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Paycheck protection loans: Step-by-step instructions for churches

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Paycheck protection loans: Step-by-step instructions for churches

Baptist State Convention of North Carolina staff members, in consultation with legal counsel, developed these step-by-step instructions to provide guidance for churches in applying for a Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

EC hears updates on budget, COVID-19 impacts

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EC hears updates on budget, COVID-19 impacts

Days after some churches resumed indoor services following a federal court ruling that lifted statewide restrictions on worship gatherings, members of the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina’s (BSCNC) executive committee heard updates on how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted missions giving and other ministries. The reports came during the…

Q&A: How churches, pastors are eligible for relief in stimulus package

Relevance: 78%      Posted on: March 30, 2020

Q&A: How churches, pastors are eligible for relief in stimulus package

The COVID-19 Pandemic Phase III Stimulus Package signed into law on Friday, March 27 by President Donald Trump will provide potential relief for churches and pastors, thanks to efforts by the Church Alliance, a national coalition of large and historic church benefit boards, including GuideStone, and Southern Baptist partners to…

Board hears budget proposal, financial update

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Board hears budget proposal, financial update

As churches and ministries continue to grapple with the financial impact of COVID-19, Baptist State Convention of North Carolina (BSCNC) officials have proposed a Cooperative Program (CP) budget for 2021 totaling $27 million. The proposed budget reflects an overall decrease of nearly 11.5% from the current 2020 budget, which amounts…

EC names Register to new post, hears COVID-19 updates

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EC names Register to new post, hears COVID-19 updates

Chuck Register, executive leader for the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina’s (BSCNC) Church Planting and Missions Partnerships group for the past 11 years, was named the BSCNC’s associate executive-director treasurer on Tuesday, April 7, by a vote by the state convention’s executive committee during a regularly scheduled meeting. The…

Youth ‘Re-imagine’ parables of Jesus

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Youth ‘Re-imagine’ parables of Jesus

Middle and high school students from across North Carolina took a fresh look at some of the most well-known teachings of Jesus throughout the summer as part of summer youth weeks held at the North Carolina Baptist Assembly at Fort Caswell.

4 biblical ways to pray for race relations

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4 biblical ways to pray for race relations

We learn from the way believers and churches have responded to race-related issues in the past. In Charleston, S.C., when a young white male went into an African-American church and murdered nine parishioners during a Bible study everyone braced for racial tensions and disunity to soar. What happened instead was…

9 ways to prepare for Easter this week

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9 ways to prepare for Easter this week

Read one of the accounts in the gospels each day (Matthew 26-28, Mark 14-16, Luke 22-24, John 18-21). The stories may be repetitive, but you’ll be seriously ready to celebrate Easter Sunday! Make this week a week of confession and repentance. Today, ask God to begin revealing to you each…

Why there is power in a parent’s confession

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Why there is power in a parent's confession

Words have power. The power resides not only in what we say, but also in how we say it. Parenthood has caused me to become more aware of my words and the impact they have on my children. These gifts from God watch us and listen to every spoken word,…

6 characteristics of godly fathers

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6 characteristics of godly fathers

Throughout the pages of Scripture, God reveals Himself to us in His Word as our heavenly Father. The Bible tells us that as our perfect Father, God loves us unconditionally, provides for our needs, guides us along life’s journey and will never leave us nor forsake us. These are comforting…

Relationships are connected at the cross

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Relationships are connected at the cross

In his devotional New Morning Mercies, Paul Tripp observes, “Relationships are first fixed vertically before they are ever fixed horizontally.” His words also apply to small groups. When small groups begin to falter, it is usually due to a lack of balance. Most small groups have a tendency to focus…

Help for churches navigating the CARES Act

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Help for churches navigating the CARES Act

To North Carolina Baptist churches seeking to apply for loans under the Paycheck Protection Program provided by the CARES Act of 2020: We know that these have been strange days for those of us engaged in ministry through the local church. We understand that the amount of information and misinformation…

Teaching your child to pray

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Teaching your child to pray

Prayer is one of the greatest gifts we have as believers. Anyone who has put their faith and trust in Jesus Christ has the wonderful privilege of entering into God’s throne room as His welcomed guest. As we approach the throne of grace, we should come with boldness, reverence, humility…

BSCNC officials to offer guidance on coronavirus relief bill

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BSCNC officials to offer guidance on coronavirus relief bill

The Baptist State Convention of North Carolina (BSCNC) and convention legal counsel will offer guidance and assistance to N.C. Baptist pastors and church leaders in the coming days regarding the impact on churches and other non-profits by the federal coronavirus relief package that has been passed by Congress.

How will you be a voice for life

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How will you be a voice for life

Every January, many followers of Christ and others set aside a day to remember and reflect upon the value of human life as part of Sanctity of Human Life Sunday, which is on Jan. 21 this year. On that day, many churches will celebrate the fact that life is a…

8 practical ways to celebrate Easter

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8 practical ways to celebrate Easter

In just a few days, believers around the world will celebrate the resurrection of Jesus. Congregations will meet before sunrise to focus on the truth that Jesus is alive. Families will dress in their finest clothes for this special day. Folks who typically don’t attend church will do so this…

Discipling a New Muslim Background Believer

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Discipling a New Muslim Background Believer

Hopefully you have been following this series from the beginning (insert link here). If so, then you have been praying for Muslims, found a way to intentionally build redemptive relationships, and hopefully have seen someone come to faith in Christ. Now what? Even if you are just getting started in…

5 tips for sharing the gospel with children

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5 tips for sharing the gospel with children

Chances are your church is planning Vacation Bible School, Wonderful Wednesdays, field trips or other fun opportunities to engage the children of your church and community this summer.

