FORT WORTH—Texas Baptists are set to celebrate missions, elect officers and approve a 2009 budget during the Baptist General Convention of Texas annual meeting in Fort Worth, Nov. 10-11.
Messengers to the meeting, themed “Texas Our Texas,” will enjoy a taste of what God has done through Texas Baptist congregations and institutions during the past year and anticipate what he is calling them to do, said BGCT President Joy Fenner.
“Our Texas Baptist family has much to celebrate as we come together in Fort Worth,” Fenner said. “Our desire is that those who participate in the annual meeting will give input, gather information and gain inspiration.”
The meeting features a celebration the night of Nov. 10 that will include a tapestry of missions and ministries presented through testimony, drama and music. BGCT Executive Director Randel Everett also will emphasize Texas Hope 2010, a BGCT initiative to share the gospel with every non-Christian in the state by Easter 2010 and meet human need.
In addition to worship and celebrating mission work, the annual meeting also will offer a variety of practical workshops on topics like evangelism and community missions. The workshops are designed to empower and strengthen Texas Baptist efforts to share the gospel.
“Our congregations and institutions are planted in Texas not only to reach this state, but to reach as far as we can to call the whole world to the kingdom,” Fenner said.
In business matters, David Lowrie, pastor of First Baptist Church in Canyon, and Stephen Hatfield, pastor of First Baptist Church in Lewisville, are to be nominated for the BGCT presidency.
Carolyn Strickland, a deacon at Wilshire Baptist Church in Dallas, is to be nominated for first vice president. Her late husband, Phil, served the Texas Baptist Christian Life Commis-sion 38 years, including nearly a quarter-century as its director.
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Bobby Broyles, pastor of First Baptist Church in Ballinger, is set to be nominated for second vice president.
Other officer candidates may be nominated from the floor of the meeting.
Messengers also will consider a proposed 2009 BGCT budget of $45.755 million, an 8 percent decrease from the budget approved by last year’s annual meeting messengers. It is slightly below the revised budget the BGCT Executive Board approved last spring.
Texas Baptists also are scheduled to vote on an amendment to the BGCT constitution that would enable smaller BGCT-affiliated churches who are strong financial supporters to have more representation at the annual meeting.
Additionally, messengers will be presented a motion that would reduce the number of BGCT-appointed board members on Buckner International’s board of trustees from six to four. Twenty-four people make up Buckner’s board.
For additional information about the annual meeting, visit www.bgct.org/ annualmeeting or call (888) 244-9400.