BSC Board focuses on vision forums
Dianna L. Cagle, BR Assistant Managing Editor
February 01, 2011

BSC Board focuses on vision forums

BSC Board focuses on vision forums
Dianna L. Cagle, BR Assistant Managing Editor
February 01, 2011

A new year translates as new faces at the January Baptist

State Convention of North Carolina (BSC) Board of Directors meeting.

The meeting Jan. 25-26 at Caraway Conference Center allowed

new directors to wet their feet on Convention business and learn about various

ministries in which N.C. Baptists are involved.

One focus of the meeting was the upcoming 14 vision

fulfillment forums from February through July. Members of the Vision

Fulfillment Committee (VFC) will study perceptions of the BSC’s effectiveness

in funding and implementing Convention’s vision, as set forth in the Seven

Pillars for Ministry, written by Milton Hollifield, executive director-treasurer (see column).

The BSC Board voted to create the VFC committee at its

September 2010 meeting. It includes: Allan Blume, chairman, pastor, Mount

Vernon Baptist Church, Boone; Aaron Wallace, vice chairman, pastor, Hephzibah

Baptist Church, Wendell; Jairo Contreras, pastor and church planter, New Hope

Church, Rutherfordton; Donna Elmore, member, Southside Baptist Church,

Greensboro; Tadd Grandstaff, church planter and pastor, Pine Ridge Church,

Graham; Al James, pastor of Carey Baptist Church, Henderson; Rick Speas,

pastor, Old Town Baptist Church, Winston-Salem; Bobby Blanton, Board president;

Ed Yount, Convention president; CJ Bordeaux, Convention second vice president;

and Phil Qualls, newly elected Board vice president.

Visit www.ncbaptist.org/vf.

Other committees

Now that new directors are on the board, Blanton said he

will be forming two committees soon that will deal with issues brought up at

the November annual meeting.

One committee will consider the adoption of the Baptist

Faith and Message 2000 by the Baptist State Convention.

A second committee will examine the development of a policy

related to alcohol consumption.

Executive Committee

Four members of the Board were elected to serve as at-large

members of the Executive Committee: Lee Pigg, Hopewell Baptist Church, Monroe;

Mike Ivey, West Cramerton Baptist Church, Cramerton; David Horner, Providence

Baptist Church, Raleigh; Michael Barrett, Pleasant Garden Baptist Church,

Pleasant Garden.

Biblical Recorder

Gerald Hodges, chairman of the Biblical Recorder Board of

Directors, said he is excited about the direction of North Carolina’s


The search team is accepting resumes for its vacant

Editor/President position.

“It is a new day, a new direction,” Hodges said. “We

need to put our money where our mouth is. We’ve said for a long time we want

something different.”

He plugged a “Great 8” promotion which gives eight key

church leaders a year-long subscription for $96.

EDT report

In Hollifield’s report he focused on church plants and

enduring temptation.

“God is doing some wonderful things,” he said. In 2010, the

BSC added 145 new churches, most through church plants. In the last five years

613 churches have been added to the Convention.

He used most of his time to share how to endure temptation

successfully using James 1:12-15.

He felt that the examples of spiritual failure lately

warranted repeating it to board members.

“It’s important that we live godly lives,” Hollifield said.

“You are a child of God; live like a child of God.”

Partnership update

Michael Sowers, senior consultant in the office of Great

Commission partnerships (GCP) highlighted the new partnership with Metro New

York Baptist Association (see related story). More than 400 N.C. Baptists served the greater New

York area.

Chuck Register, left, executive leader of the church planting and missions development team at the Baptist State Convention, talks with Bobby Blanton, who was re-elected president of the BSC Board of Directors during its January meeting. Phil Qualls, pastor of Apex Baptist Church, was elected vice president, and Teresa Jones was re-elected secretary for the seventh year.

A partnership with Boston is in the works. The Partnerships

office is waiting on the North American Mission Board to complete its vision

before the Convention begins to send teams. A strategy should be

in place by fall.

