Pilgrim Pathways: Notes for a Diaspora People

Incarnational Discipleship

Baptist Links

These are not exhaustive. I will add to them as I find time and links.  At no time will I link to any body, program, or agency connected to the Southern Baptist Convention, nor to any fundamentalist group.

Alliance of Baptists (Small movement/denomination of theologically and socially progressive Baptists in the U.S. and Canada.  First splinter to form, in 1985, out of the fundamentalist takeover of the Southern Baptist Convention.)

American Baptist Churches, USA (Various mission agencies and societies finally coalesced in 1907 to form the Northern Baptist Convention. In 1950, the NBC became the American Baptist Convention.  In the early 1980s, this was restructured to form the American Baptist Churches, USA. 1.5 million members.  Racially/ethnically, geographically, and theologically, one of the most diverse denominations today–found across the USA and Puerto Rico.)

American Baptist Historical Society (Includes archives located on campus of Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School; founded in 1853, it is the oldest Baptist historical society.)

Associated Baptist Press

Association of Welcoming and Affirming Baptists (AWAB–Baptist congregations which include gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered persons in terms of full equality)

Australian Baptist Ministries (formerly the Baptist Union of Australia; unites the following state unions: Baptist Churches of New South Wales & ACT‘; Baptist Union of the Northern Territory; Queensland Baptists; Baptist Churches of South Australia‘; Baptist Churches of Tasmania; Baptist Union of Victoria ; Baptist Union of Western Australia )

The Baptist Center for Ethics (founded as the fundamentalists took over the old SBC Christian Life Commission, the BCE publishes resources for churches and has the online news and opinion resource, EthicsDaily.com )

Baptist-founded Colleges/Universities with Phi Beta Kappa Chapters.

Baptist General Conference of Canada (Canadian counterpart to the BGC in the U.S.–now called “Converge Worldwide.”  From immigrant Swedish Baptist roots, the BGC-CA is now an English-speaking fellowship of evangelical Baptist churches–not connected to Canadian Baptist Ministries.)

Baptist Heritage.com

Baptist History Australia

Baptist History and Heritage Society (Organized in 1938 as the Southern Baptist Historical Society, it became a grassroots auxiliary to the Southern Baptist Historical Commission in 1952. In 1995, the newly-fundamentalist SBC decided to eliminate the SB Historical Commission, so the BHHS voted to break off and continue as an independent Baptist history organization. In 2000, the BHHS created the Fellowship of Baptist Historians (mainly in the U.S. and Canada) which holds annual meetings in conjunction to the BHHS.)

Baptist Historical Society (UK)

Baptist Joint Committee on Religious Liberty (USA)

Baptist Peace Fellowship (UK)

Baptist Peace Fellowship of North America (Canada, USA, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Cuba).

Baptist Union of Great Britain

Baptist Women in Ministry

Baptist World Alliance (Founded in London in 1905, the BWA connects many Baptist conventions, unions, associations, etc. around the world.)

Baptists Today

Baylor University Press (Smaller press @ a major Baptist university.)

BMS World Mission (Founded in 1792 by William Carey and Andrew Fuller as The Baptist Missionary Society, the oldest Baptist mission agency in the world and generally credited with the organized beginnings of the modern missions movement.)

Canadian Baptist Ministries (Formerly the Canadian Baptist Federation, CBM coordinates missions and ministries among the following regional Baptist bodies: Canadian Baptists of Western Canada [Formerly the Baptist Union of Western Canada]; Canadian Baptists of Ontario and Quebec [formerly the Baptist Union of Ontario and Quebec]; l’Union d’Églises Baptistes Françaises au Canada; Convention of Atlantic Baptist Churches [formerly the Maritime Baptist Convention],)

Center for Baptist Studies (@ Mercer University, Macon, GA.)

Center for Christian Ethics (@ Baylor University)

Conservative Baptist Association of America (Split from the American Baptists in 1940. Conservative evangelical Baptists, but today less rightwing than the “new” SBC.)

Converge Worldwide (New name for the Baptist General Conference, a fellowship of evangelical Baptist churches that began among Swedish immigrants in the U.S. and Canada.

Cooperative Baptist Fellowship (Formed in 1990, this was the second, more centrist, splinter out of the now-fundamentalist Southern Baptist Convention.)

General Association of General Baptist Churches (Formed in 1870 from the “General” or Arminian Baptists who, in this country, began with Benson Stinoni.)

European Baptist Federation (Composed of 51 Baptist Unions/denominations throughout Europe.)

Institute for Baptist and Anabaptist Studies (@ the International Baptist Theological Seminary, Prague, Czech Republic)

International Ministries (The global mission agency of the American Baptist Churches, USA–partnering with indigenous Baptists around the world.)

