Getting ready in Amarillo


A crew of wonderfully creative and talented folks began arriving in Amarillo this week to get the civic center ready for our annual meeting. When I arrived Thursday, more than 20 people were building and painting sets, unloading trucks, and scurrying here and there to execute the many detailed plans.

Dennis Parrish is the ringmaster for this behind-the-scenes circus. It’s similar each year, with the look and theme changing and processes being tweaked. It’s hard work, but it’s also fun.

I want to say a special note of thanks to David Isbell, who heads up the logistics and execution of actually getting all the stuff to the annual meeting site each year. People on the stage each year may not know about David’s tireless work, but without him much of what happens would not be possible. This year, David is still at his post getting things done despite serious illness in his extended family. Please pray for David’s family and say a word of thanks to our Father for servants like David Isbell. He’s one of your BGCT employees, and he’s a good one.

I look forward to seeing you in Amarillo. If you haven’t made plans, there’s still time. Come and be a part of this missions celebration and impact the future of God’s work through Texas Baptists. Visit the website for details.

3 Responses to “Getting ready in Amarillo”

  1. Kyle Morton Says:

    I was wondering if there was a website that gave a detailed explanation of what the Executive Board of the BGCT does and how it directly relates to the convention when they are in session. I do not ask this question out of anger in any way I am simply a young West Texas Pastor who would like to gain a better understanding of the executive board. Thanks.

  2. Ferrell Says:

    Great to hear from you and to know that you seek such understanding. People like you can help shape our future for kingdom service.

    Here’s a link to info on our web site that might be of help:

    As for your specific question about how it relates to the convention when in session, the Executive Board will bring a report and some recommendations for consideration by the convention. Messengers will be able to approve, reject or amend any recommendation. There are some convention matters that the constitution and bylaws reserve specifically for the Executive Board. If Texas Baptists want to change those things, then it takes two annual meetings to change the constitution and one to change bylaws. In other words, messengers to the Annual Meeting always have the final say, but to change things written into the governing documents requires a more extended debate and consideration period, which I think is pretty much the standard among Baptist bodies.

    Of course, specific interpretations of how this all works during the annual meeting are left to the chair. Basically, the parliamentarians advise the chair, and the chair then makes a decision. Messengers can overrule the chair, but I don’t think they can vote to do something that is contrary to the constitution and bylaws.

    Kyle, if you have more questions, don’t hesitate to ask.

  3. spiritualsamurai Says:

    The convention staff that puts on the meeting every year always does an unbelievable job. Thank you for the hard work you do.

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