Withdrawal of the Southern Baptist Convention from the Family of the Baptist World Alliance

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BWA General Council Resolution 2004.4

The General Council of the Baptist World Alliance, meeting in Seoul, South Korea, July 28-31, 2004:

NOTES that the Southern Baptist Convention, meeting in Indianapolis in June 2004 voted to approve a recommendation from its Executive Committee to withdraw from the family of the Baptist World Alliance;

ACKNOWLEDGES with gratitude the enormous contribution made by the Southern Baptist Convention in the formation of the Baptist World Alliance 100 years ago and in the continued development and effectiveness of the Baptist World Alliance since its inception;

REGRETS the decision of the Southern Baptist Convention to withdraw from the world Baptist family resulting in loss of unity and a compromise of the worldwide testimony of all Baptists;

REJECTS the charges made by the SBC leadership and supports the efforts of the BWA officers and staff to respond to these charges;

HOPES for a future reconciliation and renewal of SBC membership; and WELCOMES those from the SBC who wish to participate in the life of the BWA.

Citations

Original Source Bibliography: Lotz, Denton, editor. Baptist World Alliance 2004 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory. Falls Church, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 2004.

Original Source Footnote/Endnote: Denton Lotz, ed., Baptist World Alliance 2004 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory (Falls Church, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 2004), p. 87.

Online Document Full Citation: BWA General Council Resolution 2004.4 Withdrawal of the Southern Baptist Convention from the Family of the Baptist World Alliance; https://www.baptistworld.org/resolutions.

In-text Online Document Citation: (BWA General Council Resolution 2004.4).

For more information about Baptist World Alliance resolutions, visit BaptistWorld.org/resolutions.

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