Committee on Resolutions named for 2020 SBC
"I believe our 2020 Resolutions Committee reflects the various interests and concerns of Southern Baptists," Greear, pastor of The Summit Church in the Raleigh-Durham, N.C., area, said. "They were chosen because they love Southern Baptists, are committed to sound doctrine, and demonstrate a desire for the Gospel to be above all. Each unequivocally affirms historic Baptist doctrine, including the inerrancy of God's Word, the exclusivity of Christ, and faithful complementarian convictions. I believe they will lead us toward unity and forward progress in the Great Commission."
Ed Stetzer was named as the committee's chairman Feb. 11.
Stetzer is a professor at Wheaton College, where he also serves as executive director of the Billy Graham Center and dean of the School of Missions, Ministry, and Leadership. He has also served as interim teaching pastor of the Moody Church for most of his tenure in the Chicago area, maintaining his home church membership at Grace Church in Hendersonville, Tenn. Stetzer plans to join Highpoint Church, a congregation he helped affiliate with the Southern Baptist Convention last year, when the new Moody Church pastor starts later this summer.
Greear also named Angela Suh Um as vice chair of the committee. Um is founder and chief consultant at Boston Academic Group and serves as young adult director at Antioch Baptist Church in Cambridge, Mass.
"I am humbled and hopeful to be asked to serve as vice chair of the 2020 Resolutions Committee," Um said. "To see greater diversity embraced at every level, in every way, is encouraging and strengthening for the entire SBC family, as we seek God's will and work together to represent His truth and love, in an increasingly chaotic and uncertain world. I'm looking forward to getting to know and working with all the Committee members in the days ahead, prayerfully leaning on God's mercy to guide us at every step."
Greear appointed the committee in keeping with the provision in SBC Bylaw 20 that its members be named at least 75 days prior to the start of the annual meeting.
The other committee members, in alphabetical order, are:
-- Bruce Ashford, professor of theology and culture, dean of faculty and provost at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary; elder at The Summit Church, Durham, N.C.
-- Bart Barber, pastor of First Baptist Church, Farmersville, Texas.
-- Alex Cosio, senior pastor of New Horizons Fellowship, Woodstock, Ga.
-- Robyn Hari, director and managing principle, Diversified Trust Company; member of Clearview Baptist Church, Franklin, Tenn.
-- Andrew Hunt, senior pastor of New Life Community Church, Indianapolis.
-- Brooke Medina, director of communications for Civitas Institute and on the board of directors for ReCity Network in Durham, N.C.; member of The Summit Church, Durham, N.C.
-- Katie McCoy, assistant professor of theology in women's studies, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary; member of First Baptist Church of Arlington, Texas.
-- Jared Wellman, pastor of Tate Springs Baptist Church, Arlington, Texas.
The committee's composition, according to Bylaw 20, must include at least two members who served the previous year, with Um and Wellman meeting this requirement. Bylaw 20 also stipulates that the committee include at least three SBC Executive Committee members. This year they are Hari, Hunt and Wellman.
The procedure for submitting resolutions is as follows according to Bylaw 20:
-- Proposed resolutions may be submitted as early as April 15 but no later than 15 days prior to the SBC annual meeting, giving the Resolutions Committee a two-week period in which to consider submissions. The committee also may propose resolutions for consideration during its deliberations. Resolutions may not be submitted during the annual meeting.
-- Proposed resolutions must be accompanied by a letter from a church qualified to send a messenger to the SBC annual meeting certifying that the individual submitting the resolution is a member in good standing.
-- Proposed resolutions preferably should be submitted by email or mailed to the Committee on Resolutions in care of the SBC Executive Committee, 901 Commerce St., Nashville, TN 37203. The drafts must be typewritten, titled, dated and include complete contact information for the person and his or her church.
-- No person will be allowed to submit more than three resolutions per year.
-- If a properly submitted resolution is not forwarded by the Committee on Resolutions to the SBC annual meeting, a two-thirds vote of messengers would be required to bring the proposed resolution to the convention floor.