Baptist Union of Croatia
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The Baptist Union of Croatia (Savez Baptističkih crkava u Republici Hrvatskoj) is a national organization of Baptists in Croatia for promoting fellowship and ministry. The Baptist Union of Croatia is officially recognized by the state.
The first known Baptist activity in this region occurred in the late 19th century. Filip Lotz, converted and baptized in Vienna, returned home in 1883. A ministry arose among the Germans in Daruvar of Slavonia, and later became a Czech and Croatian work. Ivan Zrinscak started Baptist work in Zagreb about 1890, and being converted while in Budapest. The Croatians formed their union in 1991, when Croatia became independent from Yugoslavia.
The Baptist Union is a member of the European Baptist Federation and the Baptist World Alliance. In 2004 there were 41 churches with over 2000 members. Ministries include the Theological Faculty, an educational facility in Zagreb started by Baptists and Lutherans in 1976, and the Baptist Institute, started by the Baptist Union in 1999, and Baptist Aid, "established to coordinate the work of various humanitarian organizations".
- Baptists Around the World, Albert Wardin, Jr., editor
- "Ugovor između Vlade Republike Hrvatske i Saveza baptističkih crkava u Republici Hrvatskoj o pitanjima od zajedničkog interesa". Narodne novine - Službeni list Republike Hrvatske NN196/03 (in Croatian). Narodne novine. December 15, 2003. Retrieved February 16, 2010.
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