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Resolution on the Cooperative Program Between the Southern Baptist Convention and the Baptist General Convention of Texas

WHEREAS, For 75 years the Southern Baptist Convention, for reasons of economy, efficiency, and cooperation, has recognized the state Baptist conventions as the trusted agents for the collection of Southern Baptist Convention funding from the churches; and

WHEREAS, This arrangement, as delineated in the "RELATION OF SOUTHERN BAPTIST CONVENTION TO OTHER BAPTIST BODIES" (adopted at the 1928 Southern Baptist Convention), has served both the Southern Baptist Convention and the state conventions well without violating the principle of autonomy and self-determination of the various conventions; and

WHEREAS, The state conventions have recognized in this arrangement that the Southern Baptist Convention "retains as inalienable and inherent the right to direct appeal to the churches"* and "in all matters other than money raising it retains complete control of its own affairs, with the right to fix its own objectives and to determine the amounts of money allocated to its various objects;" and

WHEREAS, Both state conventions and the Southern Baptist Convention have followed the principle that neither has "authority to allocate funds or to divert funds from any object included in" the other's budget; and

WHEREAS, The Southern Baptist Convention is fully supportive of all its boards, seminaries, and commissions and allocates to each the amounts it deems appropriate; and

WHEREAS, The BGCT has proposed a new allocation process which fails to fully and freely promote the collection of undesignated gifts for the Southern Baptist Convention and seeks to assign to itself the role of allocation to Southern Baptist Convention entities; and

WHEREAS, The proposal by the BGCT represents a unilateral breach of its 75 year partnership agreement as the Southern Baptist Convention's trusted collection agent; and

WHEREAS, Such a proposal effectively destroys the Cooperative Program process between the BGCT and the Southern Baptist Convention and sets a dangerous precedent in our larger Southern Baptist work; now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED, That the Executive Committee of the Southern Baptist Convention meeting in Nashville, Tennessee, September 18-19, 2000, appeals to the BGCT in its 2000 annual meeting to reject the new proposal and reaffirm the traditional Cooperative Program principles that have guided it as the Southern Baptist Convention's collection agent and ministry partner; and be it further

RESOLVED, That Southern Baptist churches in Texas be encouraged to continue to give generously their undesignated offerings to the Southern Baptist Convention Cooperative Program through the state conventions; and be it further

RESOLVED, That the Executive Committee of the Southern Baptist Convention, while strenuously objecting to this new budget process, is eager to discuss these matters with the BGCT "with a view to complete and hearty cooperation in all matters of common interest;" and be it finally

RESOLVED, That the Executive Committee of the Southern Baptist Convention pledges to the Southern Baptist churches in Texas to provide a channel for their continued Cooperative Program support for the Southern Baptist Convention should it be demonstrated that the BGCT no longer intends to perform these functions on behalf of the SBC according to the historic agreement.

*All quotes from "RELATION OF SOUTHERN BAPTIST CONVENTION TO OTHER BAPTIST BODIES" (1928 SBC Annual, pp. 32-33)

 


 

Resolution of Support for Southern Baptist Seminaries

WHEREAS, The six seminaries of the Southern Baptist Convention have been unfairly criticized and threatened with withdrawal of support by certain leaders in the Baptist General Convention of Texas; and

WHEREAS, The seminaries continue to faithfully discharge their responsibilities to the Lord and Southern Baptists; and

WHEREAS, They are committed to the inerrancy of the Bible which is the foundation of their doctrinal confessions including The Baptist Faith and Message; and

WHEREAS, They provide effective, broad-based, quality theological education for the benefit of the churches; and

WHEREAS, The enrollment of God-called ministers and missionaries continues to increase with a total student head count at the six seminaries now in excess of 12,000; and

WHEREAS, These students are involved in hands-on evangelism, church planting, and missions as an integral part of their seminary experience; and

WHEREAS, Southern Baptist seminaries train these students at a financial cost far below the average of other seminaries; now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED, That the Executive Committee of the Southern Baptist Convention meeting in Nashville, Tennessee, on September 18-19, 2000, affirms the six seminaries for their faithful ministry and promises to take all appropriate steps to insure continued financial support for their staffs, faculties, and students; and be it further

RESOLVED, That the Executive Committee of the Southern Baptist Convention commends the seminaries to the churches of the Southern Baptist Convention and encourages the churches to remain steadfast in their care for the seminaries; and be it finally

RESOLVED, That the Executive Committee of the Southern Baptist Convention encourages the Baptist General Convention of Texas to reject the unwarranted and unfair attacks upon the seminaries and to defeat the proposal that seeks to remove their funding.

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November 2000 Edition
Volume 9, Issue 2
November 2000