By Jim White
Woman’s Missionary Union of North Carolina will move its headquarters from Raleigh to an office building in Lillington recently donated to the mission organization.
The relocation to Lillington—about 40 miles south of Raleigh—will save WMUNC about $70,000, said acting executive director Ruby Fulbright.
The new 16,500-square-foot bulding is considerably larger than WMUNC’s current facilities, added Fulbright, who announced the move during the organization’s annual meeting at Ridgecrest Baptist Conference Center.
WMUNC moved to its current location on Front Street in north Raleigh in 2007 from offices in Baptist State Convention of North Carolina’s building.
That move was prompted by a disagreement between the two over hiring practices which led WMUNC to assert its autonomy. Subsequently the state convention eliminated funding for WMUNC in the state missions offering.
The mission organization continues to work with North Carolina churches to promote the state convention’s mission causes, as well as those of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship and the Southern Baptist Convention.
The CBF of North Carolina includes WMUNC in its Mission Resource Plan, a financial mechanism which is expected to channel about $117,000 to WMUNC over the next year.