Resolutions & Motions
A resolution is a formal expression of opinion or intention, while a motion is a call for action. Unlike a resolution, a motion may direct an entity of the Missouri Baptist Convention to specific action. Resolutions and motions are discussed and voted on during the MBC Annual Meeting.
How to submit resolutions
MBC bylaws state that all proposed resolutions – including those submitted in advance via mail, fax, or email – shall be submitted to the convention’s recording secretary, Rick Biesiadecki, by registered messengers before the end of the evening session on the first day of the annual meeting.
Sending resolutions in advance of the annual meeting is even better because it enables the Resolutions Committee to more thoroughly consider each one.
Here are the steps for submitting proposed resolutions:
- Only registered messengers may submit proposed resolutions
- Proposed resolutions should be legible; typewritten if possible, beginning with “Whereas” statements and concluding with “Resolved” statements
- Each proposed resolution should be titled, dated, and contain: (1) the names, addresses, and church memberships of messengers submitting the resolution; and (2) the name of the church the messenger represents
- Messengers submitting proposed resolutions for the 2017 MBC Annual Meeting are encouraged to send their proposals by October 1, if possible, via mail, fax, or email.
Missouri Baptist Convention
400 E. High St.
Jefferson City, MO 65101-3515
Fax: 573.635.5631 (Attention: Pam)
The committee members evaluate proposed resolutions and either draft, revise, combine, or reject proposals as they deem appropriate. They report on each resolution submitted with or without recommendation.
How to submit motions
Messengers may submit motions during the miscellaneous business sessions of the MBC Annual Meeting. The final time for presentation during the 2017 Annual Meeting is Tuesday morning, October 24. All motions introduced are automatically referred to the Committee on Order of Business for determination.
A printed copy of the motion must be submitted to the convention’s recording secretary, Rick Biesiadecki, before the close of the Tuesday morning business session. The name of the messenger submitting the motion, contact information, and the name of the messenger’s church, must be included.