J. M. Dawson Institute of Church-State Studies (@ Baylor University)

Judson Press (Since 1824, this is the American Baptist Publication Society now named after pioneer Baptist missionary Adonirom Judson.)

Joppa Baptist Inter-Faith Network (A British Baptist resource for Christian witness in a multi-faith society.)

Lott Carey Foreign Mission Convention (Formerly known as the Lott Carey Baptist Convention for Foreign Missions.  Founded in 1797, this is not really a “convention” in the sense of a Baptist denomination, but is rather a foreign mission agency used by many African-American Baptist congregations, associations, etc. Named after Rev. Lott Carey, a freedman and one of the earliest American and Baptist missionaries–and one of the founders of the modern nation of Liberia. )

Mainstream Baptists (An organization, founded and led by Oklahoma pastor, Dr. Bruce Prescott, to promote the kind of centrist Baptist life and faith known in the Southern Baptist Convention before the takeover.  Seeing rightists err on the side of conformity and authoritarianism, it may err somewhat on the side of radical individualism.)

Mercer University Press (A major academic press @ an excellent Baptist university.  Publishes much that concerns Baptists.)

National Association of Free Will Baptists (1935 merger of Northern and Southern Free Will Baptists. Since 1981, has included the Free Will/Free Christian Baptists of Canada, too.)

National Baptist Convention of America, Inc.  (Historic African-American denomination.)

National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. (Founded in 1886, it is the oldest convention of African-American Baptists in the U.S.)

National Ministries (The home mission agency of the American Baptist Churches, USA)

National Missionary Baptist Convention of America.

North American Baptist Conference (Founded in the 19th C. as the “German Baptist Convention” among ethnic-German Baptist immigrants to the U.S. and Canada. Today, the NABC is a global body and ethnically diverse–but still rooted in the Pietist and evangelical heritage.)

Progressive National Baptist Convention, Inc. (Founded in 1961, by African-American Baptist pastors involved in the Civil Rights movement who were disappointed in the socially and conservative forces of the National Baptist Convention, USA.  The “rebels,” were led by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Dr. Gardner Taylor of Concord.

Roger Williams Fellowship (Formed to protect Baptist freedoms and resist creeping creedalism within American Baptist Churches, USA.)

Separate Baptists in Christ (Tracing their origins to the ministry of Elder Shubal Stearns in the 18th C., the majority of Separate Baptists merged with the Regular Baptists to form the SBC in the 19th C. These did not and formed their own General Association in 1877, which was reestablished in 1912.)

Seventh Day Baptist General Conference, USA and Canada (In both Britain and North America, there were Baptist Sabbatarians almost from the beginning. The first Seventh-Day Baptist Church in the U.S. was founded in 1671 in Newport, R.I. and the General Conference was formed in 1870. Other than holding to Saturday worship, Seventh-Day Baptists are generally like other Baptists–mildly Calvinistic, congregational in church polity, strong defenders of religious liberty and church-state separation. But Seventh Day Baptists have always been a very tiny minority–and today there are reported only about 80 churches.  Their seminary long since closed and their great Alfred University in upstate NY is now simply a private, secular university with no Seventh Day Baptist connection.)

Seventh Day Baptist History and Historical Society

Smyth & Helwys Publishing, Inc. (Independent Baptist publisher that began in the 1980s as fundamentalism overtook the SBC’s –already overly conservative–Sunday School Board and Broadman Press–renamed Lifeway Christian Resources. Smyth & Helwys is an alternative publisher.)

Thomas Helwys Centre for the Study of Religious Freedom (Founded 2002 @ Bristol Baptist College in UK, transferred in 2006 to IBTS, Prague.)

William H. Whitsitt Baptist Heritage Society

Some Baptist-Related Journals:

American Baptist Quarterly (Previously known as Foundations, this is the journal of the American Baptist Historical Society.)

Baptist History and Heritage Journal (Published by the Baptist History and Heritage Society)

The Baptist Quarterly (Journal of the [British] Baptist Historical Society)

Christian Reflection (Thematic journal on issues related to Christian ethics published by Baylor University’s Center for Christian Ethics)

Journal of Church and State (The journal of the J. M. Dawson Institute for Church-State studies, published by Oxford University Press.)

Journal of European Baptist Studies (Published by the International Baptist Theological Seminary, Prague)

Perspectives in Religious Studies (Journal of the U.S.-based National Association of Baptist Professors of Religion)

Review and Expositor: A Quarterly Baptist Theological Journal (Originally founded early in the 20th C. by the faculty of the mother seminary of the SBC, when that seminary was taken over by fundamentalists in the ’90s, the journal left and is now published by a consortium of Baptist-related theological institutions.)

Whitsitt Journal (Official journal of the William H. Whitsitt Baptist Historical Society)

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