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Policy Statements and Resolutions

American Baptists over the years developed Policy Statements and Resolutions on a range of issues. Those documents were authorized by votes of what at one time was called the ABC General Board. In January 2012, the governance structure of the denomination was changed. Presently the work of the ABCUSA Office of the General Secretary is administered by the Board of General Ministries.In the current structure, it is understood that while the work of the Board of General Ministries continues to be guided by established and future Policy Statements, Resolutions and other declarations, they “in no way obligate American Baptist congregations or regions to any position or course of action.” Under the present structure only the Office of the General Secretary is specifically guided by those documents.Definitions of “Policy Statements,” “Resolutions,” “Issues of Importance,” and “Call for Continuing Dialogue.”

POLICY STATEMENT – Adopted by a 3/4 majority vote of the General Board of American Baptist Churches, a policy statement represents the position of the ABC on a broad issue. Each policy statement lays down the principles on which American Baptist resolutions, programs or actions will be based.

RESOLUTIONS – Adopted by a 2/3 majority vote of the General Board of American Baptist Churches, a resolution represents the position of the ABC on a specific issue and calls for some type implementing action. All resolutions must be based on a policy statement.

DECLARATION ON AN ISSUE OF IMPORTANCE – Adopted by a majority vote of the General Board of American Baptist Churches, a declaration on an issue of importance represents the ABC on a current issue of compelling urgency which, if not immediately addressed, would lead to some loss of the General Board’s capacity to act in a timely fashion.

A CALL FOR CONTINUING DIALOGUE – A call for dialogue presents an important issue concerning which the General Board is not then in a position to declare policy or take other action.

Board of General Ministries policy documents are binding on national staff only and not on regions or local churches.

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A
Policy Statements:
Africa 
Agricultural Labor
Resolutions:
ABC of the South (Priority of the)
Abortion, (Concerning, and Ministry in the Local Church) 
Affirmative Action (In Support of) 
AIDS Crisis 
Alcoholism and Other Chemical Dependencies 
American Bible Society (Historic)
American Indian Religious Freedom (In Support of)
Anti-Semitism 
Armaments (Reduction of) (Historic)
Arms Reduction 
Asylum

 

B
Policy Statement:

Baptism of Believers by Immersion (Historic)
Resolutions:
Being An Inviting People (Revised 3/05)
Bible Distribution (Historic)
BNM Resolution
Becoming a Reconciling People

 

C
Policy Statement:
:
Christian Unity 
Church and Society (Women and Men as Partners in) 
Church and State 
Criminal Justice (Revised 9/04) 
Resolutions:
Call to the Ministry of All Believers 
Capital Punishment 
Capital Punishment by Lethal Injection (Medical Societies &) 
CERES Principles (formerly “Valdez Principles”) 
Children in Poverty
Christian Conscience and Military Service 
Christopher Columbus (Indigenous People and the 500th Anniversary of the Arrival of (Historic)
Church and Child Care 
Church Identification 
Church (Purpose of the) 
Church Sanctuary for Central American Refugees (Historic)
Church World Service and Witness (In Support of) 
Church’s Ministry to Service Personnel and Conscientious Objectors in Time of War (Historic)
Citizen Responsibility in the Political Process (Revised 6/07)
Citizenship in Elections 
Civil Rights 
Clean Air 
Continuing Education 
Creating World Community (Historic)
Cuba 
BEM Resolution: 
Churches and Public Education (Declaration of Commitments of the) 
BIM Resolution:
Child Prostitution in Asian Tourism 
Cuba (USA Relations with) 
BNM Resolution:
Children in Poverty

 

D
Policy Statement
:
Denominational Inclusiveness 
Resolutions: 
D.C. Statehood 
Death and Dying 
Disabilities (The Church and Persons with)

 

E
Policy Statements
:
Ecology (An Ecological Situational Analysis) (Revised 6/07)
Educational Mission of the Church 
Employment (Revised 6/07)
Energy (Revised 6/07)
Evangelism 
Resolutions:
Economic Justice 
Economic Justice for the United States 
Employee Rights and the Supreme Court
Employment of Persons with Disabilities
Employment of Minorities and Women (Revised 9/04)
Environmental Concerns
Equal Employment Opportunity Practices of Vendors 
Equal Rights Amendment

 

F
Policy Statements
:
Family Life 
Resolutions:
Family Farm Crisis 
Family Violence 
Federal Recognition of Unrecognized Indian Nations (In Support of) 
Food and Fuel Assistance 
Freedom of Conscience and Worship 
Freedom of the Pulpit and Pew (Revised 9/04)

G
Resolutions
:
Gambling 
Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts 
Global Warming (Revised 6/07)
Golden Rule (Historic)
Gospel and Social Issues (Revised 9/04) 
BNM Resolution:
Gambling and State Revenue

H
Policy Statements
:
Health Care 
Health, Healing, and Wholeness 
Housing 
Human Rights 
Hunger 
Resolutions:
Health Care For All
Homosexuality
Housing and the Homeless 
Human Rights in Latin America 
Human Sexuality (Calling for Dialogue on Issues of)

I
Policy Statement
:
Immigration and Refugee Policy (Revised 9/07)
Identity Statement (June 1998)  (Adopted by the covenanting partners of American Baptist Churches in the U.S.A., June 1998)
Identity Statement (November 2005)  (Adopted by the General Board, American Baptist Churches in the U.S.A., November 2005)
Resolutions:
Individual Lifestyle and Ecological Responsibility 
Industry and Community (Historic) 
International Arms Race (Historic) 
International Terrorism (revised 3/05)
International Understanding 
Inter-religious Prejudice

 

K
Resolutions
:
King (American Baptists and the Legacy of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.) (Revised 3/04) 
Ku Klux Klan (Resurgence of the)

 

L
Resolutions
:
Labor 
Land Mines (Revised 6/07)
Land Reform (Historic)
Law of the Sea Treaty (In Support of) 
Lobby Disclosure

 

M
Policy Statements
:
Metropolitan Ministries 
Military and Foreign Policy
Resolutions:
Mass Media 
Mental Illness (Revised 6/07)
Middle East and the Arab-Israeli Issues 
Migratory Labor 
Military Spending
Ministerial Development 
Ministers and Missionaries Benefit Board (In Support of) (Revised 9/04)
Ministry to Service Men and Women (Revised 3/05)

 

N
Policy Statement
:
Native Americans 
Resolutions:
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)
National Missle Defense System
Nuclear Power: Seeking Rational Solutions

 

O
Policy Statement
:
Ordained Ministry 
Resolution:
Older Americans

 

P
Policy Statements
:
Peace (Revised 6/07)
Primacy of the Local Church 
Privileged Communications (Historic)
Resolutions:
Peacekeeping and Peacemaking (Revised 6/07)
Police and Community Relations 
Pornography (Against)
Power (Historic)
Prayer (In Support of Historic Baptist Principles Against State Mandated)
Prejudice (Against the Manifestation of)
Public Corruption and Private Morality 
Puerto Rico (Self-Determination for)

 

R
Policy Statement
:
Racial Justice 
Resolutions
:
Racial Segregation and Nonviolent Direct Action 
Reconciliation 
Religious Liberty Day 
Restorative Justice 
Rwanda (Revised 3/05)

 

S
Resolutions
:
Self-Determination 
Sexual Exploitation of Children (Against the) (Revised 9/04)
Separation of Church and State (Revised 3/05)
Separation of Church and State (Maintaining Principles of)
Slavery

 

T
Policy Statement
:
Tithe (Encouraging the: Growing and Giving in Grace) 
Resolutions:
Tax Policy (Revised 3/05)
Tobacco (Promotion and Sale of by U.S. Firms) 
Transformation, Reconciliation and Renewal (Historic)

 

U
Resolutions
:
United Nations 
United States in World Affairs (Role of the) (Revised 3/05)

 

V
Policy Statements
:
Violence 
Resolutions:
Voluntary Service 
Voter Registration
Voting Rights Act

 

W
Resolutions
:
War (Abolition of) (Historic)
Wastes (Hazardous, Toxic and Radioactive) 
Welfare and Human Services (Revised 9/04)
Women in the American Baptist Churches (Empowerment of) 
Women (U.S. Ratification of the U.N. Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against) 
World Order 
Worship