Executive Committee set for 2011
Melissa Lilley, BSC Communications
March 09, 2011

Executive Committee set for 2011

Executive Committee set for 2011
Melissa Lilley, BSC Communications
March 09, 2011

CONOVER — The Executive

Committee (EC) of the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina (BSC) met

March 4 at Hollifield Leadership Center for a brief business meeting that

included hearing committee and budget reports.

The meeting was the first

regularly scheduled meeting for the newly elected 2011 EC. Serving on the EC

this year are: Bobby Blanton, president, Board of Directors; Phil Qualls, vice

president, Board of Directors; Ed Yount, president, BSC; Mark Harris, first vice

president, BSC; C.J. Bordeaux, second vice president, BSC; Harvey Brown, chairman,

Business Services Committee; Todd Marlow, chairman, Church Planting and

Missions Development Committee; Jon Hall, chairman, Communications Committee;

Scott Faw, chairman, Congregational Services Committee; Rit Varriale, chairman,

Christian Higher Education; Randy White, chairman, Evangelization Committee;

Jarrod Scott, chairman, Christian Life and Public Affairs Committee; Cameron

McGill, chairman, Christian Social Services Committee; Randy Godwin, president,

Associational Missions Conference; Dana Hall, president, N.C. Baptist Men

(NCBM); Shannon Scott, chairman, Articles and Bylaws Committee; Stan Welch, chairman,

Budget Committee; Michael Barrett, at-large; Mike Ivey, at-large; David Horner,

at-large; Lee Pigg, at-large.

Bobby Blanton announced that

he has appointed Shannon Scott (chairman), Kay Enloe, Dennis Harrell

and Patrick Fuller as new members of the Articles and Bylaws Committee. In

addition, Blanton has appointed Stan Welch (chairman) and Bill Grisham to

the Budget Committee.

Reporting for the Christian

Higher Education Committee, Rit Varriale said the Committee is exploring ways

to continue working with the educational institutions affiliated with the BSC.

During the Congregational

Services report Lynn Sasser, executive leader, reported that Find it Here 2011:

Embracing Christ is underway in churches across the state. He encouraged EC

members to participate and to make a commitment to disciple-making this year.

“Disciple-making is a serious issue that affects every area of ministry and

missions,” he said.

Chuck Register, executive

leader for Church Planting and Missions Development, reported that the BSC

partnership with Moldova officially kicks off in March. BSC staff, as well as

Allan Blume, pastor of Mount Vernon Baptist Church in Boone; Pam Blume, who has

served on the International Mission Board (IMB) Board of Trustees and various BSC committees; Bobby Welch, past president of the Southern Baptist

Convention and former pastor of First Baptist Church in Daytona Beach, Fla;

Bobbye Rankin, wife of former IMB president Jerry Rankin; and John Ewart,

associate vice president of project development and director of doctor of

ministry studies at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, will spend a

week in Moldova leading in a pastor’s, women’s and youth conference.

The BSC hopes to send at

least one team of North Carolina Baptists into each of the 33 districts in

Moldova in order to help strengthen churches, assist believers in

unreached areas of the country in planting multiplying churches, and share

the gospel with those who have never heard.

Hall reported that NCBM

volunteer teams have begun working in central Guatemala with the Quiche Baptist

Association and are helping build a health clinic and community center.

NCBM is also working in

Honduras. The fourth volunteer team is now in Honduras and 21 teams are

expected to go throughout the year.

Under new business, the EC

approved a church loan of $50,000 for River City Church in Hamptonville. River

City is a church plant that started about one year ago.

Milton A. Hollifield Jr.,

BSC executive director-treasurer, and John Butler, executive leader for

Business Services, brought the financial report. They shared that Cooperative

Program funds are $4,449,749.73, a total that is 5.77 percent ahead of last

year at this time.

Hollifield reported that the

BSC, like many other churches and organizations, has been under tremendous

financial pressure the past few years. However, faithful giving from North

Carolina Baptists has allowed the Convention to remain in the black.

Although the BSC has reduced

its budget by about eight percent over the past three years, its Cooperative

Program giving to the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) increased 1.5 percent

during that same time.

Hollifield also shared that

the SBC operates on a different fiscal year than the BSC. The SBC begins

its fiscal year October 1, and the BSC begins its fiscal year January

1. When comparing receipts from October 1-February 28, 2009-2010 to that same

time frame in 2010 and 2011, the BSCC increased its giving to the SBC by

2.99 percent.

“That came at a time when we

were 13 percent under budget,” Hollifield said. “We have been increasing our

Cooperative Program contributions at the rate of half a percent each year. This

is helping get the gospel to the nations. If Cooperative Program receipts go

up, we can give even more to the Southern Baptist Convention.”

The next Executive Committee

meeting is April 14 in Cary.

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