Throughout 2023, N.C. Baptists have been on mission together to pray, train, send and serve — and God is moving through this work.
In Psalm 77:11-12, the psalmist tells God that he will “remember the deeds of the LORD” and “consider all your works.”
As we turn the calendar to 2024, we can follow the direction of the Psalmist and celebrate the ways God has been working in N.C. Baptist churches over the past year.
Throughout 2023, N.C. Baptists have prayed, trained, sent and served on mission together to reach the nations with the gospel — and as these stories show, God is moving through this work.
Early in 2023, N.C. Baptists celebrated how God has been working through pro-life ministries as two ultrasound units were dedicated in Raleigh and Roxboro. Later in the year, a third ultrasound unit was placed in Brevard.
At this year’s Disciple-Making Conference, N.C. Baptists united to pray for revival across the state and nation. Later in the summer, we had the opportunity to see God move through the next generation, as 541 salvations, 591 calls to ministry and 924 recommitments were reported at summer youth weeks. N.C. Baptists also saw a resurgence in Vacation Bible Schools across the state after years of setback due to COVID-19.
By the end of the year, N.C. Baptists had much to celebrate: missionaries were sent, churches were revitalized, and disaster relief teams responded to needs across the state and nation. As stories such as the largest-ever Coats for the City show, N.C. Baptists are on mission together to reach the lost — and God has been responding.
With all of the ways God has worked among N.C. Baptists, we have many stories to remember and celebrate over the past year. With that in mind, here are 5 of our favorite moments to celebrate from 2023.
1. Over 1,000 N.C. Baptists pray for the nations
Beginning in January, over 1,000 N.C. Baptists joined together to pray for unreached people groups, North Carolina missionaries and church planters through the “Praying for the Nations” prayer guide.
As churches united to pray for the lost, N.C. Baptists had the opportunity to hear directly from church planters and missionaries through a number of stories and Q&A articles. You can read the most recent Q&A with a missionary family here.
2. Churches see 1,560 professions of faith on “Fill the Tank” Sunday
In April, in conjunction with the national Baptism Sunday, N.C. Baptists saw over 450 churches pledge to participate in “Fill the Tank,” a day celebrating baptisms and professions of faith in Christ. Numerous stories came out of Fill the Tank Sunday, including one church calling in the local fire department to “fill the tank,” another church seeing a profession of faith after their service had wrapped up, and another church performing baptisms in the back of a pickup truck.
To read more about this year’s Fill the Tank Sunday, click here.
3. N.C. Baptists plant 31 new churches with the help of SendNC
This year, God used SendNC to help assess and train church planters, raise up church planting teams, and send out new churches to reach the lost in North Carolina and beyond. After launching in September 2022, the SendNC team continues to support churches in their task of multiplying to fulfill the Great Commission.
Among many other testimonies from the year, God’s hand in church planting was visible in the story of Triangle Fellowship Church, which came about after two Raleigh-based churches united on mission. You can read their story here.
4. Mission efforts in the spotlight at annual meeting
N.C. Baptists had the opportunity to celebrate missions in a unique way during this year’s annual meeting, with N.C. Baptists and the International Mission Board holding a first-ever joint “Sending Celebration” to highlight the work of men and women who have accepted the call to go to the nations. N.C. Baptists also approved a budget during the annual meeting that moved to a 50/50 Cooperative Program split, providing further support to national and international missions projects.
You can read more about this historic annual meeting here.
5. N.C. Baptists announce ServeNC, prepare to serve local communities
In September, N.C. Baptists announced ServeNC at a regularly scheduled board of directors’ meeting. This initiative, taking place Aug. 3-10, 2024, will see hundreds of churches from across North Carolina joining on mission together to take on service projects in their local communities for the sake of the gospel. As of mid-December, over 500 churches have already committed to participate.