Cooperative Program (CP) funds received by the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina (BSC) through the first quarter of 2015 are up 3.5 percent from the same time period as last year.
Through March 31, BSC has received $6.47 million in CP gifts, more than $221,000 above the first quarter of 2014.
Although the $6.47 million received is slightly behind BSC’s annual budget projections to date by about 3.3 percent, convention leaders are encouraged by the giving 2015 levels.
If contributions hold steady and annual trends in church giving continue, the convention should make or possibly exceed its CP missions budget of $29 million for 2015, said John Butler, BSC executive leader for business services.
“To be where we are at this point, we would project out that we actually may end 2015 above budget, if we stay on track with where we are now,” Butler said, noting that the convention receives a larger portion of its budget in the fourth quarter when churches adopt new budgets and when many people make year-end financial gifts. “To be where we are, we are very encouraged,” he added.
Butler and Beverly Volz, director of accounting services, presented the first quarter financial report to members of the BSC Executive Committee (EC) during the committee’s scheduled meeting April 9 in Cary.
Additionally, Volz reported that funds received for the Lottie Moon, Annie Armstrong and North Carolina Missions offerings in 2015 are all higher than funds received during the same time period last year.
“We do rejoice in this financial report,” said BSC Executive Director-Treasurer Milton Hollifield. “I do believe that this year’s budget of $29 million is very reachable, and I am in hopes that we will exceed that budget.
“We thank God for what comes from the churches. Everything we have comes from the churches of the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina. Thank God for what He is doing, and continue to pray that God would give us the resources that we need.”
In other business, board president and EC chairman Perry Brindley announced his appointments to the Articles and Bylaws Committee and the Fruitland Baptist Bible College Nominating Committee.
Brindley appointed five individuals to serve on the Articles and Bylaws Committee, which is made up of eight members appointed by the president of the board to serve a four-year terms. The five new appointees are:
Linda Black, administrator at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Gastonia;
John Compton, pastor of Mountain View Baptist Church in Hickory;
Mike Moore, retired minister and member of Kure Beach First Baptist Church;
Scott Setzer, associational missionary with the South Roanoke Baptist Association;
Marty Tobin, associate pastor for adult ministries at Pleasant Garden Baptist Church.
Three EC members were named to serve on the Fruitland Baptist Bible College Nominating Committee, which considers nominees for Fruitland’s board of directors. The Fruitland Nominating Committee must be comprised of members of the EC. The three appointees are:
Lawrence Clapp, pastor of South Elm Street Baptist Church in Greensboro;
Chris Hawks, pastor of Second Baptist Church of Hamlet;
Ken Jones, pastor of Lincoln Avenue Baptist Church in Lincolnton.
Hawks will serve as chairman of the Fruitland Nominating Committee.
The next meeting of the BSC Board of Directors is scheduled for May 19-20 at the Caraway Conference Center near Asheboro.