Ken Camp at The Baptist Standard is reporting that the Committee on Convention Business is going to ask Annual Meeting messengers in Houston to consider a “committee be created to study ‘changes to the BGCT annual meeting that would enhance interest and participation from a broader spectrum of participating churches.'”
The proposal calls for the committee to report to messengers at the 2010 Annual Meeting in McAllen. Throughout the 1990s, an average of nearly 6,000 messengers attended the BGCT Annual Meeting, with a record high of 11,159 messengers attending the 1991, when they voted on a controversial Baylor University charter change.
The 2008 Annual Meeting saw 1,891 messengers, the lowest number since 1949. Less than 3,000 messengers have attended the Annual Meeting every year after 2002.
Paul Kensley, pastor of Grace Fellowship Church in Lampasas and member of the COCB initiated the motion.
“We’d like to see everything on the table — when the meeting is scheduled, where it is held and what it looks like,” he said in the Standard article.
I know Annual Meeting attendance has been batted around quite a bit in the blogosphere, but if indeed everything is going to be put on the table, what would you do with the meeting? When do you have the meeting? Where do you have it? How do you have it? What do you do during it?
If you go to the meeting, I’d like to hear from you on this. But if you don’t go to the Annual Meeting, I’d really like to hear from you. Obviously, if increased attendance is what the committee is seeking, the input of people who don’t go should play a major role in decisions.
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