WEST MONROE – This year’s annual meeting of the Louisiana Baptist Convention is to take place Nov. 12-13 at First Baptist Church of West Monroe – known informally as “First West.”
In order for members of Louisiana Baptist churches to participate in the business of the LBC, they need to be elected by their church to serve as messengers, who then are able to vote their conscience on matters of convention business.
The Credentials Committee oversees the registration process for the annual meeting. Joe Alain, LBC Credentials Committee Chairman, notes that there are five ways messengers may be certified to participate and vote at this year’s annual convention:
The first and simplest way is for messengers to pre-register using the LBC online program, print out their registration card, and bring the card to the annual meeting. Pre-registration in this way allows messengers to be certified within a matter of minutes, Alain said.
Second, if messengers have not pre-registered, bringing a letter from their church on church letterhead stating that they are elected messengers will allow them to register and be certified to vote.
Third, a church officer can phone in the names of elected messengers.
Fourth, verification by a fellow registered church member.
And finally, when there is no other means by which to validate a person, a meeting of the Credentials Committee may be called.
Alain also reminds pastors that they are not automatically registered as a messenger from their church and that they must follow the same procedure as other messengers in order to participate in the business and voting at the annual meeting.