Messengers to the 2023 Alabama Baptist State Convention annual meeting adopted six resolutions during the Nov. 14 afternoon session.
All six came from the resolutions committee, and all passed without discussion or amendment.
Two resolutions honored Alabama Baptist leaders who are retiring in the coming year.
Resolution No. 2 recognized Lonette Berg, executive director of the Alabama Baptist Historical Commission, who will retire Dec. 31 after more than 20 years of service to Alabama Baptists.
Resolution No. 3 recognized Lonnie Burnett, president of the University of Mobile, who will retire in May 2024 after 45 years in education, 20 of those spent in various roles at UM.
Two resolutions addressed current issues. Resolution No. 5, On Alabama Baptist Churches’ Engagement in Foster Care, Adoption and Supportive Ministries, called on Alabama Baptists to support and encourage care for children in difficult places. Resolution No. 6, On Prayer and Support for Israel, called for prayer for the conflict between Israel and Gaza and for the gospel to go forth in the region.
Two resolutions were related to this year’s bicentennial annual meeting.
Resolution No. 4, On Commemoration of the Alabama Baptist State Convention Bicentennial, honored the history of Alabama Baptists and called on all believers to continue the “unfinished task of sharing the gospel of Jesus with those who do not know Him.”
Resolution No. 1, On Appreciation, acknowledged the work of convention officers and all who had a part in organizing and implementing the annual meeting. It included the River Region associations and First Baptist Church Montgomery for hosting.
Those serving on this year’s Resolutions Committee were:
Melissa Bowen, chair, First Baptist Church Prattville; Ben Bowden, First Baptist Church Enterprise; Kaye Farrow, Westwood Baptist Church, Alabaster; Brittney Gardner, First Baptist Church Montgomery; Chris Jones, Meadow Brook Baptist Church, Birmingham; Rosevelt Morris Sr., Sixth Avenue Baptist Church, Birmingham; and Jesse Reeder, Moulton Baptist Church.