SBC to consider 10 motions in coming year

Joel Breidenbaugh, senior pastor of First Baptist Church Sweetwater in Longwood, Fla., asks a question regarding a motion he made at the Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting in St. Louis (Photo by Adam Covington)

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ST. LOUIS—Messengers to the Southern Baptist Convention batted .454 in motions presented during the SBC’s annual meeting. Ten of 22 motions were referred to convention committees or boards, with the remaining 12 ruled out of order.

The referrals included:

• A request that all SBC agencies and institutions consider examining their media policies, and if they do not have clearly defined guidelines, consider establishing a policy that trustee and committee meetings be open to the public. Lonnie Wilkey of Old Hickory, Tenn., made the motion, which was referred to the Executive Committee and all SBC entities.

• A recommendation to consider adding a “veteran” and/or “active duty” option on the online messenger registration form, as well as adding “veteran” and/or “active duty” to SBC name badges. Victoria Gurgone of Wilson, N.C., made the motion, which was referred to the Executive Committee.

• Encouragement for SBC presidents to write their memoirs for publication by LifeWay Christian Resources. Graham Weaver of Lenexa, Kan., made the motion, which was referred to LifeWay’s board.

• A requirement that all nomination speeches for SBC officers include the percentage of Cooperative Program gifts given by the nominee’s church. Steve Bailey of Osceola, Ark., made the motion, which was referred to the Executive Committee.

• A proposed SBC constitutional amendment to add the affirmation, approval or endorsement of racial discrimination as criteria by which churches would be deemed to be not in cooperation with the convention. Richard Spring of Hesperia, Calif., made the motion, which was referred to the Executive Committee.

• A proposed SBC constitutional amendment to make intentional cooperation with a state convention and a local association criteria by which a church is deemed to be in friendly cooperation with the SBC. Andy Perryman of Washington, Ga., made the motion, which was referred to the Executive Committee.

• A request to examine the 2000 Baptist Faith and Message’s article on faith, because “the definition of faith given is lacking the idea of belief, but describes faith as ‘a personal commitment of the entire personality.’” Steve Taylor of Evansville, Ind., made the motion, which was referred to the Executive Committee.

• A proposal for the SBC to consider affiliating with the National Association of Evangelicals. Ed Stetzer of Gallatin, Tenn., made the motion, which was referred to the Executive Committee.

• A suggested SBC bylaw amendment that would require all amendments to the report of the Committee on Nominations within 45 days of the annual meeting be published no later than seven days before the annual meeting. Doug Hibbard of East End, Ark., made the motion, which was referred to the Executive Committee.

• A request to allot more than one hour and 14 minutes for the reports from the International and North American mission boards at SBC annual meetings. John Boquist of Ruther Glen, Va., made the motion, which was referred to the Committee on Order of Business.

From reporting by Meredith Flynn of The Illinois Baptist, through Baptist Press.


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