The Moldova partnership begins in March with a pastor’s

conference, women’s retreat and youth event. These events begin a three-year


Sowers highlighted a new ministry as well: Next Generation

Missional Journey. This is a three-year journey for students who have completed

sophomore year. Twenty students will get classroom time and interact with

Convention employees dealing with missions, evangelism, etc.

Each year they

will participate in service starting in North Carolina, then North American

then internationally.

The Eastern Canada partnership is ending. The Board approved

a 10-year commitment to the Greater Toronto Area. Sowers pointed out the

extreme lostness in that particular area.

Teams are going to be needed to help with all the

partnerships. Contact (800) 395-5102, ext. 5626, or [email protected]


Dana Hall gave the North Carolina Baptist Men’s report,

sharing some highlights from various ministries including Haiti: 744

salvations, 35,411 meals, 55,678 total patients, and 539 volunteers.

Baptist Men is being asked to provide a logistical team for

a mobile medical disaster hospital.


Baptist Men receives most of its funding through the North

Carolina Missions Offering, which while not reaching the goal of $2.1 million,

did bypass 2009 levels by more than 3.9 percent, totaling $1.87 million.

Fruitland Baptist Bible Institute

“This is not the time to throttle down,” said David Horton,

Fruitland’s president. “This is the time to move into a higher gear.”

Horton reported 20 full-time and four part-time students at

the Monroe satellite. He mentioned others: Hispanic campuses in Winston-Salem,

Statesville and Wilmington; and several others scattered across the state.

Horton said enrollment has jumped from 160 in 2009 to 265 in


Fruitland is also working with The College at Southeastern,

Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and other college campuses to help

students complete bachelor’s and master’s degrees.

Christian Life and Public Affairs

Jarrod Scott, chairman, said it’s a new day in North

Carolina. Fall elections has brought a change in leadership. Some of the key

issues before the legislature this year:

  • A Woman’s Right to Know — This law, if enacted, would

    provide information for women seeking abortions, including risks of abortion

    and options available if she should choose to carry the child to term. It would

    also require abortion providers to refer women to a web site or printed

    material with information and photos of the different gestational phases of her

    unborn baby, and if the doctor uses ultrasound during the procedure, the doctor

    must offer the woman an opportunity to see the ultrasound images.

  • Marriage Protection Amendment — North Carolina has a

    marriage law but not a constitutional amendment, which leaves the state

    vulnerable to the ruling of a judge who might advocate for same-sex marriage.

  • Privatization of Alcohol Sales — Those who support

    privatization of alcohol sales contend it will bring about a much-needed

    infusion of income to our cash-strapped state. Those who oppose privatization

    suggest that, after that initial payout, the state would draw far less from

    alcohol sales, that the price of alcohol would fall, and that this new

    affordability and increased availability (in terms of numbers of retail outlets

    and hours for purchase) would cause consumption to go up and make liquor more

    accessible to minors.

  • Choose Life License Plate — If approved, the cost of the

    plate would be $25 per year with $15 per year going to pregnancy resource

    centers. In the 24 states that have these specialty license plates, more than

    $12.3 million has been raised.

The committee will launch an educational campaign to help

pastors reach out with compassion to homosexuals in their congregation and


In fall 2011, N.C. Baptists are being encouraged to

participate in 40 Days for Life, a national movement in which churches conduct

24-hour, 40-day prayer vigils outside local abortion clinics. Visit


The group also discussed adopting schools.

Follow happenings at blog.ncbaptist.org/clpa.

Christian Higher Education

“All our universities are experiencing growth numerically,”

said Rit Varriale, chairman, who mentioned Wingate and Gardner-Webb universities

specifically. He also highlighted special news at each campus.

The Board approved money for Baptist Theological Grants be

put in a North Carolina Baptist Foundation endowment to disperse funds to

students at Gardner-Webb and Campbell divinity schools.

Through previous giving plans, the Convention had been

giving $200,000 annually to help students at those schools. There are no longer

Plans B and C that allowed churches to donate straight to the Convention and

have money distributed to specific ministries or funds.

There is $300,000 left in the account. The money given was

specifically given by N.C. Baptists to distribute to these schools.

