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On Celebrating The Growing Ethnic Diversity Of The Southern Baptist Convention

WHEREAS, According to LifeWay Christian Resources, there are several thousand ethnic congregations within the Southern Baptist Convention; and

WHEREAS, There is among our ethnic brothers and sisters strong leadership, pulpit ability, administrative capability, and denominational, theological, and scriptural fidelity consistent with the Baptist Faith and Message; and

WHEREAS, Many ethnic congregations give sacrificially to support missions and evangelism through the Cooperative Program; now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED, That the messengers to the Southern Baptist Convention meeting in Indianapolis, Indiana, June 10-11, 2008, express our gratitude to God for His reconciling grace; and be it further

RESOLVED, That we express our appreciation to those entities currently seeking to reflect a balanced representation of our ethnic diversity in denominational service; and be it further

RESOLVED, That we encourage all entities of the Southern Baptist Convention to strive toward a balanced representation of our ethnic diversity; and be it finally

RESOLVED, That we encourage our president and all committees to work with state conventions and local associations to identify ethnic leadership from cooperating Southern Baptist churches to serve on boards, committees, and programs of the Southern Baptist Convention.