Four Key Facts about Resolutions Adopted by Convention Meetings

Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on email
Share on print

At annual meetings of the Southern Baptist Convention and of various state conventions, including Alabama, resolutions adopted by messengers are often misunderstood.

  1. A resolution is non-binding. It is a snapshot in time of what messengers approved at one Convention meeting.
  2. A resolution is not a statement of Southern Baptist policy. It speaks only for the messengers who were gathered in a particular place at a particular time.
  3. A resolution does not have any effect of allocating resources or directing the work of Southern Baptist or state convention entities, and a resolution certainly cannot govern the ministry or policies of any local church.
  4. A resolution is often misportrayed — probably unintentionally — by some news media as a statement on behalf of all Southern Baptists.

Journalists in the mainstream media, if they have any background in the Christian faith, are often from denominations with “hierarchical polity” — that is, faith groups in which local churches may be told what to do, whom to employ and how to allocate resources by regional, state or national governing bodies.

Among Southern Baptists, each church is entirely autonomous and self-governing. All denominational ministries — whether on the level of the association, state convention or SBC — exist only to help local congregations fulfill the Great Commission.

Neither resolutions nor any other statement outside the local church can be considered policy of any local church unless the congregation itself decides to affirm the statement, such as many have done with the Baptist Faith & Message.


For questions about resolutions, please contact State Missionary Keith Hinson, associate for public relations and Christian ethics, at 1-800-264-1225, ext. 289, or (334) 613-2289, or khinson@alsbom.org.

More to Explore

Subscribe to our Newsletter

Click edit button to change this text. Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Ut elit tellus, luctus nec ullamcorper mattis, pulvinar dapibus leo.

Share this post with your friends

Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on linkedin
Share on print
Share on email