Fiftieth anniversary edition! Still practical and reliable, this book explores the hallmarks of Baptist identity; biblical roots of Baptist doctrine; qualifications for and responsibilities of membership; the role of the pastor; a history of denominational change; fresh perspectives on baptism and the Lord's Supper; ideas for a church constitution and covenant. 368 pages, softcover. Judson.
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.