Baptist Sunday School Board's first
published hymnal helps standardize worship in Southern Baptist
Trustees change name from Baptist
Female University to Baptist University for Women. Baptist
University for Women Students publish the first yearbook, Oak
Formation of the Northern Baptist
Convention; attempt to integrate work of various special-purpose
societies (now the American Baptist Churches, USA).
A general meeting of all the three
societies-Foreign, Home and Publication-met to set up the
Northern Baptist Convention.
Laymen’s Missionary Union of the
Southern Baptist Convention organize. Purpose was for world
mission. A counterpart to the already established Women’s
Missionary Union (WMU).
Southern and Northern Baptist
Conventions formally divided the country following WW II, the
SBC abandoned regional limitations and spread across the
The first Congress of European
Baptists, meeting at Berlin.
The Annie Walker Armstrong building
in Burnsville, NC was dedicated in appreciation for her service.
Southwestern Baptist Theological
Seminary is founded.
Baptist Historical Society founded.
The American Baptist Missionary
Union (ABMU) becomes the American Baptist Foreign Mission
First known paid Sunday School
Superintendent (pastoral staff),1st Baptist, Dallas.
Southwestern Theological Seminary moves to Fort Worth, TX.
Merger of the Free Will Baptists
with the Northern Baptist Convention.
The Ministers and Missionaries
Benefit Board (M&M) founded.
Second Congress of Baptist World
Alliance at Philadelphia.
December 24, Death came to the
frail servant of Christ, Lottie Moon, on Christmas Eve aboard
ship in the harbor of Kobe, Japan.
World Wide Guild founded.
Founded in 1913 in Nanjing, China
as a women's Christian college, Ginling College officially opens
with eight students and six teachers. It was supported by four
missions: the Northern Baptists, the Disciples of Christ, the
Methodists, and the Presbyterians.
M.H. Wolfe of the SBC moved to
amend and revise articles of the Constitution in order to create
one strong executive board.
I.J. Van Ness is elected third
chief executive of the Baptist Sunday School Board.
Executive Commitee formed to
oversee all SBC ministries.
New Orleans Baptist Theological
Seminary is founded.
James Bruton Gambrell is elected
president of the SBC.
1917 Oswald Chambers (b. 1874),
Scottish Bible teacher and evangelical mystic, died. The son of
a Scottish Baptist pastor, Chambers was converted after hearing
C. H. Spurgeon preach. While studying for the Baptist ministry,
Chambers met William Quarrier and from him learned a simplicity
of faith and prayer. For three years he worked as a traveling
missioner for the Pentecostal League of Prayer (founded by
Reader Harris). He then became principal of the League's Bible
Training College at Clapham Common in London. Chambers died in
1917 in Egypt after two years of working as a YMCA chaplain
among the desert troops. He was a man of mystic faith and
intense prayer who taught that the Christian life was to be a
victorious one. His most important book is his classic
devotional "My Utmost for His Highest", still in print and
available in several languages.
White Cross project to help medical
missionaries begun. Effects of the Landmark still evident,
Baptist Standard editor J.B. Gambrell wrote, "Baptists antedate
the Reformation by many long centuries. Spurgeon said with a
good view of truth: "Baptists sprang directly from the loins of
Christ and his Apostles."
At Denver convention of the NBC the
New World Movement was launched. This was an effort to collect
$10 million between 1919-1924. Money was to be used to
strengthen Baptist work at home, overseas, and ecumenical
projects. The movement was able to raise $45,009,378.04.
$75 million campaign launched by
the Southern Baptist Convention, it was an effort to raise $75
million between the years 1919-1924.
As with the NBC the SBC didn't have
much success because of the world war economy. Raised
The SBC considers requiring FMB
missionary candidates to subscribe to "A Statement of Belief"
but rejects the proposal.
Curtis Lee Laws, editor of the
Baptist Watchman-Examiner, coins the term fundamentalist.
Conservatives in the Northern
Baptist Convention organize the Fundamentalist Fellowship to
combat spreading liberalism.
Baptist Mid-Missions formed; Church
of the Nazarene enters Syria.
The Baptist book store operation begins.
The department of survey,
statistics and information begins.
controversy of the 1920's which marks a time of great debate
between the Fundamentalist W.B. Riley and the Modernist George
Foster, 1858-1918, Walter Rauschenbusch, 1861-1918.
Cooperative Program Formed by the
Southern Baptist. Encouraged the churches to send their
offerings for denominational ministries and state conventions.
The states would keep a portion and send the rest to the SBC
office in Nashville. It was a victory for the fundamentalist.
Georgia Baptists adopt the
The 1925 Confession of Faith was
adopted despite much opposition.
The SBC issued a statement on
Relation of Southern Baptist Convention to Other Baptist Bodies.
