The title was first used for a Convention publication in 1956, and a second version was released in 1975. The third version of The Baptist Hymnal was released in 1991. The newest version of the Baptist Hymnal was released in 2008. Each was published by LifeWay Christian Resources, formerly known as the Sunday School Board of the Southern Baptist Convention.
The Worship Project
The new resource, The Worship Project, had the goal of "meeting the worship needs of churches by embarking on an innovative venture to couple an updated Baptist Hymnal with modern technology."
At a summit meeting in January 2007, leadership from across Southern Baptist life came together to contribute direction to the overall makeup of the project. Attendees included music professors from Southern Baptist seminaries and 21 Baptist colleges, as well as church musicians, worship leaders, music industry leaders, representatives from the staff that created the 1991 Baptist Hymnal and current LifeWay employees who are devoted to the project. Among other priorities discussed, the summit served as a means to get feedback from music practitioners on criteria for selecting the hymns, worship songs and praise choruses to be included.
In July 2007, LifeWay announced the names of the products to be included in the Worship Project: Baptist Hymnal, The Worship Hymnal, and lifewayworship.com.
In October 2007, a Theology Committee was convened at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary for a theological review of songs that will be included in the project. Jon Duncan, state music director of the Georgia Baptist Convention, served as committee leader.
The project release was in 2008.
Aylesbury Press in Surrey Hills, Sydney, Australia published a book in 1967 called "The Hymnal" but also known as "The Baptist Hymnal". This is a work unrelated to the subject of this page.
- LifeWay Worship Music Group developing 'ultimate worship resource' Archived September 27, 2006, at the Wayback Machine.
- Facts and Trends - May/June 2007 - Music Legends And Leaders Come Together For Hymnal Summit
- LifeWay: Biblical Solutions for Life - LifeWay Announces Product Names For The 2008 Worship Project
- Baptists Give Hymns the Theological Once Over
- The Hymnal, Aylesbury Press, 1967