Thank you for allowing me to attend last week's Missouri Baptist Convention held at First Baptist Church, Raytown, Missouri. Our church had a full complement of messengers (5) in attendance. Overall, it was a harmonious convention, although there were differences of opinion on some matters. But the times of worship were outstanding and the spirit of the gathering very positive and uplifting.
Some of the key issues decided included:
1. A change in the formula for how churches are allotted messengers to the convention. Churches will now receive one messenger for every 100 members, or one messenger for every $2500 given to the Cooperative Program. That will result in Cornerstone now receiving 9-10 messengers instead of only five.
2. A decision was made to give the Executive Board of the Convention the power to take action between conventions to do what they deem appropriate to either continue attempts to regain the Missouri Baptist Agencies that changed their charters eight years ago, or to wind the process down in a way that is agreed to by all parties concerned. They said that up to now, the Board really only had power to continue the action, not to wind it down.
It is my hope Missouri Baptists will have a renewed devotion to evangelism and outreach in the year ahead, and to developing strong and healthy local churches. That is the primary theme for our new Executive Director - David Tolliver - building healthy churches that will in turn take the Gospel to the entire state, and across our world. I believe that to be a very good emphasis.