Messengers

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. Visitors will want to stop by our registration desk to receive their visitor packet which includes a program, map of the exhibit hall and other pertinent information.

Registration
Registration is required for messengers and visitors.

What is a Messenger?

Messengers are N.C. Baptist church representatives who attend the annual meeting of the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina. Messengers who are elected and sent by their cooperating N.C. Baptist church must present a properly completed and signed messenger card at the registration desk in order to receive their messenger packet. This is mandatory for a messenger to be able to vote. The messenger packet includes the program, ballots and additional information.

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 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.

How many messengers is one church allowed to send to annual meeting?

The sources of the financial and numerical data utilized to determine the eligible messengers for each church are the previous year’s Congregation Profile, and North Carolina Cooperative Program giving recorded in the accounting records of the Baptist state convention. The only exceptions are churches that have become cooperating churches of the convention since the start of this year. In those cases, the financial data utilized are from the records of the convention as of July of this year. In such situations, each new cooperating church is eligible for only two (2) messengers. The number of eligible messengers for each cooperating church is calculated in accordance with Article VI.A of the Articles of Incorporation of the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina.

The number of eligible messengers to which a cooperating church is entitled may be determined on either a numerical or a financial basis. The greater of the two calculations is used.

a. “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.”  (Article VI.A.1.a. of the Articles of Incorporation).

If the amount contributed to the Cooperative Program is less than one percent (1%) of the undesignated budget gifts, then you are only eligible for two (2) messengers. If your church meets the 1% threshold, then the following numerical parameters become effective.

Members Messengers

1-100
101-200
201-300
301-400
401-500
501-600
601-700
701-800
801 and higher

2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10

b.  “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%).” (Article VI.A.1.b. of the Articles of Incorporation).

Cooperative Program/
Undesignated (%)
Messengers

0-4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13 and more

0
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10

The greater number of messengers is determined by using the numerical basis (a. above) or the financial basis (b. above) and becomes the total number of eligible messengers for your church.

If you have any questions, please call the messenger help line at (800) 395-5102 ext. 5555.