In just a few weeks North
Carolina Baptists from all over the state will gather together in Greensboro
Nov. 8-10 for the 180th annual meeting of the Baptist State Convention of North
Carolina. Your presence and voice is very important to the life and future of
this Convention so I hope you are planning to join us for this important time
I’d like to share with you
just a few highlights for our time together. First and foremost we want to
honor and glorify God in all we do during these three days. We want to help you
grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord, and our program committee has
worked faithfully to plan times of rich corporate worship to help accomplish
Our theme verse is
Colossians 2:6-8, and we will spend time considering what it means to remain
rooted and built up in Jesus Christ.
I will present an address on
Monday evening and Ed Yount, our Convention president, will give the
President’s Address Tuesday morning.
Johnny Hunt, pastor of First
Baptist Church in Woodstock, Ga., will bring the Convention Sermon Tuesday
evening. Your heart will be blessed as these men teach us truths from God’s
During last year’s annual
meeting you learned about a special evangelism emphasis known as Find it Here.
Many churches participated
in this statewide evangelism emphasis and as a result, God changed many lives.
In November you will learn
about the second component of Find it Here, which is discipleship.
2011 Find it Here: Embracing Christ emphasis we are challenging churches to
commit to an intentional focus on discipleship.
You don’t want to miss two
other special presentations.
Dr. Michael Blackwell will
lead us in a time of celebrating the 125th anniversary of the Baptist
Children’s Homes on Monday evening. God has used the Baptist Children’s Homes
to provide children with a safe place in which to grow up in a caring,
We will also hear a report
from the new Office of Great Commission Partnerships. Come learn how your
church can get more involved in missions stateside and around the world.
During business sessions we
will report to you how your Cooperative Program and North Carolina Missions
Offering dollars are making an impact. Messengers will also be asked to vote on
our 2011 operating budget.
A variety of breakout
sessions will be offered to help equip you for Kingdom ministry. You can visit
with our staff and other ministry leaders in the exhibit hall. They are here to
serve you so I hope you will plan to spend some time visiting with them and other
vendors in the exhibit hall.
If you have questions or
would like more information about the annual meeting, please visit
I look forward to seeing
many of you soon. Thank you for all you continue to do to make the gospel known
throughout North Carolina!