Annual Meeting Resolutions
What is a Resolution?
The adoption of any resolution is viewed as an expression of the messengers’ sentiment and serves as guidance and information, but does not direct action by MBC Entities, churches, associations, or individual Missouri Baptists. (Bylaw 6G)
Committee on Resolutions
Each year, the President of the Missouri Baptist Convention appoints a Committee on Resolutions within ninety (90) days after his election. The Committee drafts and submits to the messengers such resolutions as it determines appropriate and provides a disposition report. (Bylaw 5B, 1b)
Resolutions must be submitted in writing to the Committee on Resolutions at least sixty (60) days prior to the first session of the Annual Meeting. The person submitting a resolution must certify that he or she will be a messenger to the Annual Meeting. The Christian Life Commission may submit resolutions directly to the Committee on Resolutions. The author of any resolution may address the Committee on Resolutions during their deliberations. Only resolutions recommended by the Committee on Resolutions may be considered, except a properly submitted resolution not recommended by the Committee may be considered by a two-thirds (2/3) vote of the messengers. No person may submit more than three (3) resolutions per year. (Bylaw 6H)
The final report of the Committee on Resolutions will be printed in the Tuesday Afternoon Bulletin. Resolutions are approved by messengers during a regular session of the Annual Meeting.
Submitting a Resolution
- Resolutions may be submitted each year for review as early as April 15.
- Submitted resolutions must be received by the committee at least sixty (60) days prior to the annual meeting.
- All resolutions must be typewritten, titled, and dated.
- All resolutions must include the author’s name, address, phone and email.
- All resolutions must provide the name, address, phone and email address (if available) of the church the author certifies he or she will represent as a messenger to the Annual Meeting. If the church has no phone or email, then provide the name, phone and email address of the pastor or church clerk.
Missouri Baptist Convention
400 E. High St.
Jefferson City, MO 65101-3515
Email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Writing a Resolution
Resolution writing generally follows conventional lines. A resolution is usually couched in almost legal phrasing, consisting of two parts: (a) the reasons for the resolution, preceded by WHEREAS, and (b) the resolution itself preceded by be it RESOLVED; in case of more than one “RESOLVED,” be it further RESOLVED.
Download Example Resolution (.pdf)
Annual Meeting Motions
Pre-file Motions and Amendments
If messengers have a motion they plan to submit at the 2018 MBC Annual Meeting, they are welcome to pre-file that motion with the recording secretary at email@example.com.
However, the messenger must appear at a microphone during time for introduction of miscellaneous business (October 22 at 3:55 p.m. or 6:35 p.m.) and introduce their motion to the messengers attending the Annual Meeting.
If a messenger wants to amend a motion, they may also file the amendment with the Recording Secretary, but you must appear at a microphone and present the amendment to the messengers at the appropriate time.
Pre-filing allows the president and the recording secretary to more readily see the messenger’s exact wording for the proposed motion or amendment.