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Conservative Baptist Association Evolution: 5 Key Events in Church Coalition's History

By    |   Tuesday, 10 Feb 2015 11:31 AM

The Conservative Baptist Association of America reaches across the country as a voice supporting 1,200 churches and about 200,000 Baptists.

The association, called CBAmerica today, was started as an offshoot of a movement that began in Chicago in the 1940s, an effort focused on foreign mission work. Today, Conservative Baptists identify with what they call "the movement." They avoid traditional denominational structures and like the suggestions of "action, growth and mission," says CBnorthwest.

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Here are five significant events that happened in the history of the Conservative Baptist Association:

1. In 1943, a group of people met in Chicago to create the Conservative Baptist Foreign Mission Society, which today is called WorldVenture. The group's focus is on an orthodox missionary society within their churches. Within 10 years, they had 300 missionaries in four continents. This group was the first Conservative Baptist organization formed.

2. Just three years later, as the Foreign Mission Society saw that the Northern Baptist Convention wouldn't accept a separate missionary agency, the Conservative Baptist Association of America was organized. It become official in 1947. Its purpose was to provide "a fellowship of churches that hold in common certain basic convictions concerning core issues of biblical faith and Baptist polity," says CBnorthwest.

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3. In 1950, the Conservative Baptist Home Mission Society was established. The third organization that operated autonomously, as did the other two. Today, it is called Mission to Americas.

4. The 1950s brought conflict to the Baptist organization as some fundamentalists within the Conservative Baptist movement argued that the organization was too easily going along with other evangelical organizations, like the Billy Graham Association. About 200 churches ended up leaving the association.

5. In more recent history, leaders in the Conservative Baptist entities got together to call for change within the organizations and to try to bring the three organizations under one umbrella, CBNorthwest said. Though it had been tried in the past, this time an Organizational Task Force came into being to try to make it happen in 2002 to help the Conservative Baptists have a bigger impact. A Doctrinal Taskforce looked at challenges to be faced.

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