International Year of Youth

International Year of Youth

BWA General Council Resolution 1984.5

WE TAKE NOTE that 1985 has been set apart as the International Year of Youth.

WE BELIEVE this to be an important emphasis in view of the following statistics published by the United Nations:

a) In 1980 there were 657 million young people under 35 years of age in the world. By 2000 it is estimated that there will be 880 million.

b) In the same period the number of young people in Africa, Asia and Latin America will have doubled.

WE CALL UPON Baptists of the world, in cooperation with other Christians, to make one of their evangelistic goals the winning of a whole new generation of young people for Christ, by sharing with them the Gospel of hope as the only answer to the many problems and dangers facing them — nuclear threat, unemployment, drugs, hunger, poverty, materialism, racism, violence, etc.

WE ESPECIALLY URGE the Alliance, the Regional fellowships, the member conventions and unions and all our churches to promote leadership training among young people under 35 and entrust greater responsibility to them in the life and mission of the church.

WE WOULD ENCOURAGE the Nominating Committee and President-nominee to give careful consideration to the placement of young people in the committees, commissions and programs of the Alliance.

WE UNDERTAKE to do all within our power to encourage and enable maximum participation by young people in the Los Angeles Congress.

FINALLY, WE UNDERLINE the three-fold motivation of this resolution:
a) to bring to the world’s young people the blessings of salvation through Jesus Christ alone;
b) to recognize and receive the significant contribution which young people have to make;
c) to develop experienced and gifted Christian leadership for the future of both Church and Society.


Original Source Bibliography: Claas, Gerhard, editor. Baptist World Alliance 1984 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory. Washington, DC: Baptist World Alliance, 1984.

Original Source Footnote/Endnote: Gerhard Claas, ed., Baptist World Alliance 1984 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory (Washington, DC: Baptist World Alliance, 1984), pp. 87-88.

Online Document Full Citation: BWA General Council Resolution 1984.5 International Year of Youth;

In-text Online Document Citation: (BWA General Council Resolution 1984.5).

International Year of Youth

The Fortieth Anniversary of the United Nations

BWA World Congress Resolution 1985.1

This 15th Baptist World Congress 1985 takes note of the 40th anniversary of the United Nations this year and records with gratitude the many UN activities in addition to seeking peace which are directed to improving the quality of life among the nations of the world.

We particularly commend the efforts of the United Nations and its related agencies aimed at:

(a) the improvement of world health;
(b) the curtailment of drug traffic and abuse;
(c) greater self-sufficiency and an improving standard of living for developing countries;
(d) disaster relief and aid for refugees from both human and natural disasters;
(e) the improvement of food production and economic distribution for the hungry and poor in the world;
(f) the reduction and ultimate elimination of racial discrimination in all its forms;
(g) greater adherence by all nations to its charter and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

We affirm that such goals are in line with the ethical teaching of the Old Testament prophets and the Ten Commandments and with the message of the Kingdom of God proclaimed by Jesus and the Apostles.

We therefore reaffirm the pledge made by the 1947 Baptist World Congress to implement by word an action through every appropriate channel the noble purposes of the United Nations.

We value our continuing opportunity and responsibility of consultancy status, and therefore we call upon the Baptist World Alliance, its Conventions, Unions and Churches, to use the 40th anniversary as an opportunity to:

(a) Make a new commitment of prayer for the United Nations;

(b) Promote interest and support for the organization and its programs;
(c) Encourage worldwide rededication to the principles and purposes of its charter.


Original Source Bibliography: Kerstan, Reinhold J. And Burke, Ruby J., editors. Out of the Darkness Into the Light: Official Report of the Fifteenth Congress, Los Angeles, California, USA, July 2-7, 1985. McLean, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 1985.

Original Source Footnote/Endnote: Reinhold J. Kerstan and Ruby J. Burke, eds., Out of the Darkness Into the Light: Official Report of the Fifteenth Congress, Los Angeles, California, USA, July 2-7, 1985 (McLean, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 1985), pp. 217-218.

Online Document Full Citation: BWA World Congress Resolution 1985.1 The Fortieth Anniversary of the United Nations;

In-text Online Document Citation: (BWA World Congress Resolution 1985.1).