding the modern family, ministry in a diverse world, and several sessions on hands-on mission projects. They will be conducted in three 50-minutes time blocks from 2-5 p.m. The session on conflict management, set for 2 p.m., will be repeated at 4 p.m. In addition, the Southern Baptist Annuity Board has requested time for a special breakout session at 5 p.m., immediately following the other sessions.

Tuesday evening will open with several committee reports, the third General Board report and a one-hour worship service featuring pastors and church leaders from several of the state convention's innovative and ethnic congregations.

The annual meeting will conclude on Wednesday morning with the last General Board report (discussion and adoption of the 2003 budget), election of the first and second vice-presidents and recording and assistant recording secretaries, and a special report by the Council on Christian Higher Education. The convention is scheduled to adjourn around 11 a.m., with the presentation of the 2003 state convention officers.

The Budget Committee will be available on three occasions to answer questions and discuss the 2003 budget with messengers. The scheduled times are 8-8:40 a.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings and 3-3:50 p.m. on Tuesday afternoon. The sessions will be held in the Lawrence Joel Memorial Coliseum, Meeting Room 15 - Team Room B.

A complete copy of the convention program is available on the convention Web site:

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