MBC Messenger Information
How to Become a Messenger
Your church elects and sends messengers to the annual meeting. Based on church size and giving to the MBC through the Cooperative Program, your church may send 1-15 messengers.
This Convention shall consist of messengers named by affiliated churches under the following conditions:
Section 1. Any Southern Baptist church singly aligned with the Convention and desiring to cooperate with the Convention in her program of single alignment with the Southern Baptist Convention and any Baptist church meeting the qualifications stated in Section 2 shall be entitled to one messenger for every one hundred members or fraction thereof, or for every $2,500.00 given to the Convention through the Cooperative Program in the previous reporting year, provided that no church shall be entitled to have more than fifteen messengers.
-Excerpt from the Missouri Baptist Convention Constitution. For the complete constitution go here.
Therefore, the number of messengers a church gets is based on either the Total Membership OR the Total Cooperative Program Giving, whichever gives the church more messengers. Below is a chart to help you figure the number of messengers that your church will receive.
(Total Membership on 2016 ACP)
|1 messenger||1-100 members|
|2 messengers||101-200 members|
|3 messengers||201-300 members|
|4 messengers||301-400 members|
|5 messengers||401-500 members|
|6 messengers||501-600 members|
|7 messengers||601-700 members|
|8 messengers||701-800 members|
|9 messengers||801-900 members|
|10 messengers||901-1000 members|
|11 messengers||1001-1100 members|
|12 messengers||1101-1200 members|
|13 messengers||1201-1300 members|
|14 messengers||1301-1400 members|
|15 messengers||1401 plus members|
(Giving from July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2017)
|15 messengers||$37,500 and up|
NOTE: For the Total Cooperative Program Giving the amount to be used is the monies given from July 1, 2016, through June 30, 2017. To be counted in this time frame the money must have been received in the Business Services office by or on June 30, 2017. We will not be going by postmarked dates.For Total Membership, the 2016 Annual Church Profile (ACP) will be used to determine the total membership of a church. If your church did not submit a 2016 ACP Report, you may still contact Pam Jeffries by phone at 800-736-6227 ext. 337 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org to request an ACP form.
Frequently Asked Questions
If you have questions about the registration process, please call Tamara Parry at 573-636-0400 or 800-736-6227 ext. 317, or email Tamara at email@example.com
When will the Convention mail out Messenger Cards?
Messenger cards will be mailed out the third week of August. If your church did not receive messenger cards by August 31, 2017, please contact Tamara Parry at firstname.lastname@example.org.
When does online registration open?
Online registration opens August 25. To register online, follow the instructions on the registration card sent to your church.
When does online registration close?
Online registration closes on October 16, 2017.
When does mail in registration close?
Mail in registration closes on October 16, 2017.