LOUISVILLE, Ky. (KT) -- Registration is underway for the 183rd Annual Meeting of the Kentucky Baptist Convention. The meeting is scheduled for Nov. 10 at Bellevue Baptist Church in Owensboro. There is no shortage of changes and guidelines to ensure the safety and well-being of all in attendance.
“As with everything else in 2020, there are some changes to this year’s annual meeting because of COVID-19,” said Todd Gray, KBC executive director-treasurer, in a letter mailed to churches. “We are asking that all messengers pre-register electronically. We are also asking that the meeting be limited to only pre-registered messengers.”
The letter explained health-related requirements for social distancing and seating capacity.
“Please know that you will be required to wear a mask, and there will be a temperature check along with health-related questions as you enter Bellevue Baptist,” Gray said.
Meeting planners have spent months working through safety plans. “We are committed to providing a safe environment for all participants," said Jim Donnell, associate executive director for convention operations and communication at the KBC.
“Although we all have grown weary of all of the COVID-related restrictions, which we have had to endure for many months now, it will be necessary that we require that these guidelines (masks, social distancing, temperature checks, etc.) be followed at this year’s annual meeting,” Donnell said.
Roxanne Nanney, chairperson of the Committee on the Annual Meeting, explained that “the health guidelines and changes we made this year have been made out of love for one another, not out of fear.”
Even though the meeting will be different, Nanney and Donnell expressed their excitement and optimism.
“I’m still looking forward to seeing my KBC faith family and working together to do what needs to be done to continue to advance the kingdom,” said Nanney.
Pre-registration is the primary way planners intend to abide by meeting capacity guidelines. “We have no way of knowing how many are coming unless you tell us,” Nanney said.
Donnell added, “Given the social distancing guidelines that we will be following, it will be necessary that we restrict attendance to only messengers this year.
“Requiring that messengers pre-register will allow meeting organizers to know how many people will need accommodations within our host site, Bellevue Baptist Church, Owensboro. Instructions for pre-registering messengers have been sent to each KBC church,” Donnell said.
“We know our time together will be different than previous meetings, but we also know that God’s people need to meet to celebrate His faithfulness, enjoy Christian fellowship and organize to reach Kentucky and the world for Christ,” Gray said.
To learn more about the 183rd Kentucky Baptist Convention Annual Meeting, visit the webpage at www.kybaptist.org/annualmeeting.