Assembly

The Baptist Assembly in Scotland

As part of her remit as PA to the General Director, Jenny Wilson is responsible for the practical arrangements for the annual Baptist Assembly in Scotland. She manages the Assembly's administration on behalf of the Joint Assembly Planning Group (on which she serves with other Union representatives and those from BMS World Mission) and attends to delegate registration and hospitality.

So long as they have made not less than 33% of the appropriate annual contribution to the Scottish Baptist Fund (this is based on their membership size), the churches of the Baptist Union of Scotland are entitled to send their minister(s) and delegates appointed by the church to each Assembly. They are then eligible to take part in any voting matter on the agenda.

Churches with a membership of 100 or less may appoint three delegates; one more delegate is allowed for every additional 100 members - or part thereof.

All ministers on the Accredited List of the Baptist Union of Scotland may attend and vote at Assembly, as may non-accredited ministers and lay pastors if they are in pastoral charge of churches in membership of the Union.

The Union's Trustees, Core Leaders and Council members may also attend and vote, as well as former Presidents of the Union and any honorary Life Members. Delegates from any Colleges in membership with the Union are also entitled to attend and vote.

Registration fees apply to all of those attending Assembly - be it as a voting delegate or non-voting visitor - with the exception of retired ministers, for whom the fee is waived.

Those attending Assembly are responsible for finding their own accommodation - except in the case of delegates from grant-aided, island or very small churches, and of students from the Scottish Baptist College. These delegates may apply, when registering, to be provided with hospitality (at the cost of a £15, non-returnable, hospitality contribution).

A special website dedicated to the Baptist Assembly in Scotland can be accessed on:

www.baptistassemblyinscotland.org