Baptists Together

Baptists Together (Baptist Union of Great Britain)
Logo of Baptists Together
Logo of Baptists Together
ClassificationProtestant
OrientationBaptist
PolityCongregationalist
Distinct fellowshipsOld Baptist Union,
Baptist Union of Wales,
New Connexion of General Baptists
AssociationsWorld Council of Churches,
Baptist World Alliance,
Conference of European Churches,
European Baptist Federation,
Churches Together in Britain and Ireland,
Fellowship of British Baptists,
Churches Together in England
RegionEngland and Wales.
OriginThe Baptist Union of Great Britain was formed when the General Baptists and Particular Baptists came together in 1891.
SeparationsGrace Baptist Assembly,
Association of Grace Baptist Churches,
Seventh Day Baptists,
Strict Baptists,
Gospel Standard Baptists
Congregations2,150 churches
Members140,000 people
Aid organizationNational Council for Voluntary Youth Services,
BMS World Mission,
Annuity Fund
Baptist Aid
http://www.baptist.org.uk/

Baptists Together (officially The Baptist Union of Great Britain) is the association of Baptist churches in England and Wales.

History

The Baptist Union of Great Britain was formed when the General Baptists and Particular Baptists came together in 1891.

The Particular Baptist Missionary Society for Propagating the Gospel among the Heathen (later the Baptist Missionary Society, and now BMS World Mission) was organised in 1792, under the leadership of Andrew Fuller (1754–1815), John Sutcliff (1752–1814), and William Carey (1761–1834). When the Baptist Union was founded in 1813, it was a Particular Baptist organisation. In 1833, it was restructured to allow for membership of General Baptists. General and Particular Baptist work was united in the Baptist Union in 1891. The Baptist Historical Society was founded in 1908.

The basis of fellowship in the Baptist Union is a three-part "Declaration of Principle" stating belief in Jesus, Christian baptism, and world evangelisation. The structure includes an annual Baptist Assembly, and the Baptist Union Council, which is made up of representatives from the 13 regional associations and the six Baptist Colleges affiliated with the Union. The national resource and offices are in Didcot, Oxfordshire, England, having moved from Baptist Church House 2–6 Southampton Row,[1] London in 1989.

In 2013 Lynn Green was elected, with no votes against, as the first female General Secretary of the Baptist Union of Great Britain to commence in September 2013. She was received at the vote by a standing ovation and her inaugural message included "I believe that our union is ready for generational change... It is time to cast off the institutional mindset that has served us well in the past, and embrace a new way of being for the 21st century."[2]

Also in 2013, the Union publicly re-branded itself as "Baptists Together" and introduced a new logo to reflect the change (although it is still known in an official capacity by its former name, the Baptist Union of Great Britain).[3]