Baptist Seminaries for Europe

Baptist Seminaries for Europe

BWA Executive Committee Resolution 1920-07.6

The following resolutions were passed on the recommendation of the Education Committee:—

We regard an educational policy as of primary importance for the extension of the Baptist denomination in Europe, and we consider that the establishment or strengthening of Baptist seminaries for the training of pastors and evangelists should be undertaken without delay.

As to Baptist seminaries in Europe, we recommend the acceptance of the following governing principles:—

That they should be established, where possible, in the neighbourhood of universities.

That each country should develop its own preparatory work for its ministerial students.

That some students should be sent for further training to British and American colleges.

That the object of the colleges is to train native preachers to work as pastors and evangelists among their own people; and

That the educational policy of the Baptist World Alliance should be elastic enough to suit the different needs of different countries.

We recommend that the educational work of the Baptist World Alliance shall be carried out on the basis of a policy agreed upon by the Executive of the Alliance itself and in co-operation with the Baptist Board of each country concerned.

The Baptist educational institutions of a country should be administered by the co-operating Boards; that is, the Foreign Board which renders assistance and the Board of the country itself.

Keywords

BWA; Education; Leadership; Seminaries; Europe.

Citations

Original Source Bibliography: Baptist World Alliance: Minutes of Executive Committee, and Other Representative Baptists, Held at the Baptist Church House, Southampton Row, London, W.C. 1., From 19th to 23rd July, 1920. London: Baptist World Alliance, 1920.

Original Source Footnote/Endnote: Baptist World Alliance: Minutes of Executive Committee, and Other Representative Baptists, Held at the Baptist Church House, Southampton Row, London, W.C. 1., From 19th to 23rd July, 1920 (London: Baptist World Alliance, 1920), Appendix E., pp. 20-21.

Online Document Full Citation: BWA Executive Committee Resolution 1920-07.6 Baptist Seminaries for Europe; https://o7e.4a3.myftpupload.com/resolutions.

In-text Online Document Citation: (BWA Executive Committee Resolution 1920-07.6).

Baptist Seminaries for Europe

Fifth Centennial of the Coming of Columbus and the Europeans to the Americas

BWA General Council Resolution 1992.2

The General Council of the Baptist World Alliance, meeting in Montego Bay, Jamaica, July 4-12, 1992:

THANKS the Union Bautista Latino Americana (UBLA) for the guidance they have provided the Council on what a Christian response should be to the Fifth Centennial of the coming of Columbus and the Europeans to the Americas, and the beginning of a different way of live and thought for the people of the hemisphere;

REGRETS that the poly-cultural environment created, though rich in diversity, has sadly contributed to a history of continual confrontation and conflict within the region;

ACKNOWLEDGES that our family includes those who share the legacy of both conquerors and conquered;

as conquerors, we often perpetuate the violence of the situation, seen in the abuse, the genocide, the cultural aggression, the rape, the plunder and the corruption of aboriginal peoples;

as conquered, we have shed our blood at the hands of foreign conquerors; we have suffered the dispossession of what was authentically ours, and still suffer economic exploitation which continues to put our lives at risk in the world today;

REPENTS of our failure to uphold the Biblical imperatives of justice and reconciliation in our lives in our relationships, on which basis, we both as those who have been sinned against, FORGIVE those who have hurt us and impeded our proper development, and as those who are sinners, SEEK AND RECEIVE the forgiveness that the gospel offers;

COMMIT ourselves to a new obedience to scripture in respecting one another as those made in the image of God, so that his reign may become a reality among us; and,

RESOLVES to commemorate the Quincentennial with prayerful reflection and study, with actions of healing and in its programs of education and mission to cast aside every trace of ethnocentrism, declaring that only in Jesus Christ is to be found genuine liberation, true peace and authentic justice.

Citations

Original Source Bibliography: Lotz, Denton, editor. Baptist World Alliance 1992-1993 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory. McLean, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 1992.

Original Source Footnote/Endnote: Denton Lotz, ed., Baptist World Alliance 1992-1993 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory (McLean, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 1992), pp. 171-172.

Online Document Full Citation: BWA General Council Resolution 1992.2 Fifth Centennial of the Coming of Columbus and the Europeans to the Americas; https://o7e.4a3.myftpupload.com/resolutions.

In-text Online Document Citation: (BWA General Council Resolution 1992.2).

