More than 1,500 messengers from N.C. Baptist churches gathered on Nov. 6-7 for the 193rd Baptist State Convention of North Carolina’s annual meeting. Here are Tuesday's highlights.

More than 1,500 messengers from N.C. Baptist churches gathered at the Joseph S. Koury Convention Center in Greensboro on Monday and Tuesday, Nov. 6-7, for the 193rd Baptist State Convention of North Carolina’s annual meeting. The theme of the meeting was “On Mission Together” based on Revelation 7:9-12. Day one highlights are available here.

Following are highlights from Tuesday, Nov. 7.

  • At the close of registration, 529 pastors, 363 church staff and 623 laity had registered for this year’s annual meeting for a total of 1,515 messengers. An additional 365 visitors registered for a grand total of 1,880 in attendance.
  • Messengers approved a 2024 Cooperative Program (CP) budget totaling $31 million, a $1.5 million or 5% increase over the current budget that also moves the state convention to a 50/50 split with global ministry partners.
  • Messengers approved a motion stipulating that undesignated CP receipts in excess of the $31 million budget in 2024 be allocated at 50% to global ministry partners and 50% to state convention ministries.
  • Messengers adopted a $2.6 million goal for the 2024 North Carolina Missions Offering, an increase of $100,000 or 4% over the current goal of $2.5 million. Under the offering goal for 2024, NCMO allocations would remain unchanged with 62% going to Baptists on Mission ministries, 28% to church planting in North Carolina and 10% to associational missions projects.
  • All three current convention officers were re-elected to second terms of service. Quintell Hill, lead pastor of Multiply Community Church in Monroe, was re-elected as president. Jason Miller, senior pastor of Dutch Cove Baptist Church in Canton, was re-elected as first vice president. Allen Murray, pastor of Centerville Baptist Church in Kelly, was re-elected as second vice president. All three officers ran unopposed.
  • Messengers adopted an amended “Resolution on Equal Protection For The Preborn.”
  • During his executive director-treasurer’s address, Todd Unzicker highlighted four ways N.C. Baptists are on mission together. They are: training, reaching, sending and serving.
  • During his president’s address, Quintell Hill preached on “What’s so Good About the Good Samaritan?” from Luke 10:25-37. 
  • Messengers approved a report and recommendations from the Biblical Recorder (BR) Study Committee about the working arrangement between the state convention and the BR. Messengers also approved a series of amendments to the BR’s bylaws based upon recommendations made by the study committee.
  • Messengers heard reports from N.C. Baptist institutions, agencies and other ministry partners, including the Biblical Recorder, Provision Financial Resources of N.C. Baptists (formerly the N.C. Baptist Foundation), the Baptist Children’s Homes (BCH) of North Carolina, N.C. Baptists on Mission, and the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention.
  • N.C. Baptist leaders recognized Clay Warf, longtime president of Provision Financial Resources, who is retiring at the end of the year after 25 years of service.
  • Miles Mullin, vice president and chief of staff with the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, presented N.C. Baptists with the Psalm 139 Project’s Partner for Life Award.
  • BCH board chair Gayla Freeman provided an update on the organization’s leadership transition before a special presentation about the ministry of the children’s homes that featured testimonies from children in BCH’s care.
  • Next year’s annual meeting will be held Nov. 4-5, 2024, at the Joseph S. Koury Convention Center in Greensboro.