Renewing a Modern Denomination

A Study of Baptist Institutional Life in the 1990s

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Andy Goodliff
Monographs in Baptist History
  • Eugene, OR: 
    Pickwick Publications
    , January
     252 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.
Review coming soon!

Review by Spencer Boersma forthcoming.


This book is an exploration of the renewal of the Baptist Union of Great Britain in the 1990s, the only historic UK denomination which grew in this period. It was an exciting time, with plenty of denominational activity and engagement, both theological and institutional. The book tells this story focusing on the particular individuals involved and the wide-ranging discussions centered around mission and identity, ministry, associating, and ecumenism. It argues that there were competing visions emerging from two different streams of thought which whilst not divisive caused tension. At the end of the decade structural changes were introduced with hope for the new millennium, but the book contends that opportunities were missed for a more deeply theological renewal.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Andy Goodliff is the minister of Belle Vue Baptist Church, Southend–on–Sea, UK. He has co-edited and contributed to Gathering Disciples (2017) and Rhythms of Faithfulness (2018).


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