Messengers at the 2017 SCBC Annual Meeting approve 2018 budget
Tuesday Session Highlights
Messengers to the Tuesday session of the 197th South Carolina Baptist Convention Annual Meeting at Shandon Baptist Church in Columbia approved a $28 million budget for 2018; approved five resolutions; and, were presented with a variety of ministry and committee reports.
- Budget, Finance & Audit team – shared six recommendations including the 2018 budget of $28 million. Remaining recommendations include commending the Cooperative Program as the most efficient and effective means to “mobilize churches and extend outreach;” special offerings to SCBC institutions; reporting cumulative gifts by churches; forwarding funds to the SBC; and, church staff deposits through GuideStone.
- An intent to sell contract for White Oak Conference Center in Winnsboro has been signed. The buyer would purchase the facility and related land, with the convention maintaining ownership of roughly 600 acres. 2018 convention events would still be held at the conference center.
- Messengers unanimously approved, and without discussion, the following resolutions: Appreciation for South Carolina Disaster Relief volunteers while affirming the continued policy of not charging for relief work and efforts, and working closely with federal, state, local and faith-based organizations to continue to provide assistance following disasters; Resolve to intentionally pray for revival and spiritual awakening among the churches and residents of South Carolina; Resolve to oppose the legalization of marijuana in South Carolina; Renouncement of Hatred; and, Appreciation for host church Shandon Baptist in Columbia.
- Reports from convention staff members Mark A., Steve Rohrlack, and Lee Clamp
- Messengers voted to approve three previously presented bylaw changes, related to employment issues related to the convention staff. The committee presented a new consideration, for future annual meeting nominees being in agreement with the mission and vision of the state convention, Baptist Faith & Message, and CP giving.
- Messengers approved the motion that Mt. Moriah Missionary Baptist Church in Charleston be the host church for the next annual meeting on Nov. 13-14, 2018
- Gary Hollingsworth, EDT of the convention, addressed messengers on his second year of ministry in South Carolina saying, “We want to reach the 3.6 million lost people in South Carolina, our initial mission in fulfilling the Great Commission given to us in scripture. Beyond that, we intend to share the gospel with the nations, and the rest of the world. We are looking forward to commissioning those going on mission trips in 2017. South Carolina Baptists desire to create a Great Commission culture in our state tied to our annual meeting theme of ‘Unite.’” Hollingsworth stressed the need for South Carolina Baptists to be united in prayer for revival and spiritual awakening, in spiritual leadership, and gospel partnership. “It is a spiritual commitment that the convention function as a missionary organization. We are to model what Jesus did in his practical ministry, as we are planning to participate in ‘One Day’ Tuesday afternoon,” he said.
- The Tuesday morning session was wrapped up by a One Day commissioning by Keith Shorter, Convention President.
- There were 547 registered messengers and 58 visitors reported during the Tuesday morning session. No new business was introduced from the floor.