Principles for sharing the gospel with Hindus

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Principles for sharing the gospel with Hindus

Since Hinduism is foreign to many of us, fear can stop us from sharing the gospel with Hindus. A common fear is not knowing enough to “destroy arguments and tear down every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God” (2 Corinthians 10:5). However, this lack of knowledge doesn’t mean…

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Relevance: 20%      Posted on: February 14, 2020

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Is neglect stealing your joy?

Relevance: 20%      Posted on: April 16, 2019

Is neglect stealing your joy?

“Pay Attention!” These are the words that stop us in our tracks — children, athletes, students and employees alike heed these infamous words.In the letter to the Hebrews, the author calls the recipients to “pay much closer attention to what [they had] heard” because they were in great danger of…

The choices we make

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The choices we make

According to the National Principals Association Report on the State of High Schools, 71 percent of all high school dropouts come from fatherless homes. The person who informed me of this percentage asked, “Since your boys have been raised without the influence of a father in the home, how have…

Retreat encourages women to embrace identity in Christ

Relevance: 18%      Posted on: November 2, 2018

Retreat encourages women to embrace identity in Christ

More than 250 women gathered at Caraway Conference Center and Camp in late October for a weekend of encouragement and reflection upon the truth of who God created them to be — holy, chosen and beloved daughters of the King.

6 practical ways to disciple your children

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6 practical ways to disciple your children

The only way to glorify God and be satisfied in this life is to be His disciple. Discipleship is therefore God’s gift to us, not our burden. Through this process, God transforms us from within so that we are content in Him alone, all to His glory. This is the…

5 biblical prayers for critical times

Relevance: 14%      Posted on: March 21, 2020

5 biblical prayers for critical times

During these critical and ever-changing times, God is calling His people toward prayer that focuses more on Him and His kingdom purposes. Below are five biblical prayer points that every believer, family and church can pray in the midst of the Father’s opportune time today.

Dinner table discipleship

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Dinner table discipleship

A few years ago our family decided to do a family devotional time at dinner. In the daily rhythms of our lives, it was a time where the entire family came together, sat down and talked. I would like to tell you it went perfectly every night, but that simply…

Pestilence, panic and promise

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Pestilence, panic and promise

Everywhere we turn, we keep hearing about the coronavirus. The world, it seems, is coming to a grinding halt. While we are living in strange and foreign times, much wisdom can be gleaned from Scripture and history. In times like these, we can trust the Spirit of God is at…

3 keys to revitalizing our lives and churches

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3 keys to revitalizing our lives and churches

In their book, Flickering Lamps: Christ and His Church, Henry and Richard Blackaby suggest and biblically support three purposes for Christ’s church: to glorify God, to make disciples and to bless their community. The church is God’s creation where Christ is the head, and the church exists for His eternal…

10 questions to consider before regathering

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10 questions to consider before regathering

The possibility of churches gathering again soon has raised several important questions, including: What date should we regather? How do we greet folks from a social distance? How do we take the offering? How will we accommodate our entire church family when we must deal with spacing? Here, though, are…

Better together: Missionaries and churches need each other

Relevance: 13%      Posted on: November 18, 2019

Better together: Missionaries and churches need each other

Recently, I spent a week in Europe with a missionary family from our church. For over 10 years, we have partnered with and supported this family as they labor in a very difficult mission field. While there, I attended a newly formed church that, by God’s grace, they had planted.…

How the church can fight for unity that honors God

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How the church can fight for unity that honors God

It is no question that the past few weeks have brought much sorrow, anger, confusion and even division amongst Christians as we have watched the death of two African Americans caught on video — the video that captured Ahmaud Arbery’s death while jogging in Georgia and the video that captured…

3 reasons to ‘Pray Together, Go Together’

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3 reasons to ‘Pray Together, Go Together’

In January of 2020, the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina will be offering a new resource to guide specific prayer toward lostness. The guide will provide an opportunity for North Carolina Baptists to unite for 30 days of prayer, focusing on specific people groups and pockets of lostness across…

‘Strengthen the Church’ Q&A: Walter Strickland

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‘Strengthen the Church’ Q&A: Walter Strickland

Walter Strickland serves as Assistant Professor of Systematic and Contextual Theology and Associate Vice President for Diversity at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Along with itinerant preaching and speaking engagements, Walter contributes to Canon & Culture as an associate research fellow of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC), the Gospel…

Is your church prepared for Easter?

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Is your church prepared for Easter?

Growing up, you may have heard the saying, “You only have one chance to make a first impression.” On Easter Sunday, there’s a good probability that statement will ring true as you encounter new visitors at your church. While guests may go through the motions of wearing their best outfit,…

Prepare your heart to pray for ‘God’s Great Work’

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Prepare your heart to pray for ‘God’s Great Work’

Revival is breaking out in areas such as Fort Leonard Wood in Missouri and Fort Jackson in South Carolina. Why? God is faithful and answers our prayers. More than 20 years ago, a group of young army chaplains gathered to humble themselves before the Lord and pray for revival and…

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