02 March 2015
Baptists and the Evangelical Alliance - a historic relationship
The Evangelical Alliance is encouraging more Baptist churches to take up membership as a demonstration of the decades-long history between the two.
Baptists currently comprise the largest grouping within the Evangelical Alliance, with some 690 Baptist churches having taken up church membership.
"My wife and I have been supportive members of the Evangelical Alliance for more than 10 years. We believe that the Alliance provides a constructive and relevant voice for Christians within an increasingly secular society, emphasising the love and compassion of Christ. For Christians the Evangelical Alliance provides an invaluable resource, helping us to understand our role, relevance and purpose in the midst of a rapidly changing world."
Rev Robert Atkins, Chief Executive of Castleoak Group and a leader of Raglan Baptist Church, Wales
With around 3,500 church members from across 80 different denominations, it's an exciting time to be part of the Evangelical Alliance.
The Alliance is the largest body serving evangelical Christians in the UK. For more than 168 years, we have been bringing Christians together and helping evangelicals listen to, and be heard by, the government, media and society.
Historic relationship: Baptists and the Evangelical Alliance
Edward Stearne – a Baptist who was a founder of the Alliance and went on to be its first honorary secretary – also led one of the Alliance's religious liberty commissions in the 1850s and 60s.
Around 80 of the delegates at our inaugural congress in 1845 were Baptists.
Slightly later on the Alliance's history came the great Baptist preacher Charles Haddon Spurgeon who was an alliance member and spoke at some of the Alliance annual council meetings.
Once churches were able to become members in the 20th century, hundreds of Baptist churches joined up and were for many years one of the largest groupings in membership before becoming the largest.
Several Baptists have led the Evangelical Alliance council and/or board including Robert Amess and former presidents of BUGB Derek Tidball and Kate Coleman. David Coffey was a council member while he was general secretary of BUGB in the 1990s and at the same time Michael Quicke was also council member whilst he was President of BUGB.
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