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BSC sponsoring public forums to evaluate strategy
BSC Communications
March 27, 2019

BSC sponsoring public forums to evaluate strategy

BSC sponsoring public forums to evaluate strategy
BSC Communications
March 27, 2019

(Updated April 1, 8:45 a.m.)

The Baptist State Convention of North Carolina (BSC) is sponsoring a series of public forums across the state for N.C. Baptists to provide feedback on the state convention’s “impacting lostness through disciple-making” strategy as part of the convention’s formal evaluation of the strategy.

The public forums are open to all N.C. Baptists and will be moderated by trained facilitators who are not employees of the BSC.

Public forums have been confirmed for the following dates and locations.

Tuesday, April 2, 7-8:30 p.m.

West Asheville Baptist Church

926 Haywood Road

Asheville, NC 28806

Monday, April 8, 7-8:30 p.m.

West Chowan Association

335 NC Hwy. 42 West

Ahoskie, NC 27910

Tuesday, April 9, 7-8:30 p.m.

Trinity Baptist Church

730 W. Wilson Street

Tarboro, NC 27886

Tuesday, April 9, 7-8:30 p.m.

Pitts Baptist Church

140 Pitts School Road NW

Concord, NC 28027

Saturday, April 13, 10-11:30 a.m.

Truett Conference Center and Camp

346 Truett Camp Road

Hayesville, NC 28904

Monday, April 15, 7-8:30 p.m.

Woodlawn Baptist Church

440 7th Street Pl SW

Conover, NC 28613

Tuesday, April 16, 2019, 7-8:30 p.m.

Ridgecrest Baptist Church

1104 Milton Rd

Durham, NC 27712

Tuesday, April 23, 7-8:30 p.m.

College Acres Baptist Church

702 Eastwood Road

Wilmington, NC 28403

Tuesday, April 23, 7-8:30 p.m.

Wilkesboro Baptist Church

300 West Main Street

Wilkesboro, NC 28697

Thursday, April 25, 7-8:30 p.m.

Berea Baptist Church

2033 North Road Street

Elizabeth City, NC 27909

Thursday, April 25, 7-8:30 p.m.

Pleasant Garden Baptist Church

1415 Neelley Road

Pleasant Garden, NC 27313

Monday, April 29, 7-8:30 p.m.

Hope Mills First Baptist Church

4621 Cameron Rd

Hope Mills, NC 28348

Tuesday, April 30, 7-8:30 p.m.

Freedom Baptist Church

987 US Highway 1 North

Rockingham, NC 28379

Tuesday, April 30, 7-8:30 p.m.

West Burnsville Baptist Church

222 W Burnsville Church Road

Burnsville, NC 28714

“The public forums are not the traditional ‘listening sessions’ that many folks are accustomed to attending,” said Brian Davis, BSC associate executive director-treasurer. “Rather, participants are asked to come to the forums prepared to provide feedback on seven specific questions.”

Following are the questions that will be discussed during the forums:

  1. How are the members of your church sharing the gospel differently now compared to five years ago?

  2. How has the BSC’s strategy emphasis on pockets of lostness helped members of your church identify the lost people living in your community?

  3. How has the BSC strategy helped members of your church share the gospel with people from different ethnic and cultural groups with the gospel?

  4. How has the BSC strategy emphasis on disciple-making helped members of your church become more intentional in fulfillment of the Great Commission?

  5. How has the BSC helped your congregation develop a disciple-making culture during the last five years?

  6. How has the BSC been effective in the fulfillment of its strategy titled, “Impacting Lostness through Disciple-making” in your area?

  7. What do you suggest the BSC do to become more effective in the fulfillment of its strategy titled, “Impacting Lostness through Disciple-making”?

“The facilitators will not be answering questions about the strategy, nor defending the strategy, but simply guiding the conversation in order that responses to these seven questions may be received,” Davis said.

The public forums are one of three methods the convention is using to evaluate the strategy. The evaluation also includes surveys being sent to all pastors and associational mission strategists across the state and personal interviews with associational mission strategists serving in the eight population centers across the state where the top 100 most concentrated pockets of lostness are located.

Those population centers are the Blue Ridge, Coastal, Fayetteville, Greenville, Metro Charlotte, Triad, Triangle and Unifour regions.

If N.C. Baptists are unable to attend one of the scheduled public forums, they may send their responses to the questions to the convention at a special email address designated for the strategy evaluation at [email protected]

A formal report based on data and information collected from the strategy evaluation will be made to the BSC’s Board of Directors this fall and to messengers attending the BSC’s annual meeting in Greensboro, N.C. this November.

The “impacting lostness through disciple-making” strategy was approved by the BSC’s Board of Directors in 2013 and implementation began in January 2014. When approved in 2013, the Board of Directors instructed convention staff to conduct a formal evaluation of the strategy after five years to determine its effectiveness.

The complete strategy is available at ncbaptist.org/strategy.

Questions about the strategy or the evaluation may be directed to Brian Davis by email at [email protected] or by calling 1-800-395-5102 ext. 5506.