It is generally understood, due to the virtual nature of the 2020 BGCT Annual Meeting and the implicit challenges to discussing business, that messengers are encouraged to hold new or miscellaneous business, motions, or resolutions until the next scheduled in-person meeting of the BGCT in Galveston.
However, the introduction of business is permitted under the following Standing Rules:
- All reports, motions, resolutions or amendments to the constitution, bylaws or articles of incorporation, or any other business a messenger wishes the 2020 annual meeting to consider, shall be submitted by a registered messenger to the body by emailing the recording secretary of the convention at recordingsecretary[at]txb.org. The email must include your motion, name, address, church membership, email address, and phone number.
- All main motions requiring a vote not scheduled on the agenda must be introduced by email to the recording secretary by October 31, 2020.
- The 2020 Annual Meeting will follow the BGCT constitution and bylaws and Robert’s Rules of Order (RRO) where RRO do not conflict with the constitution and bylaws. An instructional video will be emailed to registered messengers by November 1, 2020, explaining the general process for discussion, debate, and voting electronically.
- Discussion or debate shall be limited to two minutes per speaker. No messenger shall speak more than once on the same question. (Limited to two speakers for the motion and two speakers against the motion.)
- Nomination speeches shall be limited to three minutes, and there may be no more than one nomination speech per candidate.
- The chair shall recognize messengers wishing to speak to each side of the question alternately.
- All messengers who attend and participate in the business meetings of the convention shall conduct themselves in keeping with the stated objectives of the Constitution of Texas Baptists.
- In the election of officers, if no nominee receives a majority vote of the messengers, there shall be a runoff election between the two nominees who received the greatest number of votes on the first ballot.