Baptist Seminaries for Europe

Bosnia

BWA General Council Resolution 1993.7

The General Council of the Baptist World Alliance, meeting in Harare, Zimbabwe August 6-9, 1993,

CONDEMNS the deliberate use within the former Republic of Yugoslavia of “ethnic cleansing” and the systematic use of rape as a weapon of war and extends its heart-felt sympathy to the hundreds of thousands of victims;

ACKNOWLEDGES the sincerity of humanitarian relief efforts which have not been without human cost;

REGRETS profoundly the failure of the European Nations, individually and collectively, and also of the United Nations to intervene effectively;

VIEWS with alarm the interpretation of this conflict in interfaith terms with the assumption that Western nations are indifferent to the plight of Muslims in Bosnia, and

EXPRESSES opposition to any solution that rewards armed aggression, believing that such a solution establishes a dangerous precedent.

Citations

Original Source Bibliography: Lotz, Denton, editor. Baptist World Alliance 1993-1994 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory. McLean, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 1993.

BWA General Council Resolution 1993.7

Original Source Footnote/Endnote: Denton Lotz, ed., Baptist World Alliance 1993-1994 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory (McLean, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 1993), p. 113.

Online Document Full Citation: BWA General Council Resolution 1993.7 Bosnia; https://o7e.4a3.myftpupload.com/resolutions.

In-text Online Document Citation: (BWA General Council Resolution 1993.7).

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Witness in a Secular Europe

BWA General Council Resolution 1994.4

The General Council of the Baptist World Alliance meeting in Uppsala, Sweden, from 18-24 July 1994: CELEBRATES the widespread presence of Baptists through the nations of Eurasia;

RECOGNIZES that member bodies, such as the Baptist Union of Sweden, in their commitment to partnership with other Christians, without compromising their distinctive Baptist identity, provide a model of the sharing of work and witness called for by the Seoul Covenant;

ACKNOWLEDGES that European Baptists face the challenge of being the church and of undertaking evangelism in a society where secularized values have come to determine patters of thought and behavior;

ENCOURAGES them in developing new strategies for engaging the enthusiasms and aspirations of the younger generation for a world where peace and justice are pursued and where the environment is preserved, so that they might discover the power of the Christian gospel to meet the deepest needs of humankind.

Citations

Original Source Bibliography: Lotz, Denton, editor. Baptist World Alliance 1994 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory. McLean, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 1994.

Original Source Footnote/Endnote: Denton Lotz, ed., Baptist World Alliance 1994 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory (McLean, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 1994), p. 117.

Online Document Full Citation: BWA General Council Resolution 1994.4 Witness in a Secular Europe; https://o7e.4a3.myftpupload.com/resolutions.

In-text Online Document Citation: (BWA General Council Resolution 1994.4).

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Resolution on Displaced Persons

BWA World Congress Resolution 1947.4

“This B.W.A. Congress at Copenhagen, assembled from many lands and representing many peoples, deeply concerned at the condition of the D.P.’s in many camps in Germany, Austria, and other countries, remembering that those who greatly valued their homes are now homeless, and those who formerly were bound in States are now Stateless, and those who once followed a trade or business are now without hire or means of gain, would urge with all emphasis upon all Governments and States concerned:

(1) That the D.P.s should be allowed, so far as possible, to enter countries according to their own choice, and

(2) That as those who have greatly valued their family life, they should be allowed to take their families with them, and

(3) That Governments should reconsider the conditions of immigration so as to admit as large a number as possible irrespective of the national quota, and

(4) That these D.P.s should be accompanied by their pastors to give spiritual comfort and instruction, and to see to their spiritual welfare, and

(5) That access should be granted to all information of name, faith, and destination of each D.P.; and would urge with equal emphasis upon all Baptist communities in the countries where the D.P.s enter that they should prepare and provide for a welcome worthy of the name of Christ, and should offer and cultivate all measures making for mutual fellowship and for worship, especially to those of our own faith and order.”

The resolution was moved, seconded, and unanimously adopted by the Congress.

Citations

Original Source Bibliography: Lewis, Walter O., editor. Seventh Baptist World Congress, Copenhagen, Denmark, July 29-August 3, 1947. London: The Carey Kingsgate Press Limited, 1948.

Original Source Footnote/Endnote: Walter O. Lewis, ed., Seventh Baptist World Congress, Copenhagen, Denmark, July 29-August 3, 1947 (London: The Carey Kingsgate Press Limited, 1948), pp. 99-100.

Online Document Full Citation: BWA World Congress Resolution 1947.4 Resolution on Displaced Persons; https://o7e.4a3.myftpupload.com/resolutions.

In-text Online Document Citation: (BWA World Congress Resolution 1947.4).