Program-Order of Business
|Worship Leader||Daniel Lloyd|
|8:30||Pre-Session Music||Alabama Singing Men/Women|
|8:40||Call to Order||Tim Cox|
|Madison Baptist Association||Charlie Howell|
|Whitesburg Baptist Church||Darryl Craft|
|Congregational Music||Daniel Lloyd|
|8:50||Enrollment of Messengers||Billie Davis|
|8:55||Committee on Order of Business||Chip Starnes|
|9:00||Committee Appointments||Tim Cox|
|9:05||Memorial Service||Larry Cummings|
|9:15||Alabama Baptist Minister Benefit Society||Mark Smith|
|9:20||Introduction of Resolutions||Melissa Bowen|
|9:25||Special Music||Alabama Singing Men/Women|
|9:30||Christ Centered Testimony||Joshua del Risco|
|9:55||Committee on Committees||Ben Stubblefield|
|10:05||Committee on Boards and Commissions||Ben Bowden|
|10:15||Recognition of Former Convention Presidents||Rick Lance|
|10:25||Recogition of New Pastors & Church Staff Members||Mike Jackson|
|10:30||Cooperative Program Recognitions||Rick Lance|
|10:40||Christ Centered Ministries||Various Speakers|
|11:10||Miscellaneous Business, Part 1|
|11:15||Presentation of Convention President||Rick Lance|
|11:20||Special Music||Mike & Lori May, Bryan Alderman|
|11:25||President’s Address||Tim Cox|
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The Alabama Baptist State Convention was founded on October 28, 1823, as the third permanent state convention organized in the South. … The Baptists, though the largest religious group in the state, were weak and widely scattered. They numbered about 5,000 and had about 125 churches and 75 ministers.” (Baptists in Alabama: Their Organization and Witness, by A. Hamilton Reid. Montgomery, Ala.: Paragon Press, 1967).
Today, the State Convention has grown to more than 3,200 churches with approximately one million members. Each November, the Alabama Baptist State Convention convenes as a two-day meeting of messengers elected by affiliated churches. Messengers and invited guests hear reports about Great Commission ministries.
Between annual meetings, Convention bylaws provide that the Alabama Baptist State Board of Missions will be the “executive, administrative, fiduciary, and promotional agency of the Convention.”
Both the State Convention and State Board of Missions support the missional efforts of a family of Alabama Baptist entities and auxiliary, including:
- Alabama Baptist Children’s Homes & Family Ministries
- Alabama Baptist Historical Commission
- Alabama Baptist Retirement Centers
- Alabama Woman’s Missionary Union (auxiliary)
- Board of Aid to Students in Church Related Vocations
- Christian Life Commission
- Education Commission
- Judson College
- Samford University
- Shocco Springs Conference Center
- The Alabama Baptist newspaper
- The Baptist Foundation of Alabama
- University of Mobile
The Convention also provides primary support for ALCAP (Alabama Citizens Actions Program), “Alabama’s moral compass” regarding biblical and moral concerns.
November 14-15, 2023 | First Baptist, Montgomery
Alabama Baptist congregations are asked to watch for information from the State Board of Missions regarding registration of messengers to this year’s State Convention meeting. Information will be sent by U.S. mail and by email in mid-October to each local church with instructions on how to pre-register messengers through an online process.
What does it mean to be a messenger?
The Alabama Baptist Convention consists of members known also as messengers. Messengers are members of Southern Baptist churches cooperating with the Convention. Messengers are elected annually by the church where they are members and sent to the annual convention as their churches representative.
How many can a church send?
There are actually two formulas to determine this:
Numerical Basis: Every church is allowed one messenger. One additional messenger is allowed for every two hundred, or fraction thereof, members in excess of two hundred.
Financial Basis: One messenger is allowed from each church for any part of the first one thousand dollars contributed to the Alabama Baptist State Convention during the Convention’s preceding fiscal year. One additional messenger is allowed for the next one thousand dollars above the first one thousand dollars contributed to the work of the Convention, and one additional messenger for each two thousand dollars contributed to the work of the Convention above the first two thousand dollars.
No church will have more than twenty‑five messengers though.
How do you become one?
Contact your Southern Baptist church and ask to be sent as a messenger to the Alabama Baptist Convention Annual Meeting. Every church is autonomous and decides how their messenger allotment will be filled. Many will hold a business meeting before the convention for the church to vote on those wishing to be considered as messengers.