Today is the first quarterly business meeting of the year where our church family meets to discuss and do the business of the church. First Baptist New Orleans is an autonomous organization meaning there is no higher organization that can dictate the governing rules, selection of our senior pastor, church staff or leadership within the body. Church autonomy is one characteristic of being Baptist.
Quarterly business meetings are scheduled on the last Sunday of January, April, July and October. Year-end finances are presented by the finance committee chairman, Scott Davidson. He is one of the nine members of the FBNO finance committee. The year-end finances are presented annually during this meeting for review, discussion and church vote. Other reports will be presented for church action or for general information.
The April business meeting is scheduled to present and vote on new committee members. Each committee consists of nine members with three members serving a three-year rotation.
The July business meeting is scheduled to present and vote on small group teachers and leadership. Small groups, formerly known as Sunday School, meet every Sunday morning at 8:15 and 11:00. There are age-graded small groups for children and youth, and adult groups for all ages. Our church family finds “community” within these groups to study God’s Word and pray together each Sunday. All groups are open, and visitors are welcome. All small group teachers and leadership must be church members and approved each year by the church.
The October business meeting is scheduled to present, discuss and vote on the church general fund budget for the succeeding year. The budget is facilitated by the finance committee while working with the personnel, missions and property committees.
Being an autonomous church requires cooperation, faith and financial support within the body. We all have much responsibility as we serve our Lord together as the FBNO family.