The Executive Committee (EC) of the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina (BSC) met March 2 at Hollifield Leadership Center for a brief business meeting that included hearing committee and budget reports.
The March 2 meeting was the first regularly scheduled meeting for the newly elected 2012 Executive Committee. Serving on the Executive Committee this year are: Michael Barrett, president of the Board of Directors and senior pastor of Pleasant Garden Baptist Church, Pleasant Garden; Phil Qualls, vice president of the Board of Directors and retired pastor from Apex Baptist Church, Apex; Mark Harris, BSC president and senior pastor of First Baptist Church, Charlotte; C.J. Bordeaux, BSC first vice president and senior pastor of Gorman Baptist Church, Durham; Timmy Blair, BSC second vice president and senior pastor of Piney Grove Chapel Baptist Church, Angier; Jimmy Adams, chair, Business Services Committee; Todd Marlow, chair, Church Planting and Missions Development Committee; Jon Hall, chair, Communications Committee; Patrick Fuller, chair, Congregational Services Committee; Rit Varriale, chair, Christian Higher Education; Randy White, chair, Evangelization Committee; Jarrod Scott, chair, Christian Life and Public Affairs Committee; Wanda Dellinger, chair, Christian Social Services Committee; Duane Kuykendall, president, associational missions conference; Dana Hall, president, N.C. Baptist Men; Bartley Wooten, chair, Articles and Bylaws Committee; Stan Welch, chair, Budget Committee; Tracey Bolick, at-large; Mike Ivey, at-large; Sandy Marks, at-large; Rob Roberts, at-large.
Barrett announced he has appointed Debra Spalin, member of Hephzibah Baptist church, Wendell, and Bruce Cannon, member of Galeed Baptist Church, Bladenboro, as new members of the Articles and Bylaws Committee. In addition, he appointed Perry Brindley, senior pastor of Mt. Zion Baptist Church, Canton, and Dwain Bouldin, of Carmel Baptist Church, Matthews, to the Budget Committee.
Patrick Fuller brought the Congregational Services report and shared that the “Looking at your church in 3-D” events begin March 20. These events seek to help lead pastors and church leaders through a Christ-centered process to discover, develop and deliver a strategy to be more effective in disciple-making. Event dates and details are available at ncbaptist.org/3d.
The Church Planting and Missions Development group asked the Executive Committee to pray for the Moldova mission trip March 9-19. Milton A. Hollifield Jr., the BSC’s executive director-treasurer, and 10 BSC staff will participate in evangelistic rallies, leadership training conferences, children’s camps, food distribution and door-to-door witnessing.
The BSC began a partnership last year with the Baptist Union of Moldova. The goal is for at least one team of N.C. Baptists to go into each of Moldova’s 33 districts to help strengthen churches and share the gospel with those who have never heard. For more information about the Moldova partnership visit ncbaptist.org/moldova.
The update from Christian Social Services focused on upcoming events related to North Carolina Baptist Aging Ministry, North Carolina Baptist Hospital and Baptist Children’s Homes. In April, the Baptist Children’s Homes begins its annual food drive with a goal of $350,000 worth of food. To get involved, visit bchfamily.org/support/foodroundup.
In May, North Carolina Baptists are encouraged to support the Mother’s Day Offering (mothersdayoffering.org) for the Baptist Hospital. This offering helps patients in financial need pay their hospital bills.
On April 28, N.C. Baptist Aging Ministry, N.C. Baptist Men and Operation Inasmuch are partnering together for “Rampin’ Up,” a day devoted to building wheelchair ramps for aging adults.
Jarrod Scott, chairman of the Christian Life and Public Affairs Committee, reported the Christian committee continues encouraging pastors to use this month to preach and teach on the biblical view of marriage. On May 8, North Carolina voters will decide whether or not an amendment to the state constitution will define marriage as the union between one man and one woman.
“We’re praying for a grassroots movement, and we’re starting to see that,” Scott said. “We are encouraging churches to pray – that is an important first step.”
Under new business, the Executive Committee approved a church loan of $175,000 for River City Church in Hamptonville. River City is a church plant that started about two years ago.
Hollifield brought the financial report. Cooperative Program funds are $2,534,058.95, a total that is .92 percent ahead of last year at this time.
The next Executive Committee is scheduled for April 12 at the Baptist Building in Cary.