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Posted on Monday, October 26, 2015


Cohost this two day conference

‘Nonconformist attitudes to war and peace in the long twentieth century’
to be held on Friday and Saturday 16th and 17th September 2016 at the Friends’ Meeting House, 173 – 177 Euston Road, London NW1 2BJ (opposite Euston station).


Speakers to include Professor Clyde Binfield, Professor Densil Morgan and Dr. Andrew Chandler

All are welcome to come

Registration fee £18 per day to include lunch and all refreshments during the conference

Programme to follow

For further information contact Pauline Johns on

Book now for the Summer conference

Posted on Tuesday, October 13, 2015

BHS Summer School and CBHH Conference

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Scripture and Tradition:
Perspectives from Baptist History
19th July – 22nd July 2016
at Luther King House,
Manchester, M14 5JP
Main Speakers include:
Revd Dr Ian Birch, Revd Professor Paul Fiddes, Revd Dr Brian Haymes, Revd Dr Rosa Hunt, Dr Parush R Parushev, Revd Dr Lina Toth, Revd Dr Simon Woodman
The conference will follow a similar programme to previous years, with a combination of short papers, main speakers, an exhibition, outings, good food and great fellowship.
If you wish to offer a short paper please contact Revd Dr Keith Jones:
If you are willing to pay extra when you book, the difference will be used to help younger scholars attend the conference. Please inform us of the amount and include it in your payment.
Electronic bookings, email:
Postal Bookings
Fill out the form below and post it to the address below after the 11th January 2016
Steve Langford
10 Kirkway
CH45 5EZ
United Kingdom.
Payment: can be made either:
Electronically by PayPal (email the above address).
By cheque made payable to ‘The Baptist Historical Society’ (posted to the above address).
Spaces are limited so book early to avoid disappointment.
Booking Details:
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BHS Conference 2016…book the dates now!

Posted on Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Baptist Historical Society Summer School 19 to 22 July 2016

Theme “Scripture and Tradition”
Venue: Luther King House, Brighton Grove, Rusholme, Manchester M14 5JP
Confirmed Speakers include: The Revd Professor Paul Fiddes; the Revd Dr Brian Haymes; the Revd Dr Ian Birch; Doc Dr Parush R Parushev; the Revd Dr Simon Woodman; the Revd Dr Lina Toth; the Revd Dr Rosa Hunt.
The AGM of the BHS will be held as part of the Summer School
Hebden Bridge: There will be an afternoon outing to Hebden Bridge to see key places from Baptist heritage in the north of England led by the Revd David B Milner.
Angus Library: the Revd Emma Walsh will lead a session.
Cost: Full time residential including outing to Hebden Bridge £300.
Day rate: £35 per day.

Annual Lecture 2015

Posted on Friday, May 15, 2015

Members of the society gathered at Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church in London on May 14th for the AGM and annual lecture. This year the lecture was given by Israel Olofinjana. He reflected on “Reverse mission” – the presence in the London Baptist Association (this year celebrating its 150th anniversary) of people from the majority world who have come to London explicitly, and with a calling to serve in mission. 2015-05-14 16.56.11
The presentation started with an overview and introduction to the reality of reverse mission; Israel reminded us of the impact of mission from the UK in the development of the world wide church, and the helped us to see the way in which people from churches with their roots in that work were now coming to work in a land where the church presence had diminished. Part of this work is in churches with their roots in countries in Africa, in Latin Members of the society gathered at Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church in London on May 14th for the AGM and annual lecture. This year the lecture was given by Israel Olofinjana. He reflected on “Reverse mission” – the presence in the London Baptist Association (this year celebrating its 150th anniversary) America, in the Caribbean and in South Asia – but they are also concerned to church plant, in the UK and beyond.
To help us understand more, we heard three case studies. The stories helped us to know three people who are working in various ways within the LBA and to understand their impact.
The conversations in the question and answer session reflected on engagement, on welcome and on the blending of styles that is emerging as culture, identity and denominational practices are all explored in new and creative ways.
The society is grateful to Israel for a stimulating afternoon.

