FBSC 2011: Notice of proposed document revisions
Oct 6, 2011
By STAFF

Related Coverage:

2011 FBSC Annual Meeting

The following recommendations, which are to be presented to the Florida Baptist State Convention, November 14-15, 2011, by the State Board of Missions, will require changes in the Bylaws of the state convention, and therefore must be published in Florida Baptist Witness 30 days in advance. Revisions to the Bylaws require a majority vote at one session. A Constitutional revision requires an affirmative vote by messengers at two consecutive State Convention meetings.

Recommendation 1:  Document Revision:  Deletion of Article 8, Constitution of the Florida Baptist State Convention

The State Board of Missions recommends that the Florida Baptist State Convention delete Article 8 of the Constitution, Florida Baptist State Convention, and renumber the existing and subsequent Articles as needed.

Recommendation 2:  Document Revision:  New Article 12, Constitution of the Florida Baptist State Convention

The State Board of Missions recommends that the Florida Baptist State Convention add new Article 12 (as indicated by italics), Constitution, Florida Baptist State Convention, and renumber the existing and subsequent Articles as needed to read as follows:

Article 12

The Annual Meeting of this State Convention shall be held each year primarily for the following purposes with time allocated in a priority sequence to ensure the general and specific objectives of the State Convention, as defined in Article 3 of this Constitution, are adequately addressed as follows:
A.    To conduct the business and consider the needs, problems and opportunities of the State Convention and its agencies;
B.    To permit the State Convention’s agencies and institutions to report on their prior year’s activities and to make appropriate recommendations for consideration by the messengers comprising the annual meeting;

C.    To ensure time is allocated on the annual program for the several requirements required by the State Convention’s Bylaws;
D.    To elect State Convention officers and to elect persons to fill vacancies on the State Convention’s committees and boards as defined in Article 10 of this Constitution;
E.    To hear messages from the State Convention president and the person designated to bring the Convention Sermon; and
F.    When practicable and within the available remaining time, provide appropriate inspirational emphases and/or special emphases to be determined by the program committee (also known as the Committee on Order of Business) as defined in the State Convention’s Bylaws.


Recommendation 3:  General Provision:  Constitution of the Florida Baptist State Convention

The State Board of Missions recommends that the Florida Baptist State Convention authorize and direct the Executive Director-Treasurer of the Florida Baptist Convention to make any necessary renumbering, editorial and/or grammatical corrections to any Article within the Constitution of the Florida Baptist State Convention, that may be affected by the proposed deletion or revision of any Article, Constitution of the Florida Baptist State Convention, to ensure clarity, continuity and parity within that governing document.

Recommendation 4:  Document Revision:  Bylaw 7,A(1) and (2), Bylaws of the Florida Baptist State Convention

The State Board of Missions recommends that the Florida Baptist State Convention revise Bylaw 7,A (1) and (2), Bylaws of the Florida Baptist State Convention, to read as follows (with deletions noted by strikethroughs and additions noted by italics):

A.    The committee shall consist of one member from each of the existing cooperating Baptist associations within the state of Florida, all of whom shall be appointed as a result of a joint consultation by the State Convention president, first vice president and second vice president.  Service on the committee is normally limited to the year of their appointment, except as provided within this bylaw.  In addition the State Convention’s president, the first vice-president and second vice-president shall serve on the Committee as ex-officio members with voting privilege.

(1)    The officers may select, but shall limit up to one-third one-half of its appointed membership, any persons who served on the Committee on Nominations during the prior calendar year.  A person who has been annually appointed for each of three consecutive years may not be eligible for re-appointment until at least three years has elapsed.

(2)    The officers will ensure that there is an adequate representation of laity and ordained persons on the committee.

(a)    Ordained persons and members of the professional staff of a cooperating local church and/or an association shall constitute the ordained group.  Within this group are included directors of associational missions, whose representation on the Committee shall be limited to two members per year.

(b)    No more than three-fifths of the members of the Committee shall be drawn from either the laity or
ordained groups.
(c)The officers shall give due consideration to appointing persons who reflect the gender, ethnic and cultural diversity of within Florida Baptist churches.

(d)    Persons appointed to serve on the Committee shall meet the requirements as defined in Bylaw 4 (6)(a)(b) and (c).

