Board discusses Fruitland satellites, CP
Norman Jameson, BR Editor
May 28, 2010

Board discusses Fruitland satellites, CP

Board discusses Fruitland satellites, CP
Norman Jameson, BR Editor
May 28, 2010

Fruitland Baptist Bible

Institute will begin three satellite campuses by October President David Horton

told the Baptist State Convention (BSC) board of directors May 26.

Other business of the board,

meeting on its regular schedule at Caraway Conference Center, was routine until

the closing minutes. Austin Rammell, pastor of Venture, moved that the board

ask its executive committee to study the feasibility of replacing “non-priority

missions items” in the Cooperative Program budget with items “we say are our

priority” that are now funded primarily through the North Carolina Missions

Offering (NCMO).

Before he made his motion

Rammell apologized to BSC Executive Director-Treasurer Milton Hollifield Jr.,

saying “God had to grow me up some” in his four years on the board and his “passion

sometimes gets ahead of me and I’ve sometimes been over critical and that can

come off as arrogant.”

During his board term

Rammell has often pushed in discussions for the budget to fund the priorities

currently included in the North Carolina Missions Offering. He feels that will

both diminish the need for special offerings and increase the eagerness of

churches like his to support the Cooperative Program (CP).

The NCMO’s priority items

are church planting and Baptist Men, which coordinates two of the highest

profile ministries under the Convention’s umbrella: partnerships and disaster

relief. If those are truly Convention priorities, Rammell reasons, they should

be fully funded through the Cooperative Program and not dependent on a special


“The problem is not

marketing for the Cooperative Program,” Rammell said. “GenX pastors get it. The

problem is CP itself … changing how we spend our money is the key, not just

changing how we market how we spend our money.”

John Butler, BSC executive

leader for business services, said because all entities share the rise or fall

of Cooperative Program giving, the priorities in the NCMO would have received

less money had they been in the CP budget last year than they received through

the special offering.

Board member Don Greene said

such a change would require a reeducation process for everyone and “there would

be chaos in all the churches” because “it takes years to do that, to reeducate


After a clarification that

the motion’s only intent is to ask the executive committee to examine the

feasibility of such a move, the motion passed on a raised hand vote with many

abstentions. The executive committee’s findings are due back to the board in


Fruitland satellites

Horton, making his report

one year after starting as president of the Bible Institute, said satellite campuses were a

clear dream from his first days.

BR photo by Norman Jameson

David Phelps, left, director of missions in Atlantic Baptist Association, lobbies Fruitland Baptist Bible Institute President David Horton for a satellite campus in New Bern.

He learned when he took

office that directors of missions had advocated for Fruitland satellites for


Two hispanic satellites will

open in July, one in Winston-Salem and one in Warsaw at Eastern Baptist

Association. A third satellite, to open by October, will be in Union Baptist

Association in Monroe.

Horton anticipates as many

as five new satellites starting in 2011.

“We want to move slowly but

methodically, to make sure the campuses we start will be done right to assure

long-term success,” Horton said.

He anticipates costs to be

just $150 per course, including textbooks.

Acknowledging the “difficult

days for all of us,” Horton said, “I’m just a firm believer that we’ve got to

put something out there in front of people so they have something they want to

give to and be a part of … We’re gearing up to move forward. We’re not crying



Three soldiers in uniform

received a standing ovation when they came to report on chaplaincy ministries

in which North Carolina Baptists are involved.

Larry Jones, who works with

military/chaplaincy ministries in BSC’s congregational services, is a colonel

in the National Guard about to begin a four-month leave of absence from the BSC

to direct a government funded study to determine ways faith communities can be

more effectively utilized in helping soldiers deal with the stresses of

returning from the battlefield.

Chaplain Capt. Tommy Watson,

who just returned from Iraq, said chaplains have an opportunity to minister to

the “subgroup” that is soldiers.

“We have a group of people

who want to put their lives on the line, literally, to serve their country and

to serve you,” Watson said.

“Many are in our churches.

If they’re not in your church, they’re probably in your neighborhood.”

The chaplains want to see

churches rally around soldiers and soldiers’ families even those outside the

church family.

Watson said when that happens,

both the military family and the church will be strengthened.

When soldiers tell him about

a problem at home Watson said his best resource is always to call a church at

home and ask them to go see the family.

Watson said he hears so many

stories for which he has no answer other than Jesus. But churches can fill in

gaps at home that will make a real difference.

Military families are real

workers, Watson said. Their involvement in a local church will strengthen that


“They want to get in there and do something,” he said.

“They need to be invited.

They’re probably not going to come to you first unless it’s like they come to

me with a bank account that’s empty or a home torn apart.”

Other reports

With CP income through April

9 percent below the same period last year, budget committee chair Steve Hardy

said he anticipates a lower budget for 2011.

Cameron McGill, chairman of

the social services committee, reported enthusiastically about the 125th

anniversary activities of Baptist Children’s Homes, the thousands of persons

receiving counseling through Baptist CareNet and of the new senior adult

ministries through North Carolina Baptist Aging Ministries, which receives an

average of 30 calls per day asking for help connecting to services.

“These are great days in

spite of a few bumps along the road because of the ministries that are being

done, and I’m thankful for that,” said McGill, pastor of First Baptist Church,


Dana Hall, president of N.C.

Baptist Men said the older of two widely used medical/dental buses is worn out

and must be replaced. A new vehicle will cost as much as $400,000.

The Church Planting and Missions Development Committee reported 112 churches in the funding cycle for the first quarter of 2010.

Embrace women’s ministry is

taking its first international mission trip — to Argentina. They plan to hold

teas to host locals, prayer walk, visit in the schools and do evangelism


Fifteen teams are scheduled

to help Baptists in the Metropolitan New York Baptist Association this summer,

including two construction teams and 13 evangelism teams.

Fruitland students will

participate in an Urban Plunge in New York, as well.