Published December 1, 2011
The following resolutions were approved by messengers to the 190th annual session of the Georgia Baptist Convention, meeting Nov. 14-15 at North Metro First Baptist Church in Lawrenceville.
Resolution Committee members were Phil West, chair, First Baptist Church of Valdosta; Bill Clegg of Social Circle; Char-La Fowler of Bull Street Church in Savannah; and Joe Horan of Central Church in Americus.
Missionaries and Support Staff
Presented by R.Jim Duggan, pastor, First Baptist of Ty Ty
Whereas the Bible encourages us to remember those who labor among us and to esteem them very highly in love for their work’s sake, and
Whereas our divinely-called state missionaries and support staff serve the Lord with integrity and sacrificially serve our Georgia Baptist churches for the sake of the Gospel; and
Whereas our convention is blessed by a gifted and godly group of men and women who serve Christ and His Kingdom selflessly and tirelessly,
Be it therefore resolved, that we, the messengers of the Georgia Baptist Convention meeting November 15, 2012, affirm our love, appreciation, and support of Dr. J. Robert White, and all of the missionaries and employees that serve the Lord through the Georgia Baptist Convention; and
Be it finally resolved that we pledge to pray regularly for them and joyfully to assist them in any way they may need us.
Submitted by Ben Smith, pastor, First Baptist of Adel
Whereas, Shorter University is an official and well-loved entity affiliated with the Georgia Baptist Convention, proudly and openly proclaiming in traditional signage and its web presence that it is “A Georgia Baptist Institution” and affirming on its web page “its affiliation with and commitment to the Georgia Baptist Convention;” and
Whereas, Shorter University exists for the stated purpose of “transforming lives through Christ;” and
Whereas, Shorter University unapologetically identifies itself as “a Christ-centered liberal arts university dedicated to academic excellence within the context of a biblical worldview” and that “[a]s a Christian university, Shorter is committed to keeping an emphasis upon a biblically sound, integrated, faith-based education that promotes a zeal for academic, spiritual, and professional growth” (source: www.shorter.edu); and
Whereas, The administration and trustees of the school have made concerted efforts in recent years to strengthen the school’s connection with and accountability to the churches of the Georgia Baptist Convention; and
Whereas, An integral part of that effort includes the adoption of a recent “Personal Lifestyle Statement” by the university’s board of trustees; and
Whereas, This same “Personal Lifestyle Statement” has been the source of intense criticism from various news outlets and advocacy groups whose views are contrary to a Bibliocentric worldview; now, therefore, be it
Resolved, That the messengers to the Georgia Baptist Convention meeting in Lawrenceville, Georgia on November 14-15, 2011 do wholeheartedly and unashamedly express our support for Shorter University, her new president, Dr. Don Dowless, the board of trustees, Joe Harris, current chairman, and Dr. Nelson Price who recently served as chairman of the board of trustees at Shorter; and be it further
Resolved, That we affirm the university’s “Personal Lifestyle Statement” is consistent with the teachings of Scripture and “The Baptist Faith and Message,” the official doctrinal statement of the Georgia Baptist Convention; and be it further
Resolved, That we express our deepest gratitude to President Dowless, the administration, and the board of trustees for this recent action; and be it further
Resolved, That the messengers to this convention commit to pray for the school, and to openly express our support for Shorter’s actions; and be it further
Resolved, That we thank the recent nominating committees of this convention for nominating Bible-believing, Christ-honoring Georgia Baptists to the board of trustees at Shorter; and be it finally
Resolved, That the messengers to this convention give thanks to God for the recent directions and decisions of Shorter University and its board of trustees.
Submitted by the 2011 Committee on Resolutions
Whereas, the 190th Annual Session of the Georgia Baptist Convention has met in the North Metro First Baptist Church, Lawrenceville, Georgia on November 14 and 15, 2011, in which the messengers representing Georgia Baptist Churches were greeted with Christian grace and warm Southern hospitality; and
WHEREAS, Dr. Frank Cox, Senior Pastor of North Metro First Baptist Church, the church staff, membership and many volunteers have tirelessly served the needs of every messenger to the Georgia Baptist Convention in fellowship of the Lord: “That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us; and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son, Jesus Christ” (I John 3:3); and
WHEREAS, the musicians, choirs and worship leaders have provided thrilling praise and uplifting celebration in every convention session; and
WHEREAS, the Gwinnett Metro Association of churches has demonstrated second-mile cooperation, service and hospitality in preparation for and during the meeting;
Be it therefore resolved that the messengers of the 190th session of the Georgia Baptist Convention offer sincere appreciation for the leaders and members of the North Metro First Baptist Church together with Rev. Sid Hopkins and the churches of the Gwinnett Metro Association for their hospitality and service; and,
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that we the messengers to the 190th session of the Georgia Baptist Convention express our loving appreciation for and extend our heartfelt blessing to Rev. Dan Spencer as he completes his term as president of our beloved Convention; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that we the messengers of this session of the Georgia Baptist Convention extend honor and thanksgiving to the officers and platform leaders for their guidance and service throughout this meeting. We express gratitude to Mrs. Tresa Spencer and family for their loving support of our president and this Convention over the past year; and,
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that we also express our sincere thanks and gratitude to God for the 18 years of loyal service provided by our esteemed Executive Director, Dr. J. Robert White. We express appreciation to all those who serve on the Georgia Baptist Executive Committee, as well as all the Georgia Baptist Convention staff who loyally serve the causes of Christ here in Georgia and around the world; and,
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that we commend the Committee on Order of Business and Dr. Michael Pigg, Chairman, for the preparation of this inspirational program; and,
BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED, that this Convention join our beloved President and Executive Director in continuing to emphasize and practice the challenging theme, “Georgia Now, Our Mission Starts Here,” as admonished by Scripture, “But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” (Acts 1:8 NKJV), we commit ourselves to fervently pray for renewal within our churches and strengthen our resolve to obey the Great Commission of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
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