A Baptist Manual of Polity and Practice
Format: Paperback
Book Code: J186
Pages: 350
Size: 5" x 8"
ISBN: 9780817017132
PubDate: 2012
Publisher: JUDSON PRESS

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2012 Foreword by Roy Medley, General Secretary, American Baptist Churches USA
2012 Preface by editor David Gregg

Originally published in 1962, A Baptist Manual of Polity and Practice was written to bring together traditional Baptist positions and practices and the modifications adopted over the years. This classic was first revised in 1991 and then again in 2012 for its 50th anniversary. In addition to freshening the book's general style and tone, the current edition reflects::

  • Profound shifts in Baptist polity since 1991
  • New challenges, especially that of an increasingly fragmentary and secularistic culture
  • A looser and more locally focused form of ministry

Although the focus of the book (especially in the latter chapters) is on the American Baptist Churches USA, most of the manual is written with an eye to basic principles shared widely and historically across the Baptist family of associations and denominations.Contents include:

  • The New Testament concept of the church
  • The local church and its officers
  • The meaning of church membership
  • The Baptist ministry including Baptism and the Lord's Supper
  • The Associational Principle of Baptists
  • Autonomy and interdependence
  • Ecumenical relationships

And, the appendix offers:

  • Significant dates in Baptist history
  • Church covenants
  • Suggested constitution and bylaws


Editorial Reviews:

"The times change, and faith must change with it. A Baptist Manual of Polity and Practice is a revised and updated edition of the advancement of American's Baptists over the past fifty years, the original volume of the writing published in 1962. Discussing the shifts in Baptist polity since 1991, new challenges facing Baptist culture from the world around it, and updating the language, A Baptist Manual of Polity and Practice is well worth considering for ministers and other church leaders, highly recommended." --Midwest Book Review

"Originally published in 1962 and revised in 1991, Gregg has taken this clasic work and updated it so that it is once again a valuable resource to Baptist laity and clergy alike. This book will be a helpful guide as a new generation of Baptists learn about and live out the tradition."--Glenn Jonas, Charles B. Howard, Professor of Religion and Chair of the Department of Religion, Campbell University Divinity School, Buies Creek, NC

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