|September 27, 2013 by Joe Conway, Baptist Press|
|The North American Mission Board (NAMB) is convening a national Pastors’ Task Force on Evangelistic Impact & Declining Baptisms to address the continued decrease in baptisms among Southern Baptist churches.|
|Dublin pastor joins BSC 2nd VP race|
September 27, 2013 by BR Staff
Cameron McGill, senior pastor at First Baptist Church of Dublin, sent an email Sept. 26 to the Biblical Recorder to add his name to the race for second vice president of the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina (BSC).
|Caraway begins Jacumin Retreat Lodge construction|
September 30, 2013 by K. Allan Blume, BR Editor
Caraway Conference Center and Camp broke ground Sept. 24 on the Jim and Nancy Jacumin Retreat Lodge. The construction totals 7,000-square-feet and will accommodate 80 guests in two dormitory-style lodges.
|Family reorients life to invest in neighbors|
September 24, 2013 by Melissa Lilley, BSC Communications
Brandie Upshaw didn’t really know her Gulfport, Miss., neighbors. When her husband, Brian, accepted a job with the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina, they committed to doing things differently in their new home.
|OTHER BR NEWS|
Hunnicutt withdraws from run for BSC 2nd VP
Board of Directors approves 2014 budget
Gardner-Webb addresses hunger with backpacks
Committee on Nominations Report
U.S. pastor marks 1 year in Iranian prison
Missionaries share about Kenya mall ordeal
K. Allan Blume
Caraway's big step
Caraway has been the epicenter of life-changing experiences for thousands of people over the past 50 years. This camp and conference center has grown to the level of touching more than 20,000 guests annually.
Last week Caraway took a significant step toward a new level of ministry with the groundbreaking of the first major building since 2005. In 2005 a smaller 28-bed camp facility was constructed and in 2006 a small staff unit was built. The Powell/Warren Mountain House, a retreat cabin for pastors, opened two years ago at Caraway.
Take a few minutes to read about the new Jacumin Retreat Lodge that is now under construction. It is a facility you will want to use, and it is a big step forward for Caraway’s New Beginnings Campaign.
Don’t forget, October is pastor appreciation month. I want to encourage pastors (and church leaders) with an important lesson. Pleasing "everybody" is a losing game. You’ll never win! It will take you to the height of frustration and the depths of defeat, so don’t go there. Instead, take this rich truth to heart, "When a man’s ways are pleasing to the LORD, He makes even his enemies to be at peace with him" Proverbs 16:7, NASB.
Have you put the BSC annual meeting on your calendar? I encourage you to make it a priority. God is giving us some open doors to impact lostness in North Carolina. The annual meeting is an important element in that strategy. I look forward to seeing you in Greensboro Nov. 11-12.
Today is TenTwo day. Are you praying?
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