Each year, no later than 75 days prior to the annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention (which occurs in early June), the president of the Southern Baptist Convention, in conference with the vice presidents, appoints a Committee on Resolutions whose task is to consider and recommend appropriate resolutions to the messengers attending the annual meeting.

Before 2003, resolutions could be submitted by messengers at the annual meeting during designated business sessions. SBC Bylaw 20 now states that resolutions must be submitted in advance, and that certain contact information must be supplied for those who wish to submit resolutions, and also for their church.

If you are a member of a cooperating Southern Baptist Church and are interested in submitting a resolution for consideration by the SBC Committee on Resolutions, please be aware of the following requirements and restrictions:

  1. Resolutions may be submitted each year for review as early as April 15th.
  2. Submitted resolutions must be received by the committee NO LATER than 15 days prior to the annual meeting.
  3. All resolutions must be typewritten, titled, and dated.
  4. Only members in good standing of churches entitled to send messengers to the next annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention may submit resolutions.
  5. All of the following information must be included with all submissions, regardless of whether they are sent by regular mail or email, and a proper form for supplying such information is supplied here:
    1. The name of the person submitting the resolution, the church of which he or she is a member, and the name of its pastor (or church clerk if there is no pastor).
    2. The address of the person submitting the resolution and the address of the church of which the he or she is a member.
    3. The phone number of the person submitting the resolution and the phone number of the church of which he or she is a member.
    4. The email address of the person submitting the resolution, the church of which the he or she is a member, and of its pastor (if each has one).
    5. The website URL of the church (if it has one).
  6. No person may submit more than 3 resolutions per year.
  7. All submissions will be dated WHEN RECEIVED by the Committee.
  8. All submissions must be accompanied by a letter from a church qualified to send a messenger to the annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention certifying that the person submitting the resolution is a member in good standing. Resolutions submitted electronically must be followed up by certification in writing from the church. Such certification must be received by the SBC Committee on Resolutions on or before the submission deadline. Download SBC Credentials for Resolution Submittal PDF Form

Those without access to a computer may contact the office of the vice president for convention relations (Tel: (615) 782-8610; Fax: (615) 782-8684) at the Executive Committee of the Southern Baptist Convention to receive a proper submittal form. The Convention Bulletin will list the title and disposition of all properly submitted resolutions, along with the name and city of residence of the person submitting the resolution. The SBC Committee on Resolutions will take appropriate steps to qualify submissions, including (but not limited to) contacting church leadership to verify active membership in a cooperating Baptist church.

The SBC Committee on Resolutions is vested with the authority to combine, title or retitle, and reword submitted resolutions, and to submit resolutions entirely of its own making. The SBC Committee on Resolutions may decline to recommend properly submitted resolutions to the Convention for adoption, which decision may only be overturned as provided by SBC Bylaw 20. In no case may improperly submitted resolutions be considered by the Convention messengers without recommendation by the Committee.

How to Frame 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.

Example of a Formal Resolution Format:

ON RESTRICTING ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE ADVERTISEMENTS

WHEREAS, Each year the alcohol industry bombards the American home with over $2 billion of advertisements and promotions that glamorize drinking; and

WHEREAS, Over 100,000 deaths result from alcohol-related problems each year; and

WHEREAS, The economic costs of alcohol-related problems to the federal government exceed $20 billion annually; and

WHEREAS, The primary means through which Americans are encouraged to consume alcoholic beverages is the media; and

WHEREAS, The television advertising of alcoholic beverages often portrays the use of these products in a glamorous light and identifies such products with popular sporting events and sports figures, which has an unusually powerful and persuasive effect on youth; and

WHEREAS, Most American children will see thousands of television commercials for beer, not counting other alcoholic beverages, before they are old enough to buy alcoholic beverages; now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED, That the messengers to the Southern Baptist Convention meeting in Saint Louis, Missouri, June 11-12, 2002, decry the irresponsible manipulation in television advertising which influences young people and others to use alcohol; and be it further

RESOLVED, That we express strong support for legislation which would require rotating health messages in alcoholic beverage advertisements when-ever and wherever such advertisements are broadcast on radio and television or are printed in books, brochures, magazines, newspapers and promotional displays; and be it further

RESOLVED, That we encourage The Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission to continue its work for the passage of legislative on alcoholic beverage advertisements; and be it further

RESOLVED, That we urge President George Bush and both houses of the U.S. Congress to support publicly and vigorously such legislation; and be it finally

RESOLVED, That we encourage all Baptists to write or call their Representatives and Senators, asking them to become sponsors of such legislation.