Dakota Baptist Gathering 2018

The Dakota Baptist Gathering is a time that Dakota Baptist Churches, their pastors, and leaders come together to connect with God and each other.  It is a time to celebrate God’s work in us and around us.

It is a time to…

  • Celebrate relationships and partnerships through hearing inspiring messages
  • Engage in God honoring worship
  • Hear reports of what God is doing across the Dakotas, the Southern Baptist Convention and across the world
  • Fellowship with messengers coming from all of our churches in the Dakotas
We want to encourage all our churches to plan to send messengers to this meeting. Messengers will be asked to vote on items of business and recommendations that will be brought before the meeting.  Below is an explanation of how many messengers each church can elect to send.

Messengers and attendees can sign up below.  Messengers need to bring information from their church showing that they have been elected by their church.

The host hotel is the La Quinta Inn & Suites, 4521 West 41st Street.  We have secured a special rate of $99/night + tax through August 31, 2018.  Please mention the Dakota Baptist Gathering when calling 605-275-4555 to make reservations.

Other area hotels (not in any order) and pricing from expedia.com as of 4/24/18 include (does not include tax):
  • Days Inn: $40, 3401 Gateway Blvd, 605-361-9240
  • Super 8: $55, 4100 W 41st St, 605-679-6758
  • Red Roof Inn: $51, 3500 S Gateway Blvd, 605-361-1864
  • Comfort Suites: $92, 3208 S Carolyn Ave, 605-362-9711



SECTION 1. The membership of this Convention shall consist of messengers to the Annual Meeting or a called meeting of the Convention, duly elected by legally constituted cooperating (member) churches.

1(a) A local church affiliates with the Dakota Baptist Convention (1) by affirming the current Baptist Faith and Message by vote of the church and written notification to the Dakota Baptist Convention, (2) by contributing to the Dakota Baptist Convention Cooperative Program a minimum of $500.00 per calendar year, and (3) by submitting an Annual Report (the Annual Church Profile, ACP) to the Convention.

1(b) Churches wishing to affiliate shall be put on probationary status upon affirmation of the current Baptist Faith and Message.  Churches shall be eligible for full membership in the Convention after meeting the requirement for Cooperative Program giving and submission of an Annual Report (ACP) to the Convention.  Probationary status for a church or church plant is removed when the church has met all requirements, and is approved by the Executive Board of the Convention.

SECTION 2. Each cooperating (member) church electing messengers to the Convention in session is allowed three (3) messengers.  Churches are allowed an additional messenger for each additional fifty (50) resident members or fraction thereof over the first fifty (50).  A church may add an additional messenger for each $500 in Cooperative Program contributions to the Convention during the report period of the Annual Report.  However, no church may seat more than ten (10) messengers to the Convention in session.  Any church plant, church-type mission, or church that is either (1) not legally constituted or is (2) in probationary status shall be entitled to one (1) messenger to the Convention in session.

SECTION 3. The basis for determining resident membership and Cooperative Program contributions shall be the Annual Report (ACP) submitted to the Convention in the same calendar year as the Convention in session.  If the Convention in session occurs so that there is inadequate time to review that year’s Annual Report, the previous year’s Annual Report may be used at the discretion of the Credentials Committee.

SECTION 4. Churches wishing to seat messengers at the Convention in session must show that they have contributed at least $500.00 to the Dakota Baptist Convention Cooperative Program within the previous twelve (12) months, have submitted an ACP for the previous year, and have submitted the names of elected messengers to the Credentials Committee of the Convention before the opening of the Convention in session.  Churches which do not meet the criteria for seating messengers may appeal to the Credentials Committee.  Any such appeal must be submitted to the Credentials Committee Chairman before the opening day of the Convention in session.  The Credentials Committee will evaluate the request to seat messengers on a case-by-case basis, guided by the current Baptist Faith and Message and information provided by the church, even if no Annual Report (ACP) is submitted for that calendar year.  The Credentials Committee may recommend seating messengers from a church they consider to be genuinely in sympathy with the work and purposes of the Convention.

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