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NC Baptists plan shorter meeting, smaller budget
BR staff/BSC Communications
November 15, 2010
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NC Baptists plan shorter meeting, smaller budget

NC Baptists plan shorter meeting, smaller budget
BR staff/BSC Communications
November 15, 2010

North Carolina Baptists

meeting Nov. 8-10 in Greensboro decided they no longer want to take three days

to conduct their annual business and approved two-day meetings for the future.

They also adopted a budget six percent smaller than in 2010, re-elected their

officers, passed motions that reopen controversial discussions related to

alcohol and doctrinal positions, and passed resolutions affirming the

Cooperative Program and the work of the Great Commission Resurgence Task Force.

During his address Nov. 8,

Executive Director-Treasurer Milton A. Hollifield Jr., also stated his support

for moving the Convention to a 50-50 split of Cooperative Program receipts from

churches with the Southern Baptist Convention.

The 2011

budget inches CP sharing with the SBC up half a percentage point to 35 percent.

It is the sixth consecutive such increase, despite declining gifts pushing the

2011 budget down to the size of the 1999 budget.

BSC photo by K Brown

Each of the Baptist State Convention officers were re-elected to second terms without opposition. From left: CJ Bordeaux, second vice president and pastor of Gorman Baptist Church, Durham; Beth and Mark Harris, first vice president and pastor of First Baptist Church, Charlotte; and Tanya and Ed Yount, president and pastor of Woodlawn Baptist Church, Conover.

Some 1,746 messengers passed

two motions and three resolutions. One motion, presented by Phil Addison,

pastor of Stony Point Baptist Church, asked the Board of Directors to adopt the

Baptist Faith & Message 2000 as the doctrinal statement of the BSC.

A motion by Tim Rogers,

pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church in Indian Trail, asked for a study on the use

of alcohol, especially in relation to funding church plants, people in

leadership and hiring of personnel.

Two resolutions, published

in the Oct. 23 Biblical Recorder and available online, thanked the host city

and embraced the Cooperative Program as Baptists’ primary missions funding

channel.

The Cooperative Program

resolution, also offered by Tim Rogers, acknowledged the “value of concerted,

cooperative ministries of our churches to reach the peoples of our state, the

nation and the world” and a resolve to “embrace the Cooperative Program model

as the most accountable, effective and compelling method for fulfilling the

Great Commission of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

A resolution rejected by the

Resolutions Committee, but approved by messengers who had to vote by two-thirds

majority to suspend the rules to hear it, thanked the Great Commission

Resurgence Task Force for its work. The resolution was offered by Brent Hobbs,

pastor of Severn Baptist Church.

Of the 1,746 messengers, 599

were pastors, 243 were church staff, 199 were spouses and 703 were laity.

Visitors totaled 182 bringing the total in attendance to 1,928, 127 fewer than

last year and just 27 more than the number that attended the 1952 meeting.

Shrinking budget

This will mark the sixth

year of the past eight that CP gifts from churches have been lower than the

previous year. Messengers adopted a 2011 budget of $32.7 million, which is six

percent lower than last year and the size of the 1999 budget. Yet in 2011, for

the sixth consecutive year, the SBC allocation of CP gifts has been increased

one-half percent.

In the North Carolina

budget, 44.2 percent of gifts fund North Carolina board directed ministries and

20.8 percent support North Carolina’s institutions and agencies. The rest, 35

percent, is sent to the Southern Baptist Convention for national and

international missions and education.

Hollifield said in his

address that he wants to move toward a 50-50 split “over a protracted period”

as North Carolina Baptist churches step up their giving.

The only budget opposition

voiced was to the reduction in funds to the Baptist Children’s Homes of North

Carolina. Budget Chairman Steve Hardy explained that budget recipients’ income

is tied to percentages and a decrease in anticipated income results in fewer

dollars, even though the percentage of the budget remains the same.

Re-elected

All officers who served this

year were re-elected with no other nominations from the floor. Ed Yount, pastor

of Woodlawn Baptist Church in Conover, maintains his presidency. Mark Harris,

pastor of First Baptist Church in Charlotte, stays on as first vice president,

and C.J. Bordeaux, pastor of Gorman Baptist Church in Durham, is second vice

president.

Committee news

In other committee reports,

the Historical Committee recognized Roger Bullard, member of First Baptist

Church in Wilson, as winner of the 2010 History Writing Contest.

Bullard won for his “The

Life and times of First Baptist Church Wilson, 1860-2010.”

Messengers approved the

Committee on Nominations report brought by chair Perry Brindley with no

discussion.

The full list of persons to

serve on the BSC board and as trustees of institutions and agencies has been

printed in the Biblical Recorder.

The next annual meeting will

be Nov. 7-8, 2011 at the Koury Center in Greensboro. The convention will return in 2012 to the Coliseum, followed by two more years at the Koury Center.