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SBC president announces process for nominees to 4 key committees

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)–Nominations for four key committees of the Southern Baptist Convention are being received through Nov. 15 by SBC President James Merritt.

The committees are:

— Committee on Committees, which selects members of the Committee on Nominations who, in turn, recommend trustees for SBC entities to the SBC annual meeting; the Resolutions Committee; Credentials Committee; and the Tellers Committee.

In addition to having “a very high level of spiritual commitment, first to our Lord and secondly to our convention,” Merritt said nominees also should:

— “have a burning passion for reaching people for Christ by carrying out the mandate of the Great Commission.”

— “be fully supportive of our 2000 edition of the Baptist Faith and Message” statement of beliefs.

— “be a faithful contributor to the Cooperative Program,” the channel by which Southern Baptist churches support the convention’s international and national missions and ministries.

Nomination forms are available from the Atlanta-area church where Merritt is pastor, First Baptist Church Snellville, P.O. Box 647, Snellville, GA 30078. Completed forms should be return to his office.

“All nominations should be received in my office by Nov. 15,” Merritt said. “Nominees should be confirmed for attendance at the convention,” June 12-13 in New Orleans. Nominees will be responsible for covering their own expenses at the SBC annual meeting.

“Should a nominee only want to be considered for a specific [committee], that preference should be so noted on the nomination form,” Merritt said. “They should also be aware that their names are being presented only as a recommendation at this point. Every name will receive serious consideration, but some may be asked to serve at another point in time.”

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