History of NCMO
The NCMO began under the direction of Baptist State Convention of North Carolina Executive Director Dr. Cecil Ray in 1977. The goal of the offering was to eliminate institutions or agencies from making appeals for funds through the churches. The 1979 NCMO Goal was $2,000,000 of which WMU NC would receive $100,000 or 5%.
WMU NC’s program budget up until this time had come from the Heck-Jones® Memorial Offering. The Executive Board of WMU NC voted to participate in the NCMO along with Baptist Hospital, Homes for Aging (Baptist Retirement Homes) and Baptist Children’s Homes. Today the three social service agencies have reclaimed their own offering. Since its inception in 1977, WMU NC has served as a strong promoter for the NCMO offering. WMU NC remained a recipient of NCMO funds until messengers to the 2007 Baptist State Convention of North Carolina Annual Meeting voted to remove WMU NC from the NCMO budget; however, WMU NC continues to promote the offering in support of the endeavors of other missions groups and programs.
In 1995 Dr. Roy Smith, Executive Director of BSCNC, recommended that the salaries for WMU NC and NC Baptist Men come from the NCMO thus increasing the percentage that both entities would receive from the offering. The 2007 NCMO Goal is $2,534,437 of which WMU would receive $867,437 or 33.64%.
In 2008, Woman’s Missionary Union of North Carolina began funding its program budget and salaries through the Heck-Jones® Offering. Woman’s Missionary Union of North Carolina now receives all its program budget and salaries from the Heck-Jones® Offering.
Baptist Men, Church Planters and other programs continue to receive funds from NCMO.