Baptist Manual of Polity and Practice

ISBN-10: 0817017135

ISBN-13: 9780817017132

Edition: 2nd 2012

Authors: David Gregg, Norman H. Maring, Winthrop S. Hudson

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Originally published in 1962, A Baptist Manual of Policy and Practice was written to bring together traditional Baptist positions and practices and the modifications adopted over the years. The first revised edition, published in 1991, maintained this objective and with contemporary and inclusive language added new insights and new understandings. This 50th Anniversary edition, while retaining the original's basic aim of describing the general church practice of Baptists (especially American Baptists) in the context of their biblical and theological foundations, was prepared with several additional goals in mind: Respond to profound shifts in Baptist polity that have occurred since 1991 Address new challenges, especially that of an increasingly fragmentary and secular culture Emphasize the trend toward a looser and more locally focused form of ministry Freshen the book's general style and tone Book jacket.
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List price: $32.99
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Judson Press
Publication date: 5/1/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 368
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

Professor John Corrigancontinues to revise this classic text by incorporating fresh historical research and noting recent trends in the religious life of Americans. This comprehensive narrative account of religion in America from the beginnings of European contact through the present depicts the religious life of the American people within the context of a developing American culture. From the pioneering mission efforts of Spanish clergy in the Sixteenth century to the complex pluralism of the Twenty-First century, the story is rich with references to the men and women, ideas, organizations, social forces and encounters, and hopes and frustrations that have shaped the nation's religious life.

Foreword to the Second Revised Edition
Foreword to the Original Edition
Identifying the Baptists
The New Testament Concept of the Church
The Church and the Churches
The Local Church
The Meaning of Church Membership
The Baptist Ministry
Other Officers of the Local Church
Baptism and the Lord's Supper
The Associational Principle of Baptists
Autonomy and Interdependence
Regional and National Organizations in the ABCUSA
Ecumenical Relationships
Some Significant Dates in Baptist History
Church Covenants
Suggested Constitution and Bylaws
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