Each church’s structure is different so the procedures for implementing resolutions vary. Consult with your church by-laws.
- Are used to crystallize biblical thought
- Headquarter of churches may use them to offer guidance to local churches
- Used to establish covenant
- Used to awaken, challenge and solicit commitment
- Used to memorialize the contributions of a departed member
Types of Resolutions
- Memorial (this is the one in which we receive the most inquires)
- Church buildings and grounds
- Varying activities of the church
- Address concerns
Depending Upon the Church—May Be Submitted by:
- Committee (must include minutes of meeting)
- Group (active, voting members of the church – church specifies the number—normally 10 or more) — must list printed names, contact information and signatures
- Some churches permit an individual member to submit a resolution
BASIC FORMAT FOR WRITING A RESOLUTION
WHEREAS: ________________Use this section to clearly state the reason(s) for the resolution. If you have more than one reason, each reason must be listed separately (separated by WHEREAS).
RESOLVED: ___________Use this section to clearly state the action(s) desired – (1) what are you suggesting that should be done, (2) who are you proposing that should do it, (3) How should it be done (4) when should it be done.
You must list each action separately.
Many churches require you to include the following when submitting a resolution (check with your church):
- Submission date
- Title of your resolution
- Your church’s name
- Your Senior Pastor’s name
Signed by: (depends what level submitted but at least two signatures)
- Senior Pastor
- Board of Elders
- Church Clerk (some churches may have it signed by church trustee or church secretary)
- Other, as assigned by the church
Note: The church should have a numbering system for resolutions and assign all resolutions a number.
DISCLAIMER: In presenting the suggestions and Resolution samples we realize the necessity of adapting the material for each local church situation. Further review of church by-laws and consultation may be required from staff, and legal counsel to make your prior to implementing any Resolutions.
Resolution of the Late Bro. John Doe.
Let not your hearts be troubled: ye believe in God believe also in me (John 14:1).
Whereas, we the pastor and members of the First Christian Church are in sympathy with you in the loss of your love one, whom we know you loved dearly.
We have suffered a great loss but we resolve to yield to the will of our heavenly Father, who has called him from labor to reward. We are grateful for the service he rendered to our Lord and Savior and to this church family. We believe this world is a better place because he passed this way.
Be it further resolved that I Corinthians 15:50–52 tells us, “That flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God. That we should all be changed. For the trumpet shall sound, and the dead in Christ shall be raised incorruptible and we all shall be changed.”
Be it further resolved that we shall see him again. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. As 1 Thessalonians 4:16-18 reminds us, “…The Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the arch-angel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words.”
Therefore, be it further resolved that a copy of this Resolution be given to the Family and a copy placed in our church record.
This 29th day of October 2011
Sis. Gloria Smith, Secretary
Rev. Jaycee Harris, Senior Pastor
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