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:
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.
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.
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.