We are a movement of churches on mission together. Here are five key events at this year’s annual meeting that will remind us of our unity and our mission.

Each year, the N.C. Baptist annual meeting serves as a powerful reminder that we are a movement of churches on mission together. From our times of worship to our breakout sessions and business meetings, the annual meeting gives us an opportunity to unite around the gospel and renews our efforts to bring this gospel to the nations.

This year’s annual meeting, taking place Nov. 6-7 in Greensboro, will be another moment to celebrate the “on mission together” spirit that unites us as N.C. Baptists. Here are five key moments that will be especially significant during our time together.

1. NC Baptist & IMB Sending Celebration 

Monday Evening, 6 p.m., General Session #1 

N.C. Baptists are on mission together to see the gospel transform the nations. During this year’s annual meeting, we will have the opportunity to celebrate how God is moving around the world through the NC Baptist and IMB Sending Celebration.

The Celebration, taking place on Monday evening, will allow messengers and guests to hear stories from missionaries who are being sent from N.C. Baptist churches. Paul Chitwood, president of the International Mission Board, will be delivering the evening’s sermon, allowing us to reflect on what it means to be “on mission together.”

2. Provision Meet & Greet

Monday Evening, Following General Session #1

This September, the N.C. Baptist Foundation took a pivotal step in the life of their organization by becoming “Provision Financial Resources of N.C. Baptists.” 

On Monday night, following the Sending Celebration, N.C. Baptists will gather to celebrate Provision’s history and future with a special meet and greet and ice cream social. During our time together, we’ll have the opportunity to meet Harry Nelson, president-elect for Provision, and we’ll celebrate Clay Warf as he retires from his decades-long ministry with the organization.

3. ServeNC spotlight

Tuesday Afternoon, 1:30 p.m., General Session #3

N.C. Baptists are extending an invitation to every church to participate in ServeNC, a weeklong initiative in August 2024 where churches go out to meet the needs of local communities.

During annual meeting, messengers and guests will have the opportunity to learn more about ServeNC through a special booth in the exhibit hall, where they can receive a free resource kit as well as commit to participate or bring information back to their church. ServeNC will also be the focus of several breakout sessions during annual meeting, and it will also be in the spotlight during our General Session on Tuesday afternoon.

4. 50/50 budget proposal

Tuesday Afternoon, 1:30 p.m., General Session #3

Messengers attending this year’s annual meeting will have the chance to vote on the 2024 budget proposal, recommended unanimously by the state convention’s board of directors. If approved, the 2024 budget will include a 50/50 split of Cooperative Program (CP) funds, divided equally between global ministry partners and state ministries. 

Approval of the budget would allow N.C. Baptists to fulfill the historic ideal of the 50/50 split between state conventions and the national convention when the Cooperative Program was established in 1925. It would also mark the final step in a pledge made by former N.C. Baptist Executive Director-Treasurer Milton A. Hollifield, Jr., to move the state toward an equal distribution of CP funds. Approval of the 50/50 split would be a historic moment for N.C. Baptists and a powerful reminder of why we are on mission together. 

5. Baptist Children’s Homes special presentation

Tuesday Evening,  6:30 p.m., General Session #4

Historically, related entities of the state convention have followed a regular, yearly rotation that allows one entity to give a longer report during annual meeting as approved by the planning committee of the convention. At this year’s meeting, the Baptist Children’s Homes of North Carolina (BCH) was scheduled for that longer report and will be making a special 20-minute presentation to close out that session.

During Tuesday evening’s session, messengers and guests will hear from BCH leadership about the vision and future of the ministry. The presentation will also include children who are in BCH’s care, which will serve as a vivid testimony and encouraging reminder of the organization’s ongoing commitment to share the hope of Christ and transform the lives of families.

For more information and helpful resources related to annual meeting, be sure to visit ncannualmeeting.org.