Resolutions Committee named for '09 SBC
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP)--SBC President Johnny Hunt has named the members of the Resolutions Committee who will serve during the June 23-24 Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting in Louisville, Ky.
Hunt, pastor of the Atlanta-area First Baptist Church in Woodstock, appointed the committee in keeping with the provision in SBC Bylaw 20 that its members be named 75 days prior to the start of the annual meeting.
Hunt named Daniel Akin of North Carolina as committee chairman. Akin is president of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest.
The other committee members, in alphabetical order, are:
-- Michael Cloer, pastor of Englewood Baptist Church in Rocky Mount, N.C.
-- Al Gilbert, pastor of Calvary Baptist Church in Winston-Salem, N.C.
-- Jerry Johnson, vice president of academic development at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas City, Mo.
-- Martha Lawley, an author and speaker and member of First Southern Baptist Church in Worland, Wyo.
-- Jeff Moore, senior pastor of First Baptist Church in Altus, Okla.
-- Shane Russell, pastor of Shoal Creek Baptist Church in Deatsville, Ala.
-- Kevin Smith, assistant professor of church history at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and pastor of Watson Memorial Baptist Church in Louisville, Ky.
-- Royce Sweatman, director of missions for the North Arkansas Baptist Association in Harrison, Ark.
-- Don Wilton, pastor of First Baptist Church in Spartanburg, S.C.
The committee's composition, according to Bylaw 20, must include at least two members who served the previous year, with Moore and Smith meeting this requirement. Bylaw 20 also stipulates that the committee include at least three SBC Executive Committee members. This year they are Gilbert, Lawley and Sweatman.
The procedure for submitting resolutions is as follows according to Bylaw 20:
-- 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.
Compiled by Baptist Press editor Art Toalston. All resolutions adopted by the SBC can be searched and read on the Web at http://www.sbc.net/resolutions/AMResSearch.asp.