BSC Board focuses on vision, Great Commission
Dianna L. Cagle, BR Assistant Managing Editor
May 23, 2011

BSC Board focuses on vision, Great Commission

BSC Board focuses on vision, Great Commission
Dianna L. Cagle, BR Assistant Managing Editor
May 23, 2011

Members of the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina (BSC)

Board of Directors met recently for the second time this year to conduct


During the May 17-18 meeting at Caraway

Conference Center

near Asheboro, members heard from a

variety of committees as well as updates about other ministries.

Bobby Blanton, Board president and pastor of Lake

Norman Baptist Church

in Huntersville, presided over the meeting.

Great Commission Partnerships

Mike Sowers, senior consultant for Great Commission

Partnerships, introduced Board members to three men helping lead efforts with

the Toronto partnership: Peter Blackaby, mobilization director with the North

American Mission Board (NAMB) for the Canadian Region; Dan Collison, director

of Toronto Church Planting and the southern Ontario lead church planting

catalyst for the Canadian National Baptist Convention and NAMB; and Jeff

Christopherson, vice president of the Canadian Region with NAMB.

“The kinds of people immigrating to Canada are world leaders,”

said Chistopherson. “If we can reach them there we are reaching world leaders.”

He said the partnership has “been a blessing already.”

Sowers also updated the Board about the kickoff to the Moldova

partnership with a trip in March and the continuing partnership with New


Sowers said the Boston

partnership will be more defined by the September Board meeting as NAMB

appointments put key people in place.

Biblical Recorder report

Pastor Gerald Hodges of Westwood Baptist Church in Roxboro,

who is chairman of the Biblical Recorder Board of Directors, gave a synopsis of

the search process for the Biblical Recorder’s new editor. The board met April

18 and announced the election of K. Allan Blume as editor/president. He

officially started May 25.

BR photo by Dianna L. Cagle

Jeff Christopherson, standing, vice president of the Canadian region for the North American Mission Board, shares with the Baptist State Convention Board of Directors about the need for the partnership in Canada.

“My desire is simply to take the first word of the paper’s

name and live up to it,” said Blume, who left Mount

Vernon Baptist Church

in Boone where he was pastor. In his time with the Board, Blume asked them to

pray for him, his wife and the staff at the Biblical Recorder. He also

encouraged them to subscribe. One way Blume hopes to bring change is to appeal

to a younger audience. In that regard he encouraged the use of BRnow.org. The

www.biblicalrecorder.org site will still be available but the BRnow.org is

easier to remember and spell.

Board members welcomed Blume as Recorder editor in a

reception following its first day’s meeting.

Vision Fulfillment

Milton A. Hollifield Jr., executive director-treasurer,

distributed a printout to the Board members to highlight the ministries of the

Baptist State Convention and yielded his time to Blume, who was chairman of the

Vision Fulfillment committee.

Blume led the Board through a Vision Fulfillment Forum to

get feedback on how the BSC is doing in

promoting its Seven Pillars for Ministry, which was written by Hollifield

shortly after becoming executive-director treasurer. One of the younger Board

members thanked those who had held the line against liberalism.

The group kept returning to one of the questions — how to

reach a younger generation. They also wanted to know how the institutions and

agencies of the Baptist State Convention fit in the seven pillars.

Blume stepped down from his chairman role after taking his

new position at the Biblical Recorder. Aaron Wallace, who was the vice

chairman, will now take that role.

The next vision forums are:

  • May 26 at Highland

    Baptist Church,

    New London

  • June 23 at Elizabeth

    Baptist Church,


  • June 30 at Cape Carteret

    Baptist Church

  • July 14 at Village

    Baptist Church,


  • July 21 at Lewis Fork Baptist Church, Wilkesboro

North Carolina Baptist


Paul Mullen gave an update of the North Carolina Baptist

Hospital (NCBH) and Mother’s Day Offering (goal = $700,000).

“God is working in very powerful ways with what we do

together,” he said.

One of the largest CareNet Counseling facilities operated by

NCBH is in Fayetteville. Mullen

said 750 military families are served here every year.

