The Organization Manual of the Southern Baptist
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In 1960 the Southern Baptist Convention adopted
the following bylaw. It shall be the function of the Executive Committee:
~To maintain an official
organization manual defining the responsibilities of each agency
of the Convention for conducting specific programs and for performing
other functions. The manual shall cite the actions of the Convention
that assigned the programs and other functions to the agency. The
Executive Committee shall present to the Convention recommendations
required to clarify the responsibilities of the agencies for programs
and other functions, to eliminate overlapping assignments of responsibility,
and to authorize the assignment of new responsibilities for programs
or functions to agencies.
--SBC Annual 1960, p. 51.
Beginning that same year the Convention approved
program statements for all the entities. These were brought into
uniform styling and form by another bylaw approved by the Convention
14. Program Statements.
The program statements of the agencies as approved by the Southern
Baptist Convention and published in the 1967 Annual and subsequently
amended express the policy of the Convention with respect to the
programs of the agencies of the Convention.
--SBC Annual 1967, p. 61.
On November 1, 1967 the Executive Committee published
its first complete organization manual. Since then the Convention
has made numerous changes in the ministries (formerly programs)
of the entities which renders this first manual out of date.
In the following pages are presented all of the
ministries, as approved by the Convention. At the bottom of the
last page for each one of them you will find the dates when these
ministries were approved, or when changes were made.
Please note also on page 15 the procedures adopted
by the Executive Committee for changing ministry statements.
On June 20, 1995, the Southern Baptist Convention
adopted Covenant for a New Century with an introduction
to ministry statements as follows:
Ministry statements assigned to each Southern
Baptist Convention entity are rooted in and measured by our shared
mission. The charge assigned to each entity is founded upon the
conviction that the entities of the Convention exist to serve
the churches, their ministries, and mission. The statements have
been developed in order that each entity will serve the Convention's
mission to the greatest standard of faithfulness and the maximum
standard of stewardship.
These ministry statements will replace the present
program statements as assigned to the entities of the Convention.
The ministry statements, a statement of cooperation, a listing
of relationships for cooperation, and details of the process of
cooperation will be published in the Organization Manual of
the Southern Baptist Convention
as required by SBC Bylaw 20,(5),(m). [Note: This is now Bylaw
Beginning in the fall of 2006,
The Organizational Manual began beging printed in each
year's SBC Annual and SBC Book of Reports among the other
governing documents of the Convention to keep Southern Baptists
apprised of each entity's charge. (See Item 160, 2006 SBC Annual,
p.94, and pp.204-5.)