JEFFERSON CITY – The following proposed amendments to the Constitution of the Missouri Baptist Convention (MBC) were presented in 2009 for debate and vote at the 2010 Annual Meeting.
The Committee on Continuing Review recommends the following proposed amendment to the Constitution of the Missouri Baptist Convention (new wording in bold italics):
That Article IV, Section 1, of the Constitution of the MBC be amended by adding the following sentence: Messengers shall be members in good standing of the MBC churches that elect them.
New reading for Section 1:
Section 1. Any Southern Baptist church singly aligned with the Convention and desiring to cooperate with the Convention in her program of single alignment with the Southern Baptist Convention and any Baptist church meeting the qualifications stated in Section 2 shall be entitled to one messenger for every one hundred members or fraction thereof, or for every $2,500.00 given to the Convention through the Cooperative Program in the previous reporting year, provided that no church shall be entitled to have more than fifteen messengers. Messengers shall be members in good standing of the Missouri Baptist Convention churches that elect them.
The committee consists of Bob Ingold, chairman, Trey Dimsdale, David Cox, James Plymale, Gary Burchett, and Kevin Farr.
The purpose of the committee, according to the MBC Bylaws, Article VI, “Standing and Special Committees” is as follows:
1. The Convention shall elect standing committees as follows:
d. Reporting at the annual meeting following election with three-year terms for members:
(1) Committee on Continuing Review, consisting of six members, two of whom shall be elected each year on the final day; it shall review Convention operations and shall recommend for Convention action such revisions of the Constitution, Bylaws, or Business and Financial Plan as it determines necessary. Any amendment to the MBC Constitution proposed during the sessions shall upon introduction and being seconded, stand referred to this committee for examination and hearing on such amendment and a report and recommendation to the Convention at its next annual meeting. Any proposed amendments to the Bylaws or Business and Financial Plan upon being seconded shall stand referred to this committee for report on the final day of the annual meeting.