Churches elect messengers (not delegates) to various denominational meetings, including the annual convention. The messengers determine the course of many programs, ministries and institutions of the convention, as well as its staff, as guided by the KBC's Constitution and Bylaws.
Beginning this year, KBC will offer online pre-registration for messengers. This optional service will speed up the registration process for messengers and KBC staff. Churches have been sent by mail information about how to register their messengers online. Each messenger should bring his or her confirmation form (provided by the church) to the registration table upon arrival at the Annual Meeting. However, if it not possible for messengers to pre-register, they (and non-messengers) may register when they arrive.
Article IV of the Kentucky Baptist Convention's Constitution and Bylaws states:
1 The Body shall consist of messengers who are members of Baptist churches cooperating with the Convention as follows:
(1) One (1) messenger from each church which: (1) Is in friendly cooperation with the Convention and sympathetic with its purposes and work. Churches in cooperation with the Convention are understood by the Convention to be local congregations of scripturally-baptized believers in general agreement with any of the historic Baptist confessions of faith and who voluntarily prepare and submit an annual church profile. And, (2) Has been a bona fide contributor through the Cooperative Program during the fiscal year preceding.
(2) One (1) additional messenger from each such church for every two hundred [and] fifty (250) resident members; or for each $250.00 contributed through the Cooperative Program during the fiscal year preceding.
(3) The messengers shall be appointed and certified by the churches to the Convention, but no church may appoint more than ten (10).
(4) Ballots shall be issued to each messenger at the time of registration, and only registered messengers present shall be eligible to vote on business matters brought to the Convention.