Theological Education

Theological Education

BWA General Council Resolution 2000.

The General Council of the Baptist World Alliance meeting in Havana July 5-8, 2000

AFFIRMS the role of theological education as essential for the development of pastors and church leaders who will bring servant leadership to the task of developing growing and vital churches to carry out the mission of the triune God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit;

COMMENDS the diligent work of our Baptist-related theological institutions equipping leaders in our rapidly changing world;

LAMENTS the reality that the cost of theological education is becoming prohibitive for many leaders, especially those in the two thirds world; and,

NOTES with interest the positive potential of advanced technology such as mass media information systems, long distance learning, internet access to vast resources, which has opened new models for sharing knowledge.

RECOGNISES the need to develop a system of

• listing theological resources to be loaned or given as well as volunteers for teaching and other tasks, from constituent BWA bodies and their educational institutions to other member bodies;

• publishing the theological resources and needs of constituent bodies as a means for the Holy Spirit to connect needs with resources within the BWA family; and,

• developing such systems to the end that God’s mission can more effectively and efficiently be advanced, resulting in heightened education of pastors,’ stronger local churches, and deepened partnership among our constituent bodies.


Original Source Bibliography: Lotz, Denton, editor. Baptist World Alliance 2000 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory. McLean, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 2000.

Original Source Footnote/Endnote: Denton Lotz, ed., Baptist World Alliance 2000 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory (McLean, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 2000), p. 84.

Online Document Full Citation: BWA General Council Resolution 2000.2 Theological Education;

In-text Online Document Citation: (BWA General Council Resolution 2000.2).

Theological Education

Man’s Stewardship and Survival on This Earth

BWA World Congress Resolution 1970.3

We, the representatives of the Baptist World Alliance assembled in Tokyo in July, 1970, acknowledge that . . .

In this world we are called to be fellow workers with God in fulfilling his creative intention. The possibilities which he has placed in his creation wait upon us for their fulfillment. They provide an area in which we may exercise our God-given creative freedom and be truly God’s sons.

We acknowledge the sinfulness of our torn humanity. We have too often prostituted scientific knowledge to our own ends and used our technology to exploit the natural order for private and public greed.

We urge all men of good will to mend the ravages which we have inflicted and we are inflicting on our natural resources—air, water, plant life, and animal life. We would encourage all efforts, public and private, which are activated by such a concern.

We believe that God wills the blessing of good health for all his children and that all healing gifts come from God. We urge special attention to be given to the allocation of these healing gifts so that the world’s poor and forgotten people shall receive their just share.

We support all efforts which are rooted in the biblical concept of the sanctity of life and the integrity of human personality to limit the population of the earth.

We would, above all, urge our churches to place the gospel of Christ in the center, knowing that ultimately only in and through him and men’s acknowledgement of him, can the greed and selfishness of arrogant sinful man be dealt with effectively.

We would, however, declare our conviction that as Christians we are called upon to play our part not only in redeeming men but also in supporting all efforts to prevent the further destruction of our natural environment and to return nature to that balanced ecology that the Creator intended. We do this always with our eyes upon the ultimate consummation in Christ when God’s full purpose shall stand complete.


Original Source Bibliography: Bryant, Cyril E., editor. Reconciliation Through Christ: Official Report of the Twelfth Congress, Tokyo, Japan, July 12-18, 1970. Valley Forge: Judson Press, 1971.

Original Source Footnote/Endnote: Cyril E. Bryant, ed., Reconciliation Through Christ: Official Report of the Twelfth Congress, Tokyo, Japan, July 12-18, 1970 (Valley Forge: Judson Press, 1971), pp. 252-253.

Online Document Full Citation: BWA World Congress Resolution 1970.3 Man’s Stewardship and Survival on This Earth;

In-text Online Document Citation: (BWA World Congress 1970.3).