Complete List of Motions Proposed at the SBC Annual Meeting and Status Updates

Southern Baptists moved 36 motions from the floor of the convention’s 2022 annual meeting. Most have been referred to various entities or groups for review, with one even going to the soon-to-be-named Violence Reform Implementation Task Force.

Seven motions were ruled out of order, including one requesting a forensic audit from the North American Mission Board, because they directed an entity or conflicted with the governing documents of the convention. Two of the 36 were ruled out of order, one because it was in the form of a resolution and the other because the person moving the motion had already moved a motion and was supposed to wait until everyone else had a chance to make a motion.

A motion to abolish the SBC Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission tabled in the June 14 morning session was allowed to go to a vote but was voted down by messengers in the June 15 morning session. (read the full article here).

The motion referred to the ARITF was made by Greg Davidson (California) asking the SBC to fully support the care of victims of sexual abuse.

Three motions were identified to deal with internal operations or ministries of conventional entities. Under SBC Bylaw 26B, these motions are automatically referred to the appropriate SBC entities for consideration and report at the SBC’s 2023 Annual Meeting in New Orleans.

Referred to seminars

Referred to Southeast Seminary – A motion by Michelle Lesley (Louisiana) for an investigation into a case of mishandling of sexual abuse by Southeast employees.

Returned to Southern Seminary – A motion by Dwight McKissic (Texas) that Southern Seminary buildings, scholarships, and other items related to slave owners be removed.

Referred to all Seminaries—A motion by Ryan Ogle (Tennessee) calling for the creation of a Seminary Library Program will be considered by the Council of Seminary Presidents.

Referred to the SBC Executive Committee

The following motions were referred to the SBC Executive Committee for consideration and report at the 2023 Annual Meeting:

Scott Smith (Indiana) requested an internal review of the organizational structure of the SBC EC.

Parker Roberts (Alabama) proposed modifying the Baptist faith and message.

Timothy Livingston (Oklahoma) proposed that there be a change in the bylaws regarding the timeliness of publication of resolutions and nominations.

Bill Tackett (Oklahoma) moves that Rule 26b be amended.

Scott Frady (North Carolina) proposed requiring all churches to join BF&M.

Craig Hartzog (Georgia) proposed that messengers be vetted by the local association for their attendance at annual SBC meetings in remote locations.

Tom Rush (Georgia) proposed that the EC stop using executive sessions.

Michael Law (Virginia) moved that the convention amend the 6th point of Article III, paragraph 1, of the SBC Constitution.

Matt Dunn (Missouri) moved that a pro-Israel amendment be added to BF&M.

Samuel Gilliam (Louisiana) proposes that the coordinates of the administrators be published in the Book of Reports.

Toby Brogden (Tennessee) suggested that the EC study the use of all forms of communication to communicate with all messengers.

Nathan Stuller (Illinois) proposed that the SBC Constitution be amended to add Article XV “Transparency and Accountability”.

Sherri Martin (Florida) proposes that the EC study the impact of lifting solicitor-client privilege.

Rob Collingsworth (Texas) proposed that a task force be formed to study the editorial independence of Baptist Press.

Mark Spence (Colorado) moved that the Resolutions Committee be suspended.

Jerry Watts (Massachusetts) proposed that a legal study be done on the political system and the relationship between the larger body of messengers and entity administrators.

Jay Adkins (Louisiana) proposed the removal of the EC Recording Secretary position.

Jason Sampler (Georgia) moved that bylaw 15 be amended regarding the selection of directors.

Keith Myer (Maryland) proposed that a day be added to the SBC calendar to raise awareness of “abuse of all kinds”.

Declared inadmissible

The motions ruled inadmissible were:

David Um (Massachusetts) proposed that a working group be formed to verify the use of funds by NAMB.

William Hester (Oklahoma) proposed that a more transparent verification process be developed for EC administrators.

Mike Haines (Oklahoma) proposed that executive salaries for all SBC entities be made public.

Corey Smith (Louisiana) approached Lifeway to provide educational resources related to the rainbow covenant sign to counter the promotion of the LGBTQ agenda.

John Jones III (Missouri) proposed that the IMB provide a method to exempt missionaries from conscientious service, including requirements such as vaccinations, and be allowed to choose other areas of service when related issues arise.

Matthew Boyle (South Carolina) proposed that the convention develop and fund a mental health commission.

Jacob Jackson (Virginia) proposed that the SBC provide more support to “sidewalk” ministries supporting pro-life causes.

‘Beyond the reach’

The following motions have been ruled out of order because they direct the chair or make a request beyond the authority of the chair.

Brant Frost (Georgia) proposes the formation of a working group to study all the documents governing the convention and its entities.

Christopher Whitney (Arizona) instructed the incoming SBC Chairman to obtain all records from Guidepost Solutions and turn them over to the appropriate law enforcement. (The Baptist paper)

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