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 or bring information from their church that they have been elected messengers by their church and register at the registration desk at the meeting.
DBC CONSTITUTION – ARTICLE IV – MEMBERSHIP
SECTION 1. The members of this convention shall consist of messengers to the Convention in annual or called session, elected by legally constituted local churches who cooperate together in the work of the Convention. These local churches will also demonstrate their sympathy with the purpose and work of the Convention by their affirmation of the Baptist Faith and Message, by regular giving through the Cooperative Program and by submitting an annual report (also known as the Annual Church Profile) to the Convention.
SECTION 2. Local churches electing messengers to the Convention in session are allowed three (3) messengers if the church resident membership is 50 or less. Local churches with resident memberships greater than 50 may add an additional messenger for each additional fifty (50) resident members or fraction thereof. A local church may also 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. Church-type missions (those not legally constituted) will be entitled to one (1) messenger to the Convention in session. This messenger is not counted toward the limit of ten (10) messengers from its sponsoring church.
SECTION 3. The basis for determining resident membership and Cooperative Program contributions shall be the annual report 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 submit the names of elected messengers to the Credentials Committee of the Convention before the opening of the Convention in session. Churches who do not meet the criteria to seat messengers may appeal to the Credentials committee for the privilege of seating messengers. Any such appeal must be submitted to the Credentials committee chairman before the opening day of the Convention in session and the Credentials Committee will evaluate the request to seat messengers on a case-by-case basis, guided by the Baptist Faith and Message and information given from that local church, even if no annual report is given 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.