Messengers, as well as visitors, are welcome to attend all sessions of the annual meeting and are encouraged to enjoy our exhibit hall of great resources for your church. Visitors will want to stop by our registration desk to receive their visitor packet which includes a program book, a map of the exhibit hall and other pertinent information about the meeting.
Registration is required for messengers who will be voting. Messengers must present a properly completed and signed messenger card at the registration desk in order to receive their messenger packet, which includes the program book, ballots and additional information to make your visit at the meeting a meaningful experience.
Registration Dates and Times
Monday, November 14, 2:00 p.m.
Tuesday, November 15, 8:00 a.m.
Your church can expect to receive messenger cards in mid to late September according to the numerical or financial basis as stated in Article VI.A.1.a-b (see below)
Messengers must present their properly signed card to the Credentials Subcommittee at the time of registration in order to receive their messenger packet.
Fill out your Messenger Card according to the example image (click to enlarge). Most information will come pre-printed on the card. The only thing required is the messenger's name, the messenger's role in the church and the church moderator's signature.
If your church has not received messenger cards by early October, please call (800) 395-5102 ext. 5555 or (919) 459-5555.
What is a Messenger?
Messengers attending the annual meeting of the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina will have the opportunity to enjoy meaningful times of worship, hear inspiring messages from God's Word, learn about the many missions and ministry opportunities available to North Carolina Baptists and participate in the business sessions. Messengers must present a properly completed and signed messenger card at the registration desk in order to receive their messenger packet, which includes the program book, ballots and additional information to make your visit at the meeting a meaningful experience. The Baptist State Convention's Articles of Incorporation define a messenger as:
Article VI. Members; Composition
The Convention shall be composed of the following members described in Sections A. and B. below:
- Those messengers who have been duly elected by cooperating churches, have been duly registered by the Credentials Subcommittee, and are in attendance at the annual meeting or special meeting of the Convention. The number and criteria for messengers shall be as follows:
- The number of messengers to which a cooperating church is entitled may be determined on either a numerical or financial basis:
- On a numerical basis: every cooperating church shall be allowed two (2) messengers and one (1) additional messenger for every one hundred (100) members or fraction thereof, beyond the first one hundred (100) members; provided that to have more than two (2) messengers, the cooperating church financially supports the Cooperative Program of the Convention by giving at least one percent (1%) of undesignated budget gifts through the Cooperative Program of the Convention; for the purposes of this calculation, funds used as matching funds for the expanded annuity shall not be considered.
- On a financial basis: every cooperating church giving five percent (5%) of undesignated budget gifts through the Cooperative Program shall have two (2) messengers and one (1) additional messenger for every one percent (1%) beyond the initial five percent (5%).
- Messengers shall be members of a cooperating church, as defined below.
- A cooperating church shall be one that financially supports any program, institution, or agency of the Convention, and which is in friendly cooperation with the Convention and sympathetic with its purposes and work.
Among churches not in friendly cooperation with the Convention are churches which knowingly act to affirm, approve, endorse, promote, support or bless homosexual behavior. The Board of Directors shall apply this provision. Any decision by the Board of Directors shall be final; provided that a church has a right to request the Convention in annual session to reconsider the Board of Directors' decision that such church is not in friendly cooperation with the Convention.
- No cooperating church shall be entitled under any circumstances to elect more than ten (10) messengers.
- No one who is a messenger pursuant to a position described in Section B is eligible to be elected as a messenger from a cooperating church.
- The officers of the Convention, the members of the Board of Directors, the editor of the Biblical Recorder, the President of the Woman's Missionary Union of North Carolina, the President of the North Carolina Baptist Men, and the President of the North Carolina Baptist Associational Missions Conference.