This is a theological and historical discussion about how American Baptists can reclaim a lost concept of the church and implement it to solve contemporary problems. Uniquely addressed to American Baptist Churches, USA, the issues discussed are also being addressed in other Baptist groups throughout the world. It is the author's hope that this book will accurately inform people as to what Baptists once believed and practiced about the church of Jesus Christ at both the local and associational levels. Contents: Preface; Introduction: We Have a Problem; Baptist Beginnings; Why Baptists Practice Congregationalism; Early American Baptists and The Church; The Associationist Principle; Baptist Associational Life in Early America; The Decline of The Association; The Changing Scene in The Twentieth Century; Conclusion: Steps to Recovery; Sources Consulted; Index; Biographical Sketch of Author.
Howard R. Stewart is Retired Adjunct Professor of New Testament at Wesley College in Dover, Delaware.