New York Baptists May Change Name to Great Commission Baptists of the Northeast


The Baptist Convention of New York could soon have a new name and a new location for its offices, messengers learned at the convention’s 45th annual meeting Sept. 29-30 at Grace Baptist Church in Nanuet.

Messenger Edwin Attaway of First Christian Church in Brushton, N.Y., moved that the BCNY’s constitution be amended to change its name to the Great Commission Baptists of the Northeast, a name that would better reflect the presence of churches in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey and New York. Messengers voted to refer the motion to the executive board for consideration at next year’s annual meeting.

Terry Robertson, BCNY executive director, noted the appropriateness of referring to the convention’s 417 churches and 35,944 total members as “Great Commission Baptists” in keeping with the meeting’s theme of “Until the World Knows.”

“Across this territory our churches are increasingly recognized and referred to as ‘Great Commission Churches,'” Robertson said in his printed report. “I hope that in time we will prove more and more to be those who fulfill the Great Commission … The churches of the Baptist Convention of New York should be known as Great Commission Baptists.”

The printed executive board report indicated that in September the board authorized Robertson to initiate the process of selling the BCNY office building in East Syracuse. Once an offer is made on the property, board authorization will be required to finalize the sale.

The convention is considering office options in lieu of a centralized ministry hub.

The credentials/enrollment committee reported 83 messengers and 39 guests for a total of 122, representing 53 churches.

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SOURCE: Baptist Press

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