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SBC DIGEST: Resolutions portal opens; ARITF to meet with state leaders

SBC resolution submissions now being accepted

By BP Staff

NASHVILLE (BP) – The portal for receiving proposed resolutions for the 2024 SBC Annual Meeting is open. It will remain open through May 22.

The portal allows for submissions of resolutions and accompanying background information.

“The resolutions process empowers the messengers to speak with one voice on current and enduring topics that further our mission of making disciples of all nations,” Resolutions Committee Chair Kristen Ferguson told Baptist Press.

A timing change for awareness of resolutions was made by messengers at the 2023 Annual Meeting.

Resolutions can be submitted to the committee as early as April 1 and no later than 20 days prior to the annual meeting, meaning they must be received before May 23.

The Committee on Resolutions will meet well in advance of the annual meeting with an initial report being made public no later than 10 days prior and a final report appearing in the daily bulletin on the first day messengers gather in Indianapolis on June 11.

The portal offers a submission path for those without internet access.

“Those without access to a computer may contact the office of the vice president for communications at the SBC Executive Committee to receive a proper submittal form,” the rules state.

The 2024 SBC Annual Meeting is scheduled for June 11-12 at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis.

State convention leaders to meet with ARITF on April 9

By BP Staff

DALLAS (BP) – As many as 17 state conventions will be represented in Dallas on April 9 in a meeting between state leaders and members of the Abuse Reform Implementation Task Force (ARITF), the latter announced this morning.

“At this gathering representatives from various states will collaborate, share insights, and learn from each other about abuse prevention and response efforts taking place across our Convention,” the update said. “… [T]he ARTIF is eager to bring them together to encourage and help equip the state conventions in the good work that they are doing to combat the scourge of abuse, prevent future instances of abuse, and care well for survivors of abuse.”

The meeting’s agenda will include an overview of the Essentials curriculum as well as a panel Q&A. States will also be paired together according to their stage of abuse reform, “enabling valuable learning and collaboration opportunities,” the update said.

The announcement also celebrated the recently-approved $250,000 funding gift from the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, adding, “This support underscores the shared commitment within our Convention to combat abuse and foster safer environments so that we can be an abuse-free family of churches.”

States that have not yet made plans to send a representative to Dallas are still able to do so by filling out a form. An ARITF member will be in touch, the update said.

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