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Welcome members, visitors and guests to the online home of the General Baptist State Convention of North Carolina; GBSConline.org. While you are here it is our hope that you take note of our missions activity and support us in it.

The General Baptist State Convention dates its service of promoting “missions” and representing Baptists throughout North Carolina back to 1867, when a small band of free African-Americans, freedmen, ex-slaves and white ministers from the Baptist State Convention met to better promote the work of Evangelism and Kingdom Building. We were called at that time, the General Association of the Colored Baptist of North Carolina and we were formed to support the “Gospel ministry and to promote missions.”

The name of our organization has changed since 1867 but our core reason for being has remained the same; to support  the “Gospel ministry and to promote missions”, this is who we are.



Dr. Nilous M. Avery, II, President of the General Baptist State Convention of North Carolina

The English word mission comes from the Latin word for send. In each of the verses to be mentioned there is the concept of being sent. In Matthew 28:19, “…Go Ye”; Acts 1:8, “ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth; and II Corinthians 5:20, “…we are ambassadors” (for someone sent) Jesus not only calls us to come to Him, but He Commissions us to go for Him.

Jesus states this in John 20:21, “Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent Me, even so send I you” (KJV). This call to missions that Jesus charged the early Christians with is a charge that we of the General Baptist State Convention of North Carolina are bound by and have been actively engaged in since 1867. We invite you to join, participate in and support all the activities our Convention.

“Then said Jesus to them ….as My Father hath sent Me, even so I send You” John 20:21
Below, GBSCNC President, Nilous M.  Avery, ll, (center) flanked by several participants of the “Women In Ministry Workshop” held in Durham, NC, at the 148
th Session of the General Baptist State Convention of North Carolina.

We are all “sent” who accept the challenge
 and responsibility of doing Missions.

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Laymen’s League Special Presentation

WILLIAM L. POINTER, JR.
President, State Laymen’s League Auxiliary,

REV. BILL WILSON
State Laymen’s League Auxiliary Study Commission Chairman

WILLIAM L. POINTER, JR.
President,
State Laymen’s League Auxiliary,

  The Laymen's Missionary Movement

Dwight L. Moody, an unordained evangelist, and John R. Mott, a Methodist laymen, played major roles in beginning the International Laymen's Missionary Movement. These two men were confident that the only way the world could be evangelized was through the mobilizing of laymen.

The Movement had its beginning in New York November 13- 14, 1906. The American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions arranged an interdenominational meeting to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the famous William College Haystack prayer meeting that had launched the foreign Missions Movement of North America. John B. Sleman, a prominent laymen, made "A Call to Prayer" for laymen of different denominations to come together to give support to foreign missions. The Laymen's Missionary Movement was launched with a 10 day prayer meeting in the upper room.

The Laymen's League is the organization of men in the Church. It is the channel through which laymen rnake their best and most effective contribution to the life and work of the church. It is an organized effort for the enlistment of men in the church. It is an effort by saved men to reach unsaved for God, for Christ, and for his church.

It is an organization of the Baptist Church to teach men to understand the Christian faith, and to possess a knowledge of the Baptist Church (Doctrine, polity, and practices), and to prepare them to present and discuss these vital matters intelligently.

The Laymen's League is a movement of Christian men to christianize the community in which they live (their city, their county, their state, their nation and their world). The training center and a service agency for growing baptist men. We must enlist, coordinate, cultivate, study, worship, and our Christian men to move forward in a positive manner. Please support all of their activities in your church.

REV. DR. BILL WILSON, State Laymen’s League Auxiliary Study Commission Chairman, preaching at the One Day State Laymen’s League Auxiliary Session in Oxford,NC.

The State Laymen’s League Auxiliary serves as the catalyst for fellowship, training and mutual support for laymen in Churches of the General Baptist State Convention. Established in 1947, the League has operated for sixty-six years as a statewide organization.


The Laymen League Auxiliary has a comprehensive program including:



The  Beginning of Laymen’s Missionary Movement
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Visit our gallery to view several photos of the 2016 Mid-Year Session. This session was convened on May 3rd and 4th in Charlotte, NC @ Mayfield Memorial Baptist Church.

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Dr. Peter  M. Wherry, Host Pastor of Mayfield Memorial Baptist Church in Charlotte, NC

Dr. Nilous M. Avery, II, President of the General Baptist State Convention of North Carolina

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2016 Mid Year Session Photo Highlights