The Biblical Recorder’s board of directors unanimously passed a resolution expressing appreciation for the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina (BSC) during a meeting held yesterday (April 19) in Cary, N.C.
Directors acknowledged the Recorder benefits from and contributes to a “friendly partnership” with the BSC and expressed “ongoing appreciation [for the state convention] as a partner in gospel ministry.”
“I affirm wholeheartedly the spirit of this resolution that restates the partnership between the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina and its news outlet,” said board chair Chris Hefner, pastor of Wilkesboro Baptist Church. “In a year of pandemic and politics where fake news, misinformation and political agendas drive so many news organizations, the Biblical Recorder stands apart. It is a trustworthy and transparent news agency committed to spreading content that informs and inspires. During this season of transition for N.C. Baptists, we can be grateful that what we read from the Recorder can be trusted.”
The board also committed to support the vision and strategy of the BSC’s next executive director-treasurer and, if requested, to cordially participate in the BSC board’s review of the convention’s relationships with affiliated institutions and agencies.
Last July, the BSC board of directors approved a motion to appoint a study committee that would examine the relationships and funding models between the state convention and the institutions and agencies that receive Cooperative Program support, including the Baptist Children’s Homes of North Carolina, the N.C. Baptist Foundation, N.C. Baptist Hospital and the Recorder. The group began its work this year and will report their findings to the full BSC board in January 2022.
“The resolution passed by our board of directors reaffirms what our staff experiences on a daily basis,” said the Recorder’s executive editor Seth Brown. “We enjoy a happy partnership with state convention staff and leadership. Our team is praying for the convention as it walks through a leadership transition, and we look forward to what God has in store for the N.C. Baptist family in the future.”
The Recorder affirmed the BSC’s core values as outlined in its “Seven Pillars for Ministry” and remained committed to “reporting newsworthy information, whether encouraging or difficult, for the sake of truth, transparency and trust among North Carolina Baptists.”