The Executive Committee (EC) of the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina (BSC) met July 12 to hear the proposed 2013 Cooperative Program budget and other reports.
The proposed $33.5 million budget presented by the Budget Committee does not reflect an increase over the 2012 Cooperative Program budget approved by messengers during last year’s annual meeting in November.
The budget does include an additional one-half percent increase in the percentage of Cooperative Program receipts that are sent to the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC). This is the eighth year in a row that the BSC has increased this percentage by one-half percent.
The proposed allocation to the SBC is 36 percent.
The budget also includes a two percent cost of living increase for Convention staff.
In order to accommodate these increases, Convention ministry team leaders reduced their 2013 program budgets by 3-5 percent. N.C. Baptist Hospital, N.C. Baptist Foundation and Biblical Recorder allocations are reduced by three percent in the proposed budget.
The Executive Committee approved the budget as presented. If the Board of Directors approves the budget during its Sept. 25-26 meeting, the budget will then be presented to messengers for approval during this year’s annual meeting Nov. 12-13. Cooperative Program receipts through June 30 totaled $14,797,875.11 – which represents less than a 1 percent decrease compared to last year.
The N.C. Missions Offering is at $450,391.55, which is about 4 percent behind where it was last year. The Annie Armstrong Easter Offering for North American Missions is at $1,898,029.98, representing a 6.41 percent increase over last year. The Lottie Moon Christmas Offering for International Missions is at $9,076,155.61, which is 2 percent under where it was this time last year. John Butler, BSC executive leader of Business Services, noted that some of the money for the Lottie Moon offering was designated for last year’s offering but didn’t come in until after Jan.1.
Committee on Nominations
The Executive Committee approved the following recommendations from the Committee on Nominations related to appointments on the BSC Board of Directors: Logan Dagley, The Summit Church, Yates Association, to fill the 2014 unexpired term of David Horner; Eric Griffin, Hocutt Church, Johnston Association, to fill the 2013 unexpired term of Timmy Blair; Bill Sanderson, Hephzibah Church, Raleigh Association, to fill the 2014 unexpired term of Brian Langley; and Randy Storz, Mount Olive Church, Pilot Mountain Association, to fill the 2014 unexpired term of Barry Clement.
The Committee on Nominations recommended Robert Ivey, Freedom Biker Church, New South River Association, to fill the 2014 unexpired term of Tony Brewington on the Biblical Recorder Board of Directors.
The committee also recommended John Porter, Riegelwood Church, Columbus Association, to fill the 2013 unexpired term of Brandon Blair on the Committee on Convention Meetings.