Messengers united on task force, elections, budget
By Lonnie Wilkey
BRENTWOOD — Tennessee Baptist Convention messengers overwhelmingly approved a recommendation from directors of the Tennessee Baptist Mission Board to establish a sexual abuse task force, elected new officers and approved changes to the convention’s Constitution and Bylaws.
Four recommendations were approved regarding the Constitution and Bylaws, but two of those must be approved again next year by messengers at the 2022 annual meeting before they go into effect (see separate story).
Messengers also adopted a $35 million budget (the same as last year), approved resolutions on gratitude, “Integrity in Teaching, Preaching and Leading” and Financial Transparency Within Southern Baptist entities (see separate story), heard a myriad of reports and acted on other matters of business, including a new partnership initiative with the Hawaii Pacific Baptist Convention, during the TBC annual meeting held at Summit, Nov. 14-17 at Brentwood Baptist Church, Brentwood.
The annual meeting, based on the theme “Forward Together With One Heart,” drew 939 messengers and 172 registered guests from 503 churches for a total of 1,011 participants. Attendance was comparable with the last three held annual meetings, including Knoxville in 2019 when 998 messengers attended. Summit was not held in person in 2020 due to COVID-19. [Read more…]