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Convention makes plans for November meeting
BSC Communications
September 09, 2011

Convention makes plans for November meeting

Convention makes plans for November meeting
BSC Communications
September 09, 2011

The Baptist State Convention of North Carolina (BSC)

announces a two-day meeting schedule and special highlights for the 181st

Annual Meeting to be held Nov. 7-8 at the Koury Convention Center in

Greensboro. The meeting will include powerful exhortations from God’s Word,

worship and fellowship, and practical information from various break out

sessions.

Highlights of this year’s Annual Meeting include:

Schedule

For the first time since 1994, the annual meeting will be

held over a two-day period instead of a three-day period. Brian Davis,

executive leader for administration and Convention relations, said the shorter

schedule will be a benefit to all involved. “The Convention is glad the messengers

approved the new schedule, as it will eliminate expenses involved with the

third-day of a convention meeting, while still allowing appropriate time for

all aspects of the annual meeting,” he said. “We hope this schedule will allow

more North Carolina Baptists to join us in Greensboro.”

This year’s meeting will begin Monday, Nov. 7, at 6 p.m. and

will end Tuesday, Nov. 8, at 8:30 p.m.

Registration opens Monday at 2 p.m. and will close 30

minutes after the general session that evening. On Tuesday, registration opens

at 8 a.m. and will close once the business session concludes that evening.

All In

This year’s annual meeting theme, based on 1 Timothy 2:3-6,

is “All In.” The theme encourages all North Carolina Baptist churches to be

compelled by the same vision that compelled Jesus Christ: that all people may

know Him as Savior and Lord.

“The Committee on Convention Meetings has worked hard and

prayed over this year’s theme and message,” Davis said. “It is our prayer that

this theme will exhort North Carolina Baptists to do more, to do whatever it

takes, to get the gospel to those who need to hear it.”

Times of theme interpretation will be held throughout the

annual meeting to allow messengers time to pray over and consider how God is

calling them to be involved in helping fulfill His Great Commission.

Special highlights

Monday evening messengers will hear a special report from

the Baptist State Convention. The Convention will introduce the third phase in a three-year initiative designed to encourage

North Carolina Baptists in evangelism, discipleship and missions mobilization.

The 2012 emphasis, “Expanding the Kingdom,” is focused on

challenging North Carolina Baptists to live “on mission” in their community,

state, nation and world with the gospel of Christ. For more information visit finditherenc.org.

Darryl Craft, pastor of Green Street Baptist Church in High

Point, will bring the Convention Sermon during the Tuesday evening session.

Craft has served as pastor at Green Street Baptist Church since 2007.

He previously served churches in Oklahoma, Alabama and

Tennessee. Craft earned his doctor of ministry and master of divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological

Seminary.

Attendees will also hear messages from Milton A. Hollifield

Jr. and Ed Yount. Hollifield will give the executive director-treasurer’s

address Monday evening, and Yount will bring his president’s address Tuesday

morning.

Each year the annual meeting features special events,

presentations and related meetings.

One such event this year is the Great Commission Partnership

Missions breakfast.

The breakfast will give messengers an opportunity to explore

mission opportunities from the BSC, North American Mission Board and

International Mission Board, as well as networking opportunities with other

pastors and leaders. George Russ, executive director of the Metropolitan New

York Baptist Association, will be the keynote speaker.

The breakfast will be held Tuesday, Nov. 8, from 7 a.m. to

8:15 a.m. and is open to all pastors, church staff, mission leaders and

spouses.

The breakfast is free but registration is required and space

is limited.

Visit here.

The Pastor’s Conference will also be held at the Koury

Convention Center. The event is free and registration is not required.

The Sunday, Nov. 6, session begins at 6 p.m. and features

Logan Carson, distinguished professor of Christian theology (Ret.), The College

at Southeastern, Wake Forest; and Greg Mathis, senior pastor, Mud Creek Baptist

Church, Hendersonville.

The Monday, Nov. 7, session begins at 9 a.m. and features

Clayton King, founder and president of Crossroads Worldwide, Shelby; Larry

Wynn, vice president of evangelism, NAMB; and John Bisagno, pastor emeritus,

First Baptist Church, Houston, Texas.

The Monday afternoon session features David Dykes, senior

pastor, Green Acres Baptist Church, Tyler, Texas. Visit here.

Break out sessions

On Tuesday afternoon messengers can attend one of 19 break

out sessions. The sessions are designed to focus on biblical topics and

practical information that can be applied to everyday life. The sessions

feature topics such as “Church Renewal,” “The Minister’s Juggling Act,” “Evangelism

Crash Course,” and “Web Empowered Church.”

Exhibit hall

The exhibit hall includes more than 100 exhibits featuring

BSC ministry groups, institutions and agencies, as well as exhibits offering

various resources to churches such as insurance, church building and planning,

and website development.

The exhibit hall is open Monday 2 p.m.-9 p.m. and Tuesday 8

a.m.-9 p.m. A complete listing of exhibitors is available on the annual meeting

website, ncannualmeeting.org.

Information will continue to be added to the annual meeting

site as it becomes available.

Details about business sessions and the budget presentation

will be posted in early October.