North Carolina Baptists surpassed the 2008 North Carolina Missions Offering (NCMO) goal of $2 million.
The Baptist State Convention (BSC) announced passage of the goal in a statement released on the BSC web site. The statement did not release the amount of the offering, but said final tabulations of contributions will be available by Feb. 1.
Richard Brunson, the head of N.C. Baptist Men (NCBM), said the last he heard the offering was about $4,000 more than the goal.
“We just barely made it,” he said.
NCBM is scheduled to receive more than $793,000 from the offering, making it the biggest recipient.
Also scheduled to get money from the offering are church planting and evangelism, $474,040; missions education and promotion, $384,695; associational projects, $200,000; and mission camps, $175,000.
Brunson said the offering makes possible ministry efforts such as disaster relief and the medical-dental bus.
“We’re real grateful that churches gave and we were able to reach the goal,” he said.
BSC Executive Director-treasurer Milton Hollifield said in the BSC statement that NCMO will continue to focus financial investment in areas where ministry is most vital.
“I am grateful that during times of economic hardship North Carolina Baptists have stepped up and sacrificially given to the work of gospel in this state,” he said. “God has brought the world to our doorstep, and we must not fail to impact North Carolina with the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.”