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Annual session to feature IMB Commissioning
Doug Baker, BSC Communications
August 21, 2008

Annual session to feature IMB Commissioning

Annual session to feature IMB Commissioning
Doug Baker, BSC Communications
August 21, 2008

CARY – Southern

Baptists’ International Mission Board will hold a commissioning service for

missionaries Nov. 11, during the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina’s 178th annual session in Greensboro.

The IMB commissioning service is a

time when missionaries and the churches from which they are sent gather for

worship, prayer, Bible reading and preaching in preparation for deployment to

their fields of service. Rarely are these services convened outside of

local churches, but at the request of North Carolina Baptist leadership, the

IMB approved the commissioning service to coincide with the state convention’s

annual meeting.

“This is a tremendous opportunity

for North Carolina Baptists,” said Milton A. Hollifield, Jr., BSCNC Executive

Director-treasurer. “This convention of churches resides in a strategic

partnership with the mission boards of the Southern Baptist Convention, and

this service of worship will dynamically reveal just how magnificent the work

of the International Mission Board truly is because of the faithful sacrifice

and investment of local Southern Baptist churches.”

“We are living in crucial times for

the proclamation of the gospel,” said Jerry Rankin, IMB president, “and it is

during moments like these when we come together as a family of Southern Baptist

churches where we thank God for His mighty power in calling out men and women

for missionary service. It’s a time to recommit our lives and our churches to

investing in the missionary imperative given to us by the Lord Jesus Christ.”

“We stand on the shoulders of giants

who have left us a legacy of faithfulness and zeal for the gospel that we dare

not abandon,” Hollifield said. “I am prayerfully anticipating that this service

of worship will be a time when all North Carolina Baptists come together

expecting a mighty move of God in our midst. I hope every church throughout the

Baptist State Convention of North Carolina will send a large delegation to

Greensboro to participate and display before a watching world the vital

connection between local churches, state conventions, and the national entities

of the Southern Baptist Convention. It is here we find our purpose as a

denomination – to go into all the world and preach the gospel of the Lord Jesus

Christ.”

The IMB Commissioning Service will

coincide with an entire evening focused on missions and mission partnerships

through the various outreaches of the Baptist State Convention of North

Carolina and the Southern Baptist Convention. A parade of flags representing

the SBC missionary presence in the world will highlight the vast engagement of

local churches and their impact through their gifts to the Cooperative Program

of the Southern Baptist Convention, the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering for

International Missions, and the North Carolina Missions Offering.

The service will begin at 6:30

p.m. at the Greensboro Coliseum Complex in Greensboro, N.C.

To highlight the importance of both

the ongoing partnership between the BSCNC, the IMB and the Commissioning

Service, the BSCNC also released its latest podcast detailing the work of the

IMB and the role the Commissioning Service serves for missionaries, their

families, and their local churches.