The deans will be able to determine how to disburse money to

the students. Only students from Baptist State Convention churches will be

allowed to receive funds.

Christian Social Services

Cameron McGill, chairman, discussed the Baptist Children’s

Homes of North Carolina (BCH), North Carolina Baptist Aging Ministry (NCBAM)

and the North Carolina Baptist Hospital.

“The Bible has much to say how we treat the oldest and the

youngest,” said McGill.”

Within the BCH, there were 74 professions of faith in 2010.

He also pointed out the annual food roundup in April as well as workdays:

Kennedy Home, April 30; Oak Ranch, May 7; Mills Home Cameron Camp and Odum

Home, May 14.

McGill and Sandy Gregory shared ways the North Carolina

Baptist Aging Ministry (NCBAM) helps churches and individuals with senior


NCBAM won a regional award for its service.

So far NCBAM has received 1,600 calls in Thomasville seeking

some form of assistance. More than 90 percent of those calls are from

unchurched people.

NCBAM has materials available to give ideas to church

members to help. They also have a 30-day devotion for an elderly person or


Staff members are available for training to help caregivers

as well as seniors know resources available to them.

The hospital is “one of those things you hope you never have

to use,” McGill said. Ministers receive discounts and the Mother’s Day Offering

helps offset costs for people who can’t afford their care.

McGill also said a useful ministry is CareNet, which

provides resources and counseling to individuals and churches.


There are three upcoming conferences that will help with

evangelization, said Randy White, chairman: state evangelism conference (Feb.

28-March 1); prayer conference (March 11-12); intentionally evangelistic church

strategy (April 5-7).

White also said the Find It Here (FIH) emphasis is coming in


“There are a lot of great things in store for the state of

North Carolina,” White said.

Congregational Service

Scott Faw, chairman, also referenced Find it Here: Embracing

Christ and yielded time to Lynn Sasser to showcase FIH.

“God is not through with His church,” Sasser said. Materials

are available at www.finditherenc.org.


The Convention handles numerous web sites to highlight

ministries and to increase web traffic, said Jon Hall, chairman.

Hall said a policy that was being considered in his

committee is now being reverted back to the Convention staff because a board

policy would be “unnecessarily restrictive.” The policy concerns mass e-mails.

The committee believes the staff should be able to adjust this policy as


Business Services

Harvey Brown, chairman, said the committee has five

objectives in 2011: Caraway’s capital campaign; Caswell

master plan adoption; Hollifield study to examine business model and assess

ministries; evaluate self-insured health insurance program; and complete 2010

audit and report to board.

Financial report

The Convention did not make its budget in 2010.

“I’m not going to sugarcoat it, it was a tough year,” said

John Butler, executive leader for business services. Receipts were down 7.36 percent

yet the Convention ended the year about $100,000 in black.

“That was a difficult thing to do this year,” Butler said.

“It meant a lot of times our staff saying we can’t do this … or we’re going to

scale this down.”

Butler said staff members have been creative to try to save

money, including using technology to cut mileage. Using conference calls or

computer communication helps save the Convention money.

There was an anomaly on the report with the Lottie Moon

Christmas Offering (LMCO).

There was a tremendous decrease from 2009 to 2010, but

Butler reminded board members that in 2009 there were essentially two offerings

for LMCO because of the expected shortfall. The 2010 levels are near 2008



At the end of the meeting, directors recognized staff

members for service:

  • Five years: Sandra Allred, food services at Caraway; Mark

    Gray, team leader for church planting; Jeremy Jackson, associate for Camp

    Caraway; Maria Luoni, ministry assistant in multi-cultural ministries; and

    Brian Smith, maintenance worker at Caraway.

  • Ten years: Rick Hughes, church health team; and Martha

    Honeycutt, food services at Caraway.

  • Fifteen years: Russell Schwab, information technology.
  • Twenty years: Linda Flecken, administration assistant and HR

    representative at Caraway; and Judy Meredith, housekeeping at Caraway.

  • Twenty-five years: Rick Holbrook, director at North Carolina

    Baptist Assembly.

  • Thirty years: Mike Adams, maintenance at North Carolina

    Baptist Assembly.

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