BSC launches 2008 NCMO initiative, website
BSC Communications
August 07, 2008

BSC launches 2008 NCMO initiative, website

BSC launches 2008 NCMO initiative, website
BSC Communications
August 07, 2008

The eternal impact of mission giving

is being highlighted in the 2008 North Carolina Missions Offering, received by

most churches in September.

A new Website has been launched as a

comprehensive resource including videos, prayer guide for the NCMO Week of

Prayer (Sept. 7-14, 2008) and a Bible curriculum for children for use in small

groups or Sunday School classes.

“We want to help children understand

very early in their lives the impact of God’s Word and its outgrowth of giving

through His church, and this guide is a first class effort by so many to do

just that,” said Mike Creswell, Baptist State Convention senior consultant for

Cooperative Program and NCMO promotion.

Resources have been mailed to North

Carolina Baptist churches. For further questions call (800) 395-5102, ext.


The NCMO funds North Carolina church

planting, ministries and partnerships with a 2008 goal of $2 million. Among

them, is the work of North Carolina Baptist Men in disaster relief, mission

outreach and partnerships.

“The NCMO keeps us moving and

growing,” said Richard Brunson, Baptist Men’s executive director-treasurer.

“Without this support from North Carolina Baptist churches, we could not

continue our ministry with the same ever-expanding focus which we now employ in

our work. North Carolina Baptists should consider the NCMO the lifeblood

for our ministry.”

In North Carolina’s rapidly growing

population church planting is a critical component in the evangelism strategy

of many congregations and of the Baptist State Convention.

“To effectively congregationalize

new believers is not only a command of the Lord Jesus Christ, but we are

finding that the assistance we provide to existing congregations to develop a

church-planting mentality actually helps renew churches in their Great

Commission task of reaching their world for Christ,” said Mark Gray, BSCNC team

leader for church planting.

“Alongside the Cooperative Program

and the national mission offerings of the Southern Baptist Convention, the NCMO

stands as a vital source of intentional engagement with the culture of our

state,” said Creswell.

“The genius of the Cooperative

Program and the NCMO is the multiplication factor which brings together

churches from different regions of the state and forms a gospel alliance to

accomplish together what they could never do alone.”

“And not only that,” said Milton A.

Hollifield, Jr., BSCNC executive director-treasurer, “it provides the means

whereby this state convention can expand and develop new ways of accomplishing

eternal goals through a systematic method of research and development that many

other denominations do not possess.”

“Our focus as North Carolina

Baptists remains centered on the solid foundation of the gospel of Jesus Christ

as revealed in the Bible,” Hollifield said. “But our providential advantage as

a convention of churches is the strength we hold together as we learn from one

another, grow together, and have the monetary means to actually reach out in

new ways of church planting, new associational partnerships, and attempt new

projects without the fear of compromising the solid stability that has come to

exemplify North Carolina Baptists. The North Carolina Missions Offering helps

us to do just that to the glory of the Lord.”

The theme of the 2008 offering

is: Eternal Impact: Impacted by Eternal Truth – Impacting for

Eternal Change. “This theme stresses our hope as grounded on Scripture –

the eternal truth of God,” Creswell said. “It both focuses our attention

on the never-changing Word of God and challenges us again to reach out in ways

which would impact our time with eternal truth.”