Text of resolutions on GCRTF

In three resolutions released on May 17, the executive committee of the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention’s Executive Board affirmed the Great Commission Resurgence Task Force’s (GCRTF) final report, urging its adoption by messengers to the SBC annual meeting June 15-16 in Orlando, Fla.

 

The full text of each resolution is as follows:

 

On the Great Commission Resurgence Task Force Report

?Whereas, the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention exists to facilitate the advance of the Great Commission among the churches and associations in Texas; and

?Whereas, the Great Commission Resurgence Task Force Final Report, released on May 3, 2010, includes many significant spiritual exhortations and practical insights intended to focus the Southern Baptist Convention on the task of addressing the Great Commission of our Lord to “make disciples of all the nations,” an intention thoroughly compatible with the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention’s mission statement and core values; be it therefore

?Resolved, that the Executive Committee of the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention affirms the Great Commission Resurgence Task Force Final Report and urges messengers to the Southern Baptist Convention, meeting in Orlando, Florida, June 15-16, 2010, to prayerfully consider supporting the report in its entirety.

 

On Implementation of Component Three of the Great Commission Resurgence Task Force Final Report

?Whereas, the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention exists to facilitate the advance of the Great Commission among the churches and associations in Texas; and

?Whereas, the messengers to the Southern Baptist Convention, meeting in Louisville, Kentucky June 24, 2009, voted overwhelmingly to establish a Great Commission Resurgence Task Force for the purpose of bringing a report and recommendation concerning how Southern Baptists can work more faithfully and effectively together in serving Christ through the Great Commission; and

?Whereas, the Final Report of the Great Commission Resurgence Task Force was released May 3, 2010 therein calling for two specific actions and offering five requests for consideration by the Executive Committee of the Southern Baptist Convention; and

?Whereas, component three of this report calls the Cooperative Program “the central and preferred conduit of Great Commission funding,” and calls for Southern Baptists to “recognize the total of all monies channeled through the causes of the Southern Baptist Convention,” designated and undesignated; and

?Whereas, the sum of Cooperative Program giving and designated giving exclusively to Southern Baptist causes (associations, mission offerings, etc.) is titled Great Commission Giving in this component of the report; and

?Whereas, the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention is particularly dependent on Cooperative Program giving because the Convention retains only 45 percent of undesignated receipts for Texas ministry, but is also blessed to receive designated funds such as the Reach Texas offering to fund evangelism and missions in Texas; be it therefore

?Resolved, that the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention Executive Committee meeting on May 11, 2010 affirms the Great Commission Resurgence Task Force Component Three related to Great Commission Giving; and, be it further

?Resolved, that the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention Executive Committee encourages messengers to the Southern Baptist Convention, meeting in <st1:Cit

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