Celebrate ‘God’s Great Work’

August 9, 2019

It’s hard to believe, but this year’s annual meeting of the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina (BSCNC) is only three months away.

Planning for this year’s meeting has actually been going on for many months as a group of North Carolina Baptists who make up our Committee on Convention Meetings began meeting in January with convention officers and some convention staff to pray and seek God’s direction for our time together this fall.

Through all of the prayerful planning and discussion, the theme of “God’s Great Work” emerged as a central focus for this year’s annual meeting, which will emphasize the Great Commission to go and make disciples and the Great Commandment to love God and neighbor.

I hope many North Carolina Baptists will make plans now to join us for this year’s annual meeting on Monday and Tuesday, Nov. 11-12, at the Joseph S. Koury Convention Center in Greensboro. I look forward to seeing old friends and making new ones at the annual meeting each year, and this year is no exception.

Although we gather together to conduct important and necessary convention business, our annual meetings include rich and moving times of worship, as well as encouragement from God’s Word. This year’s meeting will include a celebration of what God has done and is doing in our state related to church planting. The special church planting celebration on Monday evening will include a time to pray for and commission church planters. In conjunction with the service, state convention President Steve Scoggins, pastor of First Baptist Church of Hendersonville, will preach on the annual meeting theme of “God’s Great Work.”

On Tuesday evening, Ronnie Floyd, the new president and CEO of the Southern Baptist Convention’s (SBC) executive committee will preach during a special worship service designed to equip, encourage, inspire and challenge us in the area of personal evangelism. This service is being developed around the “Who’s Your One?” evangelism initiative and emphasis that’s taking place across the SBC. If you haven’t identified one person in your life who needs to know Jesus, I hope that you will select someone to pray for, share the gospel with and invite them to trust Christ as their Savior and Lord.

During the annual meeting, we will also share an update on the progress that we’ve made in fulfillment of the “impacting lostness through disciple-making” strategy that was implemented in 2014. In addition, the SBC’s Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission will conduct a panel on preventing and responding to sexual abuse in the local church as part of the many breakout sessions that will be offered over the course of the two days in Greensboro.

And don’t forget to come early and attend the annual N.C. Baptist Pastor’s Conference on Sunday and Monday, Nov. 10-11.

You can find more information about this year’s annual meeting and pastors’ conference by visiting ncannualmeeting.org. The site will be continuously updated with additional information between now and the time we meet in November, so be sure to check back regularly for updates.

Again, I hope to see you in Greensboro this November.

“Jesus said to him, ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’” — Matthew 22:37-39 (NKJV)


by Milton A. Hollifield Jr.  
/  Executive Director-Treasurer  /  Baptist State Convention of North Carolina

8 steps to leading your church back to growth

Church revitalization is both a popular and critical need in North America. That’s one reason I’m glad to be a part of Church Answers and Revitalize Network. Sometimes, however, pastors and church leaders overcomplicate the process of revitalization. Here are some simple steps all...

3 things I would do differently in ministry

I will soon celebrate 40 years in full-time ministry. During the course of my career, I have pastored four churches, one of which was a church plant. I am now in my third interim pastorate, and I continue to serve as a strategy coordinator with the state convention. I have often...

When the kids come back: Navigating new challenges in your children’s ministry

Your church has decided to reopen its children’s ministry for Sunday mornings. With excitement, you dust off curriculum packs and plan for a grand welcome back. Children who have been learning virtually and in person on a limited basis walk in the door and you expect a return to...

The role of pastoral health in church revitalization

The “RevitalizeNC'' podcast is hosted by Terry Long, senior consultant for church revitalization with the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina. Each episode includes an interview with a leading expert in the field of church revitalization to offer help, hope and...

Whose side are you on?

It’s human nature to divide everything into sides. We take sides in insignificant matters like what toppings to have on our pizza, or whether to drink Coke or Pepsi. (Some here in North Carolina may be a little partial to Pepsi since it was invented in New Bern.) College...

Explainer: EDT transitions, special meetings & more

A special meeting of the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina has been called for 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 22, at Calvary Baptist Church in Winston-Salem to elect an individual to serve as the next executive director-treasurer (EDT) of the state convention.The process for...

Top 5 resources for May 2021

Every month, we spotlight five helpful resources for you as you seek to walk closely with the Lord and make disciples. Many of these resources are created by the staff of the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina (BSCNC) to help meet the ministry needs of pastors and lay...

Why overcoming negativity is crucial to fruitful ministry

One of the greatest enemies of longevity in ministry is negativity. This disease presents its hideous face in many ways in our personal lives and ministries. Like many other hindrances to our walk with the Lord and our relationships with family, friends and those we lead in our...

Join us Nov. 11-12 for our Annual Meeting.

Email [email protected] or call (800) 395-5102

0 Comments

Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Select Language ^

Share This

Share this with your friends!