By Staff, Baptist Message
ALEXANDRIA, La. (LBM)— In order for a church to be represented during the business portions of the Louisiana Baptist Convention to be held Nov. 16 in North Monroe Baptist Church, Monroe, it will need to elect messenger(s), who then must register and be certified by the Committee on Credentials.
LBC Credentials Committee Chairman Mark Morelock noted to the Baptist Message that there are five ways for messengers to register and be approved:
— The first and simplest way is for messengers to pre-register using www.LaOne.org and print out the registration card to bring to the annual meeting. This way allows messengers to be certified within a matter of minutes, Morelock said.
— Second, a messenger may bring a note on official letterhead signed by the pastor or church clerk, stating that the individual was elected by the congregation.
— Third, a church officer can phone in the names of elected messengers.
— Fourth, a person can be vouchsafed as a duly elected messenger by a fellow registered church member.
— Finally, when there are no other means by which to validate a person, the Committee on Credentials may be called into session to rule on the registration request.
Morelock emphasized that pastors are not automatically registered as messengers, explaining that they must follow the same procedure as other messengers to participate in the business discussions and official votes of the annual meeting.
NOTICE TO CHURCHES
Due to possible COVID-19 restrictions and social distancing requirements, we ask messengers to make every attempt to pre-register AND BRING YOUR CARD WITH YOU. Scanning the card that you print out at home or work will result in fewer touches at the annual meeting site.
Pre-registration letters were sent Oct. 4. Please use the provided login information to pre-register your messengers at www.LaOne.org.
If you have not received your letter, or if you have questions about the process, please contact LBC Information Services by email (Messengers@LouisianaBaptists.org) or phone (318.448.3402 ext. 242).