The Center for Baptist Renewal is a group of conservative, evangelical Baptists committed to a retrieval of the Great Tradition of the historic church for the renewal of Baptist faith and practice. The work of CBR is grounded in an affirmation of the supremacy of Scripture and a commitment to Baptist convictions as articulated in historic Baptist confessions. While we hope CBR will edify all kinds of Baptists, the CBR Staff find the Baptist Faith and Message 2000 (BFM) to be an appropriate confession upon which to base our own work. However, fellows are not necessarily required to agree with every point of the BFM.
The mission of the Center for Baptist Renewal is to equip leaders to appropriate perspectives and practices of the historic church within the context of their local congregations for the sake of renewing Baptist faith and practice.
We envision Baptist churches in which:
1. Scripture is held in high regard as the inerrant written revelation of God in Christ and regarded as the final authority for faith and practice;
2. The wider Christian Church is approached in a spirit of unity while maintaining a convictionally Baptist identity;
3. Historic creeds of the church are used as catechetical resources for the edification of members and recited regularly as part of the gathered worship of the church;
4. The preaching of the Word of God and the celebration of baptism and the Lord’s Supper are the central acts of corporate worship; and
5. Worship, spiritual formation, and witness are shaped by Scripture and informed by the rich traditions of the church.
1. Build awareness among Baptist church leaders of the value and relevance of the traditions of the historic church.
2. Provide leaders with resources and tools necessary to implement elements of the Christian tradition in their churches in ways that are meaningful and edifying.
3. Encourage leaders by fostering relationships in which mutual learning, mentorship, and collaboration can take place.
What do we mean when we use the term "Baptist catholicity"?