Baptist Union of Great Britain

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Baptist Union of Great Britain
Logo of the Baptist Union of Great Britain.
Logo of the Baptist Union of Great Britain.
Classification Protestant
Orientation Baptist
Polity Congregationalist
Distinct fellowships Old Baptist Union,
Baptist Union of Wales,
New Connexion of General Baptists
Associations World Council of Churches,
Baptist World Alliance,
Conference of European Churches,
European Baptist Federation,
Churches Together in Britain and Ireland,
Fellowship of British Baptists,
Churches Together in England
Region England and Wales.
Origin The Baptist Union of Great Britain was formed when the General Baptists and Particular Baptists came together in 1891.
Separations Grace Baptist Assembly,
Association of Grace Baptist Churches,
Seventh Day Baptists,
Strict Baptists,
Gospel Standard Baptists
Congregations 2,150 churches
Members 140,000 people
Aid organization National Council for Voluntary Youth Services,
BMS World Mission,
Annuity Fund
Baptist Aid
Orphan Society
Official website http://www.baptist.org.uk/

The Baptist Union of Great Britain is the association of Baptist churches in England and Wales.

History[edit]

The Baptist Union of Great Britain was formed when the General Baptists and Particular Baptists came together in 1891.

The Particular Baptist Missionary Society for Propagating the Gospel among the Heathen (later the Baptist Missionary Society, and now BMS World Mission) was organised in 1792, under the leadership of Andrew Fuller (1754–1815), John Sutcliff (1752–1814), and William Carey (1761–1834). When the Baptist Union was founded in 1813, it was a Particular Baptist organisation. In 1833, it was restructured to allow for membership of General Baptists. General and Particular Baptist work was united in the Baptist Union in 1891. The Baptist Historical Society was founded in 1908.

The basis of fellowship in the Baptist Union is a three-part "Declaration of Principle" stating belief in Jesus, Christian baptism, and world evangelisation. Structure includes an annual Baptist Assembly, and the Baptist Union Council, which is made up of representatives from the 13 regional associations and the six Baptist Colleges affiliated with the Union. The national resource and offices are in Didcot, Oxfordshire, England, having moved from Baptist Church House 2–6 Southampton Row,[1] London in 1989.

In 2013 Lynn Green was elected, with no votes against, as the first female General Secretary of the Baptist Union of Great Britain to commence in September 2013. She was received at the vote by a standing ovation and her inaugural message included “I believe that our union is ready for generational change... It is time to cast off the institutional mindset that has served us well in the past, and embrace a new way of being for the 21st century.”[2]

Membership[edit]

The Baptist Union of Great Britain consists of about 2,150 churches with a total membership of almost 140,000 individuals.

Overarching organisations[edit]

Baptists in the organisation are also part of the wider Fellowship of British Baptists, the European Baptist Federation, and the Baptist World Alliance.

The Fellowship of British Baptists and BMS World Mission brings together in ministry the churches that are members of the Baptist Union of Scotland, Wales, the Irish Baptist Networks, and the Baptist Union of Great Britain. It is itself a member of The National Council for Voluntary Youth Services (NCVYS)[3] because of its work to promote young people's personal and social development.

Inter-faith associations[edit]

The Union maintains membership with Christian ecumenical organisations such as Churches Together in England, Churches Together in Britain and Ireland, the Conference of European Churches, and the World Council of Churches.

Structure[edit]

Since 2001 the Baptist Union of Great Britain has been divided into 13 regional associations:

  • Central Baptist Association
  • East Midlands Baptist Association
  • Eastern Baptist Association
  • Heart of England Baptist Association
  • London Baptist Association
  • North Western Baptist Association
  • Northern Baptist Association
  • South Eastern Baptist Association
  • South Wales Baptist Association
  • South West Baptist Association
  • Southern Counties Baptist Association
  • West of England Baptist Association
  • Yorkshire Baptist Association

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Baptist Church House/Kingsgate House English Heritage. "Details from listed building database (1378782)". National Heritage List for England .
  2. ^ Allen, Robert ‘Bob’ (6 May 2013), "Woman Named to Lead British Baptists", News (Associated Baptist Press), retrieved 2013-07-28 
  3. ^ Full list of NCVYS member organisations

Bibliography[edit]

  • Wardin, Albert W jr, Baptists Around the World .
  • Payne, Ernest Alexander, The Baptist Union: A Short History .
  • Brown, Raymond, The English Baptists of the Eighteenth Century .
  • Briggs, JHY, The English Baptists of the Nineteenth Century .
  • Clements, Keith, Baptists in the Twentieth Century .

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