This will be my last opportunity in the Biblical Recorder to encourage you to attend the 2009 annual meeting of the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina (BSCNC). This gathering will be held on November 9-11 at the Koury Convention Center in Greensboro.
There are many important reasons for you to participate, but due to limited space, please allow me to highlight four.
On Monday evening, messengers will participate in a commissioning service for our most recent North Carolina church planters. This worship service will highlight the missions partnership that exists between the BSCNC, churches, associations, networks and the NAMB in the planting of churches.
Although, the BSCNC does not actually plant churches, we are an enthusiastic and supportive partner. Plan to attend this missions celebration and commit to pray for these church planters and their congregations. You may find that God is leading your congregation to partner with those who are reaching out to the 180 language groups within North Carolina’s borders.
The Board of Directors approved a proposed 2010 budget and will present it for consideration by the annual session messengers on Tuesday afternoon.
This will be the first budget without optional giving plans in 18 years. I commend the Budget Committee for its hard work. Under the capable leadership of Steve Hardy from Calvary Baptist in Winston-Salem, this committee faced a challenging assignment as they prepared a missions budget amidst a national economic downturn.
The committee worked cooperatively with our staff, and approached this task soberly and prayerfully. I hope that you’ll support the proposed budget.
The Board of Directors will propose some important amendments to our articles of incorporation and bylaws.
This particular issue of the Biblical Recorder includes a special insert that details the current reading and the proposed new reading of these documents.
You will also find four accompanying articles that provide summation of the proposed changes. I encourage you to read these summaries as they will help you understand the changes that messengers will consider.
Are you interested in the work of the SBC Great Commission Resurgence (GCR) Task Force? Three individuals who serve on the GCR Task Force are from North Carolina: Danny Akin, president of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary; Al Gilbert, senior pastor of Calvary Baptist Church in Winston-Salem; and J.D. Greear, senior pastor of The Summit Church in Durham.
Two of these men, Danny Akin and Al Gilbert, will conduct a listening session on Tuesday evening following the Convention sermon by Stephen Rummage and the conclusion of the evening session. Everyone is invited.
The annual meeting of this state Convention is important.
We will pray and worship our Lord together, listen to inspirational and challenging sermons, take action on various proposals, and fellowship with brothers and sisters in Christ. With all that demands our time as ministers of the gospel and servants of Christ, I hope you will finalize your plans to come and join me for this important meeting in Greensboro.