Canadian Baptist Ministries

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Canadian Baptist Ministries
Classification Protestant
Polity Congregational
Region Worldwide
Origin 1995
Saint John, New Brunswick
Merge of Canadian Baptist International Ministries and Canadian Baptist Federation
Congregations 1,003
Members 100,731

Canadian Baptist Ministries (CBM) or Ministères Baptistes Canadiens is an international relief & development and mission agency that serves on behalf of four regional Baptist denominations in Canada - Canadian Baptists of Ontario and Quebec, Canadian Baptists of Western Canada, the Convention of Atlantic Baptist Churches and l'Union d'Églises Baptistes Françaises au Canada. In addition, CBM engages in international mission on behalf of Canadian Baptist Women (which includes Atlantic Baptist Women, Canadian Baptist Women of Ontario and Quebec, and Women in Focus).

CBM is also the national body that brokers and coordinates relationships and initiatives among its member bodies.

It was formed in 1995 by the merger of Canadian Baptist International Ministries (CBIM) and the Canadian Baptist Federation (CBF).

The current Executive Director of CBM is Rev. Sam Chaise.

Canadian Baptist mission efforts date back to the mid-19th century. "In 1845, the Maritime Baptists were the first Protestant body in what is now Canada to send missionaries overseas. They commissioned Richard and Leleah Burpe for Burma."[1] The Canadian Baptist Foreign Mission Board was organized in 1912. It was renamed Canadian Baptist Overseas Missions Board (CBOMB). It was renamed again to Canadian Baptist International Ministries (CBIM) before merging with the Canadian Baptist Federation in 1995 to form the current CBM.

Efforts to form a national Baptist body date back to 1900. In 1900, delegates from across Canada met in Winnipeg and formed the National Baptist Convention of Canada. Inexplicably, it never met again. As such, no national coordinating body of Baptists existed in Canada until the Baptist Federation of Canada was organized at Saint John, New Brunswick in 1944. The Baptist Convention of Ontario and Quebec, the Baptist Union of Western Canada, and the United Baptist Convention of the Maritimes (now Convention of the Atlantic Baptist Churches) initiated the Federation and were joined by l'Union d'Églises Baptistes Françaises au Canada in 1970. It was renamed Canadian Baptist Federation (CBF) before merging with CBIM in 1995 to form the current CBM.

Canadian Baptist Ministries engages in international mission on behalf of Canadian Baptist churches and brokers national cooperation among the four regional denominations and Women's groups.

CBM churches share orthodox beliefs in common with other Christians, including belief in one triune God, the humanity and divinity of Jesus Christ, and the centrality of Jesus' crucifixion and resurrection for salvation, plus Baptist distinctives such as believer's baptism. The soteriology of the group could be considered mildly Calvinistic.

In 2013, 1003 churches with 100,731 members were part of Canadian Baptist family. In 2012, CBM had revenues of $8,910,162 (Canadian dollars). Canadian Baptist Ministries, headquartered in Mississauga, Ontario, is a member of the Baptist World Alliance.

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Sources[edit]

  • Baptists Around the World, by Albert W. Wardin, Jr.
  • Program & Report Book, Canadian Baptist Ministries
  • From Sea to Sea: The Canadian Baptist Federation 1944- 1994, by Shirley Bentall
  • The Baptist Heritage: Four Centuries of Baptist Witness, by H. Leon McBeth

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Notes
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Further reading
  • Sunanda, G.Beaulah Pearl (1990). An Insight into the History of the Canadian Baptist Mission in Andhra Pradesh (1874-1924). Unpublished M.Phil.(History) Thesis, Madras Christian College, Madras.