SPRINGDALE, Ark. (BP) – Candidates to serve on committees pivotal to the Southern Baptist Convention are being sought by SBC President Ronnie Floyd.
In addition to sending letters to SBC entity and state convention leaders, Floyd is broadening his call for candidates for several committees whose work is key to the SBC’s annual meeting each year.
In his letter, Floyd explained that he was seeking nominations for the Committee on Committees, the Committee on Nominations.
The Committee on Committees, appointed by the SBC president, and the Committee on Nominations, elected by messengers, are at the heart of the selection process of pastors and laypeople as trustees of the SBC entities, such as the International Mission Board and North American Mission Board.
Two other groups for which the SBC president is soliciting potential members – the Credentials Committee and Tellers – play important roles during the convention’s two-day sessions. The Credentials Committee is responsible for addressing any registration uncertainty involving a messenger. Tellers are involved in any votes by messengers on motions and other business matters.
Floyd also noted he is seeking candidates to serve on the Resolutions Committee, which frames proposed stances to messengers on evangelism and important cultural issues.
Names of candidates for these groups may be forwarded to Floyd by Nov. 1: by email to the president’s office at firstname.lastname@example.org; fax to 479-756-7110; or mail, 1709 Johnson Road, Springdale, AR 72762.
Floyd’s appointment of the Committee on Committees entails two representatives from each of the 34 states or regions that qualify for representation according to SBC Bylaw 30. The Committee on Committees meets in conjunction with the SBC annual meeting to nominate an equal number of members to the Committee on Nominations, which meets the following March, with one church-related employee and one layperson serving from each state or defined territory.
Floyd also is encouraging churches and pastors to provide the Committee on Nominations with recommendations when it begins its work later this fall. This committee nominates members of the Executive Committee, as well as trustees for each entity. These recommendations are submitted to messengers at each annual meeting for approval.