Articles and Bylaws

After looking over the articles and bylaws, Shannon Scott,

pastor of Mount Vernon Baptist Church in Raleigh, indicated the committee has

more changes in store. Scott said two pages of changes will be available before

the next meeting.

Study committees

Blanton announced that study committees for the Baptist

Faith and Message and Social Use of Alcohol have begun meeting. Both committees

were formed in response to recommendations at the 2010 annual meeting.

Business Services

Board members approved the following: The Business Services

committee moves that the annual audit report be accepted and that 20 (percent)

of the operating net revenues from Convention activities be transferred to the

Contingency Reserve.

The Board also approved the first phase of Fort

Caswell’s master plan to build a

youth cottage building to hold approximately 100 young people and their

chaperones. Initial estimates have the cost at $1.8 million but leaders feel

that they will be able to hit below that mark when all the proper permits and

contracts are made. This is the first of a four-phase plan for Caswell.

Board members were also reminded that Caraway

Conference Center

is in the midst of its capital campaign New Beginnings. Pastors are invited to

special lunches June 28 or July 19 to raise awareness of the $7.8 million


Christian Life and Public Affairs

Jarrod Scott referred to the Vision Fulfillment forums and

how it applies to this committee.

“We don’t speak for Baptists; it’s not our role,” said

Scott. “But we do speak to Baptists.”

Scott mentioned HB 854 which is before the North Carolina

House and encouraged Board members to call their representatives in support of

a woman’s right to know, a bill about abortions.

Scott also mentioned that the committee hopes to present a

breakout session at this year’s annual meeting in Greensboro

on how to minister to homosexuals as well as work with Eddie Thompson, senior

consultant for marriage and family, on creating materials for pastors and other

church leaders to use in ministry.

The committee is also promoting 40 Days for Life

(www.40daysforlife.com), a national movement in which churches conduct 24-hour,

40-day prayer vigils outside local abortion clinics. They are looking at March


He also highlighted the committee’s blog: clpablog.org.

Church planting and missions development

Todd Marlow shared that in the first quarter of 2011, church

plants in North Carolina are

averaging 6,835 in worship and have amassed 794 professions of faith and 406


“God’s doing something,” said Marlow. “It’s pretty


He reported that 91 church plants are receiving financial

and training assistance from the Convention; 37 more await approval and

funding. Since 2006, the Convention planted 613 new churches through the end of


After sharing about the importance of church planting,

Marlow yielded some of his time to BSC’s

Chuck Register, executive leader of the church planting and missions

development group. Each Board member received a personalized demographic study

to help churches build its ministries. Other N.C. Baptist churches can get a

survey for $20 via Shirley Sells at [email protected]. If churches are

thinking about planting a church they can upload names and addresses of church

members and find out members’ drive time. Visit www.link2lead.com.

Fruitland Baptist Bible Institute

David Horton reported that the school is adding to its

satellite campuses. In conjunction with the BSC’s

articles and bylaws committee, Horton said changes have been made to update

Fruitland’s constitution. Copies of the new document were made available

to the Board members and were approved.

Financial report

While the Convention continues to operate in the black, John

Butler, executive leader for business services, said the entity is five percent

behind where it usually is at the end of April 2010. Butler

credited the late Easter holiday with the shortfall.

Butler said the

budget was ahead at the end of March but fell $500,000 behind by April. The

Convention had reduced that shortfall by half on May 6, and Butler

said money for the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering was expected to jump as


Butler also

reported that the Convention’s auditing firm issued a clean audit.

Woman’s Missionary Union

Ruby Fulbright, executive director of Woman’s Missionary

Union of North Carolina introduced the organization’s new president to the BSC


Tana Hartsell, who is from Concord,

is a member of First

Baptist Church

in Kannapolis. Hartsell was elected as president at the

WMU-NC April meeting, which drew 1,100 participants. WMU-NC is celebrating 125

years. She praised the “courageous women who laid the vision.”

“We remain diligent, and we remain faithful,” she said.

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