|Presenting the report|
Morris H. Chapman, president of the Executive Committee, presents the report of the SBC study committee which recommended withdrawal from the Baptist World Alliance. Photo by Morris Abernathy
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--By a 62-10 vote Feb. 17, the SBC Executive Committee approved a report recommending that the Southern Baptist Convention withdraw from the Baptist World Alliance.
The report was a revision of one released in December by the Executive Committee's nine-member BWA study committee. This latest report was in keeping with the earlier one in that it also recommended withdrawal from the BWA. The report will be presented to messengers from SBC churches at the June 15-16 annual meeting in Indianapolis.
The reported adopted by the Executive Committee included, however, a provision that "the chairman of the [Executive Committee's] BWA Study Committee invite select representatives of the Baptist World Alliance to meet in Nashville with the study committee prior to May 1, 2004."
|WMU president speaks|
Janet Hoffman, president of Woman's Missionary Union, voices the SBC auxiliary's affirmation of the women's department of the Baptist World Alliance. Photo by Morris Abernathy
The study committee chairman, Morris H. Chapman, who also serves as president of the Executive Committee, said the meeting would be held in response to a request from BWA leaders. But Chapman said neither he nor other members of the study committee anticipate that the SBC/BWA session will result in any change in the SBC course of action.
The Executive Committee's vote followed an hour-long discussion on the second day of its Feb. 16-17 sessions in Nashville, Tenn. Read More