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Resolutions Committee appointed for SBC meeting

GREENSBORO, N.C. (BP)–SBC President Bobby Welch has named the members of the Resolutions Committee who will serve during the June 13-14 Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting in Greensboro, N.C.

Welch, pastor of First Baptist Church in Daytona Beach, Fla., appointed T.C. French, pastor of Jefferson Baptist Church in Baton Rouge, La., as committee chairman.

Welch’s other appointees, in alphabetical order, are:

— Robin Hadaway, associate professor of missions at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and member of Pleasant Valley Baptist Church in Kansas City, Mo.

— Gerald Harris, editor of The Christian Index, newsjournal of the Georgia Baptist Convention, and member of Ephesus Baptist Church in Atlanta.

— Martha Lawley, author and speaker and member of First Southern Baptist Church in Worland, Wyo.

— Dwayne Mercer, pastor of First Baptist Church in Oviedo, Fla.

— Darrell Orman, pastor of First Baptist Church in Stuart, Fla.

— Frank Page, pastor of Taylors Baptist Church in Taylors, S.C.

— Forrest Pollock, pastor of Bell Shoals Baptist Church in Brandon, Fla.

— Ida South, retired teacher and professor and member of First Baptist Church, Mathiston, Miss.

— Mike Stone, pastor of Emmanuel Baptist Church in Blackshere, Ga.

The committee’s composition must include at least two members who served the previous year, with French and South meeting this requirement. Bylaw 20 has long required that the committee include at least three SBC Executive Committee members. This year they are South, Orman and Lawley.

The naming of the Resolutions Committee in late March is in keeping with an amendment to SBC Bylaw 20 approved during the 2002 SBC annual meeting in St. Louis, which also entailed various changes to the resolution submission procedure. The changes include the following:

— Proposed resolutions may be submitted as early as April 15 but no later than 15 days prior to the SBC annual meeting, giving the Resolutions Committee a two-week period in which to consider submissions. Resolutions may no longer be submitted during the annual meeting.

— Proposed resolutions must be accompanied by a letter from a church qualified to send a messenger to the SBC annual meeting certifying that the individual submitting the resolution is a member in good standing.

— Proposed resolutions preferably should be submitted by e-mail or mailed to the Resolutions Committee in care of the SBC Executive Committee. The drafts must be typewritten, titled, dated and include complete contact information for the person and his or her church.

— No person will be allowed to submit more than three resolutions per year.

— If a properly submitted resolution is not forwarded by the Resolutions Committee to the SBC annual meeting, a two-thirds vote of messengers would be required to bring the proposed resolution to the convention floor.
All resolutions adopted by the SBC can be searched and read on the Web at http://www.sbc.net/resolutions/AMResSearch.asp.

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