BQ Online

Posted on Monday, March 16, 2015

The Baptist Quarterly is now available online as well in paper copy. And if you don’t already subscibe, there is the chance to see an article, and it might tempt you….

This is the link


Posted on Sunday, January 4, 2015


Patterns of Ministry at Home and Abroad: Change and Continuity

Discussion of ministry is very much a contemporary concern but it has been at the heart of Baptist understanding of the church’s mission from the earliest confessions of the seventeenth century onwards, and it is there more recently as a vital part of the Faith and Order document – Baptism, Eucharist and Ministry – seeking consensus amongst the churches.

How do Baptists relate to a three-fold ministry of bishop, presbyter and deacon? The words may not come easily to Baptist lips, in this country at least, but the different functions are there – -the ministry of episcope or oversight, found in the role of messengers in the seventeenth century, later Association Secretaries,General Superintendents/Regional Ministers and the many who in subsequent years have exercised more informal patterns of episcope. Pastors have been highly esteemed, but what are their essential functions? Preaching, pastoral care, the ministry of sacrament/ordinance.? Churches have been anxious to serve those in need though without any precise definition of diaconal office, though the nearest to this is probably to be found in the history of the deaconess order. There may be debate today about the notion of bivocational ministry, but it might be argued that this has been part of a pattern of service over many years, with the pastor who also served as schoolmaster perhaps being the most common combination. The diversity of chaplaincy services also needs analysis, and the ministry of women both in this country and in the mission field is worthy of study. What too of the argument that ministers are not college-made but Spirit-formed: how are women and men best prepared for ministry? And how does the idea of the priesthood of all believers relate to all this? An evaluation of the work of a particular minister could be the subject of an appropriate entry.

Whilst the area of potential study has been deliberately set very wide, candidates are advised to limit their area of investigation to what can be properly encompassed within an essay of no more than 6,000 words for the main text. The essay should be original, unpublished, based on personal research, and not have been awarded another prize. The winning entry, and any other deemed worthy, will be published in the Baptist Quarterly. The Society reserves the right to make no award if no essay is of sufficient merit.

Submissions should be written with proper critical apparatus, for example professional footnotes, bibliography, and identification of appropriate archival material [preferably conforming to the style-guide for articles for the Baptist Quarterly]. They should be sent to the Secretary of the Baptist Historical Society no later than 31st December 2016

The Payne Memorial Essay commemorates the life and work of the Revd Dr E.A. Payne (1902-80), General Secretary of the Baptist Union of Great Britain and Ireland, a President of the World Council of Churches and President of the Baptist Historical Society.


Posted on Friday, November 28, 2014

We have been sad to hear of the death of David Goodbourn, a Baptist with a great presence in the world. Read his obituary here

New Publications

Posted on Sunday, November 23, 2014

Our newest publications are:

  • Freedom and the Powers: Perspectives from Baptist History. A Rich Inheritance; Sir William Sinclair and the Keiss Baptist ChurchEdited by Anthony R. Cross and John H. Y. Briggs. ISBN 978-0-903166-42-3
  • Freedom and Powers

Have you seen what is happening to the old Baptist Church House?

Posted on Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Here’s what’s up on the hoardings, while renovation is underway…

BCH screen BCH 8 BCH 6


Members meet for AGM

Posted on Tuesday, July 15, 2014

On June 21st, members from around the country met for the AGM and to listen to a lecture from Andy Vail.

A small and select group, our president encouraged us to celeberate “networks” as the centre of qwhat holds us together, including the network of those of us who tell and pass on the stories and memories of our community.

We received reports and accounts and enjoyed Andy’s lecture, which will be published in due course. With the loss of the chance to meet at Assembly, this event maty become even more important in years ahead. PLease do keep a look out for details of next year’s gathering.