The Baptist State Convention of North Carolina (BSC) has released details about the 2017 Annual Meeting scheduled for Nov. 6-7 at the Koury Convention Center in Greensboro, N.C.
Prayer and missions are clear emphases for the event. A prayer gathering, developed by the BSC office of prayer for evangelization and spiritual awakening, is slated for the evening session on Tuesday, Nov. 7. The service will culminate a 30-day prayer initiative announced earlier this year. “The goal of this special service is for all N.C. Baptists to unite their hearts in prayer for spiritual awakening and revival,” according to the BSC website.
BR file photo by Steve Cooke
Messengers to the annual meeting of the Baptist State Convention Nov. 6-7 will vote on officers, articles and bylaw changes and resolutions. One resolution deals with racism while another is about human sexuality and marriage.
Messengers will cast ballots on mission-focused resolutions concerning sexuality and racism. In an explanation for the “Resolution Denouncing Racism,” the Resolutions and Memorials Committee said it hopes to clearly communicate “the message of hope and love found within the gospel.”
Similarly, the resolution on sexuality and marriage calls N.C. Baptists to “commit to pray for our neighbors who identify themselves as homosexual and transgender, to minister to them with Christ’s love, and, as they repent, to help them grow as disciples of Jesus Christ.”
Messengers will also vote on bylaw changes to rectify an issue related to the rotation of the convention’s board of directors.
Election of convention officers will take place in both the morning and afternoon sessions, Tues., Nov. 7. Timmy Blair, pastor of Piney Grove Chapel Baptist Church in Angier, will nominate Lee Pigg, pastor of Hopewell Baptist Church in Monroe, for the office of BSC president. Cameron McGill, current BSC president, will not run for re-election. Joel Stephens, first vice president, and James Dillard “J.D.” Grant, second vice president, will both seek a second term in their current roles.
The schedule, proposed resolutions, proposed bylaw changes and information about breakout sessions and auxiliary events are printed inside the Biblical Recorder, but are also listed under “Resources” on a page for the “BSC 2017 Annual Meeting.”