Annual Meeting Resolutions
General resolution information is available below. Information regarding 2019 resolutions and motions will be posted at a later date.
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.
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)