2018 NCMO theme: "Open Hands"

July 23, 2018

Every September, churches across the state of North Carolina pause to reflect on, celebrate and sacrificially give to the North Carolina Missions Offering (NCMO). 

The NCMO is an annual offering that provides support for the ministries of Baptists on Mission also known as N.C. Baptist Men (NCBM), church planting, mission camps, associational projects and mobilization ministry projects.

The theme of this year’s NCMO is “Open Hands.” We recognize that God has opened His hands to us so that we may open ours to others. As we look across our state, nation and world, we see that brokenness and pain is everywhere, and the ever-needed relief is costly. 

Our theme verse this year is Psalm 145:16, “You open Your hand and satisfy the desire of every living thing.” This verse reminds us that we serve a God who has an open hand, and His storehouse will never be emptied. As you pray and sacrificially give to the NCMO, remember that all of your gifts support vital ministries that impact lostness and relieve suffering in the name of Jesus Christ.

Our 2018 goal for the offering is $2.1 million.

“When people give to the NCMO, it gives us the opportunity to serve as the hands and feet of Jesus to people in need around the world,” said Richard Brunson, NCBM executive director. “When we provide for people’s physical needs, it opens doors for us to meet their spiritual needs as well.”

“When people give to the NCMO, it gives us the opportunity to serve as the hands and feet of Jesus to people in need around the world,”

NCMO supports ministry efforts both here and around the world. Abroad, the offering supports key mission partnerships in countries such as Armenia, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Kenya, Romania and Cuba.

Here in the United States, NCMO supports the many ministries of NCBM, church planting, mission camps, mobilization ministry projects and work through the Baptist associations. 

The 2017 hurricane season was the most expensive in U.S. history. A series of major storms, which included hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, caused unprecedented damage in Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico and other parts of the country. Yet, in the aftermath of those and other storms, more than 14,000 trained NCBM disaster relief volunteers came alongside hurting individuals to help them put their lives back together and offer hope by pointing them to Christ. They responded to 18 different disasters, repairing 128 homes, preparing and serving more than 500,000 meals and washing more than 3,000 loads of laundry – among other activities. This resulted in more than 90 reported professions of faith.

In addition to the NCBM work, the NCMO supports various other ministries that are also focused on reaching the lost. Through NCMO, we are able to work with about 100 new church plants each year within our state. The NCMO is vital to the convention’s church planting efforts, providing approximately one-third of the church planting team’s annual budget. The new churches that were planted in 2017 reported nearly 7,000 professions of faith, over 5,000 people in attendance and approximately $140,000 in cooperative giving. Twenty-eight percent of this year’s offering will go toward planting more churches in North Carolina.

In additional, ten percent of all NCMO funds are also sent to local associations to support various missions and outreach efforts that serve those in need.

Although the NCMO emphasis occurs in September, offerings are received year-round. There are a number of free NCMO resources that pastors may use to promote NCMO in their churches available online at ncmissionsoffering.org/resources.


by Caroline Barnhill  
/  Contributing Writer

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