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THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE OF THE SOUTHERN BAPTIST CONVENTION
The Executive Committee should develop
an appropriate report format which will help agencies
of the Convention present their reports on a more appropriate
and comparable basis and to provide more information about
program plans, accomplishments, and costs.
Item 9-(5)-(g) of the by-laws relating
to the Executive Committee should be revised to make it
clear that the Executive Committee is not responsible
for approving agency budgets . . . The Executive Committee
should review and present to the Convention as information
the budgets of all Convention agencies whether they receive
Cooperative Program funds or not.
The Executive Committee should continue
to study the needs for an expanded public relations program.
If at some time in the future, it is found to be appropriate,
the committee should recommend the establishment of such
a program and the creation of an agency of the Convention
to conduct this program.
The Executive Committee’s present responsibilities for
the promotion of stewardship should be
transferred to the Stewardship Commission, a new Convention agency recommended
at a later point in this report.
To conduct is affairs, the Executive
Committee should organize itself into four subcommittees:
a program committee, a finance committee, a public relations
committee, and an administrative committee. The four committees
should have equal status and report directly to the Executive
The Executive Committee should be assisted in its work by a
small professional staff headed by the Executive Secretary-Treasurer.
The staff should include a program analyst, a financial analyst,
a director of public relations, and required accounting and
clerical personnel. The Executive Secretary-Treasurer should
report directly to the Executive Committee and serve as an
ex-officio member of the committee and all the sub-committees.
He should direct the members of the staff in the their work.
The public relations committee should appoint a small public
relations advisory committee comprised of representatives
from the principal Southern Baptist Convention agencies, state
conventions, and state papers. The public relations advisory
committee should advise the public relations committee of
the Executive Committee and the director of public relations
on all aspects of the public relations service provided by
the Executive Committee.
The Executive Committee should be provided
with facilities which will serve
its needs more appropriately than do its present quarters. These
new facilities should also be available to the smaller agencies of
the Southern Baptist Convention which do not have their own facilities.
The Executive Committee might well
furnish central services for agencies housed in the Executive Committee
building – such
as accounting service, supplies,
The Executive Committee should request funds to finance the
construction or purchase of an appropriate building, or should
be authorized to accept appropriate quarters if such are offered
by another Convention agency.
text in the 1958 Southern
Baptist Convention Annual, pp. 451-452