EC focuses on financial, committee reports
Melissa Lilley, BSC Communications
April 21, 2011

EC focuses on financial, committee reports

EC focuses on financial, committee reports
Melissa Lilley, BSC Communications
April 21, 2011

The Executive Committee (EC) of the Baptist State Convention

of North Carolina (BSC) met April 14 in Cary

for a regularly scheduled meeting and heard committee and financial reports and

appointments to new committees.

The meeting began with a Vision Fulfillment story from Bob

Fulkerson, pastor of Madison Avenue Baptist Church in Goldsboro.

Madison Avenue is less than one mile from Seymour Johnson

Air Force Base, and the church has been seeking ways to minister to the

military and their families.

The church recently worked with Eddie Thompson, BSC

marriage and family consultant, to host a marriage enrichment event for

military families.

Earlier this year Madison Avenue also hosted a conference

for pastors, counselors, chaplains and lay persons involved with or

interested in ministering to military personnel who suffer from post-traumatic

stress disorder.

Although the church is not large in terms of size, its

service in the community is an example that “it doesn’t matter what size church

you are, you can make a difference,” said Milton A. Hollifield Jr., BSC

executive director-treasurer.

Personnel matters

John Butler, executive leader for business services,

reported on a change in the work assignments for the accounting team. Robert

Simons resigned as comptroller in August of last year, and in his absence

members of the accounting team have assumed additional job responsibilities.

Since that time, Butler

and the Convention’s auditors, C. Dewitt Foard and Company in Charlotte,

have determined that while an additional “set of trained eyes” is needed to

review the monthly financial statements and bank reconciliations, a full time

CPA or MBA staff member would prove an unnecessary expense.

Therefore, BSC senior

accountant Beverly Volz will assume many of the day-to-day tasks performed by

the former comptroller. The BSC will hire a

CPA to work on a contract basis each month to review monthly reports and bank


“This is just one example of what we’re trying to do in

order to save dollars,” Hollifield said. “We are trying to examine all our

staff positions to see if we can do more with less.”

Committee on


Mark Harris, Convention first vice president, brought the

Committee on Nominations report. Those new appointments include:

  • Craig Hamlin, pastor of Fairview

    Baptist Church

    in Apex, as 2011 chair of the Committee on Convention Meetings. Former chair

    Paul Crews is moving out of the state to accept a ministry position.

  • Kenny Chinn, pastor of Northside

    Baptist Church

    in Wilmington, as chair of the 2011

    Committee on Resolutions and Memorials.

  • Jim Gorsuch, member of Penelope Baptist Church in Hickory to

    fill the 2013 term of Barbara Hunnicutt for the Baptist Children’s Homes Board

    of Directors.

  • Brandon Blair, student minister of Calvary Baptist Church in

    Lincolnton to fill the 2013 term of Laura Dunlow for the Committee on

    Convention Meetings.

  • Michael McGirt, pastor of Faithwalk

    Fellowship Church

    in Hope Mills to fill the 2012 term of Robert Steele for the Committee on

    Convention Meetings.

Study committees

EC chair Bobby Blanton announced appointments to two study

committees that come as a result of motions approved by messengers at the 2010 BSC

annual meeting.

Phil Addison of Stony Point

Church in Stony Point

asked messengers to, “direct the Board of Directors to study and come (up) with

recommendations concerning the adoption of the Baptist Faith and message 2000

as the doctrinal statement for the North Carolina Baptist State Convention and

bring such recommendation(s) to the 2011 North Carolina Baptist State

Convention Annual Meeting.”

That study committee includes: Greg Mathis, chair, Mud

Creek Baptist Church,

Hendersonville; Don Bouldin, Carmel

Baptist Church,

Charlotte; Eddie Honeycutt, First

Baptist Church,

Stanleyville; Cameron McGill, First

Baptist Church,

Dublin; and Rit Varialle, Elizabeth

Baptist Church,


Tim Rogers of Ebenezer

Baptist Church in Indian Trail asked messengers to, “direct the Board of

Directors to study a policy concerning the social use of alcohol as it relates

to the funding of church plants, employment of personnel, and the nomination of

persons serving on committees and boards of the Baptist State Convention of

North Carolina, Inc., and report back to the 2011 annual convention.”

That study committee includes: Mike Whitson, chair, First

Baptist Church,

Indian Trail; Mike Barrett, Pleasant Garden

Baptist Church,

Pleasant Garden;

Brian Langley, Bethlehem Baptist

Church, Knightdale; M.O. Owens Jr.,

Parkwood Baptist

Church, Gastonia;

and Marcus Redding, Hulls Grove

Baptist Church,


Both committees will report back to the EC in August and the

BSC Board of Directors in September.

Young leaders

The only item of new business came as Blanton asked the EC

to begin considering what they can do to invest in young leaders across the


He encouraged each EC member to begin thinking about

bringing with them to this year’s annual meeting in Greensboro

one or two young leaders who have never attended an annual meeting.

As the EC and Board serve as a “strong leadership agent,”

Blanton said it is time to “begin the process of trying to invest in that next


Financial Report

Cooperative Program funds are close to $7.6 million, .3 percent ahead of last

year at this time. Giving to the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering is ahead 23.88

percent and giving to the North Carolina Missions Offering is ahead 5.5


The next EC meeting is May 16 in conjunction with the Board

of Directors meeting.

(EDITOR’S NOTE — BR Assistant Managing Editor Dianna L.

Cagle contributed to this report.)

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