The Baptist Sunday School Board
assumes responsibility from the Southern Baptist Convention
Executive Committee for the operation of Ridgecrest Baptist
Eleven American Baptist Foreign
Mission Society Missionaries die as martyrs for the Gospel of
Jesus Christ at Hopevale in the Philippines during WWII.
Southern Baptist Convention
received some California churches into its membership violating
the Fortress Monroe Conference committee agreements and
beginning the expansion of Southern Baptists into all the United
Organization of the Conservative
Baptist Foreign Mission Society; leads to secession from the
Northern Baptist Convention in 1947
Founding of American Baptist
Assembly and Green Lake, Wisconsin.
Golden Gate Baptist Theological
Seminary is founded.
Following controversy and heated
debate, a resolution is passed at Grand Rapids convention
stating: "We reaffirm our faith in the New Testament as divinely
inspired record and therefore trustworthy, authoritative and
all-sufficient rule of our faith and practice..."
Southern Baptist Foundation is
Conservative Baptists formed,
leaving Northern Baptists.
Conservative Baptist Foreign
Mission Society begins work among the Senufo tribe in Cote
d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast).
Northern Baptist Convention (NBC)
changed name to American Baptist Convention (ABC).
First World Fellowship Offering,
now the World Mission Offering, WMO.
Northern Baptist Convention becomes
one of the founding communions of the National Council of
Churches of Christ.
Approximatley 77,000 Baptist
American Baptist Foreign Mission
Society and Woman's American Baptist Foreign Mission.
Society merge administrative
functions leading to a merger in 1968.
American Baptist Home Mission
Society and Woman's American Baptist Home Mission Society merge
Auca Indians kill Jim Elliot, Nate
Saint, Ed McCully, Pete Fleming, and Roger Youderian in Ecuador.
National offices of American
Baptist Convention moved to Valley Forge, PA.
The SBC at its annual meeting
approved a motion to revisit the 1925 Baptist Faith and Message
and "present...some similar statement which shall serve as
information to the churches." The committee comprised the
"presidents of the various state Conventions" (as qualified by
Bylaw 18), with the motion also indicating "It is understood
that any group or individuals may approach this committee to be
September 18, the Russian Baptists
broke from their forced union with other evangelicals, forming
their own organization, the CCECB—the Council of Churches of
Evangelical Believers, Baptists.
In response to "demands" of a Black
Caucus, the General Council of the ABC provided for fuller
participation in denominational leadership.
Merger of the ABFMS and the WABFMS
American Baptist Convention and
Progressive National Baptist Convention entered into an
The SBC Foreign Mission Board
introduces a requirement that missionary candidates respond to a
question concerning the Baptist Faith and Message. The question
asked is "Are your doctrinal beliefs in substantial agreement
with those printed in Baptist Faith & Message (1963) and adopted
by the Southern Baptist Convention in 1963?"
Implementation of recommendations
of Study Commision on Denominational Structure (SCODS); General
Council replaced by a more representative 200 member General
Board, office of the General Secretary strengthened, and name
changed to "American Baptist Churches, USA".
Under restructuring the American
Baptist Foreign Mission Society (ABFMS) becomes the Board of
International Ministries (BIM), the American Baptist Home
Mission Society becomes the Board of National Ministries (BNM),
and the American Baptist Board of Education and Publication
(ABBEP) becomes the Board of Educational Ministries (BEM).
The American Baptist Churches and
the Church of the Brethren move toward an associated
relationship to begin in 1973.
The SBC FMB changes the question
for missionary candidates concerning the BF&M to "Are you
familiar with the contents of the Baptist Faith & Message? Are
you in substantial agreement with this statement? Please cite
and explain the areas of differences in beliefs and/or
Grady C. Cothen is elected sixth
chief executive of the Baptist Sunday School Board.
First Retired Ministers and
Missionaries Offering collected (RMMO).
(Sept. 6) Date of letter by Paul
Pressler to Bill Powell proposing an organized campaign to
change the SBC's leadership at the 1979 convention. In the
letter he wrote "I do not believe in fighting a battle unless
there is a good chance of winning. If we fight and lose, we lose
credibility. Therefore, I think it is imperative that we plan,
organize, and effectively promote what we are trying to do
before we attempt any strong action."
33 million members in the Baptist
World Alliance (1/3 were Southern Baptists).
The SBC adopted its first definition of the Cooperative Program,
defining it as undesignated gifts only.
The Baptist Hymnal is translated
Recommendations of a two-year study
on Women in Ministry, commissioned by the Minister's Council in
1977, approved by the Council.
Fundamentalist burrowing of the SBC
Conservative Southern Baptists
began to take control of the SBC.
Cooperative Baptist Fellowship is
Baptist Theological Seminary at
Richmond opens for classes.
Baptist Center for Ethics begins.
A new denominational emphasis, ABC
2000: Renewed for Mission, is launched at the San Jose Biennial.
Mercer University's Board of
Trustees votes in June to establish a School of Theology.