November 9th, 2010 at 9:01 pm
MCALLEN – Baptist General Convention of Texas Annual Meeting messengers approved a 2011 convention budget of $38 million — $35.850 million coming from anticipated Texas Cooperative Program receipts and $2.15 million from investment income.
The Texas Cooperative Program is the primary giving channel for Texas Baptists, supporting mission work and ministry throughout the state. It supports health care systems, universities, aging care institutions and child care institutions. It helps congregations start churches, assists them in feeding the hungry and undergirds a variety of outreach.
Messengers also gave initial approval to amending the BGCT constitution to give voting privileges to presidents of recognized fellowships. Messengers would need to approve the amendment again next year before it would take effect.
Messengers also gave first approval to a motion that would enable mission congregations to send messengers to the BGCT Annual Meeting and a motion that clarified the process of challenging a congregation’s ability to send messengers to the Annual Meeting. The latter proposal is designed to give the Committee on Credentials more time in considering a whether a congregation’s messengers should be allowed to sit in the meeting.
James Hassell, pastor of Agape Baptist Church in Fort Worth, was elected to be next year’s Annual Meeting preacher.
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