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"There should be an 'Abstract of Principles', or careful statement of theological belief, which every professor in such an institution must sign when inaugurated, so as to guard against the rise of erroneous and injurious instruction in such a seat of sacred learning."

James P. Boyce
from "Three Changes in
Theological Institutions"
- summarized by John Broadus, 1856

Joint BWA/SBC Press Release
April 13, 2004

Representative leadership from the Southern Baptist Convention and the Baptist World Alliance met in Nashville on the 13th of April, 2004. Co-chairs were Dr. Billy Kim and Dr. Morris Chapman. The meeting encompassed a full and frank discussion of concerns, conducted in a warm and mutually respectful spirit.

It was resolved that a similar representative group of the leadership of the BWA and SBC meet at least once per year to continue an ongoing dialogue.

All participants expressed the desire that if the SBC messengers vote for disaffiliation from the BWA, further issues of concern to the respective organizations be resolved in such a way that at some point in the not too distant future the Southern Baptist Convention may choose once again to become a fully participatory member of the Baptist World Alliance.

BWA Attendees:

Billy Kim
      BWA President
Denton Lotz
     BWA General Secretary

BWA Vice Presidents
      David Coffey, England
      Bruce Milne, Canada
      Elaine Smith, Washington D.C.
      John Sundquist, Michigan

BWA Regional Leaders
     Theo Angelov, Bulgaria
     Alistair Brown, England
     Ian Chapman, Virginia
     Fausto Vasconcelos, Brazil

SBC Attendees:

Morris H. Chapman
     President, SBC Executive Committee
     Chairman, SBC/BWA Study Committee

James T. Draper
      President, LifeWay Christian Resources
Tom Elliff
     Former SBC President,
     Pastor, First Baptist Church, Del City, OK
Paige Patterson
     President, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
Paul Pressler
     Judge, retired
Jerry Rankin
     President, International Mission Board
Gary A. Smith
     Chairman, Executive Committee of the SBC
Bob Sorrell
     President, The Associate, Inc., Cordova, TN
D. August Boto
     Vice President for Convention Policy
     SBC Executive Committee

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