Association of Reformed Baptist Churches of America (ARBCA) is an association of Reformed Baptist churches that was founded in 1997. [1 ]
History [ edit ]
On November 12–13, 1996, fifteen Reformed Baptist churches met in Fayetteville, Georgia
to begin the planning of a national association of churches. Four months later on March 11, 1997, the Association of Reformed Baptist Churches of America was founded in Mesa, Arizona. [2 ] ARBCA was founded by 24 member churches from 14 states. [3 ] [4 ] [5 ] [6 ] [7 ]
Theology [ edit ]
The association's churches all subscribe to the
. 1689 Baptist Confession of Faith [4 ] [5 ] The association's General Assembly has noted that their adherence to this Confession means "the model for (association) churches is [8 ] Puritan and not one of a number of competing contemporary ones." With respect to worship, they "eschew the following models: [9 ] Roman, Lutheran, Anglican, high church liturgical, Brethren, seeker-friendly, charismatic, evangelical, etc." [9 ]
Theological training [ edit ]
ARBCA founded the Institute of Reformed Baptist Studies (IRBS) at
Westminster Seminary California which provides training for seminarians as part of studies toward a Master of Divinity degree program. [4 ] [10 ]
Missions [ edit ]
In 2000, ARBCA merged with the Reformed Baptist Mission Services (RBMS), a foreign
missions organization. RBMS, though founded 12 years before the ARBCA, [11 ] now acts as the foreign mission arm of the association. [12 ] [4 ]
The association is recognized by the
U.S. Department of Defense as an endorsing agency for United States military chaplains. [13 ]
References [ edit ]
^ Jonas, William Glenn, ed (2006). . Mercer University Press. p. 273. The Baptist river: essays on many tributaries of a diverse tradition ISBN 0-88146-030-3.
^ This meeting occurred at Heritage Church in Fayetteville, Georgia. http://www.arbca.com/history.
^ Handbook of Denominations in the United States, 13th Edition. Abingdon Press: 2010. p. 170.
^ a b c d Melton, J. Gordon (2003). . Gale. p. 558. Encyclopedia of American Religions ISBN 0-7876-6384-0.
^ a b "News Briefs". Christianity Today. May 19, 1997 . Retrieved . February 4, 2012
^ "Church Directory". Association of Reformed Baptist Churches of America . Retrieved . February 11, 2012
^ (12th ed., 2005), p. 211. Handbook of denominations in the United States
^ "Frequently Asked Questions". Association of Reformed Baptist Churches of America . Retrieved . 2013-05-29
^ a b Theology Committee of the Association of Reformed Baptist Churches of America (March 8, 2001). "A Position Paper Concerning the Regulative Principle of Worship". Association of Reformed Baptist Churches of America . Retrieved . November 4, 2014
^ "Institute of Reformed Baptist Studies". Westminster Seminary California . Retrieved . February 4, 2012
^ "History". Association of Reformed Baptist Churches of America . Retrieved . 2013-05-26
^ Brackney, William H. (2009). . Scarecrow Press. p. 472. Historical Dictionary of the Baptists ISBN 0-8108-5622-0.
^ "Armed Forces Chaplains Board Endorsements". US Department of Defense . Retrieved . November 4, 2014
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