The Baptist General Convention of Texas will gather online for the 135th Annual Meeting on Nov. 16-17. The meeting will be held virtually for the first time ever in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Texas Baptists are emphasizing the call to live “Compelled” and celebrating the mission work made possible through partnerships across Texas, the country and around the world.
“In the midst of this pandemic, Texas Baptists have locked arms, leaned into the challenge, and ministered effectively,” said Executive Director David Hardage. “At our upcoming online Annual Meeting Nov. 16-17, we will celebrate all that God has accomplished through our cooperative ministry efforts in the midst of difficult times.”
On the evening of Mon., Nov. 16, church-elected messengers will gather for the Annual Meeting Business Session from 6:00-8:00 p.m. During this session, messengers will elect officers and vote on the 2020 proposed budget, nominations for affiliated boards and ministries, resolutions and more. Messengers must register by Nov. 13 to participate in the meeting. Texas Baptist-affiliated churches are encouraged to register their maximum number of messengers so that their church’s unique voice can be heard during the meeting. For more information about messenger registration and business items, click here.
The entire Texas Baptists family–messengers and visitors alike–are invited to join the online Celebration Session on the night of Tues., Nov. 17. from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Texas Baptists will come together to celebrate all they have accomplished and learn about the year ahead. The service will include worship, an update from Executive Director Hardage, a sermon from President Michael A. Evans, Sr., and exciting ministry updates made possible through Cooperative Program giving. No registration is required. Visitors can join the session on this page or on the Texas Baptists Facebook Live.
Worship rallies will be hosted at 7 p.m. on Sun., Nov. 15. Rallies will be held for Texas Baptists en Español and the African American Fellowship. A new rally for young adults, Devoted Young Adult Virtual Gathering: 20 Things We Learned in 2020, will also take place at 7 p.m. To register or find more rally information, click here.
Leading up to the Annual Meeting, a series of live workshops are being hosted each Tuesday at 2 p.m. over Zoom. Workshops began Sept. 8 and will continue through Nov. 17. These workshops cover topics including evangelism, student missions, the Great Commission and more. The workshops are also being recorded, and are available here.
For more information about Annual Meeting, messenger registration and the celebration service, click here.