Recommendation 5:  Document Revision:  Bylaw 7,C,  Bylaws of the Florida Baptist State Convention

The State Board of Missions recommends that the Florida Baptist State Convention revise Bylaw 7,C, Bylaws of the Florida Baptist State Convention, by adding new item 3 (as noted by italics) and renumbering existing items (4) through (7) to read as follows:

C. On or before the first day of October of each year, or as soon thereafter as may be practicable, the Committee on Nominations, after
giving due consideration to the desire of this State Convention for responsible lay participation in its activities and governance, shall nominate members for the following committees, boards, commissions, corporations and agencies. If practicable, the names of these nominees shall be published in the Florida Baptist Witness:
(1) State Board of Missions (hereinafter described)
(2) Board of Trustees of Florida Baptist Children’s Homes
(3) F.B.C.H. Pool of Nominees of potential directors of the Florida Baptist Children’s Homes’ Supporting Organizations (herein described);
(4) Board of Trustees of The Baptist College of Florida
(5) Board of Directors of Florida Baptist Financial Services, Inc., who also shall serve as the board of trustees for the Florida Baptist Foundation; Florida Baptist Auxiliary
Enterprises, Inc., and Church Growth Investment Fund, Inc.
(6) Board of Directors of Florida Baptist Witness
(7) Committee on Order of Business

Recommendation 6:  Document Revision:  Bylaw 7, New Item E, Bylaws of the Florida Baptist State Convention

The State Board of Missions recommends that the Florida Baptist State Convention revise Bylaw 7, Bylaws of the Florida Baptist State Convention, by adding new item E (as noted by italics)  to read as follows:

E. The Committee shall annually select up to twenty (20) persons to be assigned to what shall be designated as the F.B.C.H. Pool of Nominees.  These persons shall be for the exclusive use by the Board of Trustees of the Florida Baptist Children’s Homes (FBCH), who is legally obligated to appoint persons to serve as directors of the Homes’ separate Supporting Organizations.  These organizations include:  FBCH Land Holdings, Inc.; FBCH Landing Holdings II, Inc.; and the Orphan’s Heart Foundation, Inc.

(1)  The persons nominated to the F.B.C.H. Pool of Nominees shall meet all criteria as defined in Bylaw 4(6)(a) of the Bylaws, Florida Baptist State Convention and their selection and service shall be governed by
applicable provisions defined in Bylaw 4 and Bylaw 5, Bylaws of the Florida Baptist State Convention.

(2)  The persons designated for appointment to the F.B.C.H. Pool of Nominees shall meet all criteria as defined herein this Bylaw 7 of the Florida Baptist State Convention.

(3)  Appointment to the Pool of Nominees shall only be good for one year.  At the end of one year, the Committee on Nominations may determine to re-appoint persons or select new persons to be added to the Pool. 

(4)  The Board of Trustees of the Florida Baptist Children’s Homes shall select persons from the F.B.C.H. Pool of Nominees, who are annually approved by the Florida Baptist State Convention, to fill vacancies that occur on the several boards of its Supporting Organizations.  Those appointed directors shall serve terms of service as provided in the respective governing documents of the Supporting Organizations. 


Recommendation 7:  Document Revision:  Bylaw 7, Current Section E (9), Bylaws of the Florida Baptist State Convention

The State Board of Missions recommends that the Florida Baptist State Convention revise Bylaw 7,E (9), 
Bylaws of the Florida Baptist State Convention, by adding new item (a) (as noted by italics) and designating the existing narrative as sub-point (b) to read as follows:

(9)  The Committee on Nominations shall nominate persons to fill vacancies which may exist on any board, agency, institution or State Convention committee.

(a) The Committee shall understand that the number of persons required for the F.B.C.H. Pool of Nominees may fluctuate from year to year.  The number of nominees required will be determined by the Executive Director-Treasurer, Florida Baptist Convention, in consultation with the President, Florida Baptist Children’s Homes, Inc.  The nominee count shall be based upon a formula consisting of the anticipated total director vacancies to be filled on the FBCH’s Supporting Organizations during the following year, plus three additional persons.

Recommendation 8:  General Provisions:  Bylaws of the Florida Baptist State Convention

The State Board of Missions recommends that the Florida Baptist State Convention authorize and direct the Executive Director-Treasurer of the Florida Baptist Convention to make any necessary renumbering, editorial and/or grammatical corrections to any Bylaw of the Florida Baptist State Convention that may be affected by the proposed revisions to the proposed and existing Bylaws of the Florida Baptist State Convention to ensure clarity, continuity and parity of these Bylaws.

Related Coverage:

2011 FBSC Annual Meeting

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