Resolutions

Resolutions give convention messengers an opportunity to express a consensus statement on timely public issues, or to speak prophetically regarding issues of specific interest to Southern Baptist churches. Any member of an SBTC church may submit a resolution to the resolutions committee. The committee will consider submitted resolutions and produce a report to convention messengers for their consideration.

What Does a Southern Baptist “Resolution” Mean?

Every year, the messengers to the Southern Baptist Convention, and those to the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention, approve resolutions that express their opinions on diverse timely issues. Here is what those resolutions do for us:

1)  First, we should note that these resolutions are not binding on the convention or its churches. They are opinions, not motions or bylaws.

2)  They are a witness to the world, media and government leaders on how we apply the biblical witness to current issues.

3)  They are counsel to the ministries supported by our denomination in some cases. Although not binding, they help our leaders to hear what churches and members think.

4)  They can be precursors or a spur to binding action. The Southern Baptist Convention’s official commitment to the sanctity of life began as a resolution at an SBC annual meeting. Some aspects of our Baptist Faith and Message were also foreshadowed by earlier resolutions.

So you see that the opinions expressed through resolutions by the messengers voting at a particular Southern Baptist meeting can be useful, even without binding authority. Their authority is often moral and might influence though cannot direct the decisions of autonomous Southern Baptist churches; but they are still an important way for our churches, through their messengers, to be salt, light and encouragement to all our audiences, within and outside our fellowship.

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2019

  • First Responders to Mass Shootings
  • Who’s Your One? Initiative
  • Liability for Disclosing Sexual Misconduct
  • Prosperity Gospel
  • Racial Reconciliation
  • Mental Health

2015

  • Sufficiency of the Word of God
  • Biblical Roles and Purity in Marriage
  • Love for All
  • Dignity of Human Life
  • Personal Holiness
  • State of Texas Government

2018

  • Political Engagement
  • Civility in the United States
  • Justice Reform
  • Physical Health
  • Abuse
  • Posture Toward Refugees
  • Trajectory of the SBTC

2014

  • Compassionate Evangelism
  • Gambling
  • Gender Identity
  • Women’s and Children’s Health
  • Pornography
  • Religious Liberty

2017

  • Sutherland Springs
  • Gender Identity
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Ministerial Housing Allowance
  • Adoption Tax Credit
  • Centrality of Scripture
  • Hurricane Harvey

2013

  • Religious Liberty
  • Video Game Content
  • Immigration Reform
  • Texas Legislature
  • Persecution of Christians
  • CP and Missions Giving
  • Billy Graham
  • “Look Like Heaven” Emphasis

2016

  • Racial Reconciliation
  • Government Leaders and Civil Discourse
  • Religious Liberty
  • Orphan Care in the Church
  • Disabled in Our Communities
  • Prayer and Evangelism Emphasis

2012

  • Evangelism and Missions
  • Religious Liberty
  • The Sanctity of Life
  • Traditional Marriage
  • Richard D. Land
  • Israel
  • Military and Their Families
  • Cooperative Program

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2011

  • Personhood of the Unborn
  • Israel
  • Biblical Manhood and Womanhood
  • Financial Stewardship

2007

  • Regenerate Church Membership
  • Sound Doctrine for True Unity
  • Baptist Faith & Message
  • Christian Civility
  • Covenant Marriage
  • Evangelistic Outreach & Pioneer Missions
  • Biblical Literacy

2003

  • The Sanctity of Human Sexuality
  • Governor Rick Perry
  • Christian Citizenship
  • Federal Marriage Amendment
  • Church and State Relations
  • Missions Giving
  • Supreme Court on Texas Sodomy Law
  • The Sanctity of Human Life

1999

  • Sanctity of Human Life
  • Cooperative Program 75th Anniversary
  • Christian Citizenship
  • Family amendment to the BF & M
  • Student-led voluntary prayer
  • Public display of the Ten Commandments

2010

  • Racial Reconciliation
  • Stem Cell Research
  • Gambling
  • Sex-Trafficking
  • Adoption and Orphan Care

2006

  • Sufficiency of the Word of God
  • Tongues and Private Prayer Language
  • Alcohol Use in America
  • Immigration
  • Wal-Mart Company Policy
  • North Korea
  • Cooperative Program
  • Western Sudanese Region of Darfur

2002

  • The Psalm 139 Project
  • The Centrality of Christ
  • Church and State Relations
  • Journalistic Integrity
  • Annuitants

1998

  • Sacredness of Human Life
  • Opposing the Practice of Homosexuality
  • Gratitude for John Brady and Woodforest Baptist Church

2009

  • Gospel-Centered Ministry
  • Sufficiency of Scripture
  • Discipleship
  • Great Commission Resurgence
  • Cooperative Program

2005

  • Same-Sex Marriage
  • Sanctity of Human Life
  • Intelligent Design
  • Family Covenant
  • Educating Children
  • Hurricanes Katrina & Rita

2001

  • Moral Decline and Christian Holiness
  • Family
  • Stem Cell Research
  • September 11, 2001
  • Baptist Press
  • Evangelism and Church Planting
  • Associations and affiliations
  • Gratitude for SBTC growth

2008

  • Lordship of Jesus Christ
  • Centrality of Scripture
  • Primacy of the Local Church
  • Great Commission Resurgence
  • Religious Liberty
  • Sanctity of Human Life
  • Traditional and Biblical Marriage
  • SBTC Tenth Anniversary
  • Disaster Relief Efforts

2004

  • Support of Armed Forces
  • Christian Citizenship
  • Activist Judges
  • The Sudan
  • Stem Cell Research & Partial-Birth Abortion
  • Education of Our Children
  • Evangelism
  • Christian Holiness

2000

  • Sanctity of Human Life
  • Spirit of the Cooperative Program
  • Gratitude for Leaders of Vision
  • SBC Seminaries and Agencies