Save the Date!

2020 BCNM Annual Meeting
October 20, 2020
Hoffmantown Baptist Church, Albuquerque

Messengers and guests from all BCNM churches are invited to attend the 2020 Annual Meeting of the Baptist Convention of New Mexico.

Due to Covid-19, the State Mission Board of the Baptist Convention of New Mexico has voted to have a one-day meeting to accomodate travel to the Annual Meeting and back home in one day. The meeting will begin at 11:00 a.m. and conclude by 5:00 p.m. with a one-hour lunch break.

Online registration is open, churches can pre-register their messengers using the button on this page. Chick-Fil-A box lunches will be available for purchase in advance of the meeting with your messenger registration. There is no fee for messenger registration, but there is a charge for reserving a boxed lunch.

The theme for the meeting will be “Faith Over Fear” based on John 16:33. There will be no registration reception nor any of the usual on-site pre-convention meetings. But, watch for information about a virtual missions celebration that will take place on Monday, Oct. 19.

At the Annual Meeting, Rev. Hayden Smith, pastor of First Baptist Church of Carrizozo, will bring the annual sermon; President Jared Bridge, pastor of Anchor Church of Albuquerque, will bring the president’s address; and Dr. Joseph Bunce will present his last executive director’s report before his retirement.

Why do we have an Annual Meeting?

Southern Baptists are congregational, meaning that any authority given to the Baptist Convention of New Mexico and its entities ultimately comes from the local churches that choose to cooperate with the Convention. This is different from most denominations where an outside organization has authority over local churches.

The Annual Meeting of the Baptist Convention of New Mexico is a time for messengers who represent local churches to approve the budget and board members for the Convention and its entities. Messengers will also hear reports of what the convention and its entities have accomplished in the last year, thus providing accountability for the Convention.

It’s not all business at the Convention, though. Messengers also worship together through music and the preaching of God’s Word, helping us focus on the ultimate reason why BCNM exists: to advance God’s Kingdom in the Land of Enchantment. The Annual Meeting is also a time for churches to network with one another, helping each other fulfill the Great Commission throughout New Mexico.