BWA Centenary and Funding

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BWA General Council Resolution 2002.2

The General Council of the Baptist World Alliance meeting in Seville, Spain, July 8-13 2002:

THANKS God for the Baptist World Alliance, consisting of more than 44 million baptized believers in an extended community of some 100 million people;

ACKNOWLEDGES with appreciation its strategic ministry of calling persons to personal faith in Jesus Christ, defending human rights, advocating social justice, meeting human needs and training Baptist leaders and churches to deepen their impact for Christ in their communities;

REGRETS that as the Baptist World Alliance anticipates its Centennial celebration in 2005, it faces a financial crisis due to inadequate funding from its member bodies;

CALLS each member body to a renewed commitment to the Baptist World Alliance;

URGES each member body to make a financial contribution to the BWA each year; CHALLENGES those member bodies who presently give to increase their financial support; ENCOURAGES each member body to promote the BWA among their member churches; and

CALLS upon the members of the General Council, Committees, Work Groups and Commissions to make a generous one-time gift to help offset the present budget deficit and to model to the member bodies continuing support through annual gifts to the BWA.


Original Source Bibliography: Lotz, Denton, editor. Baptist World Alliance 2002 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory. Falls Church, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 2002.

Original Source Footnote/Endnote: Denton Lotz, ed., Baptist World Alliance 2002 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory (Falls Church, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 2002), pp. 92-93.

Online Document Full Citation: BWA General Council Resolution 2002.2 Centenary and Funding;

In-text Online Document Citation: (BWA General Council Resolution 2002.2).

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Since its formation in 1905, the Baptist World Alliance has networked the global Baptist family to impact the world for Christ with a commitment to strengthen worship, fellowship and unity; lead in mission and evangelism; respond to people in need through aid, relief, and community development; defend religious freedom, human rights, and justice; and advance theological reflection and leadership development.