A Baptist Manual of Polity and Practice

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  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2012-05-30
  • Publisher: Judson Pr
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Originally published in 1962 and revised in 1991, this practical volume has long been an invaluable resource to clergy, laity, and seminarians alike. For the 50th anniversary of the classic text, editor David Gregg brings his insights as a theologian, pastor, polity instructor, and member of the General Board. The Second Revised Edition features revisions in content and style and include a new foreword by current ABCUSA General Secretary Roy Medley, a new chapter on ┐Autonomy and Interdependence,┐ and contemporary updates to the chapter on ┐Ecumenical Relationships.┐ Significant revisions in ┐Regional and National Organizations┐ reflect the new by-laws passed at the 2011 Biennial Convention. The result is volume more relevant to today┐s ministry yet retaining the deftness, insight, and historical acumen for which Maring and Hudson were known.

Author Biography

David Gregg, MDiv, MA, served for nearly a decade as minister of congregational life at Lake Street Church of Evanston, Illinois, before returning to the University of Chicago's Divinity School for doctoral studies. He remains closely connected to and concerned with local church ministry and serves as a frequent guest preacher and consultant. A member of Grace Baptist Church, Chicago, Gregg serves on the executive cabinet of the American Baptist Churches of Metro Chicago.

Table of Contents

Foreword to the Second Revised Editionp. v
Foreword to the Original Editionp. ix
Prefacep. xiii
Identifying the Baptistsp. 1
The New Testament Concept of the Churchp. 22
The Church and the Churchesp. 41
The Local Churchp. 57
The Meaning of Church Membershipp. 85
The Baptist Ministryp. 109
Other Officers of the Local Churchp. 139
Baptism and the Lord's Supperp. 167
The Associational Principle of Baptistsp. 198
Autonomy and Interdependencep. 233
Regional and National Organizations in the ABCUSAp. 258
Ecumenical Relationshipsp. 288
Some Significant Dates in Baptist Historyp. 313
Church Covenantsp. 319
Suggested Constitution and Bylawsp. 323
